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There Goes the Galaxy by [Thorson, Jenn]
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It's the age-old tale of boy meets alien abductor. Boy meets stun-gun. Boy learns he's the only one in the Universe who can save the Earth from extreme world makeover by inter-stellar landlords. (Yeah: he thinks it's a bit much, too.) Like everyone else on his planet, Bertram Ludlow hasn't paid much attention to fluctuations in the intergalactic real estate market. But as a cognitive psychology grad student, he has given some thought to what a complete mental breakdown looks like. And this is pretty close. Now he’s discovering space is a mad and mind-boggling place where interspecies communication rests on the power of a gumball. Where androids demand better work/life balance. Where crime is Art, technology still has its bugs, and lasers don’t go "pyew-pyew." It's also surprisingly easy to get on the Universe's Most Wanted list. So with the weight of the world on his shoulders and the cosmic law on his tail, can Bertram outrun, outwit, and out-bid to save the Earthling squatters from one spaced-out redevelopment plan?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 973 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Waterhouse Press (30 December 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005M2RRRA
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlatively literate, erudite and inspired whimsy; Thorson can write! 27 October 2016
By video meliora proboque - Published on
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Cut-rate Douglas Adams, but since it's no more possible to compete with Adams' inimitable genius than it is to write a comparably pyrotechnically brilliant sequel to Ulysses or Finnegans Wake, I'm going to maintain that anyone who manages a 7 or above on the "Adams" scale is certainly worth reading for literacy and hilarity -- and Jenn Thorson I would adjudge to have managed something close to a "9." "There Goes the Galaxy" may not be a work of timeless genius, but it's a meticulously literate and highly entertaining work of inspired whimsy. If you miss Adams (and have read all his work), Thorson will certainly do for an (albeit less supernaturally brilliant) fix. And she knows how to have fun, and to poke fun. Five well-deserved stars.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased, surprised and captivated 1 November 2012
By Jack C. - Published on
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I decided to read Jenn's book based solely on her description of it as a humorous science fiction tale. Since I knew she wasn't a prolific, established sci-fi writer I was prepared to be entertained but not overwhelmed by her effort. I was wrong. I was overwhelmed...and very entertained. I'm grateful to social networks since that's where I encountered Jenn and heard about this book.

While it could be said that there are vague similarities between Jenn Thorson's "There Goes the Galaxy" and Douglas Adams's "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", each has its own unique voice and style. "There Goes the Galaxy" chronicles the adventures of Bertram Ludlow as he unwillingly becomes the sole human being tasked with saving the planet Earth.

American readers will likely find more to identify with in Ludlow than they did with Arthur Dent. For much of the first half of the story he doubts his sanity and seriously considers the possibility that all he's experiencing is little more than the result of a stress-induced mental breakdown, a feeling I suspect most of us would share in similar circumstances. The character of Ludlow is detailed well enough for the reader to feel familiar with him without wasting words on excessive minutiae. In this Jenn is consistant throughout the novel. We get a good feel for people and places without the plot being slowed down with the effort. The only facit of this tale that was mildly disappointing was the ending. But I have to admit it is a clever and satisfying way to leave the reader eager to read the next Ludlow story. And Jenn, you definitely owe us another in this series. I sense Bertram has many more adventures ahead of him. I'm dying to know what happens between him and Rozz, and will Rolliam ever find happiness as a rare book dealer.

The author exhibits the good sense to remember minor plot complications and eventually resolve them. Toward the end of the novel I wondered if she was hoping the reader would forget that Rozz was still wearing her control helmet. But Jenn remembered and dealt with it effectively and humorously. And Jenn has a deft touch with ironic references. I won't admit how long it took for me to get the gag in the name of the Seers of...well, read the book, you'll see.

Yes, read the book. If you enjoy humor and sci-fi and want to be thoroughly entertained for less than you'd spend on a cup of joe at the coffee shop, read the book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best SciFi comedy in years 8 February 2016
By Brian Mack - Published on
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After a long search filled with many books by various authors and stories ranging from mild to moderate amusement and creativity, I have finally found a worthy successor to the brilliant Douglas Adams. Jenn Thorson's There Goes the Galaxy contains all of the humor and wit found in Adams' classic Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Thorson has created an assortment of the most colorful characters from Trifling, uh Earthling, Bertram Ludlow, a less bumbling and more resourceful Arthur Dent, to his abductor/cohort, Rolliam Tsmorlood, who I could see being played on the big screen by Ron Perlman similar to his gritty portrayal of Hellboy, to a universe of imaginative and well-developed supporting characters. Thorson's clever use of double entendres for naming beings, places, and things had me laughing out loud as I read them. Dismayed by the ending, I thanked God to discover she had written a sequel, The Purloined Number, which I quickly purchased and eagerly read finding it every bit as entertaining as There Goes the Galaxy. Kudos to Thorson for bringing such fun back to science fiction comedies. I can't wait to start her third book in this series, Trifling Matters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new twist on a much loved theme 30 September 2016
By P. Wheeler - Published on
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The familiarity that any reader of Douglas Adams will feel when reading this trilogy is quite disconcerting at times. The parallels, the similarities, are so striking that I almost wonder if the story started off life as fan-fiction. The earth is not demolished, it's purchased by aliens; the two main protagonists are a cool, if rather dodgy, alien and a bemused earthling; another major character has two faces (not two heads though). The list goes on.
But where I disagree with some readers is that I don't think that this is a bad thing.
Yes, it's derivative; yes, the author hasn't quite got the polish and comic timing of Adams. But that doesn't mean that it's not fun, that doesn't mean that it's not a great read and, that doesn't mean that it's not a thousand times better than the 'officially sanctioned' sequel to h2g2 by Eoin Colfer.

Funny and well worth the read for any self-respecting fan of humorous sci-fi.

And if Penguin ever decide to commission another chapter in the H2G2 universe, they could do a lot worse than phoning Jenn Thorson
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Earth is in trouble 29 November 2014
By C. Ouellette - Published on
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Sci-fi is not my favorite genre. But I like good writing, good humor and an engaging plot and this book delivers on all counts.
Bertram Ludlow has been kidnapped by alien Rolliam Tsmorlood, because he is the only one who can save Earth and “life as we know it”. There’s only one problem; he has no idea what he’s doing and neither does Rollie.

The resulting story is a hilarious romp through the GCU (Greater Communicating Universe) as we discover its complexities and incongruities along with Bertram.

The story is well paced and speckled with humor. For the first half of the story, Bertram thinks that he has finally lost it and he keeps analyzing what he thinks is his delusion which leads to very funny inner dialogue.

The characters could have used a little bit more development but it does not really take anything away from the story. It could be a personal preference on my part. It certainly didn’t stop me from falling in deep like with Rollie, the badass alien outlaw who becomes Bertram’s sidekick (or vice versa, depending on the situation they find themselves in) against his will.
A solid 4 stars. I will definitely be reading the rest of this series.