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#298 Toby Frost: God Emperor of Didcot

Toby Frost: God Emperor of Didcot

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Myrmidon Books Ltd (2 Sep 2008)
ISBN-10: 1905802242
ISBN-13: 978-1905802241
Category(ies): Humorous SF

The second, and latest, book of the adventures of Isambard Smith, this is a sequel to Space Captain Smith.

In this volume, the characters of the first (villains included) are reunited when the Ghast and the Republic of New Eden unite to take over the world of Urn, the New British Empire's primary source of tea. Since the resurgence of the NBE is almost entirely due to the effects of drinking tea, this invasion must be resisted.

This story is engaging enough, and the plotting is smoother than in the first volume. Smith himself is far from objectionable, and the way the plot gaily but lightly plunders ideas from all over (here, the nod to Dune is in the title, but it's not overused - the Martian war machines appear more) works quite well. Frost has a way to go before he reaches the level of Robert Rankin or Jasper Fforde, but his work is pleasant enough, and rarely makes me wince.
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