|Plot Summary of Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille|
Tor, Mar 2003, 13.95, 288 pp.
Billy and the rest of the band were within a mile of Jerrysport, Mars when someone turned the town into ashes with a nuclear strike. Billy was knocked unconscious, but besides a headache was fortunate to be alive as he was just beyond the ground zero meltdown range.
Galaxy society is in trouble as nuclear strikes like that which recently shook Mars is becoming the norm even with the Trekkies a thing of the past and the Enterprise a thing of the future. Perhaps the last bastion of sanctuary (not the butt of all those Venus to Jupiter jokes) remains Cowboy Feng's establishment where someone can get a gourmet meal consisting of matzoth ball soup and tamales and hear Irish musicians play mostly not so Irish music. Can the galaxy survive if Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille is destroyed? Probably not, but in the time-space continuum, Feng's place seems to be one large step for mankind ahead of those nuking this sector, but can the regulars take the small steps to keep man safe?
COWBOY FENG'S SPACE BAR AND GRILLE is a wild satirical futuristic space adventure that is for readers who appreciate the zany wrapped inside a witty tale or perhaps a witty tale wrapped outside the zany. Billy and the band and the mysterious Cowboy Feng seem like the last choices for the magnificent heroes trying to stop a murderous conspiracy. This amusing story contains enough action to keep the Trekkies contended, but mostly rips the skin off those who use weapons of mass destruction to cleanse those who possess weapons of mass destruction.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- humorous or laughable
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
If an invasion, from Earth/human POV:
- fighting overt invasion (attacking aliens)
War or Invasion
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- a space station
Takes place in spaceship?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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