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Bill, the Galactic Hero on the Planet of Bottled Brains Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1990

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 249 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / General (April 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380756625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380756629
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,214,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This, the third installment of Bill the Galactic Hero, is by far the most pointless (or least pointed, depending on your point of view) yet. Among the disparate sci-fi references are Star Trek: TOS, Han Solo & Chewbacca, time travel, cyberpunk, and likely several others. Any one or two of these could be utilized in a first-rate parody - but that book would be a distant cousin several times removed from this book. What we have here, instead, is a hodge-podge of tangential references that momentarily amuse (if that) but come nowhere near providing a satisfying story. If you're a fan of the printed word you might like this book, because that's really all it amounts to: words printed on paper with the usual punctuation thrown in to form sentences. There's a vestigial plot, an intrusive narrative structure, faux profanity, alleged sex, and such low-grade humor that the puns in Book 2 seem like Mamet in retrospect - all of which I'm sure appeal to some audience out there, I just don't think I'm a part of it anymore.
Most of my frustration with the book is that plot points are raised, but never go anywhere. For instance, we are presented at one point with the Alterna-Crew of the USS Enterprise (cleverly renamed here the Gumption) from the "Mirror, Mirror" TV episode. We encounter them once, and they're referred to a couple more times, but nothing actually happens with them beyond getting Bill from plot point 1 to plot point 1.1 - and we really could have gone from point 0.9 to 1.2 and never noticed anything amiss. Likewise, we're told that the Alien Historian is trying to alter the past to create a future without war - and that he's succeeding; but we never encounter a single instance of an altered timeline as we travel from cover to cover.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa6157240) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6157d44) out of 5 stars Pointless, But Maybe That's the Point May 3 2004
By C. T. Mikesell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This, the third installment of Bill the Galactic Hero, is by far the most pointless (or least pointed, depending on your point of view) yet. Among the disparate sci-fi references are Star Trek: TOS, Han Solo & Chewbacca, time travel, cyberpunk, and likely several others. Any one or two of these could be utilized in a first-rate parody - but that book would be a distant cousin several times removed from this book. What we have here, instead, is a hodge-podge of tangential references that momentarily amuse (if that) but come nowhere near providing a satisfying story. If you're a fan of the printed word you might like this book, because that's really all it amounts to: words printed on paper with the usual punctuation thrown in to form sentences. There's a vestigial plot, an intrusive narrative structure, faux profanity, alleged sex, and such low-grade humor that the puns in Book 2 seem like Mamet in retrospect - all of which I'm sure appeal to some audience out there, I just don't think I'm a part of it anymore.
Most of my frustration with the book is that plot points are raised, but never go anywhere. For instance, we are presented at one point with the Alterna-Crew of the USS Enterprise (cleverly renamed here the Gumption) from the "Mirror, Mirror" TV episode. We encounter them once, and they're referred to a couple more times, but nothing actually happens with them beyond getting Bill from plot point 1 to plot point 1.1 - and we really could have gone from point 0.9 to 1.2 and never noticed anything amiss. Likewise, we're told that the Alien Historian is trying to alter the past to create a future without war - and that he's succeeding; but we never encounter a single instance of an altered timeline as we travel from cover to cover. If these were isolated instances Harrison and Sheckley might be forgiven, but nothing of consequence ever takes place in the book and large sections could be removed without affecting the story on either side of it.
If you have a few hours to kill and are given the choice between reading this book or taking up self-dentistry, check to see if you'll get any anesthetic first. You won't want to read this book without it.
HASH(0xa6157e70) out of 5 stars ill the Galactic hero March 26 2013
By Bob Andrews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This is classic science fiction - not Assimov or Clarke, but a fun read to be sure. Harrison has a well developed imagination.
By John S. Vermeersch - Published on Amazon.com
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Ok. Not as good as the original.
HASH(0xa68c25f4) out of 5 stars The Chicken Foot has to go! Oct. 10 2015
By Mark Runyon - Published on Amazon.com
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Funny as all Get Out!
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HASH(0xa68c2114) out of 5 stars My Biography June 13 2000
By Bill Dowding - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you haven't read this, but have read any of either author, then you haven't hallucinated anything yet.
It is a frivolous romp through a sad universe that seems populated with familiar faces by two of the great experts in the genre of humorous SF.
Read it or be forever the way you are. (Not that it will change anything permanent. Just a few yucks and a strange longing for a second right arm - even if the colours don't match.)
Filled with in-jokes that only a fan would get, it is a feast for the initiated.


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