Book Giveaway & Interview: Martin Berman-Gorvine, Author of Heroes of Earth

Berman-GorvineAuthorEveryone, please welcome Martin Berman-Gorvine. He’s here to entertain us with a chat on Gulliver’s Travels, Awesomecon 2015, geeky arguments, Martin’s upcoming works, and much more! Martin has also generously offered up a giveaway, open internationally, so don’t miss that at the bottom of this post.

More and more we see fiction being multimedia – a book, a TV show, a PC game, a graphic novel. How do you see the publishing industry evolving to handle this trend? Any plans to take your works in the multimedia realm? 

It’s increasingly the case that books, movies, graphic novels, etc. are viewed as comprising a single profit-obsessed beast called “the entertainment industry.” The word industry for me conjures smoke-belching factories, and the convergence of every form of storytelling is regrettable in many ways because it erases healthy distinctions between different forms of high art and pop art—this at the same time that new, absurdly specific “genres” are constantly being invented out of whole cloth by crazed marketers (middle-grade paranormal suburban steampunk, anyone?)

But it would be hypocritical of me as a speculative fiction writer not to acknowledge that I benefit from not being shoved into the ghetto of low-brow, disreputable and dangerous art that science fiction resided in back in the 1950’s, along with comic books, or to pretend that I wouldn’t welcome a phone call from some sunglass-wearing, poolside-drinks-sipping Hollywood producer eager to put my eminently filmable fiction on the screen. It wouldn’t even cost that much thanks to digital graphics to depict the psychedelic biplanes zipping around a Quetzelcoatlus-descended dragon in my latest novel, Heroes of Earth.

Berman-GorvineHeroesOfEarthWhat were you like as a kid? Did your kid-self see you being a writer?

I was a lonely, picked-on, self-pitying nerd (a term that had no positive connotations when I was growing up in the 1970’s and 80’s). When I was in eighth grade I wrote a satirical sociology of the junior high school I was attending, dividing my classmates into five castes: Averages, Toughs, Pseudo-Toughs, Brainy Averages, and Brainy Weirdos. The last of these groups was the one I saw myself belonging to: “These have even higher I.Q.s than Brainy Averages. They are usually wimps. They do not conform to any usual style of dress (unless they are Pseudo-Toughs) and are likely to become nuclear physicists, cellular biologists, or something like that. They are not usually dangerous except when you trip over them.” (See my blog athttp://martianperspective.blogspot.com/2013/03/guest-post-1980s-time-capsule.html for the whole thing). Arnold in Heroes of Earth is like that. There’s a lot of the young Martin in him, to be honest.

As you can probably guess, when I wrote about the “Brainy Weirdos” I already saw myself as a writer, and had done so for several years by that point, producing reams of poetry (especially haiku), short stories and essays. I was hooked on expressing myself that way from the moment in elementary school when I read aloud in class an Inspector Clouseau ripoff I had composed for an assignment and basked in the laughter of my classmates—and for once, they weren’t laughing at me.

Berman-GorvineSaveTheDragonsIf you were asked to create the syllabus for a college class in science fiction literature, what books would be on there as required reading? As passing discussion?

I’m a great believer in classics, and I would start with Gulliver’s Travels because for me the presentation of very different kinds of people and creatures, fantastical technologies such as the “project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers” at the grand academy of Lagado, and of course the underlying satire of human venality and violence are the very same things that draw so many of us to reading and writing science fiction. H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds established two of the major themes in science fiction and have never been exceeded in storytelling excitement. Alternate history classics such as Ward Moore’s Bring the Jubilee and Philip K. Dick’s flawed but brilliant The Man in the High Castle helped create an important subgenre and pave the way for Harry Turtledove’s novels and my own work, such as the British America in my novels Save the Dragons and Heroes of Earth. The works of the great women writers who overlapped with “Second Wave” feminism in the larger American culture, such as Joanna Russ’s The Female Man, Ursula Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven, and James Tiptree Jr.’s Houston, Houston, Do You Read? provided vital new perspectives. I would want to include the work of Robert Charles Wilson, who writes three-dimensional characters and ponders deep religious questions amid world-shaking events, notably in The Spin. Really I’d have a lot of trouble limiting the reading list, or fighting the temptation to assign my own work.

