Alien Contact for Idiots

Alien Contact for Idiots

by Edward Hoornaert

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BN ID: 2940151968041
Publisher: Edward Hoornaert
Publication date: 03/21/2015
Series: Alien Contact for Idiots
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 113,670
File size: 498 KB

About the Author

Edward Hoornaert is not only a science fiction and romance writer, he's also a certifiable Harlequin Hero, having inspired NYT best-selling author Vicki Lewis Thompson to write Mr. Valentine, which was dedicated to him. From this comes his online alter ego, "Mr. Valentine." These days, Hoornaert mostly writes science fiction—either sf romances, or sf with elements of romance. After living at 26 different addresses in his first 27 years, the rolling stone slowed in the Canadian Rockies and finally came to rest in Tucson, Arizona. Amongst other things, he has been a teacher, technical writer, and symphonic oboist. He married his high school sweetheart a week after graduation and is still in love … which is probably why he can write romance.

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Alien Contact for Idiots 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really injoyed this book. Can't wait to read more of this series. I would recommend this book to my friends and family.
ScifiandScary More than 1 year ago
Alien Contact for Idiots is a laughter-inducing, heart-warming, and hormone-overloading read by Edward Hoornaert. Written with a deft touch, wonderful characters, and that handling of the cheese that some authors do so well, it’s the perfect read for when you just need a bit o’ fluff, but you can’t do without your science fiction. I actually read the second book in this series, Alien Contact for Kid Sisters, first, and loved it because even though it had all the elements I look for in my fluff books, it also had a great story of personal growth going on. So, I was definitely happy to hop backwards and read the first book in the series for review. I’m honestly kind of torn on which book I like better. I feel like I preferred the slightly more serious tone and the emphasis on the characters’ mental states more in the second one, but this one is just so cheesy fun. Though, I will say, the author foreshadows the major issue dealt with in the second book quite well. I read it late at night, laying in bed, and at one point cracked up laughing so hard I woke my partner up. The first time, he was fine with it. The second time, however, Mr. Hoornaert earned me some serious stink-eye. I love that the characters act believably for the most part. This is one area (among many) where the author excels. There’s definitely some serious exaggeration added in at times for comedic effect, but at the root of it – you believe in the characters. They’re intelligent (or idiots), they’re good, they’re insane, etc. They are what they are, and you buy it completely. Alien Contact for Idiots is definitely worth buying and tucking away for when you need chocolate, quiet, and a fluff read to soothe your soul and make your heart have hope for happily ever afters again. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
BOOKSOMEREADS More than 1 year ago
There is a good balance of science fiction, romance, action and comedy in this amusing title. The characters are well developed and I really liked the pacing of the storyline. It starts out a little slow, but stick with it, and you won't regret reading this. When Ell meets Tro, she is determined to keep things strictly professional between them, but Tro is somewhat of a charmer and obviously, being an alien, he is an intriguing character. It isn't all about romance though as we get to learn about the Kwadrans and their strange language, and about their sudden arrival to earth. Like Ell, I was very interested to find out more about the Kwadrans and I was not disappointed by the information provided. The explanations of how space/time travel works were also kept simple enough for the layman, so it was relatively easy to understand. The side characters are a great addition. Every single one of them, including the President of the United States are characters that I started to really adore, especially towards the end of the book. Basically, they seem like one big quirky (somewhat dysfunctional) family. Also, important to note: despite the fact that three quarters of this book is set in the quarantine area, it is such an entertaining read that; much like the characters, I wasn't ready to have them leave when the time came! To be honest, I didn't have a lot of expectations when I picked up this book to read and review. I didn't really like the cover, but the title was catchy enough that it got me curious, and in the end, I did have fun reading this. There is a second book out already called Alien Contact for Kid Sisters, which is the story of Ell's younger sister, Marianne. If you end up liking this one, you might want to pick up the second book. Memorable Quote "Love was a sunrise of the soul that shone its glory into all the dark corners of your being." RATING Characters - ★★★★☆ Setting - ★★★☆☆ Writing - ★★★☆☆ Plot - ★★★☆☆ Overall - ★★★☆☆ ________________________ Received an ARC of this in e-book format in exchange for an honest review. ________________________ Review posted at
naturalbri More than 1 year ago
I am always a sucker for a great science fiction book, and thoroughly enjoy when it is a well-written sci-fi romance. This book ticks both of those boxes and is also an entirely unique read. I have not read anything with a storyline even remotely similar to this and the way the author carried our the story, was also very different. Sometimes, this can result in disaster, as it is too out there, but this book is one of the few that has stepped well outside the envelope and pulled it off very well. I found the unique nature of the book very intriguing, and this was the initial pull for me to read the book. I was drawn in by the blurb and very attracted to the cover. After the first few chapters introduced us to the story, giving us a lot of background detail and base, we jumped in to an exciting and very entertaining story. I found that the author took the time to really create a foundation for the book, in the first chapters, which ultimately meant that the book flowed a lot better throughout. He also gave us very detailed characters and surrounding world. For me, this is one of the most important factors for enjoying a book. I liked that the characters had personality and each was able to interact and grow from their meeting one another. I also liked the depth and attention that was paid to the world. It meant that it was easy to jump in a be part of the story, but it also meant that the story flowed by and seemed to fit perfectly with the surroundings. I found the pace to be very good indeed. It was swift enough to really keep me entertained, but more importantly, it slowed slightly, now and again, to allow for that all important detail to be added. Overall, this was a really good read. I am looking forward to reading more from this author and highly recommend this book to sci-fi, romance lovers. **Ireceived this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.