Zombies and Star Wars what a great combination. At least it could have been one of the greatest combinations ever. Death Troopers starts slow and ends...moreZombies and Star Wars what a great combination. At least it could have been one of the greatest combinations ever. Death Troopers starts slow and ends fast. The build up of characters and the situation that is about to happen build up for to long before they have to deal with the zombies. When the zombies finally arrive they book ends to quickly. There's not enough tension to keep the book moving.
The best part of Death Troopers is you get to experience a little time with crazy zombies. They're on a star destroyer and no one is sure how it happened. There needed to be more interaction with the zombies and main characters. Not direct interaction, because every good zombie tale is the waiting to find out what will happen. This of course has to happen after the zombies have been introduced and the main characters are fleeing and hiding from them.
Another horrible aspect is the fact that half way through the book they introduce two main Star Wars movie characters. I felt this was a sloppy way to make this book matter in the larger Star Wars universe. With these two characters in the book you had two main character that could not die. It didn't matter what happened they had to survive to be in other books and movies. This brought down the tension, because they were off the table. The book would have worked better if no main Star Wars characters where in it. Then it would have been a free for all. When no one is safe, that makes the best zombie stories. When you have characters that have to survive then it gets boring.(less)
I was surprised by this book. Barba's last Starfleet Academy book was horrible. In The Gemini Agent he redeems himself. He doesn't relay on cutout cha...moreI was surprised by this book. Barba's last Starfleet Academy book was horrible. In The Gemini Agent he redeems himself. He doesn't relay on cutout characters to tell his story. The story is still a little far fetching for me. Why would the Star Empire be interested in James T. Kirk before he is even done with one year of academy. Yes he's at the top of his class. He's going to the Captain of the Enterprise some day, but they don't know how important he's going to be yet.
I liked the back story for Uhura and Spock. This book shows the very little start of their relationship. How Spock and Uhura interact with each other. It's cute to see how Uhura is very interested in Spock, even though he's her teacher (we don't see them in class setting though). Uhura is continued to be viewed as a strong woman. This is very nice. She doesn't ever need saving from Spock or Kirk.
The inclusion of Chekov seemed odd. The crew of the Enterprise were not good friends before coming together. Including Spock can be hard, since Kirk and Bones never knew him before Spock accuses Kirk of cheating in his final year and then they go straight to the Enterprise in the movie. It would seem if Kirk starts to be friends with other characters it would not sync with the movie.
All and all it was a decent book. Better than the Delta Anomaly, but not as good as The Edge. There was more charcter development in this book than Barba's first attempt. He's getting better with each book.(less)
I thought the story was really interesting. My wife recommended the book to me and I figured I should read it. I wasn't sure if I was really going to...moreI thought the story was really interesting. My wife recommended the book to me and I figured I should read it. I wasn't sure if I was really going to be into it, but after I read the first fifty pages and hadn't put the book down I knew I had to finish it.
The story is fun. To watch Trella grow from an outsider to someone of importances in her community. It was a new view of how tow different social classes could be ruled and made to distrust each other by a third ruling party. I liked the way Maria Snyder worked to make these two groups be misunderstood by each other. Even in the end there is so much that still needs to be done. It's a fun read. The character will definitely suck you in.(less)
Red Harvest was a much better book than I thought it was going to be. Having read Death Trooper and being a little disappointed with the direction the...moreRed Harvest was a much better book than I thought it was going to be. Having read Death Trooper and being a little disappointed with the direction they took with the book, this zombie Star Wars book delivers what I really wanted. No main characters that were "safe" because they were in the Star Wars movies and they had to still be in them. Pure zombie carnage seen from different people's views. Plus the sweet Star Wars universe. Yes Jedi and Sith were in full force. Schreiber did a much better job with this book.(less)
This Starfleet Academy book was a ton better than the first one I read. It was less stereotyping and more just natural. It was a fun read. It follows...moreThis Starfleet Academy book was a ton better than the first one I read. It was less stereotyping and more just natural. It was a fun read. It follows James T. Kirk on his first few months at the academy. Some of his internal monologues seemed a little out of place, but they made him look more human and allowed for a growth we had to assume happened at Starfleet that we didn't see in the film. The story is a simple mystery about things students getting hurt. The bad guys are a hundred times more believable than the last book. We don't see much of Bones, Spock, or Uhura which is fine. We do get to see alittle bonding time between Kirk and Bones which is good.
If you want a fun read about Star Trek this book is an excellent choice. It's fun and doesn't feel forced or papercut characterizations. I enjoyed reading it.(less)
How can I say not that great. The characters were cookie cutter versions of themselves. I guess that is to be excepted when reading a teen novel about...moreHow can I say not that great. The characters were cookie cutter versions of themselves. I guess that is to be excepted when reading a teen novel about a favored franchisee. The story was a little interesting, but the story itself is a big let down. The best parts are seeing Kirk grow in his dumb down version to be the captain he is in the movies and tv shows. The villain in the book bad. Not bad like he's an evil person, but bad as in they used a really lame villain. I won't ruin who the villain is but I feel they over exposed this villain in the different TV series and doesn't make sense to have in this book. The villain really ruined the whole story. If the villain was who were are to believe they are then it changes everything we know about this villain. They did not act like one bit like how they act normally. They were more like a little kitten playing with a ball string than the big bad alien race we know them as. I say this book lacked a lot. The only good thing in the whole book was seeing Kirk take field test and try and pass them. Nothing to do with the main plot of the book.
