- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Star; paperback / softback edition (April 24, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416510753
- ISBN-13: 978-1416510758
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,471,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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X-Men: The Return Mass Market Paperback – International Edition, April 24, 2007
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About the Author
Chris Roberson is the author of many original and media tie-in novels. This is his first Star Trek publication.
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The author, Chris Roberson, has an "Author's Note" in the back of the book where he tells us that he has "researched" this book for 25 years (meaning he's read every X-Men and X-Men related comic since 1982), but personally I don't think he captured the characters as well as he could have.
Logan loses his temper, always flashing his claws, and even smokes cigars, but his dialogue fell uncharacteristic most of the time--this could be because I'm use to the early '90s Wolverine, this version didn't feel like the Logan I had known then. Cyclops/Scott Summers, however, did seem very true to character, as did Kitty Pryde.
Roberson also reuses a lot of speaker tags and even repeats the same information a lot. Characters are always "scowling", or saying things "ruefully", sticking their hands in their pockets, or just doing random pointless things (Early in the book Logan puts a cigar in his mouth, but then on the next page he puts a toothpick in his mouth....where the hell did the cigar go?)
Roberson also uses the "?!" punctuation in some dialogue. This may work in comics, but in fiction books it is typically frowned upon and a sign of bad writing. (You use one mark and convey the way that the line is spoken by narrative writing, and this is a narrative fiction book so...) As an example characters, when shocked or surprised, might say "What!?" In proper use this could be rendered as-- "What?" he exclaimed in surprise."--
When describing the "aliens" at the first encounter, the author has Kitty describe the alies as not being bug things, monsters,....or insect creatures-- "bug thing" and "insect creatures" are basically the same thing! Come up with something a little more creative; this book is full of bland descriptions and recycled vocabulary.
However, if you aren't the type of person to notice these sorts of mistakes, or if you don't mind the lacking character quality (though some of you may have a different opinion in this regard), this book is quick to read, full of action, and for the most part I guess it was a fun little read. However, you might be just as well off reading X-Men fan fiction posted on the net, the grammar and writing style is probably of the same quality.
If you're an aspiring writer, though, I would recommend this book as a "What Not To Do" example for reading. If this book did not carry the X-Men title and was an all original science-fiction title, it probably would have never been published--at least not without some heavy editing!
These original inhabitants of Earth claim that they developed the X-Gene and that they can use it more effectively than the mutants of Earth, but of course, the X-Men and the other mutants of Earth were able to overpower their invaders by using their genious, as well as brute force. This book read just like any other X-Men novel or comic book, and it was just as typical as any other novel or comic book. It was a good read, and I would recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed the comics.