God Emperor of Didcot

God Emperor of Didcot The second installment in the chronicles of Isambard Smith Captain in the service of the British Space Empire and of his android pilot Polly Carveth and loyal and noble friend the psychopathic alien h

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  • Title: God Emperor of Didcot
  • Author: Toby Frost
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The second installment in the chronicles of Isambard Smith Captain in the service of the British Space Empire and of his android pilot Polly Carveth and loyal and noble friend the psychopathic alien headhunter, Suruk Tea a beverage brewed from the fermented dried leaves of the shrub Camellia sinensis and imbibed by all the great civilisations in the galaxy s historThe second installment in the chronicles of Isambard Smith Captain in the service of the British Space Empire and of his android pilot Polly Carveth and loyal and noble friend the psychopathic alien headhunter, Suruk Tea a beverage brewed from the fermented dried leaves of the shrub Camellia sinensis and imbibed by all the great civilisations in the galaxy s history a source of refreshment, stimulation and, above all else, of moral fibre without which the British Space Empire must surely crumble to leave Earth at the mercy of its enemies Sixty per cent of the Empire s tea is grown on one world Urn, principal planet of the Didcot system If Earth is to keep fighting, the tea must flow When a crazed cult leader overthrows the government of Urn, Isambard Smith and his vaguely competent crew find themselves saddled with new allies a legion of tea obsessed nomads, an overly civilised alien horde and a commando unit so elite that it only has five members Only together can they defeat the self proclaimed God Emperor of Didcot and confront the true power behind the coup the sinister legions of the Ghast Empire and Smith s old enemy, Commander 462.

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    1. New Eden and the Ghasts take over Didcot using the Grand Hyrax, a fanatical lunatic, as a figurehead. Didcot is the primary source of the British Empire's tea supply. With no tea, the British Empire has no moral fiber and is therefore finished. It's up to Isambard Smith and his crew, Carveth, the renegade sex droid, Suruk, the alien headhunter, Rhianna, the space hippie, and Gerald, the ship's hamster, to liberate Didcot. Suruk goes to his people for help. Unfortunately, they aren't nearly as wa [...]

    2. Isambard Smith and his crew are on another mission that becomes something else. Again. What was supposed to be a simple assignment on planet Urn (one of the most important places for the British Empire because of its tea) turns into a full-scale rebellion against the Ghast and their religious human allies the Edenites. Smith, Suruk, Carveth and Rhianna are in the thick of it.Isambard Smith will face two of his greatest enemies. Both 462 and Gilead want revenge, of course. Rhianna finally realise [...]

    3. 4.0 stars. The continuing adventures of the extremely proper Captain Isambard Smith and his ragtag (but properly sorted out) band of cohorts that include: Surak, the fun-loving, homicidal alien, Carvath, the sex-starved female android, and Rhianna, who takes a break from her Platinum U.S. singing career to play a psychic space angel. In this installment, the evil Ghasts have hatched a plan to take over the planet Didcot IV (also known as DuneI mean Urn) which is the primary source of Spice tea t [...]

    4. With this sequel to Space Captain Smith, Toby Frost brings back Isambard Smith and his near-competent crew for an adventure that rocks the very heart of the British Space Empire The Tea is Under Threat. If anything, God Emperor of Didcot is even funnier than the first book in the series. The main characters return from Space Captain Smith and Frost makes use of this familiarity to develop the characters further and give them some space to grow. And they really do benefit from this – especially [...]

    5. A space-opera romp riffing, as others have said, on Dune, and making a point among all the jokes, about theocratic states and the way people will go in for movements that are only going to make life worse - the Grand Hyrax, villain of this piece and the God-Emperor of the title, openly admits it and the crowd still support him.Apart from that there is a nice clash of cultures here, whether it is humans v the supposedly warlike M'lak, the M'lak against some of their number (who in a twist on the [...]

    6. The British Space Empire's source of tea is threatened. Who better than Captain Isambard Smith to take on the evil ant people, the Ghasts, and their righteously right-winged allies, the New Edenites, along with the Great God Emperor Hyrax of Didcot? God Emperor of Didcot is a fitting sequel to Frost's Space Captain Smith with all of the wacky characters you came to know and love in the first tale along with some new weird friends. The M'Lak have become metrosexual accountants and architects rath [...]

    7. Not a deep meaningful story but one that has a nice tempo, some wit and characters I like if you enjoyed the first book you will enjoy this.

    8. It's not often that you read books where the author carefully sets up a pun over the course of an entire page and then drops it in your lap with obvious relish. Lots of eye-rolling (i.e clever and inventive) double entendres for those who like wordplay. Silly and entertaining.

    9. Smith seems to be getting his act together on several fronts.462 continues to not wipe the small pink beings from the face of the galaxy, largely due to the moral fibre supplied to the British Space Empire by tea.462 intends to stop that once and for all by destroying the main source of tea in the Didcot system. Smith and his motley crew happen to get stranded on the planet and end up with major roles in the fight back.The usual humour, if you enjoyed the 1st book you shouldn't any problems with [...]

    10. If you liked Space Captain Smith, you'll like this one too—it's more of the same. God Emperor of Didcot (which, it transpires, is pronounced "did-COT," as in COTtage, though it took me awhile to figure that out I kept wanting to Frenchify it "did-COE" but of course that would not do for this British novel) (my, that parenthetical went on rather long, didn't it? I'd better start again).God Emperor of Didcot's title is lifted from one of the later (and therefore lesser, though not yet ghastly) n [...]

