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Bored with on-time deliveries? Want your valuable cargo strewn across the nearest planet? Call Hal Space jock! Partial deliveries, non-arrivals and total write-offs a specialty. An incompetent, accident-prone pilot is given one last chance to save his ship. An ageing robot is trusted with a midnight landing in a deserted field. And a desperate businessman is prepared to sacrifice both of them to get what he wants Combining relentless action with non-stop laughs, Hal Space jock explodes onto the science fiction scene with the subtlety of a meteor strike and the hushed reverence of a used car salesman. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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Simon Haynes was born in England and grew up in Spain, where he enjoyed an amazing childhood of camping, motorbikes, air rifles and paper planes. His family moved to Australia when he was 16. Simon divides his time between writing fiction and computer software, with frequent bike rides to blow away the cobwebs. His goal is to write fifteen Hal books (Spacejock OR Junior!) before someone takes his keyboard away. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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Simon Haynes est né en Angleterre et a grandi en Espagne où il a bénéficié d'une enfance géniale faite de camping, de fusils à air comprimé et d'avions en papier. Sa famille a déménagé pour l'Australie quand il avait 16 ans.
De 1986 à 1988, Simon a étudié à l'Université de Curtin, où il a obtenu une licence (Bachelor of Arts) en film, écriture créative et littérature.
Simon est retourné à Curtin en 1997, pour y obtenir un diplôme en informatique deux ans plus tard. Une première version de Hal Spacejock fut écrite durant les cours.

Simon a publié quatre romans sur Hal Spacejock et plusieurs nouvelles. Simon partage son temps entre écrire de la fiction et des logiciels, avec de fréquentes balades à vélo pour éliminer les toiles d'araignée.
Son objectif est d'écrire quinze ouvrage sur Hal (Spacejock OU Junior!) avant qu'on ne lui arrache le clavier des mains.

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Fast-paced Space Romp 7 août 2006
Par Jim C. Hines - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
The cover blurb compares Hal Spacejock to Red Dwarf, so I went in expecting that same level of silliness and humor. (Rather, that level of humour -- Australian spelling, after all.) And silliness it delivers. Hal Spacejock, incompetent pilot on the cargo ship Black Gull, lands a job transporting robot parts from point A to point B. On his side is the old robot Clunk. Against him is, well, pretty much everyone else, from warships to desperate thieves to debt collectors to dockmasters who object to Hal's habit of accidentally setting their planets on fire.

The book moves along at a nice pace, and there are some entertaining bits. The "How much for that robot in the window?" exchange made me laugh. A lot of Haynes' computer and robot tech parallels today's PC-related troubles, such as Clunk the roboth having to clean up the code for the Navigational Computer. Then there's the accounting rationale behind disposing of perfectly good robots for tax and warranty reasons. All of this is discussed with a sharp eye for the absurd. (There were moments when I thought I was reading about my own office.)

What lost me from time to time was when the balance switched too far to the silly side of things, at the cost of plausibility. Hal felt too incompetent to have survived this long. It's funny that he can't land his own spaceship, and that he doesn't know what any of the buttons on the console actually do, but it leaves the reader wondering how he managed to get the ship at all, and how he got to where he is without getting himself killed.

Once or twice, complications felt like they were thrown in for the sake of another gag, as opposed to being natural consequences of the story. It's a very tricky thing to balance humor and suspension of disbelief. To some extent, it's probably a matter of personal taste.

Whether or not you'll like the book is going to depend a lot on your sense of humor. For me, it was an amusing read, but it didn't quite hit the mark. Given the success Haynes has had with the series so far (I would love to have some of his great reviews for my own work), Given the success Haynes has had with the series so far (I would love to have some of his great reviews for my own work), I'd say it's definitely worth checking out chapter one at the author's website to see if it's your brand of space humor.
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Traditional but hilarious 4 avril 2007
Par K. Weber - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
The incompetent-but-lucky man with his capable-but-frequently-eyerolling companion who repeatedly (and thanklessly) saves his butt seems to be a staple in humorous science fiction. Hal Spacejock and his robot sidekick, Clunk, are no exception. I won't say that this story has anything new and novel to offer, but it sure is a good time. I especially enjoyed the random side scenes, like Hal's altercation with a stubborn automatic door. If you like outlandish SF like Red Dwarf and the Stainless Steel Rat, check out Hal Spacejock.
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In space, no-one can hear you laugh 11 septembre 2011
Par Nick Brett - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Can't believe I have had this in my reading pile for over five years. I picked in up in Oz back in June 2006 and it kind of buried itself in my pile of books.
It's not bad and the author does show potential. It took a while to get going, initially I was slightly underwhelmed but by the end I discovered I had grown more fond of Hal and Clunk then I was expecting.

It's slapstick space humour with a daft cago pilot and a sidekick robot that is slightly less daft. Here they try to transport a dodgy cargo in a ship that is barely spaceworthy and mayhem is the order of the day.

So it grows on you and it does have some very nice moments. Not Douglas Adams yet though.
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Not Funny (At Least Not To Me, YMMV) 11 novembre 2011
Par Art - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Pretty much the sole point of this book is to be funny, and, at least for me, it wasnt. The comparison to Hitchhiker's Guide is way off; Hitchhiker's is deliberately so whimsical, fantastical and over-the-top that most of the time you'll either smile/laugh or groan -- lack of any reaction at all isnt an option, at least not most of the time, whereas I had no reaction at all to most of the attempts at humor here. Hitchhiker's Guide worked because it continually swung for the fences -- and even if it sometimes fell flat, the homeruns were homeruns. (Who doesnt remember the importance of a towel, or the significance of 42?) Unlike Hitchhiker's, this book tries for singles, and even if a few of them hit, its not enough to forgive the stinkers.

Since humor is so personal, probably not much else to add to the review apart from a few random examples from the book -- Hal is so dumb, his computer gives him an advert for "Chess for the Intellectually Challenged" (title was something like that anyway) when they are playing, and when Hal expresses surprise/outrage, the computer explains that its part of a series, would he like to see them all? If it makes you smile, great, this book may work for you. Me, no reaction.

Hal is so poor that at the spaceport there is an "A" parking lot for the rich with exclusive resteraunts and top notch amenities, a B parking lot with fast food joints and a chaotic garage, a C parking lot with vending machines for food and some random tools thrown around, and Hal has to park way out in "Z" which is basically a junkyard. The docking agent calls him and orders him to report to the spaceport proper, and Hal doesnt want to walk (no shuttle from "Z") so he tries to steal the car from the maintenance robot but has to shoot him. Later he learns that killing robots is now considered murder, unless they are "obsolete" and then its fine. Again, if it makes you smile, your probably good.

Humor is personal, and there are a bunch of good reviews for this book, and its free. Still, for me, it didnt work at all, and there is very little story without the humor - hence the one star.
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The Problem with Hal is he's unlikable as well as inept 7 décembre 2011
Par Joshua Macy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Imagine Red Dwarf with a cast consisting only of Rimmer and Kryten, take away most of their character traits and personality, and you'd approximately have Hal Spacejock and Clunk.
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