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Elite Dangerous: Docking is Difficult (Elite: Dangerous) [Kindle Edition]

Gideon Defoe
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Set in the world of celebrated space trading game ELITE: DANGEROUS, Gideon Defoe - bestselling author of the Pirates series of books, and the accompanying Aardman film - gives us a hilarious adventure in deepest space.

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Set in the world of bestselling computer game ELITE, and launched to tie in with the latest version, ELITE: DANGEROUS - a game almost 20 years in the making. One of three very distinct - but subtly linked - novels written by major authors who are fans of the game, this novel will be a must-buy not only the 25,000+ people who funded the new game on kickstarter, but also for all of those fans of the original game.



On what might be the worst planet in the universe, a young man dreams of the stars. Adventure! Lasers! Women! And the ultimate goal - to become Elite!



Unfortunately, Misha has to do his chores first. And learn how to talk to Phoebe, the beautiful customs officer. And leave the planet.



But the death of a famous author unexpectedly drags Misha and Phoebe into a system-wide conspiracy, complete with smuggling, international art thieves, multi-system corporations, canap�s and exploding pigs. This is Misha's chance to prove he has what it takes!



After all, surely anyone can be Elite if they dream...


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By James T
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This is partly a savage satire on the publishing industry, but mostly a tale of the doomed romance between a pig farmer and a customs officer with an artificial leg, which happens to take the form of a tie-in novel for Elite. Thirty years after Robert Holdstock wrote the original Elite tie-in book, the genius author of the "Pirates!" books and movie, Gideon Defoe, has evidently concluded that if Elite tie-ins are good enough for the guy who wrote Mythago Wood, they're good enough for him.

It's got the same general comedy tone as the Pirates books, but (oddly enough) with a carefully wrought underlying detective plot and a darker edge to the humour. Imagine something as embittered as Douglas Adams' later books, but as funny as Douglas Adams' earlier books.

My only complaints are that it's pretty short (I gobbled it down in an evening) and it's not *quite* as hilarious as the Pirates! books- but that's an extremely high standard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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A bit disappointing. Humour is a very personal thing, I guess, and I just don't really find this writer very funny, though there are some jokes (the procedural generation one, for example) that made me laugh. This is a tie-in to the Elite: Dangerous game, but, to be frank, there is nothing in it that reminds you of the game. It could just as well have been written for another universe altogether - most of the Elite references are just fluff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 3 Jun 2014
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Great game tie in, Douglas Adams like novel. Would have liked it to continue as enjoyable.
Can't wait for the game.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is undoubtedly the best videogame tie-in novel I have ever read, after the one Peter Watts did for Crysis. It's a very close second.

Defoe uses the Elite license as a (heavily lampshaded) excuse for an excellent comic novel. If you were a fan of the Pirates! Books, you should definitely buy it, but more people than that should buy it, too.

If you are planning on buying the new Elite game, you MUST own this book, since their new copy protection system involves entering the third word from paragraph four of page 80.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Thoroughly Good and Funny Read 16 Jun 2014
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This book was easy to get into but difficult to put down, the content is light and fun to read and on more than one occasion genuinely laugh out loud funny, I found the books characters instantly engaging and easy to care about.
This book is kid friendly for those that care.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When pigs can fly 10 Jun 2014
By Gurjit
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If I was friends with Antony Robbins, Paul McKenna, whoever wrote ‘The Secret’ and the Head of any major UK publisher, this is the book they would all receive for Christmas. Because ‘Elite: Docking is Difficult' is more than just a homage to the 80’s computer game. It’s got mystery, murder, suspense, romance, intrigue, a space Hen and a talking horse, all wrapped up in one hilarious scathing satire. Indeed, Mr Defoe’s penchant for comedy is up there with the finest and I have three words for him: keep ‘em coming.

Happy I broke my duck on reading e-books with this one. Definitely worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced comedy in space 9 Jun 2014
By SJP
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I really enjoyed this very, very funny book. So much so that I read it through in one sitting.
Time to look up some of Mr Defoe's other works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars combustible swine amusement. 4 Jun 2014
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The light hearted romp through the Elite Universe involving bad art, bad pilots, interns and exploding pigs. Caused a wry smile along the way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking substance
Too many pop references for my liking, and the story is not particularly deep, even for a comedy it seems to lack something. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Grant Woolcott
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny.
I absolutely love this. I'm crazy for humorous fiction, and hadn't encountered this author before. The writing style is endearingly child-like - full of an innocence untainted by... Read more
Published 3 months ago by infenix
2.0 out of 5 stars it tries to be funny, and sometimes it is
The book is written in the style of douglas Adams. it tries to be funny, and sometimes it is. BUT I bought it thinking it'd be serious, talk about the Elite universe, expand upon... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Err1
4.0 out of 5 stars This could be the start of a good writing streak for this author.
Funny book, very tongue-in-cheek. I've read a few Terry Pratchett wannabe books in my time, but the way this story is told is both comedic and cohesively-told. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how you should start your week
I buy alot of books and without a doubt this is the best purchase I have made in years! Like others have said it is more than a nod to the Hitchhikers Guide, but in the most... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul Matthews
1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Rubbish
Okay so I only got to 47% completed, but honestly I could stand no more of the writing!

As a devout fan of the game from its BBC days to now (I am a Premium Beta... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Adrian
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
Humorous and insightful satire. Bonus enjoyment for being set in the universe of the game "Elite". Pretty fast paced too, could be read in one sitting.
Published 6 months ago by deMangler
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