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Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby El Duque » Tue Oct 04, 2011 1:47 pm

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Just a quick reminder, Alex Irvine's Transformers: Exiles was released today.

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The epic battles between Optimus Prime and Megatron have long thrilled Transformers fans. But these two giants weren’t always great leaders and bitter foes. This new novel continues the electrifying saga that started with Transformers: Exodus, unveiling the origins of the conflict—the explosive events that unfolded before Optimus and Megatron arrived Earthside, forever altering the destiny of their kind.



Alex Irvine (Author)

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Once allies, Optimus and Megatron are now enemies in a civil war. To prevent Cybertron from falling into Megatron’s hands, Optimus jettisons the planet’s heart, the AllSpark, into space, then sets out to find it with Megatron hot on his heels. Optimus is determined to defeat Megatron, bring the AllSpark home, and restore Cybertron to its former glory.

But a saboteur lurks aboard Optimus’s spaceship, and ahead lie lost colonies, some of them hostile. Optimus needs help of the highest caliber, but from whom? Heroes such as Solus, Nexus, and Vector Prime are just names from make-believe stories of long ago. Or are they? Maybe it’s time for Optimus Prime to find out. Maybe it’s the only chance he has to vanquish mighty Megatron.

About the Author
Alex Irvine is the author of Transformers: Exodus, as well as the novels Buyout, The Narrows, and A Scattering of Jades, and the novelization of the film Iron Man 2. He also is the author of nonfiction books including The Vertigo Encyclopedia and John Winchester’s Journal, as well as the comic series Daredevil Noir and Hellstorm, Son of Satan: Equinox. A past winner of the Locus, Crawford, and
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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby Lord Onixprime » Tue Oct 04, 2011 1:54 pm

Was the first book even any good? I've heard it was sloppy and contradicts itself withing the confines of its own pages.
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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby Megazarak » Tue Oct 04, 2011 3:09 pm

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Lord Onixprime wrote:Was the first book even any good? I've heard it was sloppy and contradicts itself withing the confines of its own pages.


There were some contradictions and all that, but that aside I still really enjoyed the book. It's not like it was amazing but it held my interest throughout, so that's good. The paperback is out now as well, so it's not like it's expensive in case you were hesitating about getting it.
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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby Sabrblade » Tue Oct 04, 2011 3:20 pm

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I went out and picked up Exiles today and... I've currently no time to start reading it anytime soon. :oops:

However, I will say that the cover is beautiful. It's a great look at the War for Cybertron Cybertron with the War for Cybertron Ark lauching into space away from it as the superimposed giant Decepticon insignia (no, not that one ;) ) ominously looms in the background. 8)

Though, the tagline, "One shall stand. One shall fall," really REALLY bothers me. I mean, I've had enough with that line already! It has become SO stale in its constant overuse. It may be iconic, but it's losing its significance as it keeps being used like some casual everyday phrase. Recall how often "More than meets the eye" was used in the first movie and how annoying that got. This phrase here is going through the same syndrome.

Lord Onixprime wrote:Was the first book even any good? I've heard it was sloppy and contradicts itself withing the confines of its own pages.
It intrigued me enough to write that giant report I did on it here, but that's another story

It's best to just read it yourself and form your own thoughts and views on it. ;)
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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby Tigertrack » Tue Oct 04, 2011 4:50 pm

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I'll pick it up, but not sure when I'll get to reading it.

The first was good. But I enjoy G1 related fiction. And Alex Irvine lived in Michigan, so I also must support the local boys gone bigtime.
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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby Sabrblade » Tue Oct 04, 2011 4:55 pm

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tigertracks 24 wrote:I'll pick it up, but not sure when I'll get to reading it.

The first was good. But I enjoy G1 related fiction. And Alex Irvine lived in Michigan, so I also must support the local boys gone bigtime.
Even though it technically isn't G1 fiction. ;)
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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby Zequem » Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:35 am

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Ordered Exiles yesterday (because they don't sell it in the book stores here...) and now I have to wait 5 days or more till I get to read it. :P
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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby Tigertrack » Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:31 am

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Sabrblade wrote:
tigertracks 24 wrote:I'll pick it up, but not sure when I'll get to reading it.

The first was good. But I enjoy G1 related fiction. And Alex Irvine lived in Michigan, so I also must support the local boys gone bigtime.
Even though it technically isn't G1 fiction. ;)


Oh you!!!.... (shakes fist)...

