Columbus Day (Expeditionary Force, #1) by Craig AlansonCraig Alanson
We were fighting on the wrong side, of a war we couldn't win. And that was the good news. The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were...

I dived into the Expeditionary Force series by Craig Alanson recently starting with Columbus Day (ISBN: 978-1520126241) and I had no idea what I’d bargain with before. The story sounded kinda like generic boring sci-fi military stuff and I was not too excited about it.

Making my way through the first part I was that close to dismiss it as really boring when Skippy, a super advanced alien AI residing in a beer can like casing [and also asshole first class], approached the scene. From here the story sky-rocketed – or whatever term would fit for a space opera – and I caught myself breathless from laughing on various occasions..

Several books later I conclude it is still a kinda generic sci-fi military stuff story. A small group of thrown together people fighting against all odds outsmarting their opponents – that is the whole galaxy so far – and somehow surviving whatever the universe throws next at the band. It’s also a hilarious fun story that sent me rolling on the floor laughing several times thanks to the dialogues between Skippy, Joe Bishop and the rest of the Expeditionary Force.

I’d love to link to craigalanson·com but the website has a whole manifest of stupid Terms And Conditions about linking to it that I will not even bother to read and understand.

Update: @CraigAlanson is also on Twitter and I totally missed to tag him buuut what to I know since neither Twitter account nor website link to each other so I’ll never know if it’s _the real_ beer can or just a submind 🤷