Bill, the Galactic Hero (Bill, #1)

By Harry Harrison

Rating: 3 stars

Several of the quotes on the back cover of this book compare it (favourably) to Catch-22 and the comparison is certainly justified. This is a similar anti-war satire on bureaucracy and the military but for me, it didn’t quite work. Despite Terry Pratchett claiming on the front cover that his is the funniest SF book ever written, it’s not. His own are more laugh out loud funny, and Douglas Adams might be in there, or even Harrison’s other series featuring The Stainless Steel Rat but this was too depressing, possibly because it’s all too plausible, to be that funny for me.

Book details

ISBN: 9780575047013
Publisher: Gollancz
Year of publication: 1965

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