Space Demons is a book by Australian author Gillian Rubinstein. First released in , the enter a video game world through a Japanese prototype video game cartridge. The two subsequent books in the trilogy are Skymaze and Shinkei. Then I read Skymaze. I saw both books again at the Salvoes and picked them up. Read Space Demons again. The excitement is still there! A tremendous plot. Shinkei book. Read 6 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. First there was Space Demons. Then there was Skymaze. Now there is Shinkei .
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To kick off the KYD YA Championship, Andrew McDonald looks back at the future with the seminal Australian YA science fiction book Space. Dial Books for Young Readers, - Children's stories, Australian - pages I read, and loved, Space Demons in school but only recently became aware. Space Demons by Gillian Rubinstein, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Shinkei by Gillian Rubinstein. First there was Space Demons. Then there was Skymaze. Now there is Shinkei - a game so powerful it has the potential to make thoughts, desires and even dreams come true. A game with an embryonic intelligence that needs the minds of others in order to grow and expand.
Its creator, Professor Ito, knows it must be destroyed, but not before his daughter Midori and the four othe First there was Space Demons.
Its creator, Professor Ito, knows it must be destroyed, but not before his daughter Midori and the four other players, Andrew, Ben, Elaine, and Mario, are released from its thrall.
The third book in the gripping Space Demons trilogy by the award-winning author Gillian Rubinstein. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Space Demons Trilogy 3.
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To ask other readers questions about Shinkei , please sign up. Does anyone know why this book is so hard to find a reasonably priced copy of? I have read Space Demons and Skymaze many times over the years, only recently occured to me to check if he wrote another but nothing from the first two or about the author seems to indicate the book is worth hundreds of dollars See 1 question about Shinkei…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.
Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 19, Sarah rated it it was ok Shelves: If I hadn't paid money for this a whole 20 cents , if I had borrowed it from the library, I would be returning this unread without a problem.
But, at some time in the past the plot struck my fancy and so here I am, reading it. I found the first book in the trilogy to be average and from the blurb, I expect this to follow pretty much the same path, but I'll receive it worse because I've already read the story in the first book thank goodness I didn't happen across the full trilogy at the sale, I'd be having a nervous breakdown over returning it unread versus forcing myself to read it.
To be continued Later - Ugh! I've read like five pages and I'm already wondering whether I'll be able to push myself to keep reading. I think Rubinstein should have ignored all the fans who asked for sequels she thanked them in her acknowledgements in this book and went on to something new after finishing Space Demons. My current strain of 'great book' withdrawal is exacerbated by a bad case of 'I have to get the next book in the seriesitis'.
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All I can think of is getting my eyes on Spirit Bound , and the only way I can distract myself until the hold comes in is by reading another great-to-fantastic book, and Shinkei definitely does not qualify. I would probably continue reading this but for the coincidence of suffering from both debilitating conditions, at the same time. This could probably end up a 2.
It's back to the library booksale for this one. Jun 22, Hannah rated it liked it Shelves: Shinkei was noticeably weaker than the previous books, Space Demons and Skymaze - the complications arising from the creation of the THIRD evil, scary game, and the change of setting to Japan, made things rather more confusing that it needed to be.
Rubinstein was better off in the first two installments, where the story was simple, but was interesting and drew you in. Still, it was a fast-paced, intense read, and definitely a must-read for those who enjoyed the first two, if only to find out how Shinkei was noticeably weaker than the previous books, Space Demons and Skymaze - the complications arising from the creation of the THIRD evil, scary game, and the change of setting to Japan, made things rather more confusing that it needed to be.
Still, it was a fast-paced, intense read, and definitely a must-read for those who enjoyed the first two, if only to find out how it ends. Jan 28, Anne Hamilton rated it really liked it Shelves: Shinkei - nervous system or channel of the gods. I read Space Demons so long ago, I don't remember it. So this last in the series might has well have been a standalone book for me.
Under normal circumstances, I'd probably rate the book just three stars. But about halfway through, it started to have a special fascination for me in terms of my research into names.
Gillian, from Julian, is a name long connected with labyrinths. Gillian Bore or Julian Bower was a medieval name for a unicursal maze. A Shinkei - nervous system or channel of the gods.
And the nervous system is, when you think about it, an organic maze. They walk away stunned and changed forever. I know, because this happened to me when I was 11 years old.
I was consumed by Space Demons. For a suburban kid like me, the novel was a revelation. Here was the mundane Australia I knew: For someone who was used to reading about adventures set in chocolate factories and faraway lands, the world of Space Demons was shockingly different. It was my world.
We then head into the now familiar characters-get-sucked-into-video-game storyline. Intense, huh? The action really ramps up when the space demons themselves enter the real world. Things turn decidedly sci-fi and wonderfully creepy as characters start seeing vertical black lines in the peripheries of their vision.
The black lines are, of course, menacing space demons lurking at the edges of reality. By this point my year-old mind was officially blown. Australian stories could be weird and familiar and sci-fi. Not that I would have identified Space Demons as science fiction back then. To me it was merely an awesome story.
And yet, a door had opened. With Space Demons , she ushered a generation of young readers into the bookish worlds of sci-fi and fantasy. Like all the best science fiction, Space Demons is essentially about very human matters. And while the see-where-hate-gets-you theme is slightly didactic, there is no scene more absorbing and terrible than when Mario turns the Space Demons gun on himself.The third book in the gripping Space Demons trilogy by the award-winning author Gillian Rubinstein.
To be continued It's a good story, the ending is trite, characters don't earn their change of hearts, I just didn't care for it at all. Space Demons by Gillian Rubinstein , retrieved 27 February Picked it up at the used book store because the cover and title promised some formulaic campy 80s fun in the "video game becomes real" YA subgenre - but we were once again stung: All I can think of is getting my eyes on Spirit Bound , and the only way I can distract myself until the hold comes in is by reading another great-to-fantastic book, and Shinkei definitely does not qualify.
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