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Transformers: Ghosts of Yesterday (Transformers (Ballantine Books)) Mass Market Paperback – March 27, 2007
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The Good: Several favorite Gen 1 Autobots return, surely to be welcomed by diehard fans who grew up on TF like I did. Specifically, Optimus, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Jazz, and Ironhide. Starscream is the perennial main Decepticon character, and lives up to expectations perfectly, with the added bonus of not being whiny and annoying like on the cartoon. The other familiar Decepticon is Frenzy.
The Bad: The rest of the Decepticons are less familiar to Gen 1 fans, which includes Barricade, Blackout (with Scorponok as a tiny, dependent, mostly helpless symbiote), and Bonecrusher. Megatron is oft-referenced, but one of the linchpins of the plot is his long-term AWOL status, thus he is never directly involved.
Also Bad, Frenzy is present strictly as a token punching bag, and is rendered nonfunctional with no effort. In fact, I can remember him having just 3 lines of dialogue in the whole book. His entire presence is easy to forget and barely mentioned.
Still more Bad, not once is the physical appearance of any character described, human nor Transformer. It is apparently assumed that you will be familiar with the appearance of the toys, lest you would not be reading this book in the first place.Read more ›
I also have to say that Foster did a pretty good job for having been handed a partially written manuscript and reshaping and adding to it, molding it into its present form.
Transformers:Ghosts of Yesterday was well paced and well written. I don't want to tell you much because of giving away and spoiling the story for you. But if you like transformers then you must give this book a try.It takes place in the sixties when the USA and Russia were in a race to reach and explore space. And that's all I'll tell you!
I do recommend this book. It won't be a disappointment.
I wish this could have had at least a mention in the other Transformers book. This book does give away certain information away to the Transformers that should have effected the movie and corisponding book, but it didn't.
If you want a little back story on the movie I recomend this book and The Transformers: The Movie Prequel (Transformers). It was a fun ride until the end.
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This book is written with such extensive vocabulary that it is tedious to read. I am all for vocabulary emphasis....however, the story gets lost in the "big" words.Published 13 months ago by Michelle
I recommend this book for any transformers fan, especially those who love the 2007 movie. The writing is nice and does a great job of character development , which the movies tend... Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by seg
I have to be honest here. This book is a slow mover and constant action that almost becomes tedious. The tone hardly changes from start to finish. Read morePublished on March 25, 2012 by V. Edwards
I own the first 4 of Alan Dean Foster's Transformers novelizations. This is number 1. It is a prequel, to the 2007 movie. Read morePublished on July 1, 2011 by Sci Fi Fan
If you enjoy Sci-Fi's, adventures, or suspenseful fictions, definitely grab this book. While the first two movies pull you in with their spectacular computer graphics and stories,... Read morePublished on February 9, 2011 by RBork
First a quick note on what this book isn't. This book isn't about how the Autobot/Decepticon war began, nor does it tell how the allspark cube got blasted into space, nor is there... Read morePublished on November 24, 2008 by Amazon Customer