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V: The Alien Swordmaster - Somtow Sucharitkul Sadly, this book was far from great.
As a matter of fact, I have to say it was really awful. OK, it's a TV tie-in book and I didn't expect a lot, but this is an author I generally think is wonderful - esp. his High Inquest series - but this book was just bad on so many levels.
I didn't watch "V" religiously, but I did watch it occasionally & thought it was all right.
The book starts out a bit promisingly with some spicy implications of interspecies sex to come... but it pulls back from that way too quickly. I almost guessed that the editor wasn't having ANY of what the author wanted to do with the book, and then he just gave up and churned out whatever.
The basic plot device - that the aliens want to kidnap Martial Arts masters and have them train brainwashed armies - is really pretty dumb. I felt like some scenes were kinda lifted right from The Karate Kid. The Asian (and other) stereotypes were surprising. And the main character is really just a total jerk - there's no reason to even root for him.
There were a few funny 80's moments - when's the last time you heard of a 'sexy' woman described as wearing a sweatband, suspenders and purple 'parachute' pants? - but overall, this book was not worth reading.
Sad. Go read the author's other books; they're great! And he's awesome!