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The Doom Machine by Mark Teague
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Dec 08, 09

bookshelves: science-fiction, kidsstuff, adventure

Illustrator Mark Teague bites off more than he can chew with his first novel, an endless space yarn involving alien invaders in the 1950s. What should have been a fun homage to sci-fi B-movies or even "Independence Day" in book form, is just uninteresting and actionless most of the time thanks to dull protagonists, interchangeable aliens, convenient twists, and confusing or pointless plot points (What's the deal exactly with the planet Hellebezia? Why have the rooster? Why mention Isadora's mixed racial background and set the book in the 50s and not have that be an issue for at least one of the characters?).

Teague even rips off one of the bad Star Wars movies for an arena finale. Let me repeat: He ignored the three good Star Wars movies to rip off and went with "Attack of the Clones."

What child would get through this book? It's a mess. And it has a terrible title too.
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