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The little line drawings were amusing respites from the written word. I could half-way see the new age anime on screen.
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.
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!