Galaxy Fever

Galaxy Fever is an okay read. The author appears to be going for a romantic comedy set in space with some action/thriller elements thrown in. I did smile a few times but nothing made me laugh.

The action didn't quite get there either. Granted the book is a short one and it is erotica but I still like a plot with some meat to it even in an erotic romance. I would have liked to see the story developed more, instead I'm left wondering why I should care about these characters or their plight. Another thing that bugs me, and I see it a lot in these books, is the pseudo science fiction setting. Giving a man an odd sounding name and calling him an alien does not make a book science fiction. Neither does an alien who talks funny. I encourage the author to read some Asimov, some Heinlein, some Lichtenberg, Cherryh, Schmidt, etc to get a good feel for a sci-fi setting. The above authors know how it's done, even for short stories and novellas.  World building, that's what is missing here and why I gave this story a 3.


Book Blurb for Galaxy Fever

Length: Novella

I didn’t mean to poison Dex. It’s just one of those unavoidable accidents that can happen at an alien wedding. After all, you never really know what you’re eating on space stations in foreign galaxies. But he pulled through, none the worse for wear. In fact, he’s a lot more…amorous…since coming out of his stupor. Lucky me, considering I’ve had a massive crush on Dex for what seems like forever. And who am I to waste an opportunity? Hot space-station sex is the perfect way to celebrate the massive jewelry commission we just scored from our alien host.
 
Now, I’m usually a pretty perceptive girl. But you don’t notice certain things when you’re boffing your business partner’s brains out—like someone sneaking into our room and stealing the jewels for the aforementioned commission. Now we’re running on empty as we scour the station in an effort to help unmask the thief. That’s not cooling Dex’s ardor, however (if you haven’t tried an alleyway quickie, I highly recommend it).
 
Hmm… Maybe I should poison Dex more often.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2010 3.00