Book: The Ultimate Inferior Beings by Mark Romancategories: Book, Humor, Humour, Funny, Mystery, Puzzles, Quirky, Clever, End of Universe, Aliens, Slimy Green Blobs, Mad Scientist, Science Fiction Comedy
Mark Romanabout this book: This is a silly sci-fi comedy about a wacky spaceship crew who encounter a race of nutty aliens. It goes without saying that the fate of the Universe is at stake.
Suitable readers range from around 13 to adult, male or female, left- or right-handed. Many readers have told me the book cheered them up – although I don't know how miserable they were to start off with. One blogger said it was one of the most enjoyable books he'd read in 2012, while another identified it as her favourite book of the year.
The hardest part to write was the title. Just four words, but it took me a long time to find them. In the end, I found them inside the book itself and can't think why I never looked there in the first place.
The cover aims to give a sense of the book's slightly bonkers quality and depicts a key scene. The lettering is reminiscent of The Life of Brian posters, as Monty Python has always been a strong influence – as some reviewers have spotted. Other reviewers have thought the book influenced by the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but in fact the first drafts were written some time before the first radio series aired (ie a long time ago!).
Like the cover, the book trailer aims to reflect the low-key craziness of the story and its characters. It was great fun to make and a real learning experience. But does it really give a good sense of the book? Watch the trailer, read the book, and then decide!
In short, the story is full of wit, absurd dialogue and a fun plot. Ideal for readers who like quirky British humour and need cheering up.
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Video: The Ultimate Inferior Beings by Mark Roman
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