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Hal Spacejock Feedback Page 1

This page contains a selection of feedback received after the release of Hal Spacejock (Book 1).
(Names removed to protect the innocent.)
  • The cows showed me that maybe you are just a few ants short of a picnic.
  • I highlighted parts of this book that made me laugh out loud. By the end of the book I had 29 of them. The only other books I've read that made me laugh this much are Terry Pratchett's.
  • I'm through the first several chapters and I love it! It's been a long time since I laughed out loud reading a book :) Thank you so much for this!
  • "Han Solo meets Hitchhikers Guide! This is some funny stuff. It really is laugh out loud funny. I just came off a binge in the Star Wars universe so I couldn't help but see similarities and enjoyed every one of them! I have dabbled myself with writing and actually came across Simon's site, the author, due to a software application he made for writers I had seen good reviews in other locations. I certainly wasn't looking for something to read as I have a HUGE backlog of other books just waiting for me to have some spare time to pick up. However, I ended up with a copy of Hal and it was a joy to read. Its a quick read, not too intellectual, which too much sci-fi tries to do these days, and just the right mix of humor, excitement, and adventure. The interaction between characters is a roller coaster of good times for all. I read 3-4 books a month and rarely do I put one down and immediately start seeking out more of the same. I like to jump genres to keep my mind fresh, right now all I want is more of Hal and Clunk! If you enjoy a world of quirky characters and side splitting humor. Here is your new base of operations! You will not regret it! "
  • "I've finished Hal... and I LOVE Clunk! What a great character - and Navcom - now there's a smoooothe operator. Hal - well... his redeeming feature, for me is.... no, I won't say and spoil it for others."
  • "My boy said he loved it, and walked around reading various scenes aloud. Once I've got through my current Mieville, I'll have a look myself and let you know what I think. :)"
  • "Love the first one and can't wait for the second one. I am really enjoying Spacejock and I really dig Clunk"
  • "Just finished book 1. Need more..."


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  • "Just finished HS*. I read it in a day and a half, and I can't remember when I last made the time to knock over a novel so quickly. The highlight for me? It involved frozen puddings. Can't wait for the sequel. (Please don't tell me that you're going to write two more, become enormouly successful, and then write three dodgy prequels. I don't think I could live through that again...) Congratulations, well done, and all the best. (* in the spirit of trying to encourage sales, I purchased my copy from Angus and Robertsons, and then stole their remaining copies. We've gotta stick together)"
  • "I just finished Hal Spacejock, nicely done and funny, when's the next one?"
  • "Hey Simon. Finished "Spacejock". You are one funny man and I love the book and will be lining up for the next one. There would have to be a movie in there. Thank so much for a new hero to watch for - "Clunk" that is."
  • "I can't wait till this is available in Canada! It's listed in Amazon.ca as not yet released. Any idea when it'll be available?Regards from, uh, up over!"
  • "I was holidaying at Hamilton Island recently (yay!), and when I was waiting at the island's small airport terminal to fly back to the mainland (boo!) I decided to browse through the airport's pulp fiction, to see what sort of mix of authors and subject matter sunseekers go for. Sitting there on the shelf, next to the obligatory Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter was a shiny new Hal Spacejock! Well done Simon!"
  • "Really enjoying the book!"
  • "Just finished reading Hal Spacejock and found it a great laugh. I know when I've enjoyed a book when it makes me laugh out loud like this one. Looking forward to the next instalments!"
  • "Brilliant and look forward to the 2nd and 3rd books"
  • "Just finished HS2. Excellent."
  • "Read your first book. Could not help laugh, it's a great book. Pity it was so short I finished it in a couple of days."
  • "Just thought I'd drop you a line to thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable read. After purchasing Hal Spacejock back when it was first released (after visiting 3 different book stores before I found one that had it in stock, Dymocks of course) I have finally been able to sit down and read it guilt free (now that uni is over). So thanks for the laughs, loved it :D"
  • "Unexpected gems, both the novel & the software."
  • "Just thought I'd let you know that I've finished Hal, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It moved a little slowly for me at the beginning, but raced towards a hilarious conclusion. I enjoyed the humour and all the references--great work. I'm looking forward to seeing Hal 2 when it comes out! :)"
  • "It's a really terrific read, and hilarious - I hope it sells freighterloads! I'll look forward to the next one....?"
  • "I am dying to read your books. I read the first chapter and it's hilarious! I'm currently looking for them on the bookshelves of America's Borders."
  • "Your website is fantastic, cant wait to read your next book!!!"
  • "I like your page layouts, your robot joke, and your attitude."
  • "Be assurred you have one dedicated fan here. I will buy the next one and every one after that. I have read the first one three times and it is amazing how it just feels so good. Thanks again."


