I love the title of this one

Do Shut Up, Mister Simms - Rachael Acks

This is the fifth installment in this series of novellas, generally revolving around the infamous pirate, Captain Ramos, although that character does not appear in this particular novella.  If you have not read any of these, I recommend starting with Murder on the Titania.


As one might guess, this story features Mister Simms, Ramos's much grumpier sidekick.  Indeed, he seems so pessimistic to start with that he was starting to remind me of Eeyore.  Despite Mister Simm's tendency to expect the worst out of a given situation, the writing is quite witty and humorous.  We also get to see a great deal of Deliah Nimowitz, Her appearances in the past have been brief but intriguing, so I was pleased to get to see more of her.


This story gives us a chance to get a slightly deeper understanding of both of these two characters and what motivates them.  Simms more than Deliah, admittedly.  In between the humorous moments are some serious thoughts from Simms on the state of the world, providing much more insight as to why he has chosen the life he leads, aside from mere gratitude toward Captain Ramos.  That said, I would love to read a story about how Simms and Ramos met, one day.  The references to it make me more eager to read about it.


If you've enjoyed the other novellas in this series, you're sure to enjoy this one.  I highly recommend it.