I just picked up Alan Dean Foster's new Transformers ROTF prequel novel, and I was just curious what others of you who have read it think about it. Personally, I'm only a third of the way through it at this point, but there are a few signature ADF traits that are annoying the heck out of me. I will try to keep these as spoiler-free as I can. (1.) The story moves too slowly. As I said, I'm a third of the way through, and it feels like the novel is only just starting. (2.) PAGES upon PAGES of forced expository dialogue. Autobots literally sitting around discussing backstory in the most unnatural way. (3.) Florid prose and equally florid dialogue that makes Furmanisms look like street slang. And everybody has the same speech mannerisms. Optimus speaks exactly like Lennox. Who speaks exactly the same as Epps. Who speaks in the same manner as Ironhide. Who speaks exactly the same as the Japanese chick. Who speaks exactly the same as Starscream. Very little of the dialogue is written in the way that the characters we know from the movie would have spoken. (4.) Throwaway characters like Beachbreak. (5.) Insanely omniscient human characters. For example, Lennox, who up to this point has just been a regular army grunt, Captain though he may be, seems to automatically know the entire geography of the country of Zambia, including the Zambezi river, even though the dialogue reveals earlier that he has never been there and is utterly unfamiliar with Africa as a whole. Kaminari, the token female, is not only a sex-goddess, but holds multiple PhDs, as well as being a black belt in every known martial art. (Thankfully she has time for a bikini scene at the beginning, which is slightly tempered by the fact that this is a book.) In this book, humans know whatever the Autobots need them to know. (6.) Painstaking character development for cannon-fodder characters who will be obliterated in the next scene. I'm sure there will be more, but this novel is shaping up to be only slightly better than "Ghosts of Yesterday." To be honest, it reads like a slightly above average fanfic. Your thoughts?