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Space Police

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A few lighthearted laughs about a "man out of time" trope, this was a quick read without a lot of depth.
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*Honest review given for a free copy from Netgalley.*

★★★☆☆

	This is my first David Blake novel, so I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. The floating cow on the cover made me think this would be a zany and humorous read. It was definitely zany and a fun read for summer. 

	Detective Andrew Capstan wakes up and finds himself a leg short and stuck in the year 2459. He teams up with the great-great-several more greats-grandson of a Sergeant he worked with in 2017 to solve a mystery involving a cow. 

	I liked the premise. In Blake’s future, dairy is a rare commodity in high demand and hard to find off of Earth, so a cow going missing is a high-level crime. The college kids on a crusade to free cows was very amusing as well. The escalation of the plot line worked very nicely and the humor of the entire situation was fun. I laughed at some of the zany situations capstan and his friends found themselves drawn into. 

	Even early into the story, the tone is light and rich with humor. Like Dewbush arguing with the YouGet to order a simple glass of water. The entire story keeps the humor the focal point. This made Space Police a great read for sitting under the summer sun. 

	The length of the sentences are noticeably long, I counted one early on and found it to be 205 words! I wonder how the audio narrator was able to read without pausing to gasp for breath.They grew shorter as the story progressed, but in the beginning, it was almost impressive how long some of these sentences were. 

	The characters felt flat and didn’t really develop over the story. After a while, everyone started to sound the same. The reactions to what happens to them is fleeting and there’s not much emotional depth to the characters. Which felt odd when Capstan had a fleeting thought about his dead wife and children. It lasted for a paragraph and vanished with little emotional reaction from Capstan. 

What I didn’t care for:

-While I thought the humor was good, for the most part, some of the jokes relied on repetitive words or actions (I.e. the grieving process Castan goes over about his leg in chapter two is then repeated by the Doctor in chapter three, or the confusion that ensues anytime Dewbush talks to a computer, or the various mix up with names, Catspam or Bewdush. ). It started to get a little annoying after the first several times. 

-It wasn't until I reached Chapter 10 that I realized there weren’t any women characters. And what women there are (the secretary and Wife-bot Susan) were referenced in a sexy way. For example, the perfection of the secretary’s legs and the sexualizaton overall of Wife-bot Susan. In chapter 12 the sexy milkmaid bot appears, followed by Lucy Butterbum. Lucy goes on to become a minor character, with her own POV chapters as she gets kidnapped to Titan. 

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Someone needed to inherit the mantle from Douglas Adams.  Blake may be the one.  Then his style of humor may be closer to Monty Python than Adams.  This is absurdist comedy at it's best, sorely needed in these uncertain times. 

In book 1, our stalwart hero, Captain Capstan, awakes in the 25th century, missing a leg, longing for a glass of water.  Dewbrush, his side kick sergeant is there and leaves to find a doctor.  Capstan realizes something is different when Dewbrush interacts with a microwave, that produces a glass of water, charging Dewbrush $250 for the water.  

In short, the plot is really secondary to the gags, the banter, and the implausibility of the situation.
The style, compared to Scalzi is over the top. Sometimes the world needs slapstick.  This is it. 

Recommended for those who need a laugh
Full disclosure.  I received this ARC from netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
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This book was fine. Exactly fine. Not super-great, but not a disappointment. It delivered exactly what I expected: a comedic romp through a bit of the future with nothing but one absurdity thrown into the plot after another.

I can tell the characters are being set up to continue a series, and I'm sure I'll read more of them. Sometimes (especially NOW) you need pure escapism, and how better to do that that with a British police office who finds himself defrosted 400+ years in the future (when he didn't even know he was going to be frozen), where milk (yes, dairy milk) is precious, the earth is ruled by the US, aliens abound, as does space travel. But crime still exists, too, so he is set on a mission that is *exactly* what it sounds like it would be.

It was fun, easy to read. Preposterous concept. That's what silly sci-fi is all about!
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Not so much funny as absurd, there's a lot to like here. It shares a sense of humour with Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's utterly bonkers and well worth a read if your tastes run to the absurd. Inspector Capstan wakes up in the 25th century, four hundred years later than expected, and missing a leg. A cleaner has unplugged his cryo machine by accident and Capstan tries to pick up the pieces of his former life aided by the humourless Lieutenant Dewbush who happens to be descended from Capstan's old sergeant. Sent to Earth (now completely ruled by America) to Port's Mouth to investigate the disappearance of a cow, Capstan and Dewbush end up on Titan, where the Mammary Clans (who look like huge blobs of blancmange, live on milkshakes and worship earth cows) are trying to resist a takeover bid by the American president. Chaos ensues. I gather there are previous adventures of Capstan and the original Dewbush, but this is my first encounter.
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A humourous science fiction story that seeks to emulate the works of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett but does not quite embody the same type of wit and prose as either, Blake's work is a serviceable narrative that is more aligned with the Idiotacracy screenplay in panache. If you are looking for absurdist humor, this is probably a good entry point into the sub genre of humourist fiction.
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IT's British, t's snarky, but it's no Douglas Adams. I wanted something fun to read, but while the basic idea, a police inspector woken from cryo after being wounded in the line of duty and finding himself in a future that looks like his past, but more crowded and with less going for it.  Unfortunately, the author just doesn't pull it off.
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half "hitchhiker guide", half "the pink panther", inspector Capstan woke by mistake from a deep iced state in a totally absurd future. But the frightening thing is it is deeply rooted in our present and shows the present absurdity accurately. so so this future is not so improbable, alas... the writing is right, funny and you really can't lay the book down before the end. a nice book for easy reading, nothing too anxiogenic but could make someone thinking about the state of our present world. a nice reboot for the inspector Capstan
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Space Police is not bad, but it is also definitely not Hitchhikers or even Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Following his cryogenic freezing and unfreezing, the story of Detective Inspector Capstan and his first case for the Space Police is very basic and simple and could have done with fleshing out more so it does not read like an overlong novella.

