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Publisher's Summary

Journey from fantasy mountains to super-cities, through piratical seas and up into space without missing any must-see sights - or putting a foot wrong with the locals! Whether you’re lord of the shoestring-budget or Luxe Skywalker - Notes from Small Planets is your pastiche passport through the best worlds of science fiction and fantasy.

Your ultimate travel guide to all the must-see locations in the worlds of science fiction and fantasy.

The perfect gift for self-professed geeks and fans of all things genre - from classic genre listeners to new young disciples of nerdery. From misty mountains to wizarding schools, from the homes of superheroes to lairs of infamous villains - visit your favourite worlds and discover new ones - all without ever missing a single landmark or traditional dish. What’s orc for ‘bon voyage’?

©2020 Nate Crowley (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Nate is the wielder of a unique and delightful imagination." (Adrian Tchaikovsky)

"This is a kind of Lonely Planet guide to the various sub-genres of SF and Fantasy, written as though the work of a crass, blundering hack journalist. It's splendidly satirical and hilariously funny, provided you don't mind literary sacred cows being slaughtered with gleeful, merciless abandon." (Financial Times)

'Weird and hilarious." (Buzzfeed)

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Not what I expected

If you are after an interesting story then this book is not for you. This is basically some sort of fan fiction travel guide form someone heavily inspired by The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Lord of the Rings type stories. There is very little plot, just someone reading a journal giving extremely stereotypical back story to character types they did not create. It is really cringe worthy writing.
I wanted to like this, I kept waiting for some sort of story to develop but so far nothing has and I can't waste my time with this drivel any longer.

The performances are fine and it feels Hitchhikeresque but it lacks all the fun of those stories.
Your experience may vary and I couldn't get more than 2.5 hours into it.

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  • Alexander Bardashev
  • 01-11-2020

Lovely pastiche of sci-fi/fantasy genres

absolutely love it! the worlds are created with great attention to details and unmistakably with love (and a pinch of criticism) for their creators. Floyd is a character outstanding in his worldview and he's a perfect match for story highlighting other stories not-so-okay moments

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  • Niamh
  • 24-09-2020

excellent, hilarious

Loved every minute, the narrators are fab and story is hilarious, and the production of the audiobook is quite something.
Nate Crowley does a an excellent job at making me want to visit all these made up places, but also at making them recognisable enough that I can envision them from other books. WHAT a listen. Adored it. I want to immediately re-listen.

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