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Keith R.A. DeCandido was born and raised in New York City to a family of librarians. He has written over two dozen novels, as well as short stories, nonfiction, eBooks, and comic books, most of them in various media universes, among them Star Trek, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Marvel Comics, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, Resident Evil, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Farscape, Xena, and Doctor Who. His original novel Dragon Precinct was published in 2004, and he's also edited several anthologies, among them the award-nominated Imaginings and two Star Trek anthologies. Keith is also a musician, having played percussion for the bands the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players, the Boogie Knights, and the Randy Bandits, as well as several solo acts. In what he laughingly calls his spare time, Keith follows the New York Yankees and practices kenshikai karate. He still lives in New York City with his girlfriend and two insane cats.

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Compulsions April 9 2012
By John J. Thomas III - Published on
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Two leviathans and their crews working together to find out who the invaders are that invaded the pilots home world in the last installment and figure out where they went. One crew is made up of Aeryn and Crichton and company and the other ex peacekeepers that "retired" from active duty. I can't go into plot discussions as I don't want to make spoilers so I have to be careful here and explain why I gave this item 3 stars and not my usual 4 or more. One reason is that through out the series when Aeryn and the peacekeepers mixed it created problems for examples see bugs life from season one or green eyed monster in season 3 and there were other episodes but really whenever Aeryn got involved with PK's things didn't go so well between her and John as he was always odd man out. That's why for me seeing everyone get along without any real fussing or yelling kind of... disappointed me as there was a whole wealth of stuff that could have been tapped into that wasn't. This whole book seems to be in a rush to set the stage for two part war for the uncharted territories that takes place after this book and the book doesn't take many side trips or sub plots to get to its race to the end. This sets the stage for my two real big pet peeves about this "book" if you will.

Major gripe #1 is that I am tired of the Ronin/bounty hunter/assasin sub plot. The sub plot has been around since volume one and still hangs around. I am sorry but hired killers just don't make very interesting characters. They have been done to death in the movies and t.v. shows there just isn't anything that needs to be gone over. The bad guy is there to do bad things and good guy squashes them or stops them, enough said. Glowing eyes (when he wants them) a hoodie, when he puts it up, these things just don't make an interesting character. For some reason Farscape has always tried to take a villain and give it some sort of back story and make it some great character but it never worked for me. Scorpious was never that interesting a character and certainly not the best villain since Darth Vader or Bobba Fett because he was one dimensional in that all he wanted was the destruction of the scarans and everything was a means to that end. He could be nice when he needed to be or cruel when he needed to be but the destruction of the scarans was his sole end and everything was aimed at that end. With Ronin we get a killer who kills for money. I don't need a back story where he may have been a good guy and something happened and he became a bad guy. I don't care as he is a hired killer and let the good guys kill him and be done with it. Every panel he takes up is a panel that could be used for something else. In this book it could have been used to show any problems John would have had working with PKs after all they had done to him or show how he felt about Aeryn getting back involved with them or how the PKs felt about John and Aeryns son who in their eyes would be a half breed and detested but no instead we get Ronin who is tracked down by Chiana who wants to have sex with Ronin because she has some sort of rash she can only cure by having sex with the love of her life which happens to be the killer hired to kill John and Aeryns son. Seriously? A daytime soap opera wouldn't even try to pull this one off.

Major gripe #2 When you are going to have characters in your story and you are going to give them some noticeable condition like say an eye patch then please keep the eye patch on the correct eye. For some inexplicable reason there is a character that appears in the story that has an eye patch. I had no problems with this as yes the PKs can fix things and can probably do wonders in medicine still an eye patch is possible and there was a character in the episode "Old Black Magic" episode 8 of season one that had an eye patch (he was the hologram of an officer that ordered Crais out of the uncharted territories). So I can believe that someone may need an eye patch in a advanced society. What I can't believe is that when someone is drawing a comic book and a character has an eye patch they keep moving the eye patch from one eye to the other. Seriously about three times the character has the eye patch over his other eye. What makes this interesting is in two sets of panels the character appears and in one panel the eye patch is on one eye and in the very next panel "poof" the eye patch is on the other eye. I wont bother speculating on how this was missed in proof reading/editing or how an artist drawing something could go "hey what eye was that eye patch on again?". I dunno how you not notice something that simple (seriously there are like two places where the panels are side by side yet the eye patch is suddenly on another eye). This sort of thing is rather jarring to a reader and makes me wonder if they are not going to worry about the quality of the product they put out why am I buying it?

Okay venting over. Let me be clear I loved farscape and I watched it from episode one of when it aired on t.v. (actually I remember when they showed PK Tek Girl as a sneak peak on USA network before the series even started). I posted a lot on the message boards at sci fi channel and I have never done that for another series before or since. I loved the series even with its flaws and even when it did silly things or it took chances and fell on its face because it took the wrong chance. While my review here seems to knock this book a bit I will still stick with the series and get the next installments simply because I am hooked and while Farscape does things that make me groan I still see the possibilities.
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Five Stars July 27 2014
By J. F. - Published on
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Wish it never ends.