On the Horizon – starship repo (Patrick S. Tomlinson)

Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

starship repo (Patrick S. Tomlinson)

Title: starship repo

Author: Patrick S. Tomlinson

Publisher: Macmillian-Tor/Forge

Publication Date: TODAY!! (paperback/e-book)

ISBN: 978-1250302717

Source: NetGalley

I have been meaning to check out Tomlinson’s writing for a while and was glad to get a review copy from the publisher.  This one is a light and fluffy story that follows a repo company in space.  The main character is a human called “Firstname Lastname” due to a clerical error on her refugee status card.  First, as she goes by, is a grifter who uses tricks to con aliens out of their money as she makes her way through the galaxy.  Only she gets caught and is given a choice to join the repo crew or go to jail.  Ye know what she picks.

The plot really feels like a series of vignettes strung together.  The story details the oddball crew and their adventures to reclaim spaceships for creditors.  The highlight of this story is First and the relationships she builds with those around her.  She is the first human this part of the galaxy has seen and so silliness abounds.  Favourite characters included the transgender alien crab, the brain in a jar, the granite roommate, and the Boss who happens to be a communal organism.

There are little cultural illusions sprinkled throughout for fun though a very thinly veiled Donald Trump caricature is found so be forewarned.  It was fast-paced and I enjoyed it.  Many parts made me smile.  Nothing earth-shattering here but a pleasant popcorn book.  Arrrr!

So lastly . . .

Thank you Macmillian-Tor/Forge!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

Firstname Lastname is a no one with nowhere to go. With a name that is the result of an unfortunate clerical error and destined to be one of the only humans on an alien space station. That is until she sneaks aboard a ship and joins up with a crew of repomen (they are definitely not pirates).

Now she’s traveling the galaxy “recovering” ships. What could go wrong?

To visit the author’s website go to:

Patrick S. Tomlinson – Author

To buy the novel go to:

starship repo – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

2 thoughts on “On the Horizon – starship repo (Patrick S. Tomlinson)

  1. Ugh, I like the author’s humor but I recently unfollowed his Twitter because he is just too political and toxic to boot. I read for escapism and fun, especially these types of books. Depending on how thinly veiled they are, things like caricatures might just be too real world for me. Pity, I was looking forward to this one.


  2. I just have too many books on my pile right now to read this, and I’m sad because I really enjoyed his last book. Lots of fun indeed!


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