THE MADONNA AND THE STARSHIP is a fun read, as a satire novel should be
Anton at Genre-Bending decided he needed to read some funny science fiction and focused in on James Morrow’s The Madonna and the Starship.
It’s a delight to read: ‘heartless aliens, promiscuous death rays, casual slaughter — this was science fiction at its worst.’ It mentions all these things, plus it has giant genocidal blue lobsters from outer space. There is, perhaps, too much of what Dirda calls ‘retro-fun’. There are some in-jokes in the book, but I wonder how many people will get them (I certainly didn’t). It’s still a fun read, as a satire novel should be.
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