The Slant Six - Christopher Cobb
Hold on to your bits, folks, and keep this book away from innocent eyes. The Slant Six
is an exercise in naughty, punny action fun set in outer space. This is a world that has seen all of our favorite classic cars re-imagined, proves that movie franchises never really die, and so much more. There's even proof that one particular family drama is going to survive until the sun goes supernova and kills us all. (And probably beyond that. Somehow.) Apart from the (welcome) homages and nods to classics, Christopher Cobb's world of commercialization, racing, and Serverse powered by Applesoft is surprisingly believable.
Loman Phin is your classic down-on-his-luck good guy with a sad backstory that gets caught up in a situation that quickly gets out of control. There's androids ("faxes"), grifters, d'Seussians, and egocentric snizz-faces abounding. This isn't a story that happens in spurts and dribbles. Its well lubricated and revved up from start to finish.
And of course there's the ending. The ending for The Slant Six
took me by surprise. And, to be honest, at first I didn't particularly care for it. However, upon reflection, it was a very suitable ending. After all, not all books that are funny have to be funny all the time.
Christopher F. Cobb's imagination is shown off perfectly in The Slant Six
. So much of it, from general feel to outright puns, will appeal to Piers Anthony fans. His more adult works, anyways. (Pornucopia, anyone?) At times it's easy to forget that there is an actual story being told, as you're easily distracted by all the fun (or gross) imagery Cobb lays out for you. But there is indeed a story, and a subplot you'll root for.
It took me a few pages for The Slant Six
to suck me in, but once it got me worked up, it was hard to look away. The pacing is great, the dialogue is perfect, and th action feels almost non-stop! The Slant Six is outrageous, hilarious, dirty-minded, and entertaining from start to finish.
I highly recommend it (unless you're prudish and/or easily offended).
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for review consideration.