Well, the book was ok. Not the worst thing I've read. I was curious enough to finish it although I felt it had some serious proble...moreBoy, where to start?
Well, the book was ok. Not the worst thing I've read. I was curious enough to finish it although I felt it had some serious problems with world building as well as maintaining the already existing world.
I had a hard time understanding why first year cadets were involved in the investigation of serial murders. I could understand if they went off on their own and helped without consent of the official investigators, but the idea that authorities in the future would have no clue how to investigate alien crimes is kind of sad. The characters did not come off as well as they did in The Edge. Not to mention the setting was so lax comparatively it was hard to imagine they were students of anything, let alone one of the most competitive schools in the Federation. I couldn't help but wonder where all the adults were while the kids were running amok.
I also had a very hard time with things like telephones, 911, laser printers, paper magazines, paper reports, and laptops. It felt like this story was written in a AU and the author failed to adapt to the setting in the original world.
I would guess that the author is either new to writing for mainstream publishing or had difficulty writing within the bounds of an already established universe. But I don't want to be too harsh since this is a fan fiction ya novel. After all, the idea is to be kind of cracktastic.
The author did do a few things well. Some of the scientific findings were interesting and the idea of learning to discover a new setting from a different point of view are both ideas which are strong themes in the Star Trek world.
All in all, if you like the universe, it's entertaining, but I don't see any crossover readers from this one.
The second novel in this fantastic world was an excellent companion to Leviathan. Some of the reservations I felt from book one were not repeated in b...moreThe second novel in this fantastic world was an excellent companion to Leviathan. Some of the reservations I felt from book one were not repeated in book two which was very welcomed. The world building is amazing! Scott Westerfeld's imagination knows no bounds! I can't wait to read the third and final installment!(less)
I was struggling with another book when I picked this one up for funsies. I couldn't have made a better choice! This pulp mash-up is funny, cleaver, a...moreI was struggling with another book when I picked this one up for funsies. I couldn't have made a better choice! This pulp mash-up is funny, cleaver, and often quite dramatic. The characters are well developed and not merely punchlines, although they are definitely hilarious.
I would also say that fans of sci/fi are going to get a lot more out of this than others, especially if you've ever been to a CON. Throughout the story, geeky references from many universes are laced in both subtle and blatant ways.
I'm giving this book 5 stars not because it's the best book I've ever read, but because the authors delivered what was promised. It's a dramedy in the best sense. The story balances well between humor and horror giving the reader enough time to transition between the two. From the first page to the last, I was entertained. Night of the living Trekkies is a must read for any sci/fi fan!(less)
I always enjoy Eoin Colfer and this novel is no exception. Artemis is faced once again with having to battle forces but this time his greatest enemy i...moreI always enjoy Eoin Colfer and this novel is no exception. Artemis is faced once again with having to battle forces but this time his greatest enemy is his own mind. I found his struggle with madness to be realistic and quite touching.
Mr. Colfer maintained the usual amount of action and humor that is expected in his stories but the added level of personal drama is a great touch. Not only is it found within Artemis's story ark, but also with the villain as well. Captain Root is no mustache twirler. He is a twisted, sociopath to be certain, but his motivation is surprising and real.
The Artemis Fowl series continues to maintain it's status as a rock solid recommendation for young readers. The series has not lost any of the magic it started out with and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. Can't wait to see what Angeline has to say in the next book!
I really liked this book, but I really wanted to love it. The world was fantastic and I loved the two main characters, but I found some of the periphe...moreI really liked this book, but I really wanted to love it. The world was fantastic and I loved the two main characters, but I found some of the peripheral characters to be just that. The core list of characters were engaging and had some great twists in this often cruel world, but as the action scenes took off, some of the subplots trailed off or ended abruptly. It is a very exciting book with lots of action, drama, and suspense but I was left wanting more in both the good and bad sense. This author has shown tremendous promise and I would gladly read other books by her. I know this is the first in the series so I will be very anxiously awaiting the next installments. (less)