Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite
The Book of Ralph by Christopher Steinsvold opens with the message “Drink Diet Coke” written across the moon by an unknown source. Markus West is hired to investigate the phenomenon, but he has little success, until one day a cylinder appears over the White House and Markus is pulled in for an extraterrestrial contact with the fun-loving Ralph.
Christopher Steinsvold has created one of those books that you will either get and love every minute of it, or walk away scratching your head as you wonder what all the fuss is about. The Book of Ralph is a richly balanced science fiction novel filled with humor, thought-provoking philosophical concepts, a liberal peppering of hard science, and just-a-hair-more-than-is-good-for-you sophomoric references.
Ralph is who I want to be when I grow up—if I grow up. He thinks outside of the box and tries his best to dumb down his very existence into something humans can understand. His tale is a refreshing take on science fiction. I especially liked the concept of an alien who doesn’t take himself too seriously, and who values hugs. If only more people could be like Ralph, the world would be a better place.
Wake up your brain. Read The Book of Ralph with the expectation of being entertained. When you finish, you may find yourself a little wiser and a whole lot more open to the possibilities in a world built of impossibilities. At the very least, you will find yourself wanting to talk about your discoveries, preferably in front of an Andy Warhol painting.