Editorial review for my science fiction parody space opera Space Scrap 17 book 1: The Doomsday Machine is now up over at The Independent Review of Books 😁 😎.
Take a raucous ride through endless space, dark humor, and epic strangeness with The Doomsday Machine (Space Scrap 17 Book 1), a wild debut novel from Erick Drake. Magicians, alien war machines, spiteful coalescing gods, and one fearless scrap scavenger collide for a uniquely tongue-in-cheek space adventure.The Independent Review of Books
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“A wide-ranging short story collection in both content and form, Erick Drake’s Elashom the Great Refuses and Other Stories is a lush, clever, and quick read for fans of the supernatural and strange.” SPR
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Erick’s ability to embrace the language of the various climes in which he places his characters is magical, and the variety of the stories is multidimensional. For pure entertainment, this collection of shorties is another winner. Erick Drake is rapidly becoming a major voice in sci-fi literature – from fright to giggles! Highly recommended.
Being a big science fiction fan, I really enjoyed Intercambio, the second story in the collection. It focuses on a young interstellar traveler who is unsure of she is alone in her ship or not. This exposition, along with the images the author mentioned in the intro, do a great job of creating tension and forcing the reader to question whether or not humans really have a place among the stars. Each of the stories has its own flavor which is a testament to the author’s writing ability. Fans of anthologies will enjoy this, along with those who enjoy short stories with a bit of a darker twist.
I’ll admit, I’ve never been much for short stories, but this was a good collection of sci-fi and fantasy stories and I felt like each story was just the right length. Not too short, not too long, and the writing is good. It’s pretty dark, though to be honest, I’ve always been attracted to stories where you really feel like the characters are really in danger or at least aren’t going to solve all their problems with just a snap of the fingers.
Few stories keep me as engaged as this one, and let me tell you, it’s been a while since I laugh this much, this is not what I expected. This is the second instalment in this series but I have no problem understanding the story and setting. The greatest feat an author can achieve it’s to recognize the scope of the story and take it seriously when it needs to, but also to make fun of it as well…If you’re having a bad day, this is the type of book that will definitely turn around your day for the better.
1960s Purple Sex Gas: A space opera comedy-drama (Space Scrap 17 Book 2) by Erick Drake is a super funny comedy based in space…As the follow-up to The Doomsday Machine: A space opera comedy-drama (Space Scrap 17 Book 1), this book takes the absurdity even further with a great cast of characters and bizarre settings along with plenty of hilarious action. There’s a great balance of the serious along with comedy, that skill truly being the mark of an accomplished writer. Loads of fun and a great escape, this one is highly recommended.
…the book was superbly written, with brilliantly drawn settings and characters. The author weaved a well-crafted and hilarious space adventure that will captivate the reader from the opening chapter. Thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it. A well deserved five stars from me and looking forward to reading more from this talented writer.
If you are a fan of series like Discworld (Terry Pratchett) or The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (Adam Douglass) then you will enjoy Purple Sex Gas, the next instalment of Eric Drake’s Space Scrap 17 series.
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‘I thought the book was superbly written, with brilliantly drawn settings and characters. The author weaved a well-crafted and hilarious space adventure that will captivate the reader from the opening chapter.
Thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it. A well deserved five stars from me and looking forward to reading more from this talented writer.‘