Catfish Invasion

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Yesterday's post was about Daniel X the comic, so naturally today's post is going to be about Daniel X: Watch the Skies, the novel.

The story of Daniel X continues in this novel, the second in the Daniel X series. Daniel X is an orphan since he witnessed his parents' death when he was three by an alien. Now, it's Daniel's duty to kill all the alien outlaws on Earth. He does this with the help of his imaginary friends (I'm not joking) that he creates with his mind and The List, a laptop that gives Daniel information about the Alien Outlaws of Terra Firma.

Daniel X: Watch the Skies


In Daniel X: Watch the Skies, he's about to kill Number 4, since in The Dangerous Days of Daniel X, Daniel killed Number 5. Number 4 is a catfish like alien, who soon overtakes the tiny town of Holliswood. Oh yes, one more thing, Number 4 can control electronics and has an obsession with directing movies. Daniel X is the star of Number 4's next grisly movie. Can Daniel defeat Number 4 when Number 4 has the entire town under his control?

I had picked up this novel after The Dangerous Days of Daniel X and I did not like the cover. The old adage, "Don't judge a book by its cover?" Well, that goes down the drain since everyone knows that books are judged by their covers, or else why do publishers spend huge amounts of money on graphic artists and designers? The cover fits the title, most definitely. There's a picture of a green moon (planet?) with the image of a man superimposed onto the moon. The man lacks eyebrows, which gives you a creepy feeling that he's watching your every move (like the Mona Lisa but a little more intimidating).

The cover design reminds me of  science fiction books covers circa the 1990's when titles and author bylines took up half the page. Worse, it reminds me of a 1990's adult science fiction book cover. (Why do I even know what 1990's adult literature book covers look like? My parents have boxes full of them stored somewhere.) However, the novel is young adult not adult. There's your problem. A cover that looks like an adult book that's not an adult book but rather a young adult book.

(1990's science fiction novel)


The writing of the novel is typical James Patterson. Not super fancy and more colloquial language than anything. I remember reading a quote by James Patterson in Time magazine where he said that he wrote more for the plot than for the language. Well, he captured it. The plot of his stories are so intense that it covers the fact that the writing style is average. Patterson creates a fast paced book that takes reader's minds off of the writing style.

While the cover does make a difference, I don't pay too much attention to it as it's face down when I'm reading a book. The story was fast-paced, and I'm going to get my hands on book three of the series.

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