Book Review – Alexander Outland: Space Pirate
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A decent adventure, similar to something I might have seen on Firefly if it had survived past the first season. The biggest drawback is the title character, who happens to be the narrator as well. The first introduction to Alexander Outland does not make a good impression. In fact, it created a very bad impression for me. It did not help that he seems to relish being an arrogant, womanizing criminal jackass. With this clouded first impression, it becomes harder to accept him as a hero, or even an anti-hero. I felt like Outland needed to be toned down a bit, at least at the start of the book, for him to work as the narrator. Either that, or the book needed to be a third person narration, where we focus more on how the crew reacts to such a unlikable, albeit very skilled character.