A Nice Way to Start a Long Weekend

On a lark I submitted Space Rogues to the Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize. I don’t expect to win, but included in the entry fee was a critic’s review. I’m always looking for great pull quotes to use.

Today I got an email that the review part was done. You can read it here, but here’s somet of the better bits.

Prose/Style: Dialogue-heavy at times, the book is fast-paced and fun, as well as funny. Descriptions, like the one of the robot Gabe, are precious and memorable.”

Makes sense. I’m very much a dialogue person. I dislike pages of text telling the reader what’s happening, when clever dialogue can do it.

Character Development: The handsome hero is pilot Wil Calder, a human, but it’s the aliens and the bot who shine. Bennie, the three-foot tall green hacker, really makes the book. And Gabe, the robot, seems almost human. Dynamite and endearing characters allow this adventure to take off.”

I like that the reviewer picked up that Wil, while the ‘main character’ is really just the glue of the team. It’s the team that shines.


An 8.75 out of 10 certainly doesn’t hurt either.

By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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