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It has a "Men in Black" kind of feel to it - almost comic-like, rather than serious. But I can't get over how fast it reads. I am disappointed i An amazingly quick read. I am disappointed in that aspect. However, it was entertaining, so I will stick with 4 stars. It is more distinctly teen oriented than a lot of other "teen fiction" I like to read. May 14, Matt rated it did not like it. Daniel X is one badass dude. He has almost every power you'd want: The powers Danny's without?
But if you check, almost every book in this series is written by a different author, just with James Patterson's plastered over it. And no, I didn't re-read this book. I just thought about it recently one of my more masochistic thoughts and decided to warn my fellow GRs. Aug 21, Breanne rated it it was ok Shelves: Here is my nice review for our library's blog: Daniel was born with the power to create. His abilities include being able to manipulate objects and animals with his mind and to re-create himself in any shape he chooses.
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From the day that his parents were murdered before him, he has used his unique gifts to hunt down villainous aliens on earth until he can close in on their killer. This book combines the humorous quips of Spiderman with the repellant bad-guy alie Here is my nice review for our library's blog: This book combines the humorous quips of Spiderman with the repellant bad-guy aliens of Men In Black. It will probably appeal most to young adult guys, and the short chapters each one was pages make it a quick read.
Here is the truth: The 2 page chapters gave me imaginary ulcers. It was such a disconnecting, disjointed way to put a book together. Is he trying to cater to today's short attention span? Aren't books supposed to be combating short attention spans?
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He would cut off the action right in the middle of a scene and start again in a new chapter. I tried to think of some reasons: It's supposed to be a Young Adult book. It caters directly to boys who supposedly read less? Ok, I can see how you're trying for that. But is this really what we have to do to get our children to read?
I am depressed about our future.
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As a librarian, really, I should be okay with any efforts to get people to read. Anything we can do to draw people in to read is a good thing, right? So should I be ok with this on principle? Steve Jobs, who you hope would be knowledgeable of general public interests, recently said in an interview about Amazon's Kindle, "It doesn't matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don't read anymore.
To think otherwise, as the heated response to Jobs' comment has shown, is erroneous. Do we really need to chop down every chapter in a young adult book just to draw someone in, to make it easier for their fragile attention spans to handle? I don't think so. As my own personal response, I hated it.
There were 92 chapters in this page book I will save you getting out your calculator: Aside from that, there were some other obnoxious elements. His quips weren't charming, and got old very quickly. The aliens were grotesque for the sake of being grotesque. Cliche developments "kidnapped children! And the reader sees things coming dozens of chapters before Daniel did. And the opening scene was pretty cool. And some character development toward the end of the book was interesting. And that's about it. So sorry, James Patterson.
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I promise to read more of your books so that I don't form an opinion of your work based on this one. Apr 26, Gracie ; rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. At first this book was kinda dull, kinda interesting for me. I have to admit that i started out with no expectations at all because my book buddy Maggie said that it was disappointing, and usually our book reviews are alike. This book was a bit disappointing, but not completely. It was confusing at first, but slowly got clearer. I didn't like how it seemed so Men in Black But the part that made me really start liking it is when they went to Dan At first this book was kinda dull, kinda interesting for me.
But the part that made me really start liking it is when they went to Daniel's home planet. I thought that was awesome, and it reminded me a bit of Ender's Game because it was science fictiony. The aliens were gross, but i liked the book better and better towards the end. I was going to actually rate it a 5, but decided it wasn't that good and gave it a four. One of the reasons i think that i gave it such a high rating is because when somebody starts outw ith no expectations, it can only go uphill from there.
Apr 01, Shae Petersen rated it liked it. This book started off really strong, particularly as the audio version is very animated with sound effects etc. But the plot twist and ending kind of went down hill. It did not feel like a young adult book, more of a middle grade. I do admit it was fun, and I will continue with book 2 to see if it improves. I liked the whole super powers that Daniel had and the way he was able to create things. I was also shocked when we found out he was an alien. The concept was enjoyable, but I think when Dani This book started off really strong, particularly as the audio version is very animated with sound effects etc.
Sep 28, Julie rated it it was ok Recommends it for: I understand what James Patterson is trying to do here - duplicate the success he's had to Maximum Ride by creating another fantastical, out-there series that can be marketed to a YA audience. It's even part of his "Pageturner" category, where "special care has been taken with the language and content" so that it is appropriate for all ages.
I would like to say, that despite this "care," it featured a seriously nasty fight scene gross enough that I had to skip part of it. The formula j I understand what James Patterson is trying to do here - duplicate the success he's had to Maximum Ride by creating another fantastical, out-there series that can be marketed to a YA audience.
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The formula just isn't working in this case. I think part of it is because all of the tiny things that I didn't like about Maximum Ride and I love that series are multiplied many times in this book. First of all, I wish Daniel wouldn't spend the first section of the book telling us how awesome his powers are. Don't tell us, SHOW us. And stop telling us how important things are - we're not stupid. If it's that important to the plot, we'll notice. I didn't dislike Daniel as a character, but he wasn't nearly as engaging as Max and the flock.