DanielsBraveNewGirlsCare to share an awkward fangirl/fanboy moment, either one where someone was gushing over your work…..or one where you were gushing over another author’s work?

Oh gosh. At Awesomecon 2015 I got the chance to meet Amber Benson, the actress, filmmaker and urban fantasy author. I wanted to give her a copy of my book Heroes of Earth that I had with me, but I worried that would make me seem like some kind of freakily obsessed fan, or maybe an author nobody wanted to read, especially because there were staff hovering around to prevent the truly obsessed from bothering the “celebrities.” So I settled for giving her a bookmark with my books listed on it. If by some bizarre chance she ends up reading this, I still have the book I meant to give her, autographed and everything!

What do you do when you are not writing?

Reading, mostly history or speculative fiction. Cleaning up excretia from our five cats and one dog. Disregarding Petula Clark’s advice and falling asleep on the subway. Working at my day job as a newsletter reporter and editor.

Berman-GorvineSevenAgainstMarsWhat is a recurring or the most memorable geeky argument or debate you have taken part in?

I have these every day with my sixteen-year-old son Daniel. He asks me what I would do if I could travel in time—“and you’re not allowed to kill Hitler, Dad.” “Kill Hitler,” I say. His follow-up question is, “What superpower would you have, if you could have any?” I haven’t figured out the answer to that one, so I shift us over to a little light ontological debate. Sometimes he offers me some useful advice for my next novel—for example, when I told him about the philosophical problem posed by the existence of parallel worlds in Larry Niven’s short story “All the Myriad Ways,” where the main character decides to kill himself because free will is meaningless in a multiverse where all possible decisions have been made somewhere, he suggested a counterargument that made it into Heroes of Earth. When we finish talking he’ll go back to playing Skyrim and I’ll go back to such fun pursuits as reading about the Nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939.

Berman-Gorvine36Side characters can make or break a story. What side characters have you enjoyed in other works? What side characters in your own work have caught more attention than you expected?

Side characters can assume outsize importance in the hands of a skilled author. For example, I recently finished reading Erica O’Rourke’s Dissonance, one of the most intriguing and complex approaches I’ve ever encountered on a parallel world theme. The main character, Delancey, is something of a standard-issue young adult heroine in being a rebel and a misfit, though she’s no less appealing for that. Her older sister Addison is her foil for much of the novel, a goody-two-shoes and seemingly an untroubled snitch who starts to develop unexpected depths and nuances toward the end of the novel. I’m looking forward to seeing both girls’ characters develop in the sequel.

In my own work, Jo Purnell, who first appeared as the annoying kid sister of one of the two teenage main characters in my 2013 novel Save the Dragons, returns in a more central role in Heroes of Earth, and I can feel she is definitely demanding her own novel. She’s going to get what she wants, too, because I’m a little intimidated by a girl who can telepathically talk to dragons, out-think Albert Einstein and Roger Penrose in mathematical physics, effortlessly picture higher dimensions in her mind, is musically talented, and outspoken and willing to fight for what she believes in. The challenges she faces will have to be considerable to be worthy of her. But she may live to regret getting what she wants, because I’ve recently signed a deal for a four-book horror novel series with Silver Leaf Books—the first one, All Souls Day, is due out in February 2016.

Places to find Martin Berman-Gorvine

Twitter: @MeshuggeWriter

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Robinson Crusoe 2244 by E. J. Robinson

RobinsonRobinsonCrusoe2244Where I Got It: Review copy

Narrator: Malk Williams

Publisher: E. J. Robinson (2015)

Length: 8 hours 1 minute

Series: Book 1 Robinson Crusoe

Author’s Page

Set in a future dystopian world, the once UK civilization has risen once again. The government maintains a tight control on its citizens, many lines of study are forbidden, weapons are not allowed in civilian hands, and a class system is firmly in place. Teen Robinson is from a prominent family and is usually dodging trouble. Along with his best friend, Slink, he can be found occasionally scaling forbidden buildings by moonlight. Rebellion is stirring beneath the surface and Robinson is soon caught up in it. He is forced to flee the only life he has ever known, crash landing on unknown shores in a degraded land populated by mutated monsters.

