Recently, I have mentioned some new series that I have been enjoying; it has been really gratifying to get the e-mails from a few of you telling me that you plan to try the ones I have been recommending.
But this post is not about those series.
Unfortunately, this post is about the opposite. This post is about a series that I used to love, that I used to be able to recommend. The series in question here are the “Phule’s Company” books by Robert Asprin and Peter J. Heck. The stories are light sf, meant to be read more as comedy than as any sort of science fiction and are still somewhat funny.
But that is the problem. The stories are only somewhat funny.
The principal character is named Willard Phule (read fool) and he is anything but foolish. He is the son of a multi-billionaire entrepreneur and he has joined the Space Legion. Hilarity ensues. Or it should, anyway, and in the first book where the cast of characters is introduced and the story revolves around the tired but still gold plot of the new Legionaire taking command of the worst outfit in the entire legion and how they learn to get along and become better people for each other’s influence.
When the first book came out, I really enjoyed it, and, in fact, it holds up to re-reads fairly well. It is the other books in the series that do not hold up as well, if at all. And, this week, when I read the most recent novel in the series for the first time, I had to force myself to finish the book as it just did not hold my interest.
I was disapointed, to say the least.
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