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Introduction by Greg Bear
Preface by Mark Cotta Vaz

The giant prehistoric gorilla King Kong is one of the most recognized images in our culture. So great is the mighty Kong’s hold on the popular imagination that his story–a gripping yarn of man versus nature, coupled with a fantastical update of the Beauty and the Beast legend–has been thrice made into a motion picture (most
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Modern Library (first published 1932)
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Jonathan

It seems to me that classics tend to become classics for one of two reasons. The first being that they are incredibly well written novels that become examples of their craft. The second being that they may contain ideas which are universally relevant. I'm not suggesting that a classic cannot be both, for instance Pride and Prejudice is both a social commentary and beautifully written. Yet I believe that one of those two features dominates as to why it is remembered as a classic work of fiction.

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Darth Fierce
Aug 07, 2014 Darth Fierce rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of King Kong and dinosaur fiction
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The most awesome cover of the many editions of King Kong.

I picked up this paperback earlier in the year and probably have the finest quality edition in the world.

And I paid less than $4 for it!

Art by the great Frank Frazetta and a nice version of the story of Kong.

Here's a cool variation of the cover.
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And a wonderful tribute by Frank Cho!
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And one more by Frank Cho!
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And one last one by an unknown artist for the Bonga comic book!
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I guess Frank Frazetta must have been in love with An
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Joey
Perhaps among the imaginary giant characters I am more familiar with, King Kong stands out among them. I can see his replicas in toy stores (And for sure you can even come across him in Universal Studios). I can play him on video games. I can read him in comics. I can see him making fun of children as a mascot at birthday parties. He could scare the living day lights out of me in a haunted house at an amusement park or even on Halloween day. Above all, he could make an antagonistic cameo appeara ...more
Ruben Vanmaelsaeke
Ik zal eerlijk zijn en zeggen dat ik de herfilming van King Kong veel leuker vond dan dit boek. Het verhaal in de herfilming vond ik veel passender dan dit. Toch bleef het boek leuk om te lezen, daarom gaf ik het toch nog 3/5. De schrijfstijl van de vertaling van Edgar's werk vond ik soms niet op alle momenten even geslaagd, maar ik heb al veel erger gelezen ;) Het boek is zeker niet langdradig, er is genoeg variatie bij de gebeurtenissen.
Dit boek valt natuurlijk onder het thema sciencefiction,
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Aaron
One of my favorite movies retold and remade over and over. "Deep horror" (term coined by Brian Kaufman) wherein the thing one holds most dear, most cherished, is the very thing which destroys one (emotionally, spiritually, physically or any combination there of).

This novelization of the original movie is ham-fisted at best. "Beauty and the Beast" is hammered and hammered and hammered at the reader in almost every chapter. There are some poetic moments and the characterizations are done well enou
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Brian
This is the novelization of the original film, first published in 1932 before the film's 1933 release. The terrific cover, by the way, was painted by Frank Frazetta for this 1976 Ace edition. Based on the text, it appears that author Delos W. Lovelace must have seen the film (parts of it at least) before writing the book, but he also includes at least one scene retained but marked out in the screenplay, so it isn't an exact replica. But it's pretty close.

I don't read many novelizations. I think
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Charles
It was well written. I got a little bored toward the end, but only because I knew exactly what was going to happen from the movie. the ending seemed a touch rushed as well, but overall it was a decent read.
Kooshmeister
Without doubt, this is one of the finest movie novelizations ever written. In a genre of literature that is so often a cash grab in modern times, 1932's King Kong by mystery writer Delos W. Lovelace is a cut above the rest.

If you've seen the movie, you know the story: reckless film director Denham has a map to a lost island, and he wants to go and film a movie there. Bowing to public pressure to have a female love interest, he hires out of work Ann Darrow, and they set off for the island aboard
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Katsumi
This story is a classic no doubt. But, I was feeling like it was the classic up until the end. The pace is great from the moment the story begins to the most memorable moments on top of the Empire State Building! My only problem is that there was not more time being spent on keeping the excitement going during this gut-wrenching action when Kong is protecting Ann before the DRAMATIC FALL.

