Title: The Slant Six | Author: Christopher F. Cobb | Publisher: Darkwater Syndicate | Pub. Date: 2017-3-31 | Pages: 300 | ISBN13: 9781370643950 | Genre: Science Fiction Comedy | Language: English | Triggers: Child Death | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Received a copy from the author for review consideration
The Slant Six
The year is 2252 and Loman Phin is in trouble. A washed-up channelship racer turned freelancer, he hits pay dirt with his latest mission: a fortune is on the line if he can transport forty-three kilograms of human skin to a remote villa on Pluto’s moon, Nix. Little does he know his very life is at stake when he gets caught up in an ancient feud, chased by a space vampire, and forced into a death-race by the king of Ceres. Meanwhile, danger is always hot on his heels in the form of a massive space freighter out for Loman’s blood. With just his wits, his friends, and his beat-up cruiser, the Slant Six, Loman sets out on the most dangerous adventure of his life.
The Slant Six Review
Hold on to your bits, folks, and keep this book away from innocent eyes. The Slant Six is an exercise in naughty, punny action fun set in outer space. This is a world that has seen all of our favorite classic cars re-imagined, proves that movie franchises never really die, and so much more. There’s even proof that one particular family drama is going to survive until the sun goes supernova and kills us all. (And probably beyond that. Somehow.) Apart from the (welcome) homages and nods to classics, Christopher Cobb’s world of commercialization, racing, and Serverse powered by Applesoft is surprisingly believable.
Loman Phin is your classic down-on-his-luck good guy with a sad backstory that gets caught up in a situation that quickly gets out of control. There’s androids (“faxes”), grifters, d’Seussians, and egocentric snizz-faces abounding. This isn’t a story that happens in spurts and dribbles. Its well lubricated and revved up from start to finish. And of course there’s the ending. The ending for The Slant Six took me by surprise. And, to be honest, at first I didn’t particularly care for it. However, upon reflection, it was a very suitable ending. After all, not all books that are funny have to be funny all the time.
Christopher F. Cobb’s imagination is shown off perfectly in The Slant Six. So much of it, from general feel to outright puns, will appeal to Piers Anthony fans. His more adult works, anyways. (Pornucopia, anyone?) At times it’s easy to forget that there is an actual story being told, as you’re easily distracted by all the fun (or gross) imagery Cobb lays out for you. But there is indeed a story, and a subplot you’ll root for.
It took me a few pages for The Slant Six to suck me in, but once it got me worked up, it was hard to look away. The pacing is great, the dialogue is perfect, and the action feels almost non-stop! The Slant Six is outrageous, hilarious, dirty-minded, and entertaining from start to finish. I highly recommend it (unless you’re prudish and/or easily offended).