Transformers: Ghosts of Yesterday Mass Market Paperback – Mar 27 2007
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"2007 looks set to be the year of the Robot In Disguise" - Empire" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Alan Dean Foster has written in a variety of genres, including hard science fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: The Approaching Storm and the popular Pip & Flinx novels, as well as novelizations of several films including Star Wars, Transformers, the first three Alien films, and Alien Nation. His novel Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first science fiction work ever to do so. Foster and his wife, JoAnn Oxley, live in Prescott, Arizona, in a house built of brick that was salvaged from an early-twentieth-century miners’ brothel. He is currently at work on several new novels and media projects.
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The Good: Several favorite Gen 1 Autobots return, surely to be welcomed by diehard fans who grew up on TF like I did. Specifically, Optimus, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Jazz, and Ironhide. Starscream is the perennial main Decepticon character, and lives up to expectations perfectly, with the added bonus of not being whiny and annoying like on the cartoon. The other familiar Decepticon is Frenzy.
The Bad: The rest of the Decepticons are less familiar to Gen 1 fans, which includes Barricade, Blackout (with Scorponok as a tiny, dependent, mostly helpless symbiote), and Bonecrusher. Megatron is oft-referenced, but one of the linchpins of the plot is his long-term AWOL status, thus he is never directly involved.
Also Bad, Frenzy is present strictly as a token punching bag, and is rendered nonfunctional with no effort. In fact, I can remember him having just 3 lines of dialogue in the whole book. His entire presence is easy to forget and barely mentioned.
Still more Bad, not once is the physical appearance of any character described, human nor Transformer. It is apparently assumed that you will be familiar with the appearance of the toys, lest you would not be reading this book in the first place. Not being very familiar with recent TF toys by the newer Decepticon names, I was left with no real sense of their appearance nor abilities, and I know that had I not had prior knowledge of the 5 Autobots in the story, I would have experienced the same problem with them as well.
More "Bad" yet, the entire story takes place in 1969, concurrent with the Apollo 11 launch. Even my love of TF can do little to stay my hatred of "modern/futuristic technology placed into pre-modern history" stories.
IN CONCLUSION: If you are a hardcore Gen 1 TF fan, this book is reasonably entertaining, although dry and uninspired, and with FAR too small of a cast of Transformers. If you are unfamiliar with TF, or even if you are but not enough so to go see the new movie on opening day, then this book will be a complete waste of time.
I also have to say that Foster did a pretty good job for having been handed a partially written manuscript and reshaping and adding to it, molding it into its present form.
I wish this could have had at least a mention in the other Transformers book. This book does give away certain information away to the Transformers that should have effected the movie and corisponding book, but it didn't.
If you want a little back story on the movie I recomend this book and The Transformers: The Movie Prequel (Transformers). It was a fun ride until the end.
It gives you more or less some background history to the Sector Seven government agency that plays a big part in the upcoming movie. And of course their frozen technological prize, Megatron.
Also, it goes on and tells of the autobot's and decepticon's first encounter with a group of humans from sector seven while experimenting with a spacecraft they built based on the technology from Megatron, that winds up in the middle of their war.
Though it seems a little fast pace and some there are some unanswered questions, it's worth a read. I would also get the Comic book Prequel series, all 4 issues of the 4 part series are out already.