- Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: Pocket Star; Auflage: Original (28. Juli 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1416543228
- ISBN-13: 978-1416543220
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,2 x 10,7 x 2,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 990.706 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The 4400: Welcome to Promise City (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. Juli 2009
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Greg Cox is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels and short stories. He has written the official movie novelizations of Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Death Defying Acts, and the first three Underworld movies, as well as books and stories based on such popular series as Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, CSI, Farscape, The 4400, The Green Hornet, The Phantom, Roswell, Star Trek, Terminator, Warehouse 13, Xena: Warrior Princess, and Zorro. He has received two Scribe Awards from the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. He lives in Oxford, Pennsylvania. Visit him at www.gregcox-author.com.
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For starters, the character Diana Skouris just isn't right. Her dialog is wrong. Her interactions with her daughter don't fit the character. And some of her interactions with other characters are just too simple and unrefined, in comparison to the Diana developed in the TV series.
Nearly any character new to the story line and introduced by the author is so one-dimensional, stereotypical, and undeveloped that they're out of place and somewhat jarring to bring in to the story (and not in a good way). And when they speak, it just gets worse. It seems that if the author can't base dialogue on lines from the TV series, that he reverts to some strange, twisted rendition of something you'd read in a 1950s dime-store 'Whodunnit'.
Terrible, terrible writing.
There are so many technical inaccuracies that it pulls me right out of the story every time I read one.
Statements about how guns operate or are manipulated by the characters are wrong. The feasibility of some of the improvised weapons is complete fantasy and unrealistic. Many of the chemical or biological explanations are so far from correct as to feel like sarcastic, comedic attacks on the reader.
There's also the predictable and constant back-and-forth between a couple of parallel story lines. It gets old very quickly.
And, rather annoyingly, there are dozens, if not hundreds of lines of dialogue that range from re-interpretations of, to VERBATIM repetitions of lines from the show.
I generally try to make sure books live on to be read by as many people as possible, or I at least trade them it at a used book store, if I don't keep it in my own library. This one, however, won't be finished by me and won't have a chance for anyone else to waste their time with it. I think I'm going to find the closest "glaucoma patient", so they can use this book for rolling papers...
The book itself reads easy, and has good pacing. The author does a great job of capturing the essence of the characters.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
My only complaint is how Cox, the author had to stick with the geographical errors from the show. The last season of the show and the novel place "Promise City" on the Duwamish River Delta - a polluted waterway. Picky, picky, I know that's what you're thinking. There is no Duwamish River Delta in Seattle! The Duwamish has been a very polluted river and is still being cleaned up after over ten years of work. The writers of the show got that more or less correct, and Greg Cox, a native of Western Washington had to stick with the error.
But, if you're in Peoria or elsewhere the geographical errors in the the 4400 novels will slip right past you.
The 4400 novels are a wonderful way to reconnect with your favorite characters from the show for a rainy, yucky weekend read.