The Ballad of Elva and Chester by Adrian Archangelo
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Too bad that this is followed by 20 some pages of “too precious” nods to famous sci fi novels . Overall, this one was too depressing and too repetitious for me to enjoy.
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A Humorous Chocolate-Fueled Sci-Fi Romp
Elva and Chester are space aliens who look like humans but have been on Earth since the year 1100 with the goal of helping humanity develop more empathy and compassion. (The rest of the beings in the galaxy don’t want us flying around out there until we do.) The duo have no human habits to contend with, but they are extraordinarily responsive to chocolate and hold it in special regard. However, Elva and Chester find human behavior baffling, and continually see their plans twisted by human responses. Consequently, nearly everything wrong on this planet over the past thousand years–from the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Easter Island to The Black Plague–was caused by one of their historic debacles.

When the story opens, their bosses have shown up on Earth to express their outrage because the human race is so far behind the goal. The overlords intend to deflect another of those big asteroids into Earth’s path, just as they did to get rid of the pesky dinosaurs, and wipe out humanity once and for all. Elva and Chester demand an appeal, but will they be able to save the planet and its human inhabitants? Fans of “A Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” will enjoy this hilarious, and sometimes poignant, chocolate-fueled sci-fi romp.

A Few Literary Comparisons For The Ballad of Elva and Chester:

--A worldview with shades of Christopher Moore’s Aug. 2015 novel, Secondhand Souls, i.e., characters who live both in and out of their bodies;
--A love of wordplay readers of Tom Robbins will appreciate. Archangelo’s narrative voice is less whimsical, yet conveys a similar love of idiosyncratic characters and phrasing;
--Comedy of time pressure and frustration, such as the tribulations inflicted on “Arthur Dent” by Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy and the following trilogy;
--An interplanetary sub-plot that the late Ray Bradbury might have written, only without his gentle kindness;
--A random form of overall justice that does not seem fair but is ironically just, as would be at home in Carl Hiaasen’s 2015 novel, Bad Monkey.

Adrian Archangelo is the pen name for a New York Times and international bestselling author. This time, however, he must remain anonymous. His survival will be gravely threatened if he is identified and located by the Idiot Team. (You’ll have to read the book.)
 

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Published November 25, 2016 by WildBlue Press. 312 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Erotica, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jayne on Nov 25 2016

Too bad that this is followed by 20 some pages of “too precious” nods to famous sci fi novels . Overall, this one was too depressing and too repetitious for me to enjoy.

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