Saturday, 25 December 2010

The Planet Strappers by Raymond Z. Gallun

Official Blurb

The Planet Strappers started out as The Bunch, a group of student-astronauts in the back room of a store in Jarviston, Minnesota. They wanted off Earth, and they begged, borrowed and built what they needed to make it. They got what they wanted--a start on the road to the stars--but no one brought up on Earth could have imagined what was waiting for them Out There!

My Review

As the blurb suggests this is a story of settlers struggling to get off planet and then continuing the struggle out in space. There are a bunch of problems, ranging from trying to get money at the start through to xenomorphs trying to eat people.

It's not a single story throughout, the story arc as such is the disparate group of people all trying to make their way out into space and getting by. As such its made up of a series of mini adventures linked together. I particularly liked the beasties on mars.

It's not a great story, but by no means is it a slouch either. If your looking for an amusing story to keep you interested then this meets that goal but no more.

The reader has done a reasonable job and slips smoothly down the ear canal :)

Reading 2/3
Production 2/3
Story 2/3

Total Score 6/9

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