It has 'G1' era characters and not movie characters, right? Good enough for me.
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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby Sabrblade » Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:49 am

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tigertracks 24 wrote:It has 'G1' era characters and not movie characters, right? Good enough for me.
It has "homages" to G1 characters, but they're the War for Cybertron versions, which isn't G1 either. :-B
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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby Tigertrack » Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:02 am

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Sabrblade wrote:
tigertracks 24 wrote:It has 'G1' era characters and not movie characters, right? Good enough for me.
It has "homages" to G1 characters, but they're the War for Cybertron versions, which isn't G1 either. :-B


Stop ruining the experience for me!!! :sad: :D
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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby Sabrblade » Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:09 am

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tigertracks 24 wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
tigertracks 24 wrote:It has 'G1' era characters and not movie characters, right? Good enough for me.
It has "homages" to G1 characters, but they're the War for Cybertron versions, which isn't G1 either. :-B


Stop ruining the experience for me!!! :sad: :D
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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby triKlops » Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:26 am

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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby sigmaprime » Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:28 am

could everyone please request this book for kindle
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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby starscreamprime1010 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:08 pm

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finished it the first day I got it. Much better than the first in my honest opinion. You can definately tell it's setting up for Prime. It was really interesting to find out the spy was a character from transformers:prime- Makeshift Thought that was a great tie between the show and the book.

We also learn two new names of the original 13:

Alchemist Prime
Amalgamous Prime


And we learned: The Fallen and Liege Maximo brutally murdered Solus prime :(

Overall I really liked this book.Sorry for all the spoilers, but I figured some people wouldnt want to read it but still wanted to know the details. :CON:
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Interview with Transformers: Exiles Author Alex Irvine

Postby LOST Cybertronian » Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:06 pm

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Suvudu has posted an interview with Alex Irvine, author of Transformers: Exiles which was released yesterday. The interview can be read here, however it has been posted below for your convenience.

The epic battles between Optimus Prime and Megatron have long thrilled Transformers fans. But these two giants weren’t always great leaders and bitter foes. This new novel continues the electrifying saga that started with Transformers: Exodus, unveiling the origins of the conflict—the explosive events that unfolded before Optimus and Megatron arrived Earthside, forever altering the destiny of their kind.


Suvudu wrote:Shawn Speakman: Hi Alex! You’ve written two tie-in novels for Transformers - EXODUS and EXILES. How did you get the chance to work on one of the most recognized franchises on the planet?

Alex Irvine: Well, that was thanks to Tricia Pasternak. I’d worked with her on an Iron Man novel and (memory fails) a couple of other things. When the Transformers project rolled around she asked me if I was interested…and of course I was. Then I had a bunch of conversations with Michael Kelly and the rest of the cool cats at Hasbro, and off we went.

SS: Where do these books fit in with the chronology of the movies and how much liberty were you given since they were prequels?

AI: I had a lot of liberty within the broader parameters of Hasbro continuity. In Exodus, my mandate was essentially to tell the history of the civil war and tie it to the portions of the story presented in the War for Cybertron video game. Transmedia! But within that framework, I could do anything. I wanted Optimus to believe what Megatron was preaching initially, so that when Megatron betrays his own principles it’s a real shock to Optimus, and leaves a scar that never quite heals. Exiles continues that story and also tees up some things that you might see in the coming season (or seasons?) of Transformers: Prime.

(By the way, speaking of Megatron: for those Suvududes of either sex who do not follow the NFL, the Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson is nicknamed Megatron.)

SS: What kinds of things will Transformers fans learn if they read EXILES?

AI: They will learn about lost Cybertronian colonies—including Velocitron and Junkion; some of the history of the Thirteen; and how Optimus deals with betrayal when he has to confront the fact that one of the Autobots is a spy for Megatron. Also there are cool fights. They might see a kind of bot that is very rarely seen, and they will certainly learn something interesting about the origin of Junkion. And did I mention the…? Oh. I can’t mention those.

SS: Got a favorite Transformer? And I have to know, do you own him in toy form?

AI: Starscream! And yes, although my son Ian took him apart a while back and we never did find all the pieces. So he has transformed into something else.

SS: An age-old question: Can Optimus and Megatron ever settle their differences and become friends again?

AI: I envision the two of them on the porch of the Home for Aged Star-Faring Cybertronians in Iacon, sipping Maccadam’s and…by which I mean no. I think that Megatron would never let it happen. He’s too resentful about Optimus becoming the standard-bearer for the movement Megatron created, and he’s also never going to get over Optimus being named Prime.

SS: You are always busy with something. What are you currently working on and when will we be able to see it?

I’m putting the finishing touches on my Star Wars novel right now. It’s due to come out at the end of next year. I would tell you the title, but I’m still fiddling with different ideas. I wrote the novelization of the Tintin movie that’s coming out this Christmas; the book is out November 1. That was a great excuse to dig back into Tintin comics. I’m trying to teach the baby to say “Blistering barnacles!"

Also I am working on a couple of different game development projects, one of which will go live in January. And I’ve got three novels on the boil. I’m hoping to finish one of them by spring, but I don’t know which one.