Let’s start with my one little quibble: This story stands well on its own and it was not necessary for the author to draw some parallels with the classic Robinson Crusoe by Defoe. OK, now that that is out of the way, let me gush. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. The author shows us the messed up side of Crusoe’s society in many small ways that cumulatively lead up to the big punch-in-the-face reality that Crusoe has to live through. There’s betrayal and pity, friendship and familial bonds, hope and luck.

Then he crashes onto what was once the USA. There, all signs of civilization have long since degraded. The buildings are in ruins, food is scarce, & winter is coming on. To add to his quickly shortening odds of survival, there are the Renders (which are mutated monsters that might have once been humans a few generations back). The Renders can be quite large (think bull-sized) and sometimes go on all fours. They are always hungry and not above eating a human or two.

Crusoe must learn to survive. He has a few rations from his crashed ship to get him started but he has to find reliable shelter, clean water (or a safe place to boil it), and food. Oddly enough, it is the loneliness that starts to undo him. Lucky for him, he finds a series of companions in this diseased land. Without giving away plot points, these various companions teach him different things, both about himself and about survival. My favorite was Friday because she was so very practical and could take the hard road.

Added to all this is a mystery surrounding Crusoe’s mother, who supposedly died in a flyer accident a few years back. Crusoe has always had questions about that day and his sudden flight and subsequent findings add to his questions. I really liked how this turned out. On the other side of the coin, there are these savages that come in by boat every full moon with captives that they sacrifice. Absolutely chilling! These scenes were written very well and were disturbing. I really felt like I was in Crusoe’s shoes, watching from a somewhat safe distance, as these sacrifices were made.

Crusoe’s story arc was very interesting to watch progress. He always had some smarts, if not common sense. As circumstances, teachers, and companions beat their lessons into him, he changes under the harsh weight. He goes from a clever, well-bred young man who is pasty white and weak in muscle, to a survivor made of determination and sinew. Riding around in his head, we can clearly see why he makes certain hard choices and what drives him to continue on. As a note, there were more than one ethnicity in this book, an aspect I appreciated. The ending completes the story arc for this book and leaves it set up for Book 2, which I eagerly await coming out in audiobook.

I received this audiobook from the author (via the Audiobook Blast Newsletter) at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

The Narration: Malk Williams was a great choice for young Robinson Crusoe. He was able to keep a clear voice for Crusoe even as he aged both physically and mentally. He had quite believable female voices and a range of voices for the rest of the men. There are a few sections where another language is spoken that doesn’t quite match any of our modern languages and Williams did a great job of making these sound fluid and natural. I especially liked his voice for Friday.

What I Liked: Had my attention the entire time; mutated human monsters; tough choices – not for wimps!; lovely cover art; engaging characters; multiple ethnicities; satisfying ending leaving room for Book 2.

What I Disliked: This is quite minor: the story stands quite well on its own and parallels to the classic Robinson Crusoe by Defoe are not necessary.

What Others Think:

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No Such Thing by Edward Lorn

LornNoSuchThingWhere I Got It: Bought an Audible.com copy.

Narrator: Audio Elan

Publisher: Edward Lorn (2014)

Length: 42 minutes

Author’s Page

Johann Schmidt is seeking funding for his latest genetic experiment. His fundraising speech to a group of wealthy atheists doesn’t go over so well, but he does get invited to have a private chat with renowned scientist Eliot Von Lennon.

Eliot Von Lennon’s assistant, Claire Jacobs, is the first to bring up the question of the human soul. Subsequent questions follow such as: Can it be measured? Can it be created? What happens if mad scientists create some laboratory life that is lacking a soul? These are all interesting questions that are explored in this short tale.

Johann Schmidt hopes to skirt the  laws concerning creating clones and Eliot Von Lennon is willing to fund his efforts if Schmidt will help him with a little problem of his own. At first, Schmidt is disgusted by the mere appearance of Lennon. Even though he is a man of science, he still has a narrow view of what is acceptable.

