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review 2016-06-20 13:32
The Dark Side of the Sun - Terry Pratchett
The Dark Side of the Sun - Terry Pratchett

A pre-Discworld SF spoof, The Dark Side of the Sun sees Dom, scion of the hideously rich Sabalos family who rule the wet planet of Widdershins, going on an interplanetary quest for the origins of the Jokers, the first intelligent life in the universe.

 

It is, essentially, a romp: think a less subtle and less funny Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. There are some interesting ideas - it features a version of that old SFnal chestnut, "what if we could predict the future using science?", a la Foundation - and the various personages we meet are suitably off-the-wall (a sentient planet, a cannibalistic race whose change of sex during their life-cycle was probably more off-the-wall in 1976 than it is today, a security officer who runs checks on himself), but a little-known comedic gem this is not. It lacks the wit and perception of the Discworld novels, at least for me.

 

Completists will probably enjoy it though - both Hogswatchnight and Soul Cake Night feature in the book, and the Joker storyline definitely has echoes of The Long Earth in its quest for transcendence. Not as disappointingly bad as the later Discworld novels (Snuff, Raising Steam) - the story at least works on its own terms.

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review 2015-12-24 00:58
Dark Side of the Sun (Truly Yours Digital Editions)
Dark Side Of The Sun - Rachel Druten

This book wasn't too bad, but it was very abrupt in its ending. The point of view is given from the Japanese front of World War II, which is not something I had read much about in my readings of the time period. This gave it a very interesting perspective! The romance was quite quick and somewhat insta-love, then became insta-hate without Imogene knowing all the facts! The cast of characters was quite interesting and it was somewhat easy to relate to them in general. It was a hard book to put down, but a lot of the aspects of it seemed glossed over and abrupt, making it a somewhat disappointing read.

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review 2015-12-23 00:00
Dark Side of the Sun
Dark Side of the Sun - Rachel Druten This book wasn't too bad, but it was very abrupt in its ending. The point of view is given from the Japanese front of World War II, which is not something I had read much about in my readings of the time period. This gave it a very interesting perspective! The romance was quite quick and somewhat insta-love, then became insta-hate without Imogene knowing all the facts! The cast of characters was quite interesting and it was somewhat easy to relate to them in general. It was a hard book to put down, but a lot of the aspects of it seemed glossed over and abrupt, making it a somewhat disappointing read.
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review 2014-10-31 03:04
Review of The Dark Side of the Sun by Terry Pratchett
The Dark Side Of The Sun - Terry Pratchett

The Dark Side of the Sun by Terry Pratchett is the story of a young man named Dom who has been appointed to a powerful position on his planet, but unfortunately there have been multiple attempts on his life. It has been foretold that it is his fate to discover the world of the race of beings that seeded life in the universe and there are those that would prefer that this information not get out. This book follows Dom's adventures as he sets out on his quest to find answers and fulfill his destiny.

 

I have to say that I honestly didn't enjoy this book very much. It was completely different in style to everything else I've ever read by Terry Pratchett and if it weren't for the use of some terminology that was also used in his Discworld series, I wouldn't have even known I was reading one of his books. The humor that I've come to know and love in his writing just wasn't present in this book. There were some things that seemed like they were meant to be funny, but really just weren't. I did try to be open-minded about reading something more serious by Pratchett, but the lack of humor in the book wasn't the only thing wrong with it. I just found the book very hard to follow and I found myself feeling lost and confused at least a third of the time when reading it if not more. I think it would have helped if the author had spent more time explaining the various alien races in more detail as well as the technology used. I also felt the ending to the book was weird and really not that satisfying. It's a shame because the premise of this story was interesting and I did like how ancient alien theory was worked into the story, but it could have been done so much better than it was. At least it was a fairly short read so I didn't waste too much of my time on it. I really wouldn't recommend this book unless you're a hardcore Pratchett fan who absolutely has to read everything he's ever written.

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review 2010-06-06 00:00
Farscape: Dark Side of the Sun (Farscape (A&E Video))
Farscape: Dark Side of the Sun - Jim Mortimore Parts were quite funny, and mostly it was in character... but still, not the best Farscape novel out there. Good for an afternoon read, though.
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