SS: Thanks Alex!

AI: Thanks Suvudu!
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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby SlyTF1 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:20 pm

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So, this book is about the Primes!? Hellz yeah! Les' go! Les' go! I'm going to try to get it this week!
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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby Sabrblade » Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:36 pm

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Darn it, I wanna read it but have no time to! :BOOM:
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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby Tigertrack » Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:55 am

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Still have to buy it, and I must say, it sounds interesting, and it was unfortunate that I already looked at the spoilers. Just couldn't help myself... :-x
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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby gothsaurus » Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:45 am

I actually really enjoyed the first book... with only very minor complaints. :APPLAUSE: (Usually reading this sort of thing, you encounter so many that's-not-cannon! events or traits, you can't enjoy them... especially with so many different timelines... movie, classic, animated, prime, armada....) Anyway, will definitely be picking this up.

The only other TF novel I really got a kick out of was the Legends book of short stories. Very fun stuff... especially the one with the obscure dinobot Paddles. I seriously recommend picking that one up. Paddles rules. :grin:
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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby Tigertrack » Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:08 am

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gothsaurus wrote:I actually really enjoyed the first book... with only very minor complaints. :APPLAUSE: (Usually reading this sort of thing, you encounter so many that's-not-cannon! events or traits, you can't enjoy them... especially with so many different timelines... movie, classic, animated, prime, armada....) Anyway, will definitely be picking this up.

The only other TF novel I really got a kick out of was the Legends book of short stories. Very fun stuff... especially the one with the obscure dinobot Paddles. I seriously recommend picking that one up. Paddles rules. :grin:


IT is a fun book to read too.
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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby WiEGoP » Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:27 pm

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I've been digging my way through this, with mixed results.

I personally thought that the Exodus novel was pretty sloppily executed. The prose was really rough, he kept restating characters thoughts and conclusions, and there was no real sense of place or time, and a really jumpy sense of character.

Exiles so far has a much tighter plot, without the fanfictiony buildup of bromance falling into Alpha Trion talking to himself in emo fashion morphing into a ending that felt like the cutscenes of a video game tied together with string.

So far, it lacks the heart and punch of the first book though. Irvine really doesn't give anything in the realm of a truely felt emotional arc. Characters restate their own conclusions to themselves without much real emotion or feeling. And characters act out of character all the time. Jazz is especially bad about this, he seems to be whatever the plot needs him to be at that given moment. And I seriously think he's trying to drive Bumblebee to suicide with heartless teasing.

Concepts jump up at really weird times though. As if Irvine forgot to put them in earlier, then included them, but couldn't be bothered to go back and edit what he'd already written. It wasn't until way past halfway through that we're told learn that the Velocitronians arrived on Velocitron on the Ogygia. And for a while the ship is mentioned every two paragraphs, and then is seemingly forgotten again. As someone who isn't very familiar with the Unicron trilogy, THAT would be something to mention in the beginning.

And if I have to hear about how the Velocitroinans like to go fast, or how much Optimus admires the Junkions for their industriousness I'm gonna throw the fraggin' book through a fraggin' Space Bridge.

Overall, like Exodus, it reads like a first draft written as quickly as possible that no one bothered to go back and edit for better plotting, characterization, or arcs.

I especially love how after the complete Furmanistic mancentration camp of Exodus, we get Override and Solus Primewith no explanation at all.

That being said, the mythos that it seems to be setting up is interesting. If you're a continuity completist whore like I am it's defs worth a look.
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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby Stormer » Sat Oct 08, 2011 9:11 am

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Started reading Exiles last night, and so far, I'm not dazzled, but not disappointed either. I remember reading Exodus and thinking that it wasn't very well thought out, so I'm hoping this one is an improvement. So, I guess I'd better get back to reading so I can form an actual opinion...
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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby CelticDragon » Sat Oct 08, 2011 3:33 pm

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I finished Exiles this morning and while I enjoyed it, I admit to being slightly disappointed. There were several times when I thought something epic was going to occur, only for the situation to end rather anticlimactically or veer off in some other direction. I felt like some of the introductions were done just to add those characters' names to the count rather than because they planned a real part in the plot.

I agree with the WiEGoP that some characters seem to be whatever the plot needs them to be at the moment without bothering to stick to personalities.

It's been long enough since I read Exodus that I can't really remember any key points (which might say something right there) so can't really compare the 2. Exiles wasn't a bad read and I'll stick with the series (I assume there's another one coming) but I felt like it could have been taken more seriously.
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Re: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Postby gothsaurus » Mon Oct 10, 2011 7:55 am

I think my gripe so far... it seems like a mix of too many universes. War for Cybertron, Movie continuity, and G1. Mixing all of them just feels odd. (Bulkhead on the Ark for example.)
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