Toaster on Mars book review: Prepare to LMAO

A Toaster on Mars Book Review

What is this about?: In 2509 Blake Carter and Nicki Steel set out to rescue Blake’s daughter Lisa from the evil clutches of Bartholomew Badde, the galaxy’s most notorious criminal and the one that always gets away.

What else is this about?: Humour. Think Douglas Adams, rolling in the aisles, clutching your sides sort of humour.

Blurb: For fans of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett comes a hilarious new space and time adventure.

Teenagers on skateboards jumped off walkways, dropped a dozen floors and activated rockets to safely land walkways below. Blake took a deep breath, inhaling something that smelt like a cross between burnt plastic and toffee apple. 

Neo City, Blake thought. Home, sweet home.

NEO City, 2509.

After a series of operational bungles, as well as the accidental death of his partner, special agent Blake Carter’s career at the Planetary Bureau of Investigation is in trouble. To make matters worse, he’s just been assigned a new partner—and the beautiful and brilliant Nicki Steel happens to be a cyborg. When universe-famous criminal Bartholomew Badde steals a weapon capable of destroying whole planets at a time, Blake and Nicki must work together to recover it—an investigation that takes them to all corners of the weird and wonderful galaxy.
But things get serious when Badde kidnaps Blake’s teenage daughter, Lisa. Can Blake prove he’s still a first-rate agent—not to mention father—and save Lisa in time? 

Stars: 4/5 for the sheer giddiness of this writing and humour in every word.

How to review a book like this?

I can’t quite figure out how to review a book that left me laughing out loud this much. Satire, parody, call it what you will this mystery is one of the most hilarious things I’ve read. Ever.

Blake Carter finds himself on the outs of the biggest case ever – one that involves his nemesis Bartholomew Badde. To add insult to his injury, he’s saddled with Nicki Steele, a cyborg – not robot, the distinction matters. While they are arguing their way through the case Carter never really dropped, no matter what his superiors ordered, Carter’s daughter, Lisa is kidnapped. By Badde.

And so begins their rescue attempt.

The beauty of this book is in its humour, surrounding a fairly straightforward mystery. But it’s Darrell Pitt’s humour, creativity and snark that elevates this book entirely making 2059 absolutely hilarious – I mean, movies with Harrison Ford Clones? And not the first clones either.

Just go read and prepare to laugh your ass off.


  • I’ve never read any of the authors or things was compared to, but it sounds like a lot of fun! I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. It’s fantastic when you find a book that can make you laugh out loud!

  • I just love books that are laugh out loud funny. I admire writers that can do that. Thanks for sharing!

  • One of the most hilarious things you’ve ever read AND a comparison to Douglas Adams? Sign me the heck up! It doesn’t hurt that I love a good SF/F + mystery mashup. I’ll have to see if the library has a copy!

  • Maria Behar says:

    Oh, this sounds SO AWESOME!! I sure need to read some humorous novels at this point in my life! And this reminds me that I also need to read Douglas Adams….. I need a time machine, girl! That’s because there are SO many great books I STILL haven’t read…..

    Your review has me wanting to pick this one up right away! I LOVE the combination of elements — the futuristic setting (of course!), the quirky characters, the space opera type of plot, and…..Harrison Ford clones?! Oh, I WANT one of those!! Lol.

    Thanks for the great review!! <3 🙂

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