Book Review. The Cardboard Spaceship. Matt Snee and Gregg Chirlin.

Genre Science Fiction

Rating ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ 

Available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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My Review

Lewis Darby, nicknamed the Captain, is a writer of science fiction. They don’t sell too badly, his books, and so he doesn’t have to worry about money. 

Thirty nine years of age, Captain still likes to sit in a cardboard box, and pilot it through the skies. 

What I felt for Captain was empathy. He is clearly quite isolated, and himself admits he needs to get a life. 

I think the lines It made Captain happy to be surrounded by other people, but also accentuated his solitude, and he wished he was accompanied or bound for a rendezvous demonstrated this best.

Jennifer is the odd stranger, from another planet, and has been following the Captain. I think for brevity the meeting between the characters, Jennifer and Captain, could have been shortened.

In lines Jennifer began to worry about the odour she could smell at the edge of everything.

She felt terribly cold. Couldn’t there be another way? No. They had told her all she needed to know, all she needed to do. 

No, all because of IT, the menace, the mad colour in the sky.

Intrigue is set up, and a question mark hovers over Jennifer: Can she be trusted? She is clearly conflicted, and there is trouble ahead. 

As put in lines It’s just like they said it would be.

Who is they? 

The opening chapters of The Cardboard Spaceship are gentle, and the blossoming relationship between Captain and Jennifer is taking root. 

This is evident in lines It impressed Captain that she wrote, and he smiled. He couldn’t understand people who didn’t.

After this a plot twist ensues, and with that chaos, as with the magic of imagination Jennifer tells Captain that he is to pilot his cardboard box, for real this time, as to escape the creature behind them. 

There are parts of the story that contain good physical description. I did like They hit something hard, some barrier in the sky, and crashed through it like it was amalgamation of flesh and rock, a sinewy stone that groaned as they punched through it.

There are many space creatures to enjoy. 

Packs of ghastly, translucent wolves

Demons, which in appearance are small, ebony – skinned children 

The flesh golems pink – coloured, naked, but sexless

The Braconids with waspish forms 

And headless hulks, with great arms and uneven legs, their organs on the outside of their bodies

Plerrxxvizzinommm 

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Is possibly the silliest, and least believable, of the space creatures. 

Though there are numerous enemies Jennifer and the Captain must face, the No- Shape is the threat that is eating every planet and leaving extinct many life forms. 

There are also some stabs of humour in The Cardboard Spaceship

‘It all looks the same to me.’

‘Yeah.’ She said. ‘Well, its not.’

‘That’s what they say about country music too.’ Captain mused. He was not a fan. 

A planet hopping adventure, with an energy that doesn’t dip, The Cardboard Spaceship is an enjoyable book. 

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