Narrator: Will Madden
Published by Square Straw Press on 07-26-17
Genres: Humor, Military Science Fiction, Science-Fiction
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
Source: Author, Narrator
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Disemboweled by the razor scythes of a six-foot mantis, lobotomized by hungry larvae, or roasted on an exoskeletal skewer: these are only a few of the disgusting ways to die in humanity's hopeless war against giant space insects. Deployed on a brutal bug planet without a chaplain, a depleted infantry unit has entrusted its eulogy duties to the soldier standing closest at time of death. Somehow this rotten privilege keeps falling to Pvt. Timothy Archon.
Archon's speeches explore the strange obsessions the men have developed since the war began--from archiving killbug death psalms to trying to seduce the enemy. Did these manias somehow redeem them, or only bring them quicker to their messy ends?
But more importantly: Why does Archon keep having such terrible luck?
Earth has been destroyed by the killbugs, an alien race similar to insects but much larger and dangerous. Now stranded on a killbug planed, several man are participating in this war, and dying. Since their chaplain has also died, Timothy Archon will be in charge of the eulogies for his fallen friends.
This book is a satire about humanity and war. Madden uses a lot of black humor to illustrate the lives and deaths of nine men of Archon’s battalion. Some are hilarious and some just entertaining, but there is a dark and sad undertone that did not leave me indifferent.
Each chapter is a short story telling the life and death of one of these men. Most of deaths are quite absurd, as I guess happens in real life.
I have read rave reviews about this book, and I had great expectations. I found the idea quite original, but for some reason it was not my cup of tea. I think it is a book to be enjoyed in small doses, and not just in one sit.
The book is narrated by the author himself, and he did a wonderful job, artistically and technically both. He gave voices to the different characters and delivered wonderful interpretations. The audio production quality was perfect, at the level of a professional narrator.I received a copy of this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My name is Elena. Since I was a little child I loved science fiction and fantasy, and I can’t resist to a good novel. In 2015, while wait I started to listen to audiobooks and I discovered the pleasure in being able to read while doing my daily tasks, so there’s always an audiobook playing on my phone. If you see me with my Bluetooth headphones on, please be gentle, I get easily startled.
I live with my boyfriend, which I met during my six-years stay in Belgium, three cockatiels, eight lovebirds, and a Gouldian finch in Madrid, Spain; and I like to spend my free time knitting and sewing while listening to audiobooks.