Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The Ultimate Inferior Beings Review
Author: Mark Roman
The Blurb: When jixX is appointed spaceship captain for a dangerous space mission he doesn’t regard it as a promotion. More like a computer error, given he’s a landscape architect. The error theory gains in strength when he meets the crew: a carpenter, a gynaecologist and a scientist trying to prove the existence of God. To add to jixX’s woes, there’s a stowaway on board, one of his crew is a saboteur and the ship’s computer thinks it’s a comedian. And then they meet aliens. Not technologically advanced aliens - their civilization is based on the invention of the brick - but jixX has a bad feeling about them anyway. Among them are a religious bunch who believe in The Ultimate Inferior Beings - a species that are really, really bad at everything. According to an ancient prophecy this species will, perhaps inadvertently or absent-mindedly or through some tragic mishap, bring about the end of the Universe. One alien becomes convinced that the humans are these incompetent beings. He realizes he must be the Chosen One, and that it is his Duty to wipe them out before they can trigger total annihilation. So it comes down to jixX to save Humankind ...
My Review: As I burst out laughing from the very first chapter I knew I was in for a good read. This was a great lighthearted story. The alien races described in The Ultimate Inferior Beings were very amusing and interesting to learn about. Their thought processes had me giggling in my seat for quite awhile. As I continued to read I was reminded of the movie Space Balls. I couldn't help but feel sorry for poor jixX and his dumb luck. The hilarity continued when the crew got brought in and explained why these beings were chosen. All in all this was just a laugh fest for me. I enjoyed the comedy that ran rampant throughout the story. Mark Roman did a great job of keeping me entertained while exploring outer space.