One more thing, to understand who the villain was you have had to watch the TV series or at least one movie that was not part of the original Star Trek crew. I hate when they do that.(less)
This was a prequel to the Tron Legacy. The story talks a lot about what happens between the first movie in the 80's and new movie. Not having seen the...moreThis was a prequel to the Tron Legacy. The story talks a lot about what happens between the first movie in the 80's and new movie. Not having seen the new movie yet this book seemed a little odd. I'm not sure how much it gave away. I would recommend seeing the Tron Legacy before reading this graphic novel. It talk a lot about CLU and how he became who he is. From all the previews of Tron Legacy this is suppose to be a secret or at least a surprise. The story telling was okay. It's a very fast and easy read. It was a little boring to me, but alright. If you like Tron, then I would say read it, but if you are just interested in the film and not going really deep into the side tangents stay away from this graphic novel.(less)
Best audio book ever. The story was great. I loved listening and learning about all the troubles of zombies. The best part was the all-star cast that...moreBest audio book ever. The story was great. I loved listening and learning about all the troubles of zombies. The best part was the all-star cast that played the different parts in the book. This was not an audio book, this was a a classic radio drama, but a hundred times better. If you are looking to listen to a great book this is it. The book is amazing and this audio edition is a master piece worth listening to even if you've already read the book. It has Simon Pegg, Nathan Fillion, and Alan Alda in it, plus a ton of other great voices. Pick it up and enjoy the zombies. Unless you work early mornings in a building and all the lights go out. Standing in perfect darkness listening to WWZ might be a little extreme. It only happened once while I was working. I made it through it though.(less)
The House of the Scorpion is an excellent read for the most part. The story revolves around a near future, probably a hundred or more years in the fut...moreThe House of the Scorpion is an excellent read for the most part. The story revolves around a near future, probably a hundred or more years in the future at best. The main character is Matt and he is trying to discover himself. The story is a coming of age for Matt. As he learns what it means to be human.
The story is very fast paced. I could not put the book down once I started reading. Information is slowly let out to Matt and us as we read the book. Things are not how they appear at first. The main conflict is with Matt and his "family."
The main problem I had with the book is the ending was a little weak compared to the rest of the book. Part of it made sense, but Farmer left many unanswered questions. It left the book very much open to a sequel if Farmer ever decides to make one. I feel Matt's future adventures in Dreamland could even more amazing than growing up there.(less)
I thought this would be a fun little book to listen to on my Thanksgiving trip this year. The story is told from one of Doctor Who's companions . I’ve...moreI thought this would be a fun little book to listen to on my Thanksgiving trip this year. The story is told from one of Doctor Who's companions . I’ve always found the odd little Daleks and interesting story point. Only having watched the 2005 season so far I wanted to know more about the Daleks. This book gave a little glimpse into what the Daleks are, but not enough in my opinion. I have more questions about the Daleks now than I did before I listen to the book.
I did enjoy the book it was a lot of fun to listen to. It was narrated by the first Doctor, William Russell. His British accent made the story so much more fun. It was a fun listen, but not the greatest stories. I felt there were a few to many plot points that didn’t get explained. Like why the Doctor really took those two humans with him. His reasoning never made sense to me. Plus how does this story work with all the other Dalek stories.
So fun listen, but a little confusing if you have a little Doctor Who knowledge and not a lot. Probably be good for someone who hasn’t read too much Doctor Who. (less)
A fast little Darth Vader Story. This story takes place after Revenge of the Sith but before New Hope. It's a fun little story with a bit of interesti...moreA fast little Darth Vader Story. This story takes place after Revenge of the Sith but before New Hope. It's a fun little story with a bit of interesting little moments. I think the story is more about the little moments than the over all story. The over all story is about Vader coming to terms with what has happened between him and Padme. The little moments are more between Vader and Tarkin. I like to see how Moff Tarkin became Grand Moff Tarkin. In this story you see little hints as to why the Emperor favors Tarkin and Vader doesn't.
Over all I liked the story. It had some interesting story points and great art. This story stays true to who Vader is in the orignal trilogy, but expands on how Ankin left behind his Skywalker past.(less)
I remember reading the book version of this story back in high school. I didn't know if the comic would be as good or good at all. I had a little hope...moreI remember reading the book version of this story back in high school. I didn't know if the comic would be as good or good at all. I had a little hope with Mike Carey being the writer. He has written some great comics and this comic is not one to forget.
The story stays true to source book. Bean is a little kid just trying to survive in the mean world left over from the war. He's smaller than everyone else, but he's also smarter. He knows how to get people to do what he wants. He knows how to work the system. That is until Achilles takes over the street gang. Bean needs a way out, Battle School might just be the answer. A place training young people to be ready for the next war with the Formics.
I really loved this story. I forgot how amazing the story was. I liked Bean a lot more than Ender after reading Ender's Shadow. Bean is a different character. He is very self-aware of his situations and is looking to survive. It makes for a great story. The art is amazing too. It's a loose style that allows for flow. I feel it brings the characters to life better than some other styles. All and all I love th story and think everyone needs to read Ender's Shadow and Ender's Game.(less)