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Excellent Book, but poor publishing quality from Fantastic Books
on 12 March 2017
I've been a fan of Elite since the 80's, playing on the CPC464 (Amstrad, for the youngsters), and spent many a sneaky night playing away the hours whilst the parents slept, and I completely relate to Drew's introduction in this book.
I bought this book recently, having spent weeks playing Elite Dangerous since the initial release, and hearing about Kahina Loren and her backstory on Galnet (which I think was created from Drew's mind), I decided to buy Drew's book.
It is good, and if you're an Elite player, new, old, or even older, then I'd recommend it highly. Took me a little while to get started with it, which is unusual for me, as I read (and spend) a lot on books, but you won't regret it.
My only criticism, and it's down to the publisher, not Drew, or the story line, is that the publisher doesn't seem to have really checked the layout of pages. My copy has various carriage returns / line breaks in inappropriate places - you can be reading what a character is saying or seeing, and suddenly the line breaks halfway through to a new line, which contains a single word, then you're onto the next section or line or paragraph. Typically, when different characters speak, you'd expect a line break to differentiate between the characters, and whilst this does usually happen here, it's not always the case, and it's distracting when it happens. It's not frequent, and it doesn't ruin the story, but if you're a regular reader, it will throw you off track because it's not normal.
The publisher really needs to go through and recheck the book, because the irritating, unexpected line breaks / character speech merges etc. are really poor, and for me, they prevent this from receiving the 5 that it really does deserve.
For clarity, I love the Elite universe, the story, the characters, but the lackadaisical and poor editing / composition of the publishing house is a let down.