MILD SPOILER:  I liked this tale because Lennon is not wholly male or nor wholly female, but rather a chimera. I  am not sure what the proper term is, perhaps intersex, but it is great to see this highly underrepresented slice of society present in this tale. END SPOILER

The three set too, attempting to make Lennon’s dream come true. This is where I got a little murky on the plot. I thought that Lennon wanted to accomplish one thing, but then we move forward a bit in time and apparently I was wrong about what Lennon wanted. I feel like a didn’t connect a few dots there. At any rate, none of them got what they thought they were getting and things get messy.

The tale starts off all science-y and talking about rights and wrongs. However, once the experiment is underway and coming to fruition, the horror part sets in. Under the stress, we get to see the true nature of Eliot Von Lennon who isn’t as sympathetic a character as we are first lead to believe. There are casualties and gore. Yep, the author hooked me in with the age old questions surrounding souls and coupled it with science. By the time the horror arrived in the plotline, I was trapped and had to see the story through to the end. All in all, it was an interesting tale bringing up some age-old questions concerning the soul and medical experimentation.

Narration:  Audio Elan did a very nice job. Schmidt had a German accent the entire time (which was awesome to hear). Then Elan had a nice female voice for Claire, and an often indeterminate voice (as required by the story) for Von Lennon. Also, there was this one section where a character had to type out answers in reply to spoken questions and Elan did a masterful job of portraying the ragged typing.

What I Liked:  The cover art; questions of the soul; medical experimentation; mad scientists; things end messy;  excellent narration.

What I Disliked:  There is one short stretch in the plot where I didn’t connect the dots.

What Others Think:

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Anstractor: Vestalia by Greg Dragon

DragonAnstractorVestaliaWhere I Got It: Review copy

Narrator: Anisha Dadia

Publisher: Greg Dragon (2014)

Length: 8 hours 18 minutes

Series: Book 1 The New Phase

Author’s Page

Set in a future universe, humans have been waring with each other and with an alien reptilian species. Now, the humans have consolidated their powers by force and a cat and mouse cold war exists between them and the reptiles. Rafian, as a small orphaned boy, is a casualty of all this chaos. He grows up in the system, being broken down and built up time and again until he is a superb pilot and killer.

The book started off strong and promising. I really enjoyed how the foundation for Rafian’s character was laid out as it explained many of his actions later on. Also, he’s not the only one who has gone through such harshness. Rather, the author built in characters with a variety of backgrounds. This made the plot even more interesting. In addition, there is plenty of cool tech, something I always look for in scifi. Once Rafian joins up with the spy program (which happens just past the halfway mark but is noted in the book blurb so I feel no guilt mentioning it), we get some pretty cool Matrix like stuff going on. The spy program isn’t at all what Rafian was expecting. The story is told through a series of memories, so I never really feared that Rafian would end up dead. He does have some pretty close calls though, so there is some good suspense.

Rafian also has a softer side he saves for the ladies. Indeed, he has several relationships throughout this book. The first couple added to the plot and gave Rafian’s character depth. But then things got a bit repetitive (for instance, he tends to date one drama queen after another) and more and more of the book was given over to Rafian’s love life. As less and less of the book was about the plot and the scifi universe, I became less interested in the story. Plus, Rafian is never at fault in any of these relationships and all of the women are extremely jealous of him spending any time with another female. Then we get into the whole forced promiscuity thing and it read more like a playboy’s fantasy than a scifi story. Yep, in the end I was left wanting more substance and less relationship drama.

However, the book is a fun military romance science fiction story if you aren’t looking for depth. I truly appreciated that women were equals in this tale and the author didn’t feel the need to point that out. We had women at every level in the command structure and serving as equals side by side with Rafian.

I received this audiobook from the author (via the Audiobook Blast Newsletter) at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

The Narration: Anisha Dadia has a lovely British accent that she reads the entire book in. At first, I questioned why the author picked a female narrator when the main focus of the story is a man, but after the first hour, I felt Dadia was a good fit. Plus, the story is told in 3rd person, as an outsider looking in and recording all these events. Dadia had decent voices for the men and a variety of voices for the ladies. On the technical side, there sometimes was a change in volume and occasionally there was a small thump or other extraneous noise. Neither were enough to irritate me into turning off the audiobook.