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  • "Thoroughly recommend Hal Spacejock if anyone has not had the chance to read it. Couldn't put it down once I started reading it. Looking foward to Hal's new adventures. Keep up the great work."
  • "PS ordered in your latest novel- errr loveable dork be the way to describe Hal?? Great start to the hols- had a riotous couple of days flat on my back reading it. Thoroughly enjoyed it."
  • "I read your book Hal Spacejock and got a good laugh out of it. I have two boys 8 and 11 and its a shame its not a motion picture as they would love it. My oldest is going to read it over the hols. I've passed the name on to some people at work who I think would also like it so I'll be able to give you some feedback next year hopefully from them. In the meantime i hope the sales are going well."
  • "Love the series"
  • "Just read chapter 1 of Hal Spacejock on your webpage and I love it. Will ask the local library to get a copy. I'd like a copy but increasing my library will have to wait a bit."
  • "I cant wait to get number 2 on its release. I wish you all the best with the sales for #2. I like the cover shot and wish it was already available. Anyway Good Luck..."
  • "I'm about halfway through Hal and am very much enjoying it, especially after all of the big, dark fantasies I've been reading. It really is funny (and I do 'get' British 'humour')"
  • "Simon, I finished Hal last night and really enjoyed it. A Very entertaining read. (I was up until midnight reading, damn you for making it so interesting!) Thanks again for sending it to me! P.S. I read in the linked article that this version is about 11,000 words longer than the previous one. What, exactly, got added? I couldn't find any obvious "seams" in the story where it seemed like something might have been stitched in. Loved the argument with the elevator, and the food that tastes like sh*t!"
  • "I really enjoyed Hal Spacejock, and I am looking forward to the Second Course, which shall be eagerly devoured."
  • "Enjoyed first book. hafta read it again."


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  • "What a wonderful book Hal Spacejock was, I couldn't put it down and spent much longer on public transport than I needed to, so I could continue reading and was very dissapointed when I finished the book because the adventure was over, for now anyway. I am a Science Fiction fan, especially Star Wars and Star Trek, but your book was even better. I can't wait until the next one is released, excellent work."
  • "Hal Spacejock is a very funny novel from Australian writer Simon Haynes. It follows the adventures of the eponymous space freighter pilot, a hapless bungler who is forced to accept an incredibly dangerous job shipping spare robot parts in order to prevent his ship from being repossessed. On the way he joins up with Clunk the cow-hating robot and has numerous (mis)adventures with the ship's navigation system, a land car, and a robotic elevator that only wants him to say the proper words to close the doors. Plenty of laughs and more than enough action to keep you entertained. I hope a stateside publisher picks this up."
  • "Really enjoyed the first Hal Spacejock, and am looking forward to how many more times Hal will get a chance to space Clunk, but then again if he does, he might not be able to fight off those who want to take his new ship. :)"
  • "G'day Simon, I just finished reading the first of many (I hope) of the Spackjock series. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The humour was great and the story moved along nicely, definetly didn't become boring at any point. Just thought I let you know, that I enjoyed reading it. Am waiting with impatience for the 2nd of march for the next one."
  • "Just wanted you to know that I read it down at the beach house, and loved it! Looking forward to the second book! I really really enjoyed it, most certainly got to the 'unputdownable' stage, and I thought the ending (a) was VERY satifsying and (b) didn't obviously signal 'book 2'. So congratulations! Thanks for the fun and the pleasure of a great read! I've been touting it ever since I read it, and leaving it out in obvious positions :-) so hopefully that will help a bit, and if it doesn't, I'll bloody well BUY people copies of it!"
(More recent feedback here)