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Doris Daring Star Captain of The Spaceways Paperback – April 28, 2009

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About the Author

Chris Wichtendahl lives in New Jersey with his family. He is the writer of the Amorlia series, The Jax Edison series, and various comics. Visit www.hemispherestudios.com for more.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439234043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439234044
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,828,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Wichtendahl was born in 1971 among the rapidly developing suburban landscape of northern New Jersey. Blessed with an overactive imagination and a strong aversion to paying attention to what was in front of him, Chris was never at a loss for fantastic worlds and characters to populate them with.

After attending only two years of the three-year program offered by the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Chris realized that art was not the best expression for his ideas, turning then to the written word. He couldn't leave narrative art too far behind, however, and has collaborated with many talented artists on a number of comic projects, in both web and print formats.

An abundance of ideas led to the creation of the Spontaneous Fiction blog, where Chris posted the short stories that would eventually lead to his writing novels, many of which are available on this site, with more to follow.

A proud New Jersey native, Chris currently lives with his family mere minutes from his birthplace.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Vaglio on May 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
Doris Daring is a refreshing read! It flows very well and is a lot of fun right from the opening chapter. It is also the right size to stick in your back pocket. The characters has that camaraderie that we all have fallen in love with from Star Wars to Buffy to Firefly. I highly recomend this book for anyone who likes their sci-fi with a fresh approach and an open mind.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Inversius Aurelius on February 16, 2011
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The best thing about the title is the price, the worst thing is the unrefundable hours of your life spent reading it.

While you would not expect a great deal of depth in retro-pulp attempt, the heart of the genre was always the gritty atmosphere. What you get here in place of atmosphere (or character developmenet, original ideas and plot for that matter) is a plod through a series of situational set pieces, each having all the depth of a back drop in high school musical.

It is not as if there was lack of opportunity. The story describes a good number of space-battles and skirmishes for example, giving ample opportunity for emotional engagement. Rather than use these scenes to build tension and define characters however, each instance of conflict is usually dispatched with a general description and with the outcome never in doubt. The few personal vignettes offered remain a mere description of actions (he does this, then this, then this...) without believable motivation or emotional energy, again with the outcome never in doubt.

While I understand that the use of pulp fiction archetypes was part of the point of this tale, they are paraded in such a wooden setting as to seem merely like a lack of originality. The characters all spoke with one voice (the author's presumably)and were so devoid of depth and development as to preclude any degree of reader empathy. With one character in particular there was a great opportunity to explore the nature of addiction, or at least get some pulp noir grit happening, but again it was squandered - reduced to a moralistic blame-the-victim piece, while said victim woodenly steps through the motions of his role with no more pathos or believable emotion than the hero's robot.

The robot at least had an excuse.
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This book is not exactly what I expected. It seems to be more suited as a radio show or a TV show from the 50s. Every chapter is one giant cliffhanger to the point where you can almost hear the "Tune in next week..." from the announcer. What you have here is a serial Science Fiction story. It's a little Flash Gordon and a lot of Star Trek, with a crew of space explorers bouncing around the galaxy getting in all sorts of trouble. Once I got use to the madcap pace I really enjoy it. What sold me was the background story, the whole things seems to take place 30 (or so) years after the events of "War of the Worlds". It's not all perfect, I'm not sure I like the art but for 99 cents, you can't go wrong.
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By Robert Lindstrom on February 20, 2011
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An exciting space adventure story featuring some very likeable
characters with alternative lifestyles. The characters
are well developed and realistic with both strengths and flaws
exposed making them even more endearing to the reader. The story
has a good mix of sci-fi, action and humor and flows along nicely.
I'll be looking forward to more adventures for Doris Daring!
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