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There Goes the Galaxy by Jenn Thorson

So you guys probably know my taste in books based upon my reviews here.  I’ve never been one to get into science fiction stuff, whether it’s books or movies.  My suspension of disbelief threshold is very low (and here’s an interesting post about that on Book Riot).  Though, I did read the “Twilight” series, but whatever, who didn’t.  Anyway.  When I was approached to read and review a science fiction book, I thought I’d give it a shot because A) it was supposed to be a FUNNY science fiction book, so that gave me some extra incentive, and B) the author is from Pittsburgh, my hometown.  How can I not want to support a local author?

“There Goes the Galaxy” is about a Pittsburgh grad student named Bertram Ludlow who is abducted by aliens.  Not the short, green, big-headed and beady-eyed aliens, but ones who are somewhat human-like….. but different.  As Bertram spends more time with his abductor Rollie, who comes off at first like a tough guy and that he wants to dump Bertram as soon as possible, he learns that planet Earth (referred to as “Tryfe” everywhere else) is up for sale to the highest bidder.

Bertram goes on a quest, dragging Rollie and his motley crew along, to find the current owner of Tryfe and stop the sale before his planet and human life as we know it isn’t obliterated.  Bertram is helped along the way by a friend of his named Rozz who was also abducted and was forced into alien barista slavery (yes, I said barista.  She slings space drinks).  So, do they succeed?  What’s next for planet Tryfe?

As my first real sci-fi read, I really enjoyed it!  If there wasn’t humor involved, I think my opinion would have been different.  I found myself chuckling when I noticed something that the author threw in there that was a play on a real celebrity’s name or personality, and I think my favorite planet was definitely Ludd… home of the Luddites.  It’s exactly what you think.  The characters were all human-enough to have personalities that you could relate to, and I even found myself liking Rollie, who doesn’t seem to want or need anyone to like him, even though deep down he does have feelings.  The names of the planets and some of the characters got a little confusing, which often happens to me when there are too many new and unique names of things/places to keep track of (the same thing happened when I read the book “Wicked”), but I was easily able to pick back up and understand what was going on with no problems.  The book was also a little longer than I expected and it took me longer than usual to read, but I can’t imagine taking anything out of the book or splitting it up into two because it would completely destroy the story.  Bertram had so many different adventures that you wanted to keep reading to see what trouble he got himself into next.

Jenn Thorson definitely opened my eyes to a new genre that I may not have given a second look to otherwise.  I wonder what’s next for Bertram and Rozz!  Oh, and if you’re on Twitter, Bertram just joined, so you can follow him to get tips on how not to get abducted by aliens (and what to do if you do): @BertramLudlow.

Happy Blogiversary to Me!

Today is my two-year blogiversary (yeah, I made that up, but it sounds good, doesn’t it?)!

Two years ago today, I posted my first post here on this blog.  January of 2009 was also the month when I posted a whole lot more than I do now.  I guess my goal to post several times a week didn’t quite stick.  Oh well!  I’m happy that I’ve kept it up though and plan to continue blogging about books until I decide to stop!  I admit that I’m wayyyy behind on books vs. blog posts, but I’ll get to the good ones stored in my memory eventually.

Speaking of reading, do you see the fancy little widget at the top of the menu on the ride side of the page?  The one that says 2012 Reading Challenge?  To follow up on my last post, you should set up your own reading challenge through Goodreads!  I already track the books I read there anyway, and this makes it so much easier to follow my progress.  Plus, it’s satisfying to see the little bar moving to the right after I mark a book as “read”.  What’s interesting is the Goodreads has some stats on the challenge, and the average amount of books in all of the 83k challenges is 64.  64!  I don’t know if I’ll ever have time to read 64 books in a year.  Maybe one day.

Anyway, thanks for visiting and for your support over the past two years and please let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions for me for the future.  Happy reading!

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