My Favorite Books

The Walking Drum
Ender's Game
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Curse of Chalion
The Name of the Wind
Chronicles of the Black Company
The Faded Sun Trilogy
The Tar-Aiym Krang

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Review: Johnny Rockett and the Beautiful Six: Book One in the Misadventures of Johnny Rockett

Johnny Rockett and the Beautiful Six: Book One in the Misadventures of Johnny Rockett Johnny Rockett and the Beautiful Six: Book One in the Misadventures of Johnny Rockett by K.R. McClellan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book: ***
Performance: ***

A Frat Party in Space

You get a good idea of the genre just from the title and the book delivers what that title promised with a descent narration (that struggles a bit with the female roles). However, despite the sexual innuendoes and occasional body function humor (eg fart cats), the story is fairly clean and doesn’t really focus on that aspect much (which is a plus for me). Likewise there is the expected drama between the six (6) beautiful “girls” traveling with the everyman hero and freight jockey Johnny, one of which is his jealous co-pilot. There are a few basic plot twists, however, most of the story is fairly predictable … and you can see the obvious inspirations from the various sci-fi and fantasy sources such as the Shannara series (so yeah … expect flying boats that hunt flying whales to be a significant part of the plot). Ultimately there is nothing about this story that should be taken seriously … and if you can manage that, I think you might enjoy it.

I was given this free advance review/listener copy (ARC) audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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My Ratings Explained ...

  • [ ***** ] Amazing Read - Perfect story, exciting, engrossing, well developed complex characters, solid plot with few to no holes, descriptive environments and place settings, great mystery elements, realistic dialogue, believable reactions and behaviors; a favorite that I can re-read many times.
  • [ **** ] Great Read - Highly entertaining and enjoyable, exciting storyline, well developed characters and settings, a few discrepancies but nothing that can’t be overlooked. Some aspect of the story was new/refreshing to me and/or intriguing. Recommended for everyone.
  • [ *** ] Good Read - Solid story with a 'good' ending, or has some other redeeming feature. Limited character development and/or over reliance on tropes. Noticeable discrepancies in world building and/or dialog/behavior that were distracting. I connected enough with the characters/world to read the entire series. Most of the books I read for fun are here. Recommended for fans of the genre.
  • [ ** ] Okay Read - Suitable for a brief, afternoon escape … flat or shallow characters with little to no development. Over the top character dialog and/or behavior. Poor world building with significant issues and/or mistakes indicating poor research. Excessive use of trivial detail, info dumps and/or pontification. Any issues with the story/characters are offset by some other aspect that I enjoyed. Not very memorable. May only appeal to a niche group of readers. Recommended for some (YMMV).
  • [ * ] Bad Read - Awkward and/or confusing writing style. Poor world building and/or unbelievable (or unlikeable) characters. Victimization, gaslighting, blatant abuse, unnecessary violence, child endangerment, or any other highly objectionable behaviors by Main characters. I didn't connect with the story at all; significant aspects of this story irritated me enough that I struggled to finished it. Series was abandoned. Not recommended.