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  • Met and exceeded my expectations...

    This novel surprised me (pleasantly) several times in the reading, and definitely met - then exceeded - my expectations. It is "The Spaceship Next Door" by Gene Doucette. A spaceship lands in a small town and, apparently, does absolutely nothing but sit there for three years. During that time, there are the expected government and military freak-outs, along with the media hubbub and tourist frenzy, until everyone is sort of just use to it being there. A government analyst/operative comes to town after these three years because something different has happened; whereupon he discovers a teenage girl named Annie who's not only a neighbor of the spaceship, but apparently friends or acquaintances with pretty much everyone in town. He takes her on as a 'native guide' and proceeds to learn a lot more than he expected to and yet not as much as he wants to. In the course of his investigation, the two form an unexpected friendship (no, not a romantic relationship, but something closer to a father/daughter or big brother/little sister relationship) and go through a surprising number of adventures, as well as meeting a wide range of unusual people in the process. I was expecting a certain level of mystery and intrigue related to the spaceship and the government's assorted machinations in dealing with it, but I was happily surprised at a number of added mysterious aspects related to some of Annie's long-time friends and things that happened to her when the spaceship landed that she never revealed at that time. It's a much more involved and detailed story than I expected, but in the best way. I found myself caught up in it and not wanting to leave it, which is the best kind of story, as any dedicated reader knows. Apparently, there is a sequel, which I have added to my wish list, titled "The Frequency Of Aliens". I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi and mysteries and quirky characters.

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  • A really great read

    The plot was fresh. The characters were real. I could hardly put it down. It was witty, sarcastic, and just plain enjoyable. Read it and have some fun!

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  • Good Idea

    Just when you thought you had read every kind of science fiction, a book like this comes along; it's annoyingly enjoyable. I loved it.

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  • Loved it

    Very enjoyable with a likeable cast of characters. The pace was a bit slow through the first half but didn't detract from the story. There was plot twist I wasn't expecting from reading the synopsis, but it was a fun and amusing read and I will definitely be reading the second in this series.

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  • Solid read

    This was the first book of Gene's that I've read. Lots of subtle humor and likeable characters. The story was fun. I'm looking forward to reading more of his work.

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