Oh, man. Let me start off by saying I LOVE SCIENCE FICTION WESTERNS!!! I grew up on shows like Bravestarr, so any story that puts cowboys into space is right up my alley.
The story starts off normal enough, with our hero Idiom Lee fighting bear-like creatures and cheating at cards, but soon the story blasts off, and Idiom finds himself in WAY over his head in an adventure reminiscent of Guardians of the Galaxy and Firefly.
The book features a colorful cast of characters with delightfully clashing personalities. I'd be hard pressed to choose a favorite, but I found the enigmatic shade Rhuldan to be the most intriguing, and Sarge definitely brought the biggest smile to my face.
I'm hooked, and I cannot wait for the next installment in this series. I just hope the entire main cast returns for the sequel! James Peters has a talent for both humor and action.
I should specify that I didn't actually read Cold Cosmos, but actually listened to the Audible edition narrated by David Swanson. Swanson's performance (and it IS a performance, not a simple narration) is stellar! The only place it's lacking is in his female voices, but I'm willing to let that slide considering the amount of accents and vocal effects he juggles in this production.