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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2014
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2014
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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
on 10 June 2014
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
on 9 June 2014
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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2014
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2014
Great read - can't wait to play the game. Would have loved it to be longer, went too quick. Great work.
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