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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: 47North; Box Nov Mt edition (11 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477805990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477805992
  • Product Dimensions: 41.9 x 10.8 x 38.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Justina Robson was one of the two first winners of the amazon.co.uk Writer's Bursary in 2000. She has written a variety of Science Fiction and Fantasy novels and has been multiply shortlisted for various international awards including the Arthur C Clarke Award. She has taught creative writing at the Arvon Foundation and will be teaching Clarion West, the SF and Fantasy Masterclass programme in 2013.


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About the Author

Justina Robson was born in Yorkshire, England in 1968 and grew up watching the original Transformers TV series. After completing school, she dropped out of Art College, then studied philosophy and linguistics at York University. She sold her first novel in 1999. Since then she has won the 2000 Amazon UK Writers’ Bursary Award. She has also been a student (1992) and a teacher (2002, 2006) at the Arvon Foundation in the UK, a center for the development and promotion of all kinds of creative writing. She was a student at Clarion West, the US boot camp for science fiction and fantasy writers, in 1996. Her books have been variously shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Best Novel Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Philip K. Dick Award and the John W. Campbell Award. An anthology of her short fiction, “Heliotrope,” was published in 2012. In 2004, Justina was a judge for the Arthur C. Clarke Award on behalf of the Science Fiction Foundation. Her novels and stories range widely over science fiction and fantasy, often in combination and often featuring AIs and machines who aren’t exactly what they seem. She still lives in t’North of England with her partner and three children and a cat.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Beedo Sookcool on 13 Dec. 2013
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A few years back, word came out through the nerd grapevine that Hasbro was retro-engineering its TransFormers property, writing up a new "bible," containing maps, pictures, blueprints, historical data, and an insane amount of detail on everything TransFormers (right down to characters' hometowns!) in preparation for a multi-media blitz that resulted in the "War for Cybertron" and "Fall of Cybertron" video games, the "TransFormers Prime" cartoon, and of course, more toys.

This is not that book. While detailed in places, there are also huge gaps between eras and events.

TransFans may recall Megatron and Optimus Primal quoting impressive and prophetic passages from The Book of Primus in the "Beast Wars" cartoon.

This is not that book. In fact, none of those great quotes appear anywhere in this tome.

What you get here is a well-written "journal," ostensibly penned by Alpha Trion, one of the original Thirteen Primes, and simplified for us Humans. It begins with the creation of the Primes themselves, and covers in broad strokes the various eras of the planet Cybertron, with some occasional details and scenarios thrown in. This is not a be-all, end-all ultimate resource guide, but it does fill in some gaps, showcases some lovely artwork, incorporates all kinds of details from various TransFormers franchises in the past into one big mythos and history, and is generally a treat to read. Unless you're a die-hard G1 fan, that is. In which case, grit your teeth and deal with it: this is what TransFormers is going to be for the foreseeable future.

The electronic vault the book comes in is a bit of a let-down. If you've bought or at least seen the various "Star Wars" vault volumes, this doesn't seem quite as good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Becky Fletcher on 4 Feb. 2014
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I had pre-ordered this as a christmas present, and forgot about it, so was completely surprised when I came home one day to find a huge parcel.

It is a lot bigger than I expected but the recipient loves it. The case folds out while making a transformer noise to add effect.

A brilliant present.
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Transformers: The Covenant of Primus is essentially the Transformers holy book, written from a first-person perspective by Alpha Trion and recording the history of the Transformers race from their origins until the current day.

The book itself is a glossy hardback, relatively small - about 20cm x 20cm and only 180 pages or so - however it is extremely text heavy and so theres a lot of history crammed in here. This might not be to everyones liking, and those expecting a comic-book of sorts will be woefully disappointed. Whilst there are a good few images in the book depicting famous figures or events from Transformers history, and the quality of the art is very good, this is still essentially an educational book for Transformers fans.

The continuity explored in the book appears to be that from the recent Transformers 'War for/Fall of Cybertron' console games, so how much you enjoy it may be determined by how much you liked those games. Whilst the games cross over pretty closely with the history of other Transformers continuities such as the G1 cartoon, 80's comic series and current comic series published by IDW, it is different in many ways and that may or may not be a problem for you.
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By Mr R Taylor on 22 Dec. 2014
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Brilliant book! Cool packaging! This is so nice you won't be able to decide to display the book, the book display case (with sounds!), the slip-case it comes in, or even the outer cardboard carton - all look beautiful!
This brings together a lot of elements from a lot of the various Transformers series (toy, comic and cartoon) to create a more co-ordinated history.

It reads as a journal, of sorts, laid down by one the original Primes, starting at the very beginning with the battles between Primus and Unicron (described as historical events), then the efforts of the Primes to defeat the Chaos-Bringer and forge a society on Cybertron.

I enjoyed this immensely, but being a long-time fan I couldn't quite fit it with everything it was trying to incorporate, although it does a very good job of weaving together previous comic and cartoon events.
It works best, in my opinion, as a historical record of the 'universe' of the Transformers Prime series, which will continue in the 2015 Transformers Robots In Disguise cartoon.

I highly recommend this to any and all Trans-Fans, as a beautifully presented book which pulls many of the key moments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arewein on 22 Mar. 2014
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The avid transformer fan in the house bought with Xmas money and loves it. Excellent packed by Amazon which it needs to be.
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