    11. Isambard Smith, captain of the space hunk-of-junk (sorry, ship) John Pym is back, with his crew: Polly Carveth (simulant pilot,) Suruk the Slayer (an M'lak), Rhianna (weird Edenite hippy) and Gerald (ship's hamster). Unfortunately for them, the human-eating Ghasts (think 6-foot red ants) are back too, and they've set up a tame Edenite as the Hyrax, the planet's new leader. They want to take over Urn (Didcot 4) and destroy the British tea supplies as a precursor to taking over the galaxy. Escapin [...]

    12. Captain Isambard Smith and crew are back again, this time trying to stop the Ghast and their Edenite allies from destroying the planet Urn and its crops of tea - good for drinking and instilling the whole of the British Space Empire with with moral fiber and fighting spirit.This one's full of great dialogue, character interaction and slightly more than a passing nod to Frank Herbert's "Dune" and William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" among other books. The exchanges between Carveth and Suruk are [...]

    13. Good Heavens! This 2nd volume of the "Chronicles of Isambart Smith" is - what a pleasant surprise - even better than the first one. You do not need to read the first volume Space Captain Smith, but I'm convinced anyone who reads this one, will do so before s/he buys the third volume.Genuinely funny, smart, several laugh-out-loud scenes and comments (my favourite: the secret meaning of Smith's M'lak-name) and several wonderful folk music- Spaceport Convention and SF-references.I only wish Gerald [...]

    14. Reads a lot darker in a post-Brexit world where, as ridiculous as it sounds, we literally do now have as a dominant element in the political culture a chauvinistic form of English nationalism that combines a foundation myth of Empire And Tea with racist hate crimes and economic suicide pacts. Frost's satire is far too affectionate and gentle for the occasion, and the results can sometimes be grotesque to read only seven years after its publication.It is perhaps unfortunate for the author that th [...]

    15. A fun, light-hearted space adventure with wit, parodies aplenty and gratuitous violence against nasty alien bugs. What's not to like? As other reviewers have noted, this isn't the all-out comedy of Space Captain Smith, but it had a better story. My one complaint is that I bought the Kobo ebook version, which isn't formatted very well at all and had numerous random line breaks in the middle of dialogue. I look forward to Wrath of the Lemming Men - and I heard a rumour that the author is finally w [...]

    16. A splendid steampunk space romp that licks along at a fair pace with its tongue wedged firmly in its cheek. Full of contemporary references to Dune (obviously), Star Wars, Star Trek, Bladerunner, H.P. Lovecraft, the Archers, Cold Comfort Farm, Monty Python, Iain M Banks, Rage Against The Machine, Casablanca, Apocalypse Now, and 1984; and that's just the ones I picked up on!If you enjoy sci-fi, comedy, silliness and tea then read this book whilst lying back and thinking of England.

    17. Isambard Smith and his crew once again are up against the Ghast, the Edenites and a few fanatical Zealots who take over the world of Urn, the empire's greatest source of Tea, yes Tea, the direct reason for the Empire's Moral Fiber. I cannot begin to tell you how bizarre this series is. I recommend it to any person who finds british imperialism even remotely funny, let alone giant ants, over the top religious nuts and hippy tree hugging pacifists. Need I say more?

    18. Not quite as amazing as Space Captain Smith, the first book in this series, its still a ton of fun and a worthy successor in the Sci-Fi satire/comedy genre. Potshots at religious maniacs, crazy Brits, and tea as well as just about anything else you can imagine from Blade Runner to (as the title suggests), Dune.

    19. If you have read the first of Isambard smith's adventures you will definitely enjoy this latest installment as Smith's crew bravely defend the planet the Urn (home of the British Space Empire's tea plantations)from the Ghast hordesere are plenty of puns and jokes as Frost takes a swipe at everything from Pcness to the chattering classes Saying anymore would spoil it.

    20. Another very good book. Still a little uneven quality wise. But I think this is often a problem for comedy - not every joke works for every person. However there were a lot of really great scenes and Frost does write good action. Some great nods, winks and jabs at various authors/books/films which were all fun.

    21. I enjoy this authors mix of humour and sci fi. I like the premise of a future British Empire in space. The characters work together well and there are some amusing conversations and interactions.If you want a light hearted space romp of British stiff upper lips in the far future this will be an entertaining, undemanding read that worked well for me during the summer hols.

    22. This was ridiculous. The premise was that there had been an uprising/invasion on the planet of the British Space Empire that produced most of the empire's tea, which was responsible for the moral fibre that rendered the British unbeatable. So there were a few moments where I actually laughed aloud at the absurdity and stiff-upper-lip-ness, but a lot more WTF moments.

    23. rather silly premise, and some dreadful puns but I just loved this, even more so than the first in the series, and I really liked that. It's not high art but it is massive fun and Frost does like his genre as there's asides and nods to all sorts of other SciFi in there as well

    24. The second in the Isambard Smith space opera spoofs, the plot is tighter, the characters more settled and the humour just the same as the first. The references will please the sci fi crowd whilst others might just struggle with it. It has a target demographic and serves it well enough.

    25. I'm not sure if I was asleep when I read the first but my overwhelming impression of Smith was that he was a bumbling fool, that miraculously pulled off the impossible. This book paints him as somewhat more capable, confident and trustworthy. Still can't understand women though.

    26. Another superb book by Toby Frost. A real page-turner that manages to have all the excitement of a rollicking good adventure whilst still making me laugh out loud. Here we learn that the moral fibre-giving tea is all that is needed to give Gertie a good kicking up his rather large behind!

    27. A superb follow up to Space Captain Smith, this time with a little more seriousness thrown in. Don't be put off by that, this is still the same beast as the first and should be read for all the same reasons, but it's evolving into a solid series now that will always be on my reading list.

    28. The most fun is identifying the literary and movie references laced throughout the story. The story itsself is meh.

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