Book Review - Emperor Mollusk vs. The Sinister Brain
have done movie reviews quite a bit lately so I figured what the heck I
can do a book review, right? Sure why the heck not. Today's book is
Emperor Mollusk vs The Sinister Brain by A Lee Martinez Barnes&Nobel Post
In one phrase I would describe this book as Sci-Fi at it's best. Even the title screams
eccentric, mad cap adventures. This book actually seems a bit less
funny than previous books by this author, but it was still very amusing.
I don't recall any scenes in this book that made me laugh out loud but
it was extremely entertaining.
There were times I found
myself having to pause to take in the truly enthralling nature of the
scene that I just read. I'm sure there was more than one time where I
neglected to realize the amusing nature of something that I had just
read. I chalk that up to ADD, and two young children running around the
house pretending to have death rays of their own destroying everything
in their path.
I have to admit though some of my favorite
things in this book were the gadgets that Emperor Mollusk creates.
Martinez has a true gift for coming up with ridiculous yet technical
sounding names for all these great gadgets.
The book also has
some very strong characters. Of course we have Emperor Mollusk
himself, self proclaimed Warlord or Terra. He is a mollusk from the
planet of Neptune who rides around in an robotic exoskeleton. He is
just entirely too smart for his own good. This of course is a great
source for many of the mad cap adventures that I mentioned previously.
He is a bit of a self centered pompous overlord but he had a very good
Perhaps my favorite character of the book Zala. She is a
reptile like creature and commander in the Venusian army. She starts
off way too lawful good for my liking. However as the book progresses
you get to see her develop into something more than a simple army
And who can forget Snarg the lovable "pet" of
Emperor Mollusk. Snarg is a genetically altered giant centipede that
acts more like a dog then a centipede.
This book actually left
me with a huge smile as the ending was absolutely perfect. It just felt
right considering the events that played out in the book.
If you are looking for a great book to read and you like funny Sci-Fi or fantasy, I highly recommend this book for you.
I give this four and a half out of five smiley Mike heads.