Author: Christopher Steinsvold
Title: The Book of Ralph
Genre(s): Science fiction & fantasy; First contact; Humor
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Review: This book was written in such a way that made it unique from anything I have ever read before in the science fiction genre. Christopher provides readers with a wealth of witty comedy that had me literally laughing out loud. I have found it fairly difficult to read humorous novels because most who attempt are unable to convey it in a meaningful way through the written word. I much prefer my comedic relief to be spoken to me; however, The Book of Ralph was artfully crafted and left me feeling elated. Although the reader has every opportunity to enjoy this book as just a comedy, Christopher eloquently discusses relevant social topics that the human race has battled with since the beginning of our time through Ralph's character. Ralph is extremely likable and makes the messages Christopher conveys even more thought provoking because of it. I do not think I would have taken a step back and thought about the various topics as much as I did if Ralph was obnoxious or pushy as a character. Despite this being a book about Ralph, I think this novel could have been even better with more developed supporting characters. An increase in character development would have made it more well-rounded. With that being said, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for well crafted written humor with underlying philosophical messages.
Book Description: "A message appears on the moon. It is legible from Earth, and almost no one knows how it was created. Markus West leads the government’s investigation to find the creator. The message is simple and familiar. But those three words, written in blazing crimson letters on the lunar surface, will foster the strangest revolution humankind has ever endured and make Markus West wish he was never involved. The message is ‘Drink Diet Coke.’ When Coca-Cola denies responsibility, global annoyance becomes indignation. And when his investigation confirms Coca-Cola’s innocence, Markus West becomes one of the most hated men on Earth. Later, five miles above the White House, a cylinder is discovered floating in the night. It is 400 feet tall, 250 feet in diameter, and exactly resembles a can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup. Nearly everyone thinks the cylinder is a promotional stunt gone wrong, just like the lunar advertisement. And this is exactly what the alien in the cylinder wants people to think. Ralph, an eccentric extraterrestrial who’s been hiding on the moon, needs Markus’s help to personally deliver a dark warning to the White House. Ralph has a big heart, a fetish for Andy Warhol, and a dangerous plan to save the world."
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