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Orbiter (NOOK Comic with Zoom View)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2003

    Great Book!

    A very good book that makes a person think and draws a person in very quickly. Also very applicable to what is going on with the Columbia tragedy right now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2003

    Who Knows What's Out There?

    The book is well printed and carefully bound, with an attractive cover. There is little text, so it is primarily a book of illustrations. Its theme is 'They Are Waiting For Us Out There,' which has often been seen in other formats. The new variant is that the world, grown weary of hoisting religeous artifacts and millionaire playboys into orbit, utterly lost its patience the day a newly launched shuttle just plain disappeared. Didn't explode, didn't crash, just vanished into thin air (or thin space). The story opens ten years later, when the shuttle comes crashing home, to a home which has pretty well run down and been abandoned to a colony of squatters. Some of the most inspiring panels of the whole book depict this boy who, having been sent out to dump the morning trash, climbs a sandbar overlooking the sea to admire the view. Unfortunately, this is the first glimpse of the returning spaceship, and what follows from then on is rather unpleasant, in many respects and on many levels. The book carries a caution that it is for mature readers, but the only reason that seems to be necessary is the liberal use of foul language by all and sundry. It may be appropriate for the overbearing military person, but otherwise it is unnecessary and only detracts from the story. In any event, the story is convoluted enough and gruesome enough that it is not for children. But in any event, the ship has come to rest and an investigation naturally ensues. A crew is rounded up, centering around a quartet of experts and enthusiasts, a theme which is again familiar from other contexts. Such alien technology as is revealed speaks of islands of stability in the chart of transuranic elements, a nice hidden-line drawing, and some algebraic formulas; gravity and black holes are lurking in the darkness! One hopes that the psychiatric cajolery which is used to start the returning pilot talking is more solidly based than the physics of the propulsion unit. Neverthelesss, he revives and takes the gang for a tour in his newly outfitted chariot. We breathlessly await the sequel: have they simply absconded with an expensive piece of government property, or is this truly the beginning of a new era. If they return, those takeoffs and landings are going to be pretty traumatic. As we await further plot development, we realize that the impact of any graphic novel depends heavily on the illustrator. Those who like the drawing style will find the story to have been greatly enhanced thereby, and will relish having bought the book. (Some of the art may be available separately.)

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