November 10, 2016
Rubbish With Names & Skint Idjit, by Felix R. Savage
Fletcher Connolly hasn’t got a lot to lose. Since he, and half the galaxy, signed on to the rat race of the technological relics trade, Fletch has long since come to terms with the idea that he will join the ranks of the unlucky explorers that perish lightyears from home without a dime to his name. As the first mate of an old, decrepit exploration ship–the Skint Idjit–things can’t get much worse. As if that isn’t enough, he has a hard time convincing himself his luck is bound to change when he finds himself stranded on the planet Suckass, on a remote branch of the Interstellar Railroad. With his new assignment an unlikely candidate to hide alien treasures, true to his personality, Fletch settles down to work on his tan. But when disaster strikes and a member of his crew is killed, Fletch finds himself torn between loyalty to the surviving crew and the siren song of an unsuspected trove of A-tech. Can Fletch save the Skint Idjit and her crew from a horrible death? Or will he ignore their dying screams and laugh all the way to the bank?
Rubbish With Names is a fun scifi romp through Weekend at Bernie’s. I picked up Skint Idjit somewhere, and saw that there was a newsletter signup to get the prequel, so I figured, “what the hay,” and went for it. Absurdist humor is often hit or miss, and I enjoyed Rubbish With Names.
I’d originally planned on reading Skint Idjit over two days, but couldn’t sleep, and ended up finishing it in one setting. Skint Idjit is a little more serious than Rubbish With Names, but not light on what I’ve come to expect from Absurdist humor: puns, juxtaposition, and ridiculous situations. A perfect short read to let your brain turn off and just roll with the story.
Rubbish With Names and Skint Idjit are both 4-stars, and one or both are free right now.
You might say Felix R. Savage has a long history associated with rebellion. He was born in the 1970s, a decade of American youth rebelling against the safe culture of their parents. He is married to a wonderful woman and they have a beautiful daughter. Together the three of them live in Tokyo serving their cat overlord and benevolent protector. Felix writes Science Fiction and Fantasy while not translating, delighting in his family, or catering to the whims of the family’s cat. He never stops watching out for any sign the lizard people have found him.