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Caprica Sucks: SyFy Channel Misfires Again With Ronald D. Moore's Caprica Paperback – March 18, 2010


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451556225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451556223
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,904,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just when you thought television could suck this bad. Along comes SyFy Channel and Ronald D. Moore with Caprica.

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For defenders of quality Science Fiction television, the time to take on SyFy Channel and Ronald D. Moore is now. Let them know that we will not tolerate anymore of their garbage polluting the airwaves. Garbage poorly disguised as Science Fiction or Battlestar Galactica.

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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
It is clear that Mr. Fullen simply holds a grudge against anyone who can imagine something better than what he holds as his apparent 'Holy Grail' of sci fi. This and his other books are the rantings of a bitter, bitter man. Get over yourself Fullen, because no one cares about 1978 BSG. I'll come right out and say it, it sucked. It wasn't interesting, the acting was horrible, it was just stupid. The broad strokes were there, great concept, horribly executed. The modern reboot is emotionally powerful, ties us to the characters, it's seat gripping tense, it has some truly amazing performances, cinematography, music, costumes, writing, all top-notch work. Also it has those awesome sci-fi elements that every fanboy (me included), finds so compelling. The Original Star Trek can stand up to its modern counterparts because if interesting writing/plots, and some great acting, despite the kitch and carboard. BSG 1978 cannot do that. It has all of the negative and none of the positive. All of that said, Mr. Fullen clearly does not like its modern counterpart. That is his prerogative. But Mr. Fullen doesn't like it because he prefers the leave-it-to-beaverized 1978 version. This love of something bad (which is not entirely uncommon in general, but not shared much for this particular franchise) has driven him to write horrible blog rants about the show, its creators, and now a spinoff. Fullen's opinions aren't worth the cheap paper they're printed on, really. If I could give this book, this entire anthology in fact, zero stars, I would.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By neogeotheohuxtable on December 18, 2010
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I didn't read this book. I would never purchase it. Anyone that says Caprica isn't science fiction has absolutely no idea what they are talking about.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Laurence R. Hunt on January 16, 2011
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OK. I didn't read the book either. I note that I am not alone in this respect. However, Caprica is a brilliant piece of science fiction. I'm sure Caprica pushed the envelope too far in too many directions for some viewers. Yes, the characters are never consistently sympathetic, and the Taurons are complete boors (isn't that like real life?). The sets make no attempt to depart from earth norms where not relevant to the storyline - I thought this was an elegant solution to a perpetual problem in science fiction, and if you think Moore is on his own here, check out Alphaville, by Godard (who uses a Ford Galaxy to represent "inter-galactic space"). Aspects of the storyline are maddening (oops - real life again!). I have struggled with not liking the characters in Caprica. This is a trend in current science fiction television - consider Stargate Universe as well. (In SGU, I was fine with the unlikable characters, but I am very tired of unlikable aliens - which SGU initially dispensed with, and which Caprica has no requirement for - a plus in my book!) What has finally brought me around with Caprica is the brilliant portrayal of the complex relationship of the Graystones. Science fiction isn't supposed to be about "character development," yet Moore and company have shown that you can develop characters and still make science fiction. They even brought in a soap opera guy for the second half. Unconventional, but it worked! Bully for them, this is worthwhile stuff. So no, I have not read the book. And yes, Caprica is hard to watch at times - many times. But Caprica DOES NOT suck. It takes TV science fiction to new places that are worth going. Period.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Taylor on February 25, 2011
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... the intensity of the comments regarding this authors book about Caprica are so unflinchingly negative and one-sided that they read as laughably cartoonish. It is so overwhelmingly obvious that the posts supporting this book are written by the same person that one shrinks in horrid fascination at the level of this ranters hatred. After reading all the comments (an unfortunate waste of my time) I gather there's little additional insight to be gained by reading the book, OR the free sample.

There is nothing to be shared here. No intellegent discussion of Sci-Fi genere... no resolution of thoughtful arguments... just someone shouting in the wind at passersby who wonder in amazement at the absurdity of his claims and lack of evidence. (Some of the shouts back made for good reading though. I actually laughed out loud at a few of them.)

This is little more than a sideshow, crafted to get your attention, stir up your emotions, and, maybe make a buck or two, (but, I seriously doubt the last one.) It's just a pathetic attempt to hold us all hostage with claims so outrageous that even the casual reader has to stop say to himself, "Huh?", and then he begins. But, like all sideshows, they're amusing to watch while we sip our coffee, wait in line, or, wait for a bus, but that's really about it. And, after you've seen it the first time, you know you don't need to see it again.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By James M. Bennett on May 26, 2010
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Everything you need to know is in the title of the book. Apparently, Andrew Fullen thinks Caprica sucks. However, even if you agree with the thesis, you discover that having someone repeat it over and over using exponentially denser reiterations of the same theme is like voluntarily sticking your face in a rusty blender.

I should focus on the positive. Andrew Fullen's blatant contempt for the conventions of the English language may provide a certain amount of giggles for those callous few who enjoy mocking the less fortunate, but there's nothing in this book that resembles argument or persuasion. Perhaps you might also enjoy a multitude of feeble attempts to repeat the same puerile and stale tirades so that you can fill up a few dozen pages. Andrew is nothing if not inventive. (Except he's not inventive, so you do the math.)

The one bright spot is that if you agree with this assessment, then you are, according to Andrew, automatically a "stealth marketer" in the employ of the evil Universal Studios. You may find this impressive to the ladies on a first date, but if you're waiting for your employer to pay you, you wait in vain.

Speaking of vain, this book is the ultimate vanity publication, filled with sound and fury, signifying what it feels like if you've slept in a bathtub filled with dead poultry and your own excrement.
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