Pages: 76 / 276; 28%
The Reason for the Reaping: Picked this up expecting it to be about someone who gets high a lot. Turns out that’s a really wrong assumption: this is about actual Bohemia (Czech Republic), not the subculture of hippies. Sorry, actual Bohemians. My ignorance is showing.
As I Lay Summarizing: The Czech Republic wants to jumpstart its space program to get back in the game after that thing called Communism really fucked things up. Enter Jakub, the figurehead and hopeful savior of the country’s glory. In space, he’s having some major psychological issues of a hallucinatory nature…or is he?
The Line That Killed Me: “The car falls very slowly, and the bodies slide back and forth as they grab on to each other, until they are forced into a dying waltz, ladies and gentlemen locked arm in arm, exclaiming vintage expressions like ‘Oh dear’ and ‘I never’” (34). Death by the actual last waltz.
Best Character: Jakub
Why [As] You Like It: While it is a naïve comparison, this is 100 times better than The Martian. This story is about Jakub growing up in Bohemia and his journey in space, not someone’s oddly specific video journal about the exact math and science he used to stay alive (not shy about the shade). BORING. With Spaceman, we get an interesting glimpse into a culture and place not many people have exposure to. Lesson one: Bohemia is a real place. Again, sorry everyone.
Why I’m Gone, Girl: There’s not a real reason? This book has too much to offer. The writing is great, the characters are interesting, the story is unique, and the opportunity to learn about the Czech Republic is all too good to pass up.
Last Line, Last Chance: “…serious character actor looking to break into the major awards scene….”
Will I turn the page, or toss it into Mount Doom?
The Spaceman’s psychological crisis awaits. Turning that page!