on June 28, 2014 :
Clouds over Planet X hustles along at a lively pace, full of humour and intergalactic shenanigans. The aliens live among us. They are, well, suitably alien and not overly fond of earthlings. "Yon smiled, a rare disfiguring muscle cramp among their race." The bad guys are coming (a race of insects) to exterminate the nasty, useless humans. "Humans are insignificant vermin, infesting this galaxy at an alarming rate." What else? And even the humans are inclined to more than a little nastiness of their own.
Stolen spaceships, rampaging aliens, morbidly hating telepathic sisters, boys and their toys, the obligatory mad professor and the mysterious Planet X all feature in this sci-fi romp in the vein of Dr Who other classics of its era.
That's not to say this book is perfect, but it is partly about expectations. The tale is more about entertainment than great substance, and it does entertain throughout, with many plot twists, zany characters, near-death escapes and a satisfying conclusion. The comedic storytelling is particularly strong. The editing could do with a bit of picking at, but it's certainly nothing major - the plot hangs together well, the characterisation is consistent, and the jokes keep coming.
Thoroughly enjoyable for a light, fast-paced read, I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest, non-reciprocal review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Wilde Blue Sky
on June 12, 2014 :
This book resolves around aliens, threats to the human race, space travel and the power of the mind.
I enjoyed this book - it has an unusual / original storyline and set of characters.
If you enjoy Sci-Fi books (such as those by Philip K. Dick) you’ll probably find this a satisfying read.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on June 5, 2014 :
I swear this series gets better with every book! This is an excellent story! It's well written, with fantastic world building, believable and well-rounded characters, and a very creative plot, which will grab your interest from the start, and keep a firm hold on it until the very end.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)