Review: Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom by Bradley W. Schenck

 

Publisher: Tor

Publishing Date: June 2017

ISBN: 9780765383297

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 2.8/5

Publishers Description: If Fritz Lang’s Metropolis somehow mated with Futurama, their mutant offspring might well be Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom. Inspired by the future imagined in the 1939 World Fair, this hilarious, beautifully illustrated adventure by writer and artist Bradley W. Schenck is utterly unlike anything else in science fiction: a gonzo, totally bonkers, gut-busting look at the World of Tomorrow, populated with dashing, bubble-helmeted heroes, faithful robot sidekicks, mad scientists, plucky rocket engineers, sassy switchboard operators, space pirates, and much, much more—enhanced throughout by two dozen astonishing illustrations.

Review: The writing is pretty good in what I assume may be a series if the ending is any indication. Where the novel falls down is in it’s length. It is overly long and drawn out to the point that you are soon page flipping over the irrelevant parts and focusing on the chapters that have the best characterization.  Aunt Lillian should of had a larger role in the storyline as she was at once interesting and eclectic. The Douglas Adams approach at world building is  quaint and mildly humorous but has been overly done.

Edit out the numerous and unnecessary characters and place the focus on Dash Kent’s escapades and you have a winner.  

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