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The Spaceship Next Door Paperback – November 26, 2015
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Gene Doucette is the best-selling author of The Immortal Novel Series, Fixer, The Immortal Chronicles, and more.
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I can't say too much about the plot without giving away some really surprising and delightful spoilers but believe me, it's quite a roller coaster ride. It doesn't happen too often that I find a book that I can't put down but this one kept me up reading to the wee hours two nights in a row. Thanks!
Now I've just got to figure out my budget for this month's book purchases to see how many other books I can buy from this author. Good work!
Gene Doucette took the idea of First Contact and put a clever spin on it that honestly made me laugh more often then not. Following 16 year old Annie and the other wonderfully crafted characters on the hunt for why the spaceship landed where it did and for what reason reminded my why I keep coming back to everything Gene Doucette writes. !Minor Spoilers ahead! Whilst reading this novel, I kept finding myself in disbelief as the main duo uncovered clues as to the ship's purpose (which Annie and Ed were also in a mild bit of denial as they uncovered things), like why the Wizard of Oz matters, and what is the significance of a drum. Also, why we should all have a great friend who is very introverted, or one who makes Mad Max battle armor. And if you have not read the book yet and you are reading this to see if you should, the above spoilers won't ruin the book for you but should make you curious on how that all matters to a spaceship.
If I had to make a comparison to another book, it would be Douglas Adams Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. The Spaceship Next Door delivers in the same way in that it takes many science fiction topics and adds a wonderfully humorous element that makes you not get terribly upset when the book asks a question about quantum physics involving the 8th dimension and responds with zombies and a 16 year old girl's fascination with shirtless army boys playing basketball...
To quickly sum up before I laugh myself into deleting this whole review and starting over from scratch, read the book. It's great. And yes I did laugh out loud at work whilst reading this, and pridefully ignored the stares.
I liked this novel a lot. The characters were all interesting and the plot was a little unusual. Finding a way to meld a couple different genres seems to be one of the few ways to create a story that doesn't fall into the same rut as every other genre novel, and I think this author pulled it off spectacularly.
This novel, published independently, does not feel like a stereo-typical "indy novel." It was very professional feeling, with very few technical errors. The chapters were well-structured and the flow of the novel was paced "just right." There was almost no "indy English" issues at all
I don't remember if there was an appropriate reading age listed, but I'm fairly sure we could call this a PG book. As a middle-aged adult, I enjoyed it, but I think it would be decent for teenagers.
A good read, from front to back.
True, it's about a spaceship that lands in the US, in a small town. Then nothing happens with it. However, we do have the Govt. of course, that comes in to be in charge (as it would be in real life I'm sure). Just like we saw in the movie Independence Day, we have groupies that come to park next to the ship. They love aliens and want to be right there when, or if, the door to the space ship opens up. So campers are lining the street with an odd assortment of alien enthusiasts and their special equipment. And... we got soldiers & towns folk and gawkers there all waiting to see what happens. Will aliens come out eventually? If they do emerge, then what will happen?
This makes for a small town that is forever changed. And they have lived this way for 3 years because ever since the spaceship landed - that's it - nothing further has happened with the ship. Yet, at some point all that WILL change. Just wait & see.
Anyway, this is a fun read & it's written in a tone of voice that's serious and believable. The characters are unique and original. If you like to read anything about UFO's or alien visitations then you might enjoy this book.