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Electra Galaxy's Mr. Interstellar Feller: an unofficial review

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    Electra Galaxy's Mr. Interstellar Feller
    by Candace Sams

    Bikini Waxes for Interstellar Peace!

    What They Say:
    Earth policewoman Sagan Carter was ready for the lunatic effect an intergalactic male beauty pageant would have on her city. She was prepared for the screaming females of all species, for the advertising-and-promo circus. The one unexpected thing? Orders to manage an alien police officer's undercover investigation. And by "manage", that meant making sure Captain Keir Trask followed all the rules of the pageant in which he was "competing", or giving him a first-class saucer ticket home. True, the Oceanun had all the right moves, and a body to die for, and he had tracked these intergalactic weapons smuggles to Earth, but work with the high-and-mighty, obstinate, conceited . . . handsome, sculpted . . . arrogant Oceanun? She'd rather catch the crooks herself.

    From bikini waxes and cucumber facials, to a coworker whose effect on the libido is even stronger than TV ad-touted Pluto Pillow Mints, being a cop has never been so hard. But its all in a day's work for the next would-be . . .

    ELECTRA GALAXY'S
    MR. INTERSTELLAR FELLER
    The Premise: In a galaxy full of human-like aliens, it was almost inevitable that someone would launch an interstellar beauty pageant or two. Electra Galaxy just got there first.

    And the Mr. Interstellar Fellar competition, along with the Miss Milky Way pageant, have become hugely popular across the cosmos. Competitors get the royal treatment on every world they visit en route to Earth and the finals.

    Which is exactly what the smugglers were counting on. Even in the wealthiest, most paranoid spaceports, they were able to just walk through security. Sure, quite a few star struck girls asked for their autographs, or to take a photo or two. But no one even thought to look in their suitcases.

    And now a pair of incredibly dangerous technologies have reached Earth.

    But interstellar law enforcement hasn't been idle. The alien Keir Trask, one of the best officers in the galaxy, has also infiltrated the pageant as a contestant. And Carter Sagan, one of Earth's Finest, is serving as his manager.

    He's an arrogant, yet handsome, aristocrat from another world. She's a short spitfire with trust issues. Can they find the weapon smugglers before its too late? Or will their intense mutual attraction get in the way?

    The Review: Have you ever seen the Sandra Bullock movie, Miss Congeniality? If so, Electra Galaxy's Mr. Interstellar Fellar is kind of a sci-fi version, with the genders swapped. Bad guys have infiltrated a beauty pageant, and the "good guys" have to go undercover to catch them.

    And the author has a lot of fun with putting Keir through the beauty pageant ringer. The spokesmodel round is pretty memorable, and Sagan gets a lot of sadistic fun out of Keir's first bikini wax.

    But the real focus of the novel is the attraction between Keir and Sagan, and wondering if they'll end up together, or somehow blow it. There's a lot of sexual tension between the two, but there's also a lot of personal friction. And their respective planets aren't exactly good friends. So it really could go either way.

    Of course, for a good romantic story, the audience has to like both of the leads. And the author did a pretty good job fleshing both characters out, and making you care whether they'll end up together. At the same time, she embeds sufficient character flaws in both, that its not a foregone conclusion. Sagan, for example, has serious trust issues, while Keir has more than a few secrets . . .

    And there is a sex scene, too. Its tastefully done, but the author makes it pretty clear what's exactly going on, from foreplay to finale. Young teens (who don't yet have their "minds in the gutter") might miss the implications, but anyone older than will know exactly what the two are doing.

    As for the science fiction aspect . . . well, unfortunately, the author opted for an old-school tv take on aliens. Remember the days when you could just slap a pair of antennae on an actor, or slather an actress in green body paint, and call 'em an alien? Yeah, that's what we're talking about here.

    Its particularly unfortunate when it comes to Trask. Sure, he's tall, handsome, and well-muscled. . . but he's also green. With a blue star on his face. Not exactly what most people would hope for in a love interest, although I suppose it somewhat makes up for Captain Kirk and all those green alien women.

    Thankfully, its not really relevant to the plot. And aside from the occasional female character complimenting Trask on his lovely green skin, you can pretty much ignore it.

    And like Keir, pretty much all of aliens are humanoid. The books suggests that there's a wide variety of intelligent alien life, but other than one octopoid alien, we don't see any of it. Different skin colors or facial tattoos or even wings, but other than that, pretty much everyone could pass for human.

    There is a bit of a stylistic shift for the anticlimax, almost a

    Spoiler ->Disney "happily ever after" approach. Good doesn't just win, it crushes evil. And it turns out that Keir isn't just wealthy - he's also a prince. So everything turns out hunky-dory, and the two ride off into the sunset happily ever after



    Recommended for: In many ways, Interstellar Feller reminds me of an old-school Star Trek episode, just with the roles reversed. So if you've ever wanted to see a human woman seduce a cute green alien guy, this is an excellent choice.

    My Final Thoughts: I don't know if I'd re-read Interstellar Fellar, but it was a nice piece of light reading, which is exactly what I needed that day. So while it'll never make a top 100 list, nor provoke any deep thoughts, I have no problem recommending it, particularly if you want something casual that you can pick up or put down as necessary.
    Last edited by One Vorlon; 06-02-2014, 03:29 AM.
    "The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy sea, and the destructive sword, are portions of eternity too great for the eye of man."

    -William Blake, "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell"
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