The humour in Space Police feels more juvenile than the aforementioned series and jokes are dragged out for far too long. 

On the other hand, it is an easy read, to a point where I think this would have been more successful if the target audience had been children. This would require some of the sexual jokes being removed and the idea that the only women who exist are either a farmer's daughter or sex(y) robot was removed altogether. In hindsight, better to remove the latter idea completely no matter who the target audience is.

I will probably pick up the next one based on the improved reviews and similar to his crime novels, hopefully, David Blake creates a successful series in his own right.
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There's a lot to be said for a completely undemanding read. No struggling with Shakespeare's English.  No deep concentration on Hardy's interminable sentences. No guilt at having one's awareness enhanced by some miserable tale of social injustice. No moments of horror. No racing heart, and no sweaty palms at nail biting moments. This is a book you can put down at night or stick in your pocket when your flight is called. 
This is a book of gentle humour for a respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life. I suspect though that there is a sort of catch 22 at work here; the sort of people who would appreciate this books might appreciate it probably don't read books. I suspect this book's market has been eaten by computer games.
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Next book on my to be reviewed list is Space Police: Attack of the Mammary Clans. An absurdly humorous  take on the buddy cop formula with a science fiction twist, that sees Detective Inspector Capstan waking from a dream about ice cream and dog poo to find himself 400 years in the future. The humour comes at you thick and fast from aliens resembling a certain milky pudding to a police lieutenant riding a cow in mid-air . While much of the humour is hit and miss the story progresses at a brisk pace which rarely falters making for an easy read. Likely aimed at more of a teen reader I don’t see too many adults finding this to be a series of interest unless they have a very, very broad sense of humour.
Overall not the greatest book I have reviewed to date, maybe something to pickup for a teenager on a train when the phone has died?
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Space Police is a book that gives you what it promises on the cover. They're in Space (sometimes), they are police.... and there are cows. Not only that, the subtitle is suitably apt... this book certainly is almost funny. There were parts that I thought were quite humourous, but the book relies on far too many misunderstandings of sarcasm, and the repeated idea that being funny has been made illegal in the future.

I didn't know this was a sequel going in (despite it being book 1 of the series) so perhaps some subtleties about the character were lost on me.....As some other reviewers have alluded to, I think I may have needed to read the previous books. There are a lot of mentions of his previous partner, so any of these references were lost on me. There is also no clear indication as to why Capstan was frozen, but again, this may be clear in previous books.

Enough of being negative, once I got past these points I found the story to be entertaining enough, and was excited to see what would pan out. This one is not for you if you are a fan of Trump I don't think, but then again most humourous books aren't.

Overall I thought it was a good book. I'm in no way sorry that I read it, I'm just not sure I would continue the series. While for me it was not on a par with Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams, I'm sure other fans of these books will find an enjoyable read here.
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This is quite a silly tale of Inspector Catspam :) waking up 450 years after unknowingly having been put into suspended animation.
The running jokes are similar to ones in his stories from the 21st century.  I like that he has disdain for his subordinate Dewbush.
Yes this series is quite juvenile, but books don't have to be serious all the time.
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This book was really enjoyable. Full of weird humor and that was definitely my cup of tea. I really like the cover. I can't wait to read other books in this series. If you like Douglas Adams works you will definitely like this book too.
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A fun read. Well worth the time if you like books like Hitchhiker's Guide or the DiscWorld Series you will love this one. I am looking forward to reading the remainder books in the series.
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A British police inspector—of which there seem to be thousands today—wakes up from cryo to find himself on an orbiting space station above Earth, with only one leg. There’s some mention of how he lost it, presumably in a previous book, but nothing on why they took his cryo tube or whatever it is from Earth to the space station. Seems like an excuse to have a contemporary detective move into science fiction.
Right from the start it’s trying really hard to be Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. The scene with the microwave is right out of Red Dwarf. {Do I know sci-fi comedy or what?}
Though I’ve traveled through Great Britain a lot, there’s a bunch of Britishisms I’m not getting.
I wish that there was at least one character that isn’t a complete idiot, and that goes for the protagonist as well. Sigh.
This was more silly than funny, not much different than others I’ve read in this genre, except in space.
2.5 pushed up to 3/5
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An irreverent comedy science fiction story reminiscent of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the book was entertaining enough to warrant interest in a sequel and recommendation to fellow book lovers
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Perfect book for a teen that is bored at home. Nothing violent just childish humor.. Good read for teens.
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Tried six chapters. Interesting ideas but not enough story to keep my interest. Did not finish. A lot of scene setting but nothing has happened plot wise in six chapters. Amusing but humour not sharp enough for me. Supposed to be in future but felt like present using current technology and few original ideas. Didn’t understand why UK would provide dairy when other countries have more grassland areas. That was when I stopped.
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This book is brilliant! As a fan of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and Tom Holt, this book was a joy to read and I would recommend it to any fans of the same genres
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