Archive for February 26th, 2012
Crawlspace — Flint and Freer Launch Another Fun… Tail?
Posted by Jason Cordova in Book Review on February 26, 2012
From the utterly demented minds of Dave Freer and Eric Flint comes the short novella Crawlspace, set in their Rats, Vats & Bats universe (originally published by Baen, buy the first two here and here). And by twisted, I mean that in the most positive way imaginable.
Captain Rebecca Wuollet has just received the most hideous of jobs: chief of security on a rock about the be invaded by the alien Korozhet. Again. While the impending invasion is occurring in the background of the story, Captain Wuollet has an even tougher job: she must find whoever is murdering “joy” girls who work at the local dive. This is the real story of here.
Followed by the loyal Holmes (no, really… I can’t make this up. That’s why the authors are the demented ones and we readers are merely… twisted), a fellow HAR Marine sergeant, an artificially intelligent rat with a penchant for stealing, well, anything… and a bat who seeks to revolutionize and free the women who work as prostitutes, Captain Wuollet must race against time to prevent a lynch mob from killing every single Marine on that rock in order to find a murderer.
I loved Rats, Bats and Vats, and found the sequel to be just as funny. This novella is almost as fun, and with new rats and bats running amok, features a newer element to the universe. Crawlspace should be (needs to be) longer, as every story set in this universe is a guilty pleasure of mine to read.
A short review, true, but it’s a short story. And free. Yeah, you heard that right. Right now it is free up on Amazon Kindle. So this is a must-buy, since you get it for — wait for it — free.
Go buy (take?). You’ll like it. The rats sayeth you shall because sometimes, the rats are the heroes…
—Reviewed by Jason