Also, the number of pop culture references, presumably thrown in to make the book seem cool, has even increased from those in Maximum Ride. Once in a while they can be amusing, but they feel sooooo contrived, and they're going to make the book feel dated in just a few years. I would like to point out, though, that Stephenie Meyer purposely did not say that Bella was listening to Linkin Park - although she will tell you so in interviews - purposely to prevent this problem in Twilight. As usual it was a lightning-fast read. I read it basically in one sitting. Why are there previews into two different "further adventures" in the back?
Why not just a preview chapter or four for the next book? Dec 17, Matt rated it did not like it Shelves: Daniel X is pretty much like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" meets "Men in Black" but it is not half as good as either of those two media efforts. The main character's super powers are very unbelievable, and they leave the reader wondering, if this guy is so powerful he should be able to defeat the bad guys with both hands tied behind his back, but I guess it would only be a short story if that was the case. It would seem that Patterson is someone who just doesn't get that whole "science fiction thing" Daniel X is pretty much like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" meets "Men in Black" but it is not half as good as either of those two media efforts.
It would seem that Patterson is someone who just doesn't get that whole "science fiction thing". He's probably just writing something to impress his grandchildren. Regardless of what I say, I'm sure Patterson will be laughing all the way to the bank as always. Jul 25, Michelle rated it did not like it.
I can't believe that I am giving a Patterson book such a low rating, but I did finish this book, but about 20 pages in I knew it was not going to be good. I had absolutely no attachment to the main character whatsoever, and the whole gist of the story did not interest me. And it's not like I don't like the idea of aliens and whatnot I have been loving Stephanie Meyer's books Overall, a HUGE disappointment.
I have loved James Patterson for years, picking up every single book that had Wow. I have loved James Patterson for years, picking up every single book that had his name on it. Unfortunately, that will now change. Nov 05, Dondee Gocongg rated it really liked it. He is still fight for his wish. Apr 02, Cinthia rated it really liked it. I have read some of the reviews on this book and it seems like not a lot of people enjoyed it I picked this up on audiobook and I enjoyed it, especially the whole sound effects, I liked Daniel X, I liked that he let us know from the beginning that he is an Alien and that he is hunting Seth, Seth is another alien that has been sequestering children and when they get of age he sells them to the highest bidder, I felt bad from Daniel at times, he was so lonely and his parents had been killed, I I have read some of the reviews on this book and it seems like not a lot of people enjoyed it I picked this up on audiobook and I enjoyed it, especially the whole sound effects, I liked Daniel X, I liked that he let us know from the beginning that he is an Alien and that he is hunting Seth, Seth is another alien that has been sequestering children and when they get of age he sells them to the highest bidder, I felt bad from Daniel at times, he was so lonely and his parents had been killed, I also was saddened to find out that his sister had been killed while in the womb as well, I liked that he was able to create, and he created friends, and his family to keep him company at times.
I was so mad that Seth created Phoebe, I really was rooting for Daniel and her, but it was just a trick. I'm glad that Daniel killed Seth and it was crazy the way he did it I'm glad he found his family, well some of his family, and that his grandma helped him. He is now back on earth to continue his job as an Alien Hunter. Feb 07, Juli Anna rated it did not like it Shelves: Wow, I feel guilty giving any book 1 star, but God, this was pathetic. Sorry, Daniel X fans. I've actually read up to the third until now, and I have NO idea why.
I've actually written commentary in the margins of the third book shouldn't have bought it, waste of money. On the actual review of the first book: It was really, really stupid. So basically, Daniel's parents are brutally murdered by the universe's most evil a Wow, I feel guilty giving any book 1 star, but God, this was pathetic. So basically, Daniel's parents are brutally murdered by the universe's most evil and powerful alien, so Daniel who is amazingly strong, intelligent, and can pretty much do or make anything literally, so as long as he is "very, very calm and focuses a lot.
Which are conveniently listed on a supersupersuper high-tech magical computer on THE LIST of magical rainbows and fluffy, fluffy unicorns. He has been eaten alive, chased, stabbed, and traumatized multiple times and yet still manages to be an idiot. That totally destroys the scope and trauma of the thing, and yet James Patterson is constantly reminding us how terrible and sad and dramatic it is. So we're towards the back half of the book, and this-idiot-that-we-must-listen-to our brave hero looks like he's doomed because he has been captured by the main baddy of the book number 6 on The List of Fluffy Fluffy Unicorns , named Ergent Seth.
And then he'll have a lime one next. Okay, that would not be what I would be doing in his situation. Problems with this ridiculous scenario: How about, um, coffee, peanut butter, an energy drink, chocolate or something that can actually make you feel well? This guy is supposed to be Einstein-smart.
Okay, I would NOT be calm in this situation. The book says that he has to be extremely calm in order to do shit. Never see that happening.