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Farscape meets The Great British Bake Off in this fantastic space opera You Sexy Thing from former SFWA President, Cat Rambo. Just when they thought they were out... TwiceFar station is at the edge of the known universe, and that's just how Niko Larson, former Admiral in the Grand Military of the Hive Mind, likes it. Retired and finally free of the continual war of conquest, Farscape meets The Great British Bake Off in this fantastic space opera You Sexy Thing from former SFWA President, Cat Rambo. Just when they thought they were out... TwiceFar station is at the edge of the known universe, and that's just how Niko Larson, former Admiral in the Grand Military of the Hive Mind, likes it. Retired and finally free of the continual war of conquest, Niko and the remnants of her former unit are content to spend the rest of their days working at the restaurant they built together, The Last Chance. But, some wars can't ever be escaped, and unlike the Hive Mind, some enemies aren't content to let old soldiers go. Niko and her crew are forced onto a sentient ship convinced that it is being stolen and must survive the machinations of a sadistic pirate king if they even hope to keep the dream of The Last Chance alive.


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Farscape meets The Great British Bake Off in this fantastic space opera You Sexy Thing from former SFWA President, Cat Rambo. Just when they thought they were out... TwiceFar station is at the edge of the known universe, and that's just how Niko Larson, former Admiral in the Grand Military of the Hive Mind, likes it. Retired and finally free of the continual war of conquest, Farscape meets The Great British Bake Off in this fantastic space opera You Sexy Thing from former SFWA President, Cat Rambo. Just when they thought they were out... TwiceFar station is at the edge of the known universe, and that's just how Niko Larson, former Admiral in the Grand Military of the Hive Mind, likes it. Retired and finally free of the continual war of conquest, Niko and the remnants of her former unit are content to spend the rest of their days working at the restaurant they built together, The Last Chance. But, some wars can't ever be escaped, and unlike the Hive Mind, some enemies aren't content to let old soldiers go. Niko and her crew are forced onto a sentient ship convinced that it is being stolen and must survive the machinations of a sadistic pirate king if they even hope to keep the dream of The Last Chance alive.

40 review for You Sexy Thing

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    This space opera sits on the edge of humorous foodie hijinx and immense regret and honestly, I don't know which it ought to be. On the one hand, all the ex-military peeps running a culinary enterprise is fun and I had a great deal of fun with, say, Matt Wallace's mercenary cooks and Steinmetz's Sol Majestic, but while this had flavors of those, I'm not sure it knew what it really wanted to be. There's a helping of planning and desperation, a core of identity exploration, and even a dash of all-ou This space opera sits on the edge of humorous foodie hijinx and immense regret and honestly, I don't know which it ought to be. On the one hand, all the ex-military peeps running a culinary enterprise is fun and I had a great deal of fun with, say, Matt Wallace's mercenary cooks and Steinmetz's Sol Majestic, but while this had flavors of those, I'm not sure it knew what it really wanted to be. There's a helping of planning and desperation, a core of identity exploration, and even a dash of all-out torture. But most of all, there's a bio-ship, foodie sensibilities, and pirates. I wanted to like this more than I did. It had the feel of a Becky Chambers a lot of the time and then it keeps shifting gears or even stripping them when it went full adventure instead of foodie-identity. Maybe others will get a lot more mileage out of it. It wasn't bad but it was sometimes a bit all over the place.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chessa

    This was a really fun read! The GBBO comparison is a litttle bit weak - while cooking is featured throughout, the competitive nature of it is only in the VERY beginning. Regardless. the crew and ship interactions are really fun! The plot pacing is a little oddball - it doesn’t have the same sort of arc that I expect from this kind of book. It almost felt like it was at odds with what kind of book it wanted to be - examination of relationships/identity or high stakes adventure-y - it does both, a This was a really fun read! The GBBO comparison is a litttle bit weak - while cooking is featured throughout, the competitive nature of it is only in the VERY beginning. Regardless. the crew and ship interactions are really fun! The plot pacing is a little oddball - it doesn’t have the same sort of arc that I expect from this kind of book. It almost felt like it was at odds with what kind of book it wanted to be - examination of relationships/identity or high stakes adventure-y - it does both, and it works ok but feels a teeny bit herky-jerky at times. That said, unpredictability is not a bad thing and I enjoyed the ride regardless!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sana

    'Niko and her crew are forced onto a sentient ship convinced that it is being stolen and must survive the machinations of a sadistic pirate king if they even hope to keep the dream of The Last Chance alive.' YES, I WANT 'Niko and her crew are forced onto a sentient ship convinced that it is being stolen and must survive the machinations of a sadistic pirate king if they even hope to keep the dream of The Last Chance alive.' YES, I WANT

