The Third Craft, by James T. Harris

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The Third Craft, by James T. Harris

Postby Omphalos » Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:48 pm

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The title kind of makes it should like it could be a book about magic, doesn't it? It isn't. It’s a UFO story, and it’s pretty rough around the edges. And the center. And the end. This story is essentially one tried-and-died cliché and coincidence after another. It is the story of an alien war moved to Earth and waged by three or four of the sole remaining citizens of a long gone planet, oddly called "Old Earth," and the story of the humans who are struggling to learn what the conflict is all about. Two out of five stars, though I note that this is the first effort by a new author.

The Third Craft could qualify as a YA novel, if it were more about coming-of-age, and more closely related to the different experiences of the young. I say that because there is a sophisticated simplicity about text, but I have a hard time calling it a YA novel for these reasons...Please click here or on the book cover above to be taken to the rest of the review.
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Postby SandChigger » Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:20 pm

Why am I hearing Dido?

I just skimmed your review, 'cause I started getting this Roswell vibe. I don't know, something about stupid Earth bints hankerin' after not very good-looking or even particularly hung aliens...just doesn't do it for me. ;)


(Which would you rather be, well hanged or well hung? :lol: Sorry...read a weird article on language change this morning and the lady what wrote it seemed particularly hung up on the difference between the two....)
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Postby Omphalos » Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:45 pm

I heard a blurb from George Asshole Bush yesterday. They were putting up his presidential portrait, and GAB welcomed everyone to his "hanging." I couldn't tell if he was joking or not, but it seems like the kind of thing where someone could later say he meant it jokingly, even if he was serious.
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Postby SandChigger » Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:53 pm

I saw that, too. I think he was definitely going for the laugh, which he got.

I wish he'd just disappear already....
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Postby Omphalos » Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:17 am

What do you mean by "Dido," Chig?

Now I have to go and forward this to the publisher. I hate it when I get books to review on spec that I wind up not liking.
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Postby tanzeelat » Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:51 am

From your review: "...an almost palpable enthusiasm for this story."

Is that legal in the US?
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Postby SandChigger » Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:29 am

Depends on what yer palpin', good buddy. :lol:


Over here at least, they used Dido's "Here With Me" as the theme song for Roswell:

oh i am what i am
i'll do what i want but i can't hide
i won't go i won't sleep
i can't breathe until you're resting here with me
i won't leave i can't hide
i cannot be until you're resting here with me

i don't want to call my friends
they might wake me from this dream
and i can't leave this bed,
risk forgetting all that's been

oh i am what i am
i'll do what i want,
but i can't hide
i won't go, i won't sleep,
i can't breathe,
until you're resting here with me
i won't leave, i can't hide,
i cannot be until you're resting here with me


I've quite liked her since EMINEM wrote one of his songs with copious borrowing/insertion of one of hers. Understand she's got a new album out or coming; first in five years or so. ;)
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Postby Omphalos » Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:37 am

tanzeelat wrote:From your review: "...an almost palpable enthusiasm for this story."

Is that legal in the US?


Go ahead and just try to stop us. Palpable enthusiasm makes the world go round! But I am glad Im not the one who had to handle the original manuscript.
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Postby Omphalos » Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:43 am

SandChigger wrote:Depends on what yer palpin', good buddy. :lol:


Over here at least, they used Dido's "Here With Me" as the theme song for Roswell:

oh i am what i am
i'll do what i want but i can't hide
i won't go i won't sleep
i can't breathe until you're resting here with me
i won't leave i can't hide
i cannot be until you're resting here with me

i don't want to call my friends
they might wake me from this dream
and i can't leave this bed,
risk forgetting all that's been

oh i am what i am
i'll do what i want,
but i can't hide
i won't go, i won't sleep,
i can't breathe,
until you're resting here with me
i won't leave, i can't hide,
i cannot be until you're resting here with me


I've quite liked her since EMINEM wrote one of his songs with copious borrowing/insertion of one of hers. Understand she's got a new album out or coming; first in five years or so. ;)


I like her too. I could not stand that damn M&M thing though. I found her when I rented a car in Scotland. Someone had left a tape in the player with a song or two of hers on it. Good music for driving across foggy single-tracks.
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Postby SandChigger » Fri Dec 12, 2008 3:22 pm

Omphalos wrote:I could not stand that damn M&M thing though.

Allow me to reemphasize: I quite like her. I had to google how to spell his name. ;)
"Chancho...sometimes when you are a man...you wear stretchy pants...in your room...alone."

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Postby Omphalos » Fri Dec 12, 2008 3:57 pm

SandChigger wrote:
Omphalos wrote:I could not stand that damn M&M thing though.

Allow me to reemphasize: I quite like her. I had to google how to spell his name. ;)


I got you. I was just being irreverent towards the interloper, M&M. Her music is pretty cool, and you got interested in it through that piece by him.
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