So I just found this great post from Brent Nichols on his blog, Fantastic Adventures. He listed Jak Phoenix as a recommended read and I couldn’t be happier. His notes were spot on, understanding the fun of the Jak Phoenix story. Fantastic Adventures can be found here: http://brentnichols.blogspot.com/ Thanks again Brent!
Recommended Reading – Jak Phoenix
Their finances had dried up, Jak’s ship was falling apart and their weapons and tools should have been on display in a museum. They were facing the reality that they may have to quit and gain real, meaningful employment.
I’ll admit that the cheese factor is fairly high on this one, but this book is too much fun to pass up. Jak Phoenix is a down-at-the-heels would-be space pirate. No risk is too great, no hardship too onerous, if it will save him from the horrors of honest employment. With a dilapidated spaceship, an antiquated pistol, and an unshaven sidekick, he’s trekking across the galaxy in search of a dishonest buck. He is no Captain Kirk, but to his dismay Jak will find that the galaxy needs saving, and no one else is available.
Jak is the ultimate anti-hero, a blend of Han Solo and Spaceman Spiff with a bit of Three Stooges mixed in. It’s a light-hearted adventure that will make you laugh out loud. Don’t try to take it seriously. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. You won’t learn anything profound about the human condition, but you’ll have a lot of fun. Matt Williams has created an old-fashioned space opera that is preposterous, exciting, and thoroughly enjoyable.
Original post by Brent Nichols at his blog Fantastic Fiction http://brentnichols.blogspot.com/2011/06/recommended-reading-jak-phoenix.html