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#BookReview #ScienceFiction // Blanchland Blues by Tom Dell’Aringa

Blanchland Blues

by Tom Dell’Aringa

This was such a wonderful read, a well written sci-fi mystery with an air of Douglas Adams about it. John, Alvis and Ril are superbly crafted protagonists, I quickly found myself fully invested in their stories. A great cast of supporting characters provide extra depth and interest to the tale. Despite his overenthusiasm, Hogan was definitely my favourite amongst these.

The world-building was solid and examined issues prevalent in society today. The story wasn’t overly descriptive and left much to the reader’s imagination but it did provide everything one needed to be able to follow and understand the plot, the settings, and the motivations of the characters. I loved the snarky banter between Alvis and John, it added a nice touch of levity to the book but also gave a good contrast to some more serious or emotion-filled scenes.

With themes of redemption, chosen family, racism (speciesism?) and community Blanchland Blues just has so much to offer. The prose flows smoothly, the dialogue was both easy to assign and felt natural and the plot moved along at a good pace. This was the first book I’ve read by Tom Dell’Aringa and it has left me wanting to read more by him.

Overall Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Plot ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 🤍
Characters ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
World Building ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 🤍
Writing ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Science Fiction Humour


Since being dishonorably discharged from the Star Corps, pilot John MacAlister has been struggling to make ends meet with less-than-legal cargo runs across the cosmos. He’s desperate to get his life back, but every time John thinks he’s found that “one last job,” some new disaster lands him back at square one.
After he crashes on the Moon, John finds himself in debt to a shady lawyer who makes him an offer he can’t refuse: Locate teenage runaway Meryl Amelson and bring her back or rot in jail. John knows whatever they want her for can’t be good – but what choice does he have? At least that’s how he feels until he meets his target.
Deep in the inhospitable Blanchlands of Kaldikar-6, John discovers smart and scrappy Meryl is the only witness to a murder ordered by the very same officer who kicked John out of the Star Corps.
For the first time since his dishonorable discharge, John has a purpose. Despite facing impossible odds, he vows to protect Ril and expose his former commander’s corruption no matter the cost.
The only challenge? Living long enough to actually do it.
Blanchland Blues is a fast-paced, grounded, and witty science fiction adventure sure to instantly win over fans of Andy Weir’s The Martian, Michael Ruben’s The Sheriff of Yrnameer, and the timeless humor of the late, great Douglas Adams.

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