Nice suck-suck 4-star "review" by KJASF brain-trust Pussstir DickPillle on that one on Amazon, from 2009:
As a kid, I always wondered what it would be like on Mars. This book gave me a good idea.
The storyline of a possible community on the red planet made me wonder again if it could happen in my lifetime.
This story moves quite well and deals with some human emotion as well as science. It even gives a miracle or two. I hope that Kevin J. Anderson revisits this story in the future.
I would recommend this one for all Sci-Fi fans.
Well, if there weren't a "miracle or two", it wouldn't be Anderson, no?
This one from Michel sounds more accurate, based on what I've seen of The Hack's "work":
CO could have been much much better since the plot line is brilliant and the setting is sumptuous. It would have been enough to make Adins and Dvas genetically modified so that they were able to pass down their genes to their children to get a magnificent environment with three races, Adins, Dvas, and Humans, vying for controlling Mars. All those ingredients well blended could have made a prodigious epic, the magnitude of Dune, indeed. Alas KJA is not F. Herbert and a large part of the story is about the past of the protagonists, past spent on Earth. Remembrance poisons the story and ends up in weakening the plot. KJA had gold in his hands and changed it into... aluminium.
That's al-yoo-min-ee-um, mind you!
This from his Wikipedia page:
- Blindfold: 1996 preliminary Nebula Award nominee
- Resurrection Inc.: nominated for Bram Stoker Award
- Ground Zero: #1 on The Sunday Times best seller list and voted "Best Science Fiction Novel of 1995" by readers of SFX magazine
- Guinness World Record for "Largest Single Author Signing" (previously set by General Colin Powell and Howard Stern)
- Novels with Beason: nominated for the Nebula Award and the American Physical Society's "Forum" award
- Ruins: on the New York Times best seller list (The first X-Files novel to do so) and voted the "Best Science Fiction Novel of 1996"
- Young Jedi Knights Series: New York Times best sellers, winner of 1999 Golden Duck Award (middle grades) for excellence in science fiction.
Looks like we need some clean-up in Aisle Hack.
Getting in the Guinness book is an award? Which novels with Beason? Ruins
was voted best in 1996 by ... whom?
I'm seeing one award (Golden Duck) and some fan-voted bests. Am I missing something?
I have heard of only one mistake that doesn’t have an explanation for a careful reader...with an open mind. (And, no, I’m not going to tell you what it is!) —KJA
I don't like every writer's style; for instance, I have never been able to get through Ursula LeGuin, China Mieville, or Iain Banks, all of whom are critical darlings. —KJA
I...had written a bunch of Star Wars and X-Files books...that proved not just that I'm a hack, but that I could write in somebody else's universe... —KJA