Halley's Casino

The Adventures of Nebula Yorker

Fiction - Science Fiction
304 Pages
Reviewed on 01/20/2024
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Author Biography

Sometimes when the muse hits you one can't stop. I threw everything I love into this book. Sci-Fi , History, Drama, Satire, Comedy, Mystery, Rock N Roll & more.
This 1st book in the trilogy is more than just Science Fiction and please don't let that tag scare you away from reading it. Take a chance and hop aboard this far out adventure like no other. Believe me you will happy you did!

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Halley's Casino: The Adventures of Nebula Yorker is a work of fiction penned by author Mark JG Fahey in the science fiction, adventure, and humor subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience and contains some moderate scenes of violence. We find ourselves thrown headlong into the whirlwind adventures of Nebula Yorker, a 26-year-old awaiting the return of Halley's Comet in 1986. This seemingly ordinary event takes a fantastical turn when Neb encounters Mr. Tict, the Concierge of Halley's, revealing the comet's secret identity as an intergalactic casino. Neb is recruited as Tict's assistant, leading him on an extraordinary journey through time and space, and encountering a diverse array of characters, including androids, aliens, and historical figures.

Author Mark JG Fahey's narrative is a rollercoaster of chaos, humor, drama, and satirical twists that make for addictive reading and laugh-out-loud joy in every chapter. The inclusion of the time travel element sparks all sorts of wild possibilities that keep readers on the edge of their seats, taking Neb to far-flung places where the description is atmospheric and cinematic, but also laced with sharp humor and glorious tongue-in-cheek pokes at humanity’s follies. The story unfolds with a rock and roll kind of flair, and I was particularly impressed with the dialogue and narrative style, which delivers so much plot without having to slow the pace down with chunky prose. Fahey's storytelling gains more and more credence as the seemingly simple plot deepens and Neb's journey evolves from a quiet evening of star-gazing into a cosmic adventure of epic proportions. Overall, I would certainly recommend Halley's Casino as a whimsical and imaginative experience for fans of science fiction, humor, and historical fiction in a narrative that defies expectations.

Phillis Rapps

Love the read! A real page turner. I received a copy as a gift for Christmas.
I must say the above review said it all. I found myself laughing out loud, each page was a new discovery.
So much wrapped up in one book then I found out it was a trilogy.
So you know what I will be reading next
Well done JG!

Gary Blure

Brilliant book!

Kevin Hannett

Great, fast-moving blend of sci-fi, comedy and rock and roll. There were several plot twists that I could not at all see coming. Lots of humour and rock music tidbits. Similar to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with a bit of Tolkien (in outer space) thrown in. The first book leaves you waiting expectantly for the second one to come out so you can continue the adventure!

Denis Sanche

A great read for Science Fiction fans. Reminds me somewhat of the old Heavy Metal mags and movies and perhaps even a little the "hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy" I am reading it again for the second time and I'm enjoying it so much that I just bought book 2(Marine) and 3(Return Trip). I like to see this produced as a movie.

Would recommend to all Science Fiction fans.

Barry Freeman

Halley’s Casino is not the type of science fiction I usually read. I like way more science in my science fiction. Mark’s version of local space and time travel has a twist in it that adds something that reminds me of Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the Star Wars cantina scene and a touch of the very first Star Trek series. He charts a course through a complex plot with humour and panache. Read it and want more? I’m sure you will. You are in luck, ‘cause the next one in the series is out.

M. Woods

Highly recommended! I love everything about this book! The characters are well developed. Descriptive enough to easily visualize the people and places while still giving your own imagination plenty of room to maneuver. Keeps the reader interested. I am usually good at anticipating what is coming next, but this story keeps me guessing! I am nearing the end and still not sure what will happen next! Sci-fi fans will love the references to classics, but it is also suitable for those not usually into the genre. I am anxiously waiting for the next installment!

Angela

Halley's Casino Introduces Readers to the Series in a Very Well-Organized Manner. Halley's Casino has a lot of twists, unique developments, well-developed characters, and quirkiness all rolled into the storyline. Time travel and science fiction seem well related--but, could be quite confusing for readers. Fahey not only pulls together a story weaving readers through time, space and science--but, also one that incorporates a host of unique characters and a very complicated storyline that is so well organized that readers are never left trying to piece things together or feeling that a character or scene was "out of touch" with the rest of the book. While unique and fun--the story never seems entirely impossible or silly.

Fahey writes a complex--yet easy to read story. There are a lot of things happening throughout this book--there is time travel, there are many character interactions, there are twists and turns that keep the reader turning the pages to see where the next page or the next chapter takes the story, there are adventures in the battle between good & evil. Through it all, Fahey keeps the dialogue and the text simple and easy to read. There are only a few sections of the books where the author unloads a lot of information that may be a bit difficult to process on the first read-through--but, for the most part, the author creates a rather complicated story in a simple, easy to read, easy to follow manner.

Would I recommend Halley's Casino? This book caught my interest with the element of time travel--but, kept it by weaving a very full story throughout time and space (literally). Rather than offering a dry, overly technical physics-laden time travel tale--the author incorporates a great deal of humor and sarcasm into his characters' thoughts and interactions. There were times, especially early on, that the dialogue seemed a bit immature or childish--but, that sense of wonder and openness will grow on readers as the book progresses. If you enjoy lighter science fiction--with an eclectic mix of characters and adventures--this book is a great start to the author's trilogy.

Mel Jacobs

A rather fun and silly read though I mean fun and silly in a good way not in a childish way.
I could have sworn the author was British it turns out he is a Canadian chap. His writing style and wit
reminds one of Douglas Adams/Harry Harrison.
A very original story. Halley's Comet a intergalactic casino, that's a first. Isn't it?
Such a imaginative mind and marvelous plot.
Bravo JG!
I would love to see this on celluloid, so much rebooting crap these days .
To whom is may concern... I would buy the rights to this book ASAP!
MJ

Sandra Olshaski

As soon as I read the quote at the beginning of this book I was drawn in. While not a sci-fi fan I love time travel - this novel is a perfect balance of the two genres.

Nebula Yorker ("just call me Neb") is stargazing in 1986 California, waiting for Halley's Comet, and thinking about his parents, who mysteriously disappeared in the Amazon. What he experiences is Halley's Casino – an intergalactic casino disguised as a comet! Upon boarding it Neb's life changes forever. Eventually his nagging, lingering questions about his father and mother are resolved, too.

This is a highly entertaining, funny read, with a creative plot, filled with a few earthlings, many androids (some with attitude) - "ladies and gentlemen and bisected species." John Lennon and the Stones, make "appearances" in this cleverly-crafted, somehow familiar atmosphere for Star Trek fans. It’s the same but different!

I appreciate the author's attention to detail as shown in the description of Archibald Tict (from the Casino who becomes Neb's friend and mentor) a five-foot man hailing from 1707 England with pure white hair, a black tuxedo and bowtie, intense red shoes equipped with anti-gravity hopper inserts that cushion his feet. I could visualize him!

The author reminds us that the ever-present problem with time travel is being tempted to change history and/or in the words of a time traveler in the novel, "you can keep going back, though not at the same instant or you might bump into yourself." Wow!

I highly recommend this exciting, fast-moving, excellent blend of time travel and science fiction!