What I Liked: Fun read; Rafian is an engaging character; women in the military; plenty of cool gadgets; alien species.

What I Disliked: The story devolved into a relationship therapy session; the narration could use a little technical clean up.

What Others Think:

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Massive Multi-Author Book Launch Coming September 1!

ENTER THE PARADISI WORLD…

A science fiction adventure through time, space and generations, brought to life through the creativity and independent perspectives of multiple authors. Enter the world of the Paradisi Chronicles, where every new journey is a surprise ride you’ll never want to get off.

 

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What is the Paradisi Chronicles?

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When Author Hugh Howey put out the challenge in 2014 for writers to band together to write in the same universe, our group of seven authors took up the challenge. We spent a year building out a fictional planetary system, complete with a massive world narrative with multiple peoples, languages, and storylines as well as detailed maps and a large amount of research into advances in Space Elevator, EmDrive, Ford-Svaiter Mirror, and spaceship technologies.

In addition, we came together with a clear goal: the Paradisi Project is an open-source world, meaning any author who wishes to join in may write any story they wish. Thus far, we have written in a variety of genres: YA romance, a contemporary romance, two action-adventures, a coming-of-age action-adventure, and two near-future scifi novells on offer coming up September 1.

And so it begins…

In the last decades of the twenty-first century, ten wealthy men and women, seeking to escape the increasingly devastated Earth, focus all their power and wealth on developing the technology and building the spaceships that will allow a select few to leave Earth and colonize the world they call New Eden. Here, on their new home in the Paradisi Planetary System, these Founding Families hope to avoid the environmental and political mistakes that were destroying Earth. But they find that the world they claim for their own is already inhabited, and the Ddaeran, the original inhabitants, although human-like in their appearance, possess abilities that the Founders and their Descendants will find both intriguing and frightening.

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Book 1, Paradisi Exodus Novella Series

Paradisi EscapeMy novella series, Paradisi Exodus, details the origin story of the Paradisi Chronicles. I adore origin stories in general–hello every superhero origin story! =) While researching another scifi series I’m writing, I got obsessed with space elevators and realized I could add that technology to the world of Paradisi. Much of the tech in Paradisi originated with my various geeky obsessions with astronomy and near-future tech. Mea Culpa!

Here’s a bit about the story that kicks off my series:

In near future 2094, Earth is on the brink of nuclear winter. A secret evacuation is already underway, and Solomon Reach and his crew have guaranteed passage on the last starship to leave for colonization and exploration of a new planet in a distant galaxy. When Solomon learns of a betrayal that will have catastrophic consequences, he is faced with an impossible choice: who will live and who will die?

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About the Author

Cheri Lasota writing as Tristan James

Author Tristan JamesAudavoxx.com Founder Cheri Lasota has been a freelance author, editor, ebook designer and marketing consultant for over a decade, Cheri has dedicated her life and career to helping authors succeed in publishing. Her bestselling debut novel, Artemis Rising, is a 2013 Cygnus Awards First Place Winner and a 2012 finalist in the Next Generation Indie Books Awards. Echoes in the Glass is her second novel.

She is currently writing a scifi trilogy and a fantasy series. Cheri’s Paradisi Chronicles novella series is written under the pen name Tristan James.

Imperial Power by Dean Warren

WarrenImperialPowerWhere I Got It: Review copy

Narrator: David Dietz

Publisher: Dean Warren (2014)

Length: 9 hours 41 minutes

Series: Book 3 The Pacification of Earth

Author’s Page

This book picks up perhaps a few months after Book 2. Some parts of the Arabic world have joined forces with Europe and North America under the command of Benjamin Bjorn. Now China presents the largest organized threat. But to pacify them, Bjorn will have to contend with betrayal and assassination attempts. Plus, he has that loud ex-wife Jenny and his young son to pacify too.

This book started off promising. We have a very engaging action scene that involves a near fatal plane crash. Luckily for them they had a competent pilot that put them on the ground in almost one piece. Then Bjorn checks out the lady pilot’s feminine attributes. Sigh…. But they have to run off quickly or be captured, tortured, and killed.  So no time for flirtations.