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    This is right on the edge of "too silly" for me. It mostly doesn't fall over, but skirts precipitously close. There's mention of magic to do various things (although it all happens off-stage) at the same time that this is a galaxy-spanning society with a multitude of species and, it seems, a variety of FTL options for travelling around. There's a bit of prophesying going on, too, just to add to the mix. The blurb suggests this is Farscape meets Great British Bake Off. Yes to the Farscape: improb This is right on the edge of "too silly" for me. It mostly doesn't fall over, but skirts precipitously close. There's mention of magic to do various things (although it all happens off-stage) at the same time that this is a galaxy-spanning society with a multitude of species and, it seems, a variety of FTL options for travelling around. There's a bit of prophesying going on, too, just to add to the mix. The blurb suggests this is Farscape meets Great British Bake Off. Yes to the Farscape: improbably different alien species interacting, living and working together; up to and including a biological ship, now I think about it. There's also a bit of Firefly. These comparisons are good for me; if you're able to suspend your disbelief about humans and squid-like and bird-like and vegetative species all being in the same place, then you'll be fine with this. The GBBO comparison is a bit thinner and honestly that's where I was a little disappointed. Cooking is definitely a factor here - the protagonists are running a restaurant when everything goes to hell in a handbasket, and features sporadically throughout. It's not a competition and there's not much _baking_, and really there could have been more food in general. So if what you're really craving is a pretty food-based narrative, I don't think this will meet your needs. The story is a fairly straightforward one - which isn't a negative: Niko and her companions were soldiers, now run a restaurant, things go boom (not their fault, swear), and then adventures ensue. Including hijacking and piracy and identity trouble and pasts coming back to haunt, etc. It's fast paced, there's a good amount of banter, there's engaging characters, and no desire to make this any sort of morality tale or a solemn exposition of galactic society. It's a romp, and for that it was well worth it. (It should be said that there's some rather surprising violence about halfway through - surprising because up to that point it hadn't been graphic at all - which I found disquieting because it seemed so out of place.)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    This was a fun science fiction with engaging characters (including the ship), a high-stakes plot, and lots of cooking. It was pitched to me as The Great British Bakeoff meets Farscape and that's not inaccurate. There are space pirates, a damsel to rescue, and a collective military called the hive mind. It's a rare contemporary book told in true 3rd person omniscient. This was a fun science fiction with engaging characters (including the ship), a high-stakes plot, and lots of cooking. It was pitched to me as The Great British Bakeoff meets Farscape and that's not inaccurate. There are space pirates, a damsel to rescue, and a collective military called the hive mind. It's a rare contemporary book told in true 3rd person omniscient.

  6. 5 out of 5

    WorldconReader

    I would like to thank Cat Rambo and Tor Books for kindly providing an electronic review copy of this book. Although the title sounds like a Harlequin Romance, "You Sexy Thing" by Cat Rambo is a delightful and exciting space opera. This book is packed with all kinds of delicious space opera goodness like super fast sentient bioships cruising the galaxy via wormhole gateways, a militant Holy Hive Mind sneakily taking over the galaxy, a squad of ex-Holy Hive Mind soldiers running a restaurant while I would like to thank Cat Rambo and Tor Books for kindly providing an electronic review copy of this book. Although the title sounds like a Harlequin Romance, "You Sexy Thing" by Cat Rambo is a delightful and exciting space opera. This book is packed with all kinds of delicious space opera goodness like super fast sentient bioships cruising the galaxy via wormhole gateways, a militant Holy Hive Mind sneakily taking over the galaxy, a squad of ex-Holy Hive Mind soldiers running a restaurant while trying to avoid evil and deadly pirates, a mystic priest who talks with the dead, many different types of aliens, exploding space stations, and a whole lot more. This was a really fun read! I recommend it for anyone that likes books with spaceships, AI, aliens, pirates, soldiers, and outstanding chefs.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    There are a few transition issues I'm hoping will be cleared up by the final publication but while this is clearly the set up book in a series with not much resolved at the end and lots of questions still unanswered I'm really liked the crew and I'm interested to see where the story goes. Thanks Tor books for my free review copy! There are a few transition issues I'm hoping will be cleared up by the final publication but while this is clearly the set up book in a series with not much resolved at the end and lots of questions still unanswered I'm really liked the crew and I'm interested to see where the story goes. Thanks Tor books for my free review copy!

  8. 5 out of 5

    C.S. Daley

    I thought there were a few pacing problems. Places where the story went to fast or two slow. I also thought the ending was entirely too predictable. Having said that, I really enjoyed nthis book. I want to spend more time with each and every character and look forward to the next book in the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    A

    Voice, character, and plot were all quite enjoyable. It's my favorite of all of Cat's novels. Special mention for Skidoo's name. Love it. Voice, character, and plot were all quite enjoyable. It's my favorite of all of Cat's novels. Special mention for Skidoo's name. Love it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Wempe

    What a fun and entertaining novel. The characters are very similar to what you’d find in Farscape or Battlestar if it were more light hearted. A quick 300 page burn, but a fun one. Weirdly, I also love the name of the author as well.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melinda Beatty

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jane

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie (bookish_black_hole)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Avery

  15. 4 out of 5

    Belly (Aspiringliterati)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jess

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

  18. 4 out of 5

    LYNDSEY S.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melody (OhTheBooksSheWillRead) Hawkins

  20. 4 out of 5

    Women_of_the_Future

  21. 4 out of 5

    Terry Graybill

  22. 4 out of 5

    Leo

  23. 4 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

    Terry Weyna

  25. 4 out of 5

    BrocheAroe

  26. 5 out of 5

    Toya (the reading chemist)

  27. 4 out of 5

    David H.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mely

  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

  31. 5 out of 5

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  32. 5 out of 5

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  33. 5 out of 5

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  34. 5 out of 5

    Philip

  35. 4 out of 5

    Kendra Winchester

  36. 4 out of 5

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  37. 5 out of 5

    Jean

  38. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

  39. 5 out of 5

    Nina Dencklau

  40. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Kade

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