Our fearless hero Driscoll is Awesome in a "Indiana Jones" way of saving Ann from the clutches of Kong. The s
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Anthony Luongo
King Kong by Delos W. Lovelace was a book that I enjoyed reading. King Kong is a fictional character but it takes place right in the center of New York. There were many things that i enjoyed reading about and many things that i disliked while reading this. I also watched the movies created on this as well. The book had the same story as the movies but i thought they were very different.
King Kong is an abnormally large gorilla that lives on an island along with dinosaurs and other animals and cr
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Abbey
1933, script by Edgar Wallace and Merion C. Cooper,
1976, novelization by Delos W. Lovelace,
2005, Brilliance Audio, read by Stefan Rudnicki
classic thriller SFF, narration excellent

Wonderful variant of the classic love story - ape meets girl, ape loses girl, ape gets girl but ape dies -, read by a narrator with one of those “announcer” voices, deep and rich and satisfying. The story is beautifully rendered and moves along quickly, with lots of small bits that don’t seem to have made it into the a
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Marcia Brisson  Van Camp
King Kong was a screenplay and successful movie before it was a book. Even though the book left a few things to be desired, the history of King Kong is fascinating. There were several people on the audio book that provided commentary about this history of the film, their impressions when they saw it as little children and so on. There was also a discussion on the power of icons, and how their meaning and importance change over time with generations. There had been the use of puppets before this ...more
Felipe Guerrero
Muy, muy buen libro. La verdad no esperaba que me gustara tanto que termino haciéndolo y me alegra de haberme equivocado. El libro presenta a los personajes de una manera muy buena y narra los acontecimientos bastante, bastante bien. Si acaso hubiera algo de lo que pudiera llegarme a quejar sería de que la ultima parte del libro, todo lo que ocurre en Nueva York (incluyendo lo de Kong trepando por el Empire State Building) ocurre muy pero muy rápido, hubiera deseado que durara mas tiempo, despué ...more
Alessandro Balestra
New York, anni '30. Denham è uno spericolato regista deciso a tutto pur di stupire il suo pubblico. Dopo essersi impossessato di una misteriosa mappa parte per un avventuroso viaggio per mare alla ricerca dell'Isola del Teschio, lo seguono Driscoll e il suo equipaggio e la bella Ann, un'attrice squattrinata. Giunti sull'isola gli avventurieri trovano un ambiente selvaggio e straordinario abitato da letali animali preistorici e dal terribile Kong, un gigantesco gorilla che rapisce Ann. Dopo un dr ...more
Bookworm Amir
Wow, I finished reading this book in 3 days. I could've finished it in 2 days but I wanted to savour it.

Ok well this is the original story (book). Bear in mind though that the 1933 movie came out first before its novelization - hence the idea of King Kong did not come out from a book (its the other way around). Nevertheless, this book is a 'classic' that the American Film Institute and the Library of Congress has give nit heightened status.

The book differs a bit from the 2005 adaptation of King
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Debbie
This is the first time 'Kong' had ever appeared as a book and a book Anthony Browne was destined to illustate. If your not familar with Browne his books feature monkeys, chimps, Gorillas etc

Already familar with all three movies Im happy that the book covers the 3 phases of the story. Setting sail from New York. Skull Island. New York and the 8th Wonder of the world. Ann Darrow has a Marilyn Monroe appearance but I didnt find Kong scary enough, although the illustrations are very detailed. The bo
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Josh Malcolm
Why I decided to read this book:
I decided to read this book because I have seen the movie and I wanted to know what the book was like.

Which category on the bingo board this book completes:
Picture book

What I liked about this book and why:
I liked all of the pictures in the book. The drawings of Kong was pretty cool. I also the liked the storyline because it was interesting and exciting.

What i didn't like about this book and why:
I didn't like how the book was a bit strecthed out. It was 100 pa
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Maysaloon Abu-Zaglan
even though i saw a lot of this movie versions , i think i like the 3D one with the full effects . i feel sad for the big gorrila and the way it has been killed but sometimes i think it is so stupid to think it will be real in any way. i don't know where the writer bring this idea for such a movie but it works some how.
Deborah Boutwell
Great audio! Having seen the movie, I could picture the scenes so easily. I wish it gave a bit more detail, but then it was novelization from a script. It didn't have the sympathetic aspect of Ann to Kong that the movie has.
Otis Campbell
The sky’s changing color
And I must leave fast
King Kong, little elves
On the rooftops they dance
Valentino-type tangos
While the makeup man’s hands
Shut the eyes of the dead

Kooshmeister
This a larger edition but basically the same as the other, smaller paperback The Modern Library put out, using the same cover art but the more standard Modern Library title font.
Joselynne Giselle
Excelente historia, sólo considero que el autor escribió el final de forma apresurada, sin permitir digerirlo.
Jonathan Davison
Feb 25, 2008 Jonathan Davison rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Isobel Healy and her friends
King Kong is set in 1932 Anne Darrow and the Wanderer's crew set sail for uncharted waters and find themselves strand on a bizarre island with Dinosaurs, odd insects and a 30 foot gorilla called Kong. On the island he is King. When brought to New York by Carl Denham a motion picture director. It all goes well. Kong is it causes chaos for the New Yorkers.
It's great story and has been into a film three times, Universal did it first, later Paramