Monday, 21 May 2012

Review: Alexander Outland: Space Pirate - G.J. Koch


Captain Alexander Outland of the Sixty-Nine (short for Space Vessel 3369, of course) is the best pilot in the galaxy. He’s also a pirate, a smuggler, and loved and loathed by women in umpteen solar systems. His crew of strays and misfits includes an engineer of dubious sanity, a deposed planetary governor, an annoyingly unflappable Sexbot copilot, and a slinky weapons chief who stubbornly refuses to give the captain a tumble.

Outland just wants to make a decent living skirting the law, but when an invisible space armada starts cutting into his business, he soon finds himself in hot water with the military, the mob, mad bombers, and an extended family of would-be conquerors. And that’s not counting an occasionally telepathic spy . . . .

Like any sensible scoundrel, he hates heroics. They’re risky and they don’t pay well. But to keep his ship and crew in one piece, and make time with a certain hard-to-get weapons chief, he might just have to make an exception–and save the galaxy in spite of himself!

Series: Alexander Outland #1, Genre: Sci-fi, Pages: 300, To be published: June 5th, 2012 by Night Shade books, Source: Blog Tour/for review

My thoughts:
Something just did not work for me as it should have with this book. I really tried to like it, I mean I love her other books, but here, no, I just couldn't fall helplessly in love with it.

Captain Alexander Outland..a pig really. Sure I like a good rake, but this guy, well it just felt like he would have picked up a few things on the way. Can’t say I loved Slinkie either, the woman he is lusting after. Though I really liked how she did not fall for his crap. And I did like that Alexander did do the right thing when it comes to everything else. He says he does not want to be a hero but he was a hero. A reluctant awesome hero. So as long as he keeps his hands to himself then he is ok in my book.

I did like the Governor though..yes, I can’t say more. And a certain crewman who made a sexbot, well good for him.

The story (even if sadly not for me), was very cool in theory. A wicked plan is set in motion in the galaxy, pirates who want everything. And the crew ending up on a military planet, one have to love a place that keeps order *laugh ironically*. It sure made it interesting and the action was sure to be had after that.

In the end I still do not know why I did not love this book. Going with my old record I should have liked Alexander, cos he really wanted Slinkie. In a good way. And the plot was amazing and kicked ass. But this time it just was not the book for me.

What others had to say:
Here is a  quote from someone who really liked it.
My World in Pages ..and more

I loved this adventure and this crew!  I CAN NOT WAIT for the next Alexander Outland book!!
So go and read Melissa's review and see the other side of the story.




54 comments:

  1. Bummer! So sorry you didn't enjoy this one. I know you have loved all of Gini's other books so much. I did enjoy Governor too. He was so much more than thought. :) And the sexbot made me chuckle when we meet her.

    Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy this one as much as you hoped. It happens from time to time.

    Thanks for the linkage. :)

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    1. I do love her other books :/ *very unhappy sigh*

      The Gov was cool :) And yes the sexbot, lol, good for that guy, freaky really too.

      But at least you liked it and I could quote you :)

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  2. That cover looks like random photoshop cut'n'pasting.

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  3. Interesting, but not for me, sorry you were disappointed.

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  4. Oh, I just won this book as well, so I'll have to see for myself I guess how much of a pig is too much :))

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    1. For me it was too much..which is so freaking strange cos honestly half the books I read are filled with pigs

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  5. I love when books can draw out reactions in people (good or bad) and not every book is for every one :)

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    1. That is at least good :D Though it did not really get any big negative reactions from me either

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  6. It does look and sound good...in theory. Sorry this wasn't a book you fell for.

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    1. That's the life of a bookworm, you never know what will happen before you read it

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  7. *chokes with horror* you...*gasp*...you didn't like...*cough* you didn't like this book? Ok, I can live with that. I might need to read it too and the cover is horrible. Makes me think of bad movies' posters.

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    1. I mean is creepy guy with a big gun Alexander? Cos euwwwww, he looks like he is gonna kill you and do the wicked with your corpse. That smile freaks me out

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  8. Too bad you didn't like it, thanks for the honest review and that's nice of you to include a link to a reviewer who loved it.

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    1. I like the author so much that I wanted to show someone who loved it ;)

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  9. Strangely enough your review after Melissa's enthusiastic one makes me all the more curious to discover what category I fall in. :D

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    1. That is how I usually feel too :D I need the good and the bad, the good just makes me think that something is fishy

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  10. I'm also curious to see if I'll love it or not now...hmmm... :-)

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  11. this looks like a lot of fun!! sorry it didn't live up for you though.

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  12. Well, I've not liked books that I couldn't understand why I didn't... and vice versa. Sometimes I think it is just the mood you are in when you pick up a book. I think I still want to give this one a go though.

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    1. Could be could be. And I guess I just did not fell for Nap and it made me sad

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  13. Sorry to hear this one didn't work for you!

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  14. "And a certain crewman who made a sexbot, well good for him."

    I die laughing.....

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    1. Lol, I guess he got lonely in space :=)

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  15. The word "Space" immediately told me that this would not be the book for me!!

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  16. Umm think I'll pass on this one lol and the cover is pretty awful

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  17. I liked that you called him a pig but that you still liked the book!

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    1. Lol, well he was a pig, but it still had its good moments

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  18. Not really my kind of book, but you did a great job of reviewing it.

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  19. Sounds disappointing. Sounds like the characters didn't really do it for you. Hopefully your next read will be more enjoyable.

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    1. I do guess that in the end if was those :(

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  20. It is so disappointing to not like a book from an author you loved before.
    Thanks for the honest review :)

    I hope you are doing great :)

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    1. It's sad :/ But I still love her other books :D

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  21. Okey, maybe I'll borrow this book from the library instead of buying it. I'll probably still read it, either way...

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    1. Do read it :) So many others love it

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  22. As an artist there are parts of the book cover i like in the people, the setting i believe needs a bit. But, it only hides a good story that may get some of the negative reactions. I look for entertaining stories and so view a bit different from some. Some books have been hard in past to get into but don't want to put down once started and it becomes a movie of mind from readings

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    1. Some parts are good on the cover, but everything out together not so much.

      This book I tried to get into to the bitter end but for me it never happened

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  23. I don't mind the guy being a rake as long as he can change and I hope that happens with Captain Alexander.

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    1. I can't spoil it all now can I for you ;)

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  24. Not reading this! I have won this book (and impatiently await the email from Gini's assistant!) and I really want to read it myself.

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  25. Sometimes the books just be that way. Can't always like them, but kudos for finishing it. I have trouble finishing books I don't like.

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    1. Maybe cos it did have that something good in it it just worked to finish it

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  26. Sorry this one wasn't the best for you. It's too bad all the books we read can't be great for us but that's just the way it goes. I'm not sure I'd like something where a characters name is Slinkie. Lol.

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    1. It sure would be fun if all books we read would be great :D But then again we gotta read the not great ones too

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