Genius de Milo by Russ Colchamiro
Publisher: Crazy 8 Press
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction/Comedy
About the Author
Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure Crossline, the hilarious scifi backpacking comedy Finders Keepers, and the outrageous sequel, Genius de Milo, all with Crazy 8 Press.
Russ lives in West Orange, NJ, with his wife, two children, and crazy dog, Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself. Russ is now at work on the final book in the Finders Keepers trilogy.
As a matter of full disclosure, readers should not be surprised if Russ spontaneously teleports in a blast of white light followed by screaming fluorescent color and the feeling of being sucked through a tornado. It’s just how he gets around — windier than the bus, for sure, but much quicker.
Russ can be found at his website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Best pals Jason Medley and Theo Barnes barely survived a backpacking trip through Europe and New Zealand that — thanks to a jar of Cosmic Building Material they found — almost wiped out the galaxy.
But just as they embrace a future without any more cosmic lunacy: The Earth has started fluxing in and out of Existence; Theo’s twin girls are teleporting; and Jason can’t tell which version of his life is real. All because of Milo, the Universe’s ultimate gremlin.
Joined by the mysterious Jamie — a down-and-out hotel clerk from Eternity — Jason and Theo reunite on a frantic, cross-country chase across America, praying they can retrieve that radioactive jar, circumvent Milo, and save the Earth from irrevocable disaster.
I should start out this review by stating that Genius de Milo is the second book in a trilogy. I agreed to review this book before I knew that, which is totally my fault, so when I realized it was a sequel I was a bit apprehensive. I started the book expecting to come in on the middle of a big plot and feel lost most of the time. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised that none of this was the case. While I think that reading the first book in the series would have left me more connected to the characters I in no way felt lost without a map while I was reading it. Don’t get me wrong, Mr. Colchamiro does a great job of connecting the two books, however, he also does a great job of introducing you to the characters and the story lines if you happen to be coming in at the middle. It really just makes me want to go back and read the first one even more, while I wait for the third one.
As for the story itself, it’s a rather cute “buddy comedy” type of story but with some science fiction elements added in. When I was over at Goodreads to get the synopsis for the book I saw in a review that someone mentioned that this reminded them of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and I could TOTALLY see that. All-in-all I think that this was a great book that anyone who wants a bit of lightheartedness (comedy), and is willing to open their minds to a bit of science fiction, in their lives should read.
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
That sounds like a book I would really enjoy! It would be perfect to read at the beach.
Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama says
“cosmic lunacy”: I like that! I also like that it drew you in enough to make you want to read the first one.
I loved the cosmic lunacy as well lol. I think that him being able to do that shows how good of an author he is. He was able to tell the story by itself but leave just enough untold that I want to go back and read what I missed!
Oh wow this book sounds like a great summer read! I’ll have to check it out!
Not my usual style of book but I think I may try this one.
I think you’d like it, I still have it if you’d like to borrow it 😉
Ora Lee Gurr says
You totally sold me on the book with the great intro and picture. This is a fantastic review of Genius de Milo by Russ Colchamiro. What a treat to find a book that’s part of a trilogy or series, and not feel as though you have to go grab the first one or two to avoid getting lost. This is going on my must-read-this-summer list.
It really is great how he did that! The cover alone is why I wanted to review this one, isn’t it amazing?!
Ora Lee Gurr says
Yes, it is amazing. I’m really glad you wrote the review and posted it today.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
This sounds like a great read! I really loved Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and this sounds like something in the same vein. Thanks!
If you liked Hitchhiker’s you’d probably like this one!
Sounds like a fun book. I like reading lighthearted books sometimes.
Liz Mays says
This seems like such a wild adventure. It’s great that you were able to enjoy it without reading the first book in the series. I loved Bill and Ted so bet I’d love this book.
This sounds like a great book. Complete opposite from what I’m reading now so this would be so refreshing and different. I’ll have to see or wait for it to come on Kobo if it isn’t already!
Marcie W. says
I love science but never really considered it when deciding on which book genre to explore next. I would be open to exploring this title, especially as a big Bill and Ted fan.
Catherine S says
This sounds like a great book. I think my son would really enjoy it. Thanks for the review.
This sounds like a great addition to my Summer reading list. I think my kids would enjoy this too, we all like science fiction and adventure.
Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert says
I’m always on the lookout for fun new books to read!
I think my hubby would like this. He loves science books.
I know the world’s biggest Bill and Ted fan. I’ll have to pass this on, guessing they’ll like it too!
Looks like a fun summer read! Definitely one I would throw in my beach bag and bring to the pool.
Toni | Boulder Locavore says
My daughter loves sci-fi books, and I can’t wait to pass this title along! Thanks for the suggestion!
Sounds like a great book. Glad you got to read it.
Chrystal @ YUM eating says
Sounds like a really fun book despite being part of a trilogy and without reading the first part. That happens to me often, but thankfully I’ve had a decent experience with being able to pick up the story. I think once or twice this year I have received a book and not really been able to get in to it because the first part contained so much needed information to get part 2.
Sounds like a funny read! The Bill and Ted reference brought back memories!
Tonia @TheChattyMomma says
Very cool. Looks like an interesting read. It’s almost summer so it’s a great time to add books to the reading list.
I love hearing about new reads! Especially over the summer when I have more time. This sounds like a good one!
It’s been awhile since I read one of your book reviews! Glad the series aspect didn’t let you down
manuela W. says
This sounds like a perfect read for hanging out on the beach this summer. It sounds like a story I would really enjoy.
Shannon Gurnee says
This sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing.
Wow this looks like an interesting read. Its pretty affordable on the Kindle too great price!
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