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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback 304 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Mti edition (May 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345497996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345497994
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alan Dean Foster has written in a variety of genres, including hard science fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: The Approaching Storm and the popular Pip & Flinx novels, as well as novelizations of several films including Star Wars, the first three Alien films, and Alien Nation. His novel Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first science fiction work ever to do so. Foster and his wife, JoAnn Oxley, live in Prescott, Arizona, in a house built of brick that was salvaged from an early-twentieth-century miners’ brothel. He is currently at work on several new novels and media projects.

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Like many movie tie-in books, it doesnt follow the movie exactly, but in this case, that's a good thing.
Jon Bradbury
The most character development goes to Sam as he is really the lead in this story and it's with Sam and his friend Mikaela that we find character growth in this story.
Jeremy Deats
There are definitely a ton of facts in this book, but being a book, it took a while to read, even without school.
Owen Roeder

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Deats on June 1, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I was growing up in the 80's, Transformers were my favorite toy line and the Tranformers cartoon was my favorite cartoon. As an adult, I find my kids are still into the current iteration of the toy, so I hold this film franchise (that's actually what Michael Bay has called it) to be quite a bit more sacred than other comic movies such as X-Men, Fantastic Four, Spiderman, etc. To me those are great action flicks, but for me Transformers needed to be something more. If the movie follows this book as it should, then I will certainly not be disappointed; but I could see how long time fans might be a bit let down with certain details.

So beyond this point I'm writing a "spoiler free" section and then below that I will detail some more specific info. In neither section will I give away: the ending, who dies, any major turn of events in the plot, etc... However, in both I will talk generally about: flow, character development, general comparisons between what's in this story and what was in the story of the 80's Transformers cartoon.

Before getting into content, I will say that I'm not a huge fan of Alan Dean Foster. I will go light on him because he was given the task to transform a screen play into a novel. He is the reason I give this 4 stars and not 5. I realize his task required him to write inside a box, and to be fair I don't think I've found a novel based on a screen play that I would give five stars to. Still, I felt as if here just as in Alan's prequel Transformers novel "Ghosts of Yesterday", the book seems quickly written and often goes a bit stale in creating imagery. There were times when I just wished I had a copy of the screen play. That's all I'm going to say about his writing style. So on to the review.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Ammon on July 26, 2007
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Did you see the "Transformers" movie and feel an overwhelming sense of disappointment? Did you think that a story with giant alien robots from another planet should be a bit more... cooler? Were you wishing they would have cut a lot of the useless scenes and spent more time on the dialog and characters and interactions? I did, and this book was the story I wanted to see.

The jerky pacing is smoothed out, the multiple story lines (which didn't get enough screen time in the movie to be useful) are detailed out here and actually serve a purpose. The characters have more depth and better senses of humor. Things that frankly did not make sense in the movie are given reasonable, coherent explanation by the author. And that laughable technobabble which had my programmer boyfriend groaning in the theater was simply cut. In short, Alan Dean Foster took a really bad screenplay and made a really good sci-fi yarn from it. (The only thing I miss is the fantastic ILM transformation effects which get scant description in the book, maybe because the author didn't get to see what they looked like?)

I don't know how it will play to the Transformers fanboys, since I never was one (I was playing with My Little Pony at the time), but I highly recommend that people give this a try. Hey, it cost less than my movie ticket and I enjoyed it a lot more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Evan the Dweezil on August 8, 2007
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As far as movie tie-ins go, this one isn't bad. There's no rambling internal monologues or shocking details about the characters that are missing from the screen and the integrity of the story is intact. This novel compliments the movie quite well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tekrat on June 16, 2007
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I just finished reading the book. I will warn you now: There will be spoiler in this review.

The bulk of the book follows three groups of humans with varying degrees of interaction with the Transformers and each other. The main character, Sam, is very weak. He's targeted more at setting a stereotypical nerdy teenager then creating a real person and appealing to a younger audience. Sam had personal struggles that seemed more like they came from a Jerry Springer: Slum Edition. He's likeable enough but completely cookie cutter.

Among the other characters his parents are likable enough but everyone else in Sam's hometown seemed completely oblivious to everything going on around them. His father is one of the most likeable people in this written nior*. He is a strong father figure with solid values and respectable knowledge of family history. His mother, while very loving, is a bit of fruitcake. If you don't believe me, look for some history on Mojo.

The various section of the governmental and military complex(es) was admirably clandestine and well thought out. The executive branch of the government was painted in a less then attractive light and congress wasn't even mentioned. The soldier and governmental employees had clear motives and family matters that anyone could identify with. The soldiers were more believable and far more likable then all of the civilian.

The Transformer themselves gets a remarkably small amount of book time. They usually come in, do something, and then hide. The next 40 pages are dealing with the new deadly situation that was just generated. Yes I know its `Robots in Disguise' but this is sometimes ridiculous. You would think your title characters would get more visibility and development.
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Alan Dean Foster's work to date includes excursions into hard science-fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He has also written numerous non-fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as having produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as "Star Wars", the first three "Alien" films, "Alien Nation", and "The Chronicles of Riddick". Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first "Star Trek" movie. His novel "Shadowkeep" was the first ever book adapation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia. His novel "Cyber Way" won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first work of science-fiction ever to do so.

Foster's sometimes humorous, occasionally poignant, but always entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major SF magazines as well as in original anthologies and several "Best of the Year" compendiums. His published oeuvre includes more than 100 books.



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