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Elite Dangerous: Docking is Difficult (Elite: Dangerous) by [Defoe, Gideon]
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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.

About the Author

Gideon Defoe is rumoured to be directly related to Daniel Defoe. He was born in 1976 and wrote his first book about pirates to impress a girl. He lives in London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1479 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (15 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JDJIXAS
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #221,416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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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 cynicism and sarcasm, and yet the characters are so well observed that you miss nothing of the deeper, adult-level dynamics. I laughed and laughed throughout., and then I bought and read three more books by the same author and, and laughed a lot more.

The plot? Yep, it has a plot. And I did I mention how the writing made me laugh? Reading this stuff actually makes me feel better.
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Good book that initially build up the characters well. Initially a good story arc which then seems to finish a lot more abruptly than expected hence the loss of the one star. Did I enjoy..? Yes. Did I laugh..? Yes - Out loud on occasion. The comparison with Douglas Adams is well deserved - It's just a little short..!
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A very odd book really...

When i read this I had recently also read other ED books including 'Wanted' and 'Reclamation' so I was used to the idea that all the ED books were of a 'serious' nature.

To be frank reading this after those books is like watching Saving Private Ryan, then watching Platoon...... then watching Dads Army. The universe and the context are the same but after a while I was just expecting characters from the Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy to turn up in ridiculous fashion.

Is it a bad book? No, most definitely not, but it is in anyway similar to the other ED books? Also no (except for the universe that it is set within).
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