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Willful Child by Steven Erikson
  

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Hadrian Sawback is a dangerously gung-ho captain who makes James Bond look like a tender conservationist. His crew! Well … his chief engineer is claustrophobic, his security chief is drunk (admittedly not her fault), his doctor is an inflatable alien and his computer has been taken over by a malevolent AI. Now add in some aliens who communicate using slime, a world taken over by pets and a psychotic super chicken and you have some idea what a typical day is like aboard the starship “Willful Child”, except they’ve never had a typical day as this is their first … It is genuinely, brilliantly funny, a wonderful piece of intergalactic nonsense. It runs episodically obviously so should be easy to read in short bursts, yet I could not put it down. I would class it as dangerously addictive and beautifully clever. This is not the epic fantasy that Erikson is renowned for but a brilliant parody of space adventure. Excellent. It begs a sequel. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Willful Child by Steven Erikson

These are the voyages of the starship, ASF Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life life-forms, to boldly blow them...And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback - think James T Kirk crossed with 'American Dad' - and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child for a series of devil-may-care, near - calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through 'the infinite vastness of interstellar space'...The bestselling author of the acclaimed Malazan Book of the Fallen sequence has taken a life-long passion for 'Star Trek' and transformed it into a hugely entertaining spoof on the whole mankind-exploring-space-for-the-good-of-all-species-but-trashing-stuff-with-a-lot-of-hi-tech-kit-along-the-way type over-blown science fiction adventure. The result is smart, inventive, occasionally OTT and often very funny - a novel that both deftly parodies the genre and pays fond homage to it.


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'Willful Child is a love letter to 'Star Trek and its fans - a pitch-perfect tour de force; Erikson walks a very fine line without ever once stumbling.' ROBERT J SAWYER, Huge Award-winning author of Fast Forward and Red Planet Blues

'This comical tale will not only delight space fans but will more than cement him into many readers TBR lists... cracking prose alongside an author who knows how to create a tale that readers will just love to get behind ...will have you chuckling along as it unfurls.' FALCATA TIMES

'A thrilling and hilarious read...if you are fan of Steven Erikson; if you are a fan of Star Trek; if you are a fan of science fiction, its tropes, and making fun thereof; if you are a fan of comedy, hilarity and spoof; if you are a fan of any of these, or just like a good read that will keep you up into the wee-hours of the morning, then Willful Child by Steven Erikson is simply a must-read!' FANTASY BOOK REVIEW

About the Author

Steven Erikson

Archaeologist and anthropologist Steven Erikson's debut novel, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award and introduced fantasy readers to his epic 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen' sequence, which has been hailed as a masterpiece. He lives in Cornwall.

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Publication date

27th August 2015

Author

Steven Erikson

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Author's Website

www.stevenerikson.com/

Publisher

Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group) an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Science Fiction
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ISBN

9780857502445

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