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About the Author

Katsuo Takeda is a pen name for J.A. Stockwell for manga-inspired fiction. Growing up, he loved watching Star Blazers, Force Five, Gundam, Battle of the Planets, and all sorts of anime.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478192178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478192176
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Katsuo Takeda is a pen name for J.A. Stockwell, who grew up watching Star Blazers, Gundam, Robotech, Force Five and other anime classics. Find out more about Katsuo Takeda at www.katsuotakeda.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Tilford on November 3, 2012
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It's short. Extremely short. That is the first thing I noticed about this book. The print version is 50 pages, that's approximately 30,000 words, and this is only based on the 8.5 x 11 format. If the paperback version were printed in anything smaller than it would be much less than 30,000 words. The typical word count for a full novel length story is 80,000 words. Nanowrimo is a November event that makes writers strive to reach 50,000 words for their goal. This first book in the ELISE series is well below what many would consider an actual novel. That being said, right off the bat, I don't think the price matches the length of the book. There are plenty of e-books out there, fully completed novels that are $3, some even less. I feel like this would fit fine around the .99-cent price range. While $3 doesn't sound like a lot of money for a book, and it isn't, there are plenty of books out there for the same price that offer at least three times as much content and development than ELISE does. Now, I'm not saying it's a bad book, because it's not. I'm just emphasizing its main flaw; it's not a novel length book, more like an extended short story.

The story centers on a universe where two-faced, lazy contractors, aliens known as the Otruk, have hijacked Earth. These beings showed up on Earth after the planet had become overpopulated and over polluted. They offer to help fix the problem and give humanity the technology to advance to the stars while they wait for the Otruk to fix their problem. Did no one bother to question why an alien race would suddenly want to fix their planet? Not to mention, give them access to new technology and not want anything in return? Either something is missing or this is just overlooked. Considering this is only the first book, we can't call plot holes yet.
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