Dan Abnett’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket Raccoon & Groot Steal the Galaxy is a flarking good time!
With that said, if it was the description of this novel that inspired you to pick it up, then you’re in good hands. If you’re a fan of Marvel Comics and have a soft spot for Groot and Rocket Raccoon, well, then you’re in very good hands. If you think that Baby Groot is adorable and like reading-ish…well, then maybe you should reconsider giving this a go.
Writer: Dan Abnett
What’s the book about?
“Marvel’s first original prose novel, featuring the stars of Guardians of the Galaxy! These are not the Avengers or the Fantastic Four -in fact, they’re barely even famous -but Rocket Raccoon and the faithful Groot are the baddest heroes in the cosmos, and they’re on the run across the Marvel Universe! During a spaceport brawl, the infamous pair rescues an android Recorder from a pack of alien Badoons. Everyone in the galaxy, however, including the ruthless Kree Empire and the stalwart Nova Corps, seems to want that Recorder, who’ about as sane as a sandwich with no mustard. Join Rocket and Groot on a free-for-all across the stars while they try to save all of existence -again!”
Author Dan Abnett possess both the writing skill and prowess necessary to transport a reader to a far-off world, and then leave them there until he has decided it is time to go home. Accomplishing this feat is far from easy, but Abnett’s approach to world-building – as far as this novel is concerned – is comprehensive and creates an utterly immersive reading experience.
In addition to providing great detail, Abnett infuses a great deal of wit and levity into his writing which makes for a light and uplifting read. As one would expect, there is a great deal of humor incorporated into the pages of Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket Raccoon & Groot Steal the Galaxy. At times, the book is seriously funny. Sure, a joke or two may miss the mark here and there, but expect a few laughs.
Aside from some of the more cliche SF elements, like a high-speed chase through an asteroid field, the story is original and highly entertaining.
At times, the sheer amount of detail that Abnett provides becomes a burden and ultimately detracts from the overall reading experience. The novel is in no way confusing, but there are strange names and odd words incorporated into even the shortest and simplest of scenes, and continually stumbling across words that (rightfully) don’t make sense inevitably becomes distracting. I realize that it is imperative to include a good deal of detail in novels like this one, but incorporating them is a balancing act, and certain scenes were so overwrought with details unique to the Marvel Universe that reading became a chore of sorts.
Again, I understand that Rocket Raccoon has disconcertingly human hands and that our narrator can’t get past this, but by the third time the phrase was used I was over it. Oh, and there was a whole lot of flarking going on too. What the flark? Flark this and flark that and flark him and her and… look, I enjoy a good flarking as much as the next guy, but aren’t there other made-up expletives and phrases that our characters could have used?
All in all, regardless of my nitpicking, I did very much enjoy reading Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket Raccoon & Groot Steal the Galaxy, and would recommend it to fans of Dan Abnett’s writing and the Guardians of the Galaxy.