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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-09-01 18:37
REVIEW: Alien Baggage Allowance
Alien Baggage Allowance - Humble Nations

Author: Humble Nations

Publication Date: August 12, 2015

Genre: Science Fiction, Alien Invasion, First Contact

Purchase On: Amazon



Forget the ‘Fermi Paradox’, we’re not alone and we’ve been visited. Visited by a new book from the celestial body that is Humble Nations. Presented as eighty-two whimsical funny little tales he speculated what it would mean for mankind if we were to be visited by aliens. The silliness of the writing shines like little stars from every page.

Eighty-two contacts fired off in under 25,000 words.

MAY CONTAIN: Adult humour and anal probing.
NOT SUITABLE FOR: Children, asinimophobics, or those of a serious disposition.


My Thoughts

It was my first time reading this author and it was interesting read. It was out of my genre to what I usually go toward but all in all I didn’t mind it.


Alien Baggage Allowance is about Aliens and them coming to earth. Its funny, has its dark humour which had me laughing, and smiling at some of the jokes. The book poked at us, as humans and how aliens would(maybe) perceive us in the eyes of a whole other species.


Most of the chapters began with ‘When they arrived,’  and each chapter was a different encounter with an alien. Either the human’s perspective and sometimes the aliens. The book wasn’t annoying with every new chapter was a complete different scene. It was very entertaining. Some chapters were longer than others and I mean, they were short, like a couple of sentences short but that didn’t bug me.


I found some of the alien encounters funny. Especially the questions the aliens would ask the humans. They would be really silly, like about humpty dumpty or why don’t all the humans look a like. The aliens had a hard time understanding why we did, what we did. I found it funny how the aliens chased around the butterflies, I don’t know why I found that funny. I just did =)


There maybe some chapters that might come across as offensive but all in all, I enjoyed Alien Baggage Allowance.


About The Author

Hi there. My name is James (aka Humble Nations, aka CL Smith), I’m the guy that makes all the book cover designs and runs this site. I’ve been a freelance graphic designer for the last twenty-years (yes I’m getting long in the tooth), and I’ve been designing book covers for the last couple of years, much to my own amusement.


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review 2013-11-08 00:00
Sherlock Sam and the Alien Encounter on Pulau Ubin (Sherlock Sam, #4)
Sherlock Sam and the Alien Encounter on ... Sherlock Sam and the Alien Encounter on Pulau Ubin (Sherlock Sam, #4) - A.J. Low, Adan Jimenez, Felicia Low-Jimenez Local writers (especially children writers) should be encouraged but 4 books in quick succession before the year is up has certainly degraded if not diluted the potential of this children series.

Characterisation in this 4th book seems to be lacking and the name-dropping of certain food/location and now with quotes from scientist just loses the plot for me. And is starting to grate on my nerves. A serious case of over-reaching and chewing more than one can swallow.

Who is Sherlock Sam? He seems to be a construct for the authors to project whatever ideas they have and a signpost to whatever location in Singapore they can place him in - Queenstown? Punggol? Wild boars in Jurong next?

This series started on a promising note (stable family with robot) but with every ever-increasing index page and every multi-cultural character thrown in it to widen its international market appeal the plotting/content is starting to sound preachy and touristy.

Quality control is needed to bring back Sherlock Sam before he gets wiped out on the Wave House on Sentosa (oh yes, I am sure there's a book in that geographically)

Sherlock Sam is starting to sound like a avatar for the Singapore Tourism Board for children.
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