Book Review- Starship Grifters by Robert Kroese

Starship Grifters is a mix of Slanted Jack, Zaphod Beeblebrox, and Mort from Discworld. This book takes you on a hilarious, fast-paced adventure as a scam artist skips from one crisis and scam to another always staying one step ahead of disaster. The pop culture references and double entendres are skillfully woven into a great story you won’t want to put down. Rex Nihilo and his hilarious adventure left me wanting more.

I find that humor in fiction is hard to write and there are very few books touted as humorous that can get me to laugh out loud thus garnering strange looks from people around me.  This book is one of them.  I continually found myself giggling and laughing throughout.  One of the things I liked best was the unexpected pop-culture and sci fi trope references, he even gets a reference to redshirts in the book.

The plotting is tight and the story moves along continuously.  You have no idea how Rex is going to get out of the messes he finds himself in but he somehow does, usually with an even bigger lie than the one that got him in trouble in the first place.

I highly recommend Starship Grifters, if you enjoyed anything by Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett you will like this.  One of the best sci fi humour books I have read in a long time.