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ISBN:
1568582080
Author:
Jim Munroe
Category:
Science Fiction
Language:
English
Publisher:
Four Walls Eight Windows (September 10, 2001)
Pages:
252 pages
EPUB book:
1137 kb
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1608 kb
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1866 kb
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Rating:
4.4
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221


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Acclaim for Angry Young Spaceman. It’s a wonderful book. The book reads like a cross between Frederik Pohl and . Unquestionably SF, it isn’t written in the usual science fiction voice, and that’s part of its charm. His prose is conversational, his characters and settings of the future Earth and Octavia are fascinating, and the story remains engaging from start to finish. Charles de Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction. This is marvelous stuff, hopeful, fresh, alive, and funny. Munroe is writing the chronicle of his generation.

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Sam Breen, earthling, is pretty much standard issue for a recent college graduate. Sam Breen, earthling, is pretty much standard issue for a recent college graduate. He's got a bad attitude, a massive student loan, and his eye on a snappy jetpack.

Sam Breen, earthling, is pretty much standard issue for a recent college graduate. He’s got a bad attitude, a massive student loan, and his eye on a snappy jetpack. So he does what any graduate of the class of 2959 would do: He signs up to teach English as a foreign language. Sam ends up on the underwater planet of Octavia, populated by eight-armed beings that have a voracious appetite for English ... and a few other things, as Sam discovers. But at the spaceport, someone steals his Speak-O-Matic translator, he gets into a barfight, and things go downhill — or underwater — from there. Still, Sam learns more than he teaches: from Mr. Zik, a singer of melancholy songs; from a robot named 9/3; and from Jinya, whose undulating tentacles make Sam forget all about human appendages.
  • Kagalkree
I read this book with high hopes considering the other reviews. As I read it, I kept on hoping that it would get rolling and all the seeming promise would be fullfilled. As the book went on, I became more and more frustrated and disappointed. Surely it would get better. It didn't.

I made it to the end, so this book doesn't rate amongst the handful in my life I've ever completely given up on, but I still felt robbed of my time. There are so many better things I could have done with my time; so many things that would not have left me so disappointed.

I probably couldn't do better, though that's a low bar to get over, and it could have been vastly worse (try There is a Season by Jonathan Bruce if you want a book that's so bad it's not even a joke).

It's hard to put my finger on what I found so wrong about this book. It's not just that it had no discernible plot. Plenty of books seem to be aimless. It can't just be because of its scientific incoherence. Half of the science fiction out there (let alone fantasy) is as bad. It can't just be because of the annoying attitude of the protagonist. Perhaps it was just the amalgam of all the uninspiring bits that made it worse than the sum of its parts.

I'd like to have liked it, and I gave it my best shot, but for my money there are so many, many better ways to spend one's life than reading this book.
  • Golden freddi
In his second novel, former Adbusters editor Munroe skillfully employs a veneer of science-fiction to cloak his pointed criticisms of contemporary American cultural and economic imperialism. This classic device (most famously used on the original Star Trek series) allows him to transform what might have been a very tired whinefest into a funny and engaging story. Ostensibly set about 1000 years in the future, the story's protagonist is Sam, an aimless young man who rejects his privileged background and the prospect of a cushy family job to go teach English to a squidlike race at the farthest ends of the galaxy. The impetus for this flight is his embarrassment over having been a "pug"-a kind of underground street-fighter very much akin those in Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club. However, in a future where even the most unlikely subculture is a creation of marketing teams, those searching for authenticity are bound to be disappointed.
Sam's fish-out-of-water (or rather human-in-water, his new home planet is all underwater) story is charming enough in its own right, as he leaves behind a girl, tries to learn local ways by hanging out with other teachers, gains a love interest, and muddles his way through an exotic alien culture. However, the parallels to our world are obvious and meant to be so. Earth is the galaxy's hegemon, and uses its imposed system of intellectual property rights to stay on top, with the result that English is the passport to success throughout the galaxy. The story highlights the uncomfortable paradox of English being embraced by other cultures around the world for good economic reasons, and this embrace ultimately leading to a weakening of those cultures. Sam's journey to a backwater planet to teach English is extremely suggestive of similar jobs that exist in many parts of Asia and Eastern Europe today. Indeed, there are more than a few echoes of Japan in his new home of Octavia, and his get-togethers with other English teachers strike familiar notes of expatriate life.
Lest one think it's all polemic, it should be noted that the book is written in a very chatty, witty style and never gets too dark or brooding. There are plenty of subplots, such as his friendships with a young man who grew up on the moon, a robotman, and another Earthling, not to mention his local love interest and the will-they-or-won't-they tension there. More ominous is a subplot revolving around his becoming the first human fluent in Octavian and the ramifications of that development. Certainly, hard science fiction buffs could tug the science of the book apart, but there's plenty of wild inventiveness to divert the casual fan of the genre. All in all, a highly entertaining read with a solid progressive message behind it.
  • Ka
Munroe continues the keen-eyed, witty social analysis of FLYBOY ACTION FIGURE COMES WITH GASMASK and increases his range of targets, from the media conquest of spontaneous, grass-roots "subcultures" such as punk (in the book's case, "pug," a loosely structured system of street fighting that brings Chuck Palahniuk to mind)--a process that seems not to have changed a great deal by 2959, only becoming more formalized--to the larger phenomenon of cultural imperialism, here substituting "Earth" for "America." Sam Breen, a twentysomething similar in many ways to FLYBOY's Ryan Slint, heads for the underwater world of Octavia to teach English and faces many of the perils and irritants of being a member of the galaxy's ruling entity while in a colonized region. While learning the language and getting to know the locals, he falls for Jinya, a young female who seems as interested in Earth as he is in Octavia. Mixed in with the narrative are compelling observations of life on Earth and Sam's former "pug" subculture that have urgent and relevant parallels for the present day. ANGRY YOUNG SPACEMAN certainly merits 5 stars, even though I still prefer FLYBOY (although that could certainly change after repeat readings). Through intriguing plot twists and tender portrayals of romantic longing, Munroe manages to transcend genre and create a well-crafted scifi novel that certainly shouldn't keep away those who "don't get" scifi.