Book 2, The Crescent Strikes, had a plethora of dated cultural stereotypes. I am glad to say that the author largely moved away from these and we had more individual character opinions. That was nice to see and let me be a bit more engaged with the plot even with it still being mostly predictable. We also still have a limited number of female characters and mostly they are eye candy and bed warmers. Bjorn’s soon-to-be ex wife Jenny is still a knock out, though she does have a touch more political power in this book. Meanwhile, Bjorn’s new love interest starts off with a career and thoughts of her own and quickly becomes a pretty thing to hang on his arm. Sigh.

Setting all that aside, the issue of contraception comes up often in this book. The world is highly over populated and if the world governments don’t get a hold on it, then the human race may very well be doomed. Still, the methods for national contraception (spraying hormones in the air on a regular basis) were quite ludicrous. A quick web search would turn up some pretty basic info about hormonal contraception, the different types, and what such hormones do to men versus women, the young versus the elderly. There is no one single solution in the world of contraception. There was also this universal pill anyone, male or  female, could take to suppress sperm or ova. Again, this quirked my eyebrow in disbelief.

Additionally, Bjorn requires his new girlfriend to take the pill… but the man has yet to get a vasectomy himself. In fact our fearless leader takes no active responsibility when it comes to contraception. So, that made it hard to believe the man was taking the world’s population issue seriously. Bjorn definitely has a blind spot when it comes to this issue and perhaps even a sexist attitude.

Alright, putting my little contraception soap box away. Besides those glaring issues, the pacing of the book does move the reader along at a nice clip. Once again, we have a nice balance of action and contemplation, of politics and sexytimes. There’s still some tension between the Achievers and the Welfies, but we are seeing that more and more folks are seeing eye to eye as they work together. For me, this book was pretty meh but for someone looking for a near-future military fiction without too much depth, this could be fun.

I received this audiobook at no charge from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

The Narration: David Dietz did another fine job. He had a variety of accents to pull off as well as male & female voices. He did well imbuing the characters with emotion when the story called for it.

What I Liked: Good pacing; underdog hero still leading the way; the various cultures are starting to play together well.

What I Disliked: The females are under represented; little research went into contraception; our hero doesn’t partake of the contraception; rather predictable; ladies are mostly pretty to look at and fun to bed.

The Mentor by T. W. Fendley

FendleyTheMentorWhere I Got It: Won a copy from the author via Library Thing (thanks!).

Narrator: Matthew McGraw

Publisher: TW Fendley LLC (2015)

Length: 24 minutes

Author’s Page

So this book is a little hard to describe. Think far future, or some alternate galaxy. There are two-legged giraffes that have conquered space travel and populate multiple worlds. Same for lions. Then there is this tech that allows the giraffes, and lions, travel through time and space, and to be able to shield themselves from view. Now toss in big corporations that have total control over our finances, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. In fact they can charge you today for money you will spend in the future.

Yep, all that in only 24 minutes. This is a very odd little story, but quite delightful. First, our main giraffe or, rather, a two-legged girapod, Zher, is a low-paid teacher. She has to take all these young girapods on a field trip. They use the tech to go to a zoo where their supposed ancestors (the giraffes we all know and love) reside. Of course, she has to pay for the trip. So she has gotten her hands on a fake credit wand via a shady relative.

Enter the mighty Max, who is quite leonine and unwilling to easily give up the chase. He intends to figure out how Zher is paying for her stuff. Now all that is just the set up. I haven’t spoiled anything. Plenty of shenanigans ensue. In fact, there is quite a nice little twist at the end that makes perfect sense once you see it.

Over all, this was a delightfully strange story. There is quite a bit going on it, so I suggest you listen to it when you have the time to give it your full attention. I really loved the idea of sentient, space and time traveling giraffes. Let alone ones who commit credit card fraud! And look at that cover art. Ha! Too fun!

The Narration:  Matthew McGraw was a fun narrator for this book. He didn’t giggle at the idea of two-legged girapods traveling space with fake credit cards. Or, if he did, he didn’t record it. I especially liked his voice for Max the leonine credit detective. 

What I Liked: Totally fun; crazy cover art; two-legged time traveling, space traveling, credit abusers – need I say more?

What I Disliked: Nothing! I really liked this tale.