Review: Will Save the Galaxy for Food by Yahtzee Croshaw

“Originally it had had two settings: Stun and Kill. These had proved inadequate against the ridiculously well-armored skin of monsters from particularly rough planets, so I’d found a way to tinker with the built-in limitations. The dial now had a third setting, labeled with the handwritten words ‘Solve All Immediate Problems.”
~Yahtzee Croshaw, Will Save the Galaxy for Food

Plot summary

“A not-quite epic science fiction adventure about a down-on-his luck galactic pilot caught in a cross-galaxy struggle for survival!

Space travel just isn’t what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren’t needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he’s sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue. Between space pirates, adorable deadly creatures, and a missing fortune in royalties, saving the universe was never this difficult!” More on Goodreads

On Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw

Yahtzee Croshaw, Mana Bar co-owner, at its opening, Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Photo: David Jackmanson (CC BY 2.0)
Yahtzee Croshaw, Mana Bar co-owner, at its opening, Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Photo: David Jackmanson (CC BY 2.0)
“Benjamin Richard ‘Yahtzee’ Croshaw is an English comedic writer, video game journalist and author of adventure games created using Adventure Game Studio software. He writes articles for Australia’s Hyper magazine, a major games publication. He uses his website ‘Fully Ramblomatic’ as an outlet for his own work, including weekly dark humour articles, essays, fiction, and webcomics. He is also one of the four founders of The Mana Bar; an Australian cocktail bar and video gaming lounge in Brisbane, Australia.” More on Goodreads

Key concepts
  • Non-stop space adventure
  • Misadventures of an unlucky space pilot
  • Sneaky characters and monsters
Review

When I was down with a spring flu, I got the audiobook version of Croshaw‘s recently released novel Will Save the Galaxy for Food (2017) and listened to it almost non-stop. It was the perfect way to make time fly and laugh at the same time.

While listening to the novel, I was reminded of another space opera comedy that I read earlier this year, the Red Dwarf. Both are hilarious slapstick comedies with absurd bigger-than-life characters and the adventure seems to be a common feature in their lives. They also end up in the most ridiculous of situations but luckily always make it out safe and sound, or do they?

Moon. Photo: islandTropicalman (CC0 Public Domain)
Moon. Photo: islandTropicalman (CC0 Public Domain)
In Croshaw’s novel, the non-chemistry between most of the characters in one of the best features, and the portrayal of teenagers is hilarious. One cannot really take anyone in the novel seriously, they are all more or less sketch characters and one only wishes the best for them.

I do not have much to elaborate on the novel as it is a perfect feel-good book. I recommend this book for anyone needing a bit of fun in their lives. If you have the chance, check out the unabridged audiobook version for the sake of surplus dramatization. Enjoy the ride while it lasts! We only live once 🙂

Other novels and stories by Croshaw
  • Fog Juice (2005)
  • Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die (2010), contributor
  • Mogworld (2010)
  • Jam (2012)

Sketchbook mobile. Photo: YoLaGringo (CC BY 2.0)
Sketchbook mobile. Photo: YoLaGringo (CC BY 2.0)
More information
– DarkChaplain: Review: Will Save the Galaxy for Food by Yahtzee Croshaw, published on Reading Lamp on 20 February 2017, link retrieved on 26 April 2017
– fullyramblomatic: Yahtzee Croshaw’s blog, link retrieved on 26 April 2017
– Yahtzee Croshaw’s Twitter account, link retrieved on 26 April 2017
WikipediaBen “Yahtzee” Croshaw, link retrieved on 26 April 2017

 

“That fact forms the center of a slightly racist joke referencing Ritsuko City’s large population of Japanese speakers. And I could certainly have escaped justice indefinitely by crossing the Black. But I’d have to lose my last scrap of self-respect, and in that case I would take up transvestite hooking before piracy. At least that would make for a less awkward conversation with Dad.”
~Yahtzee Croshaw, Will Save the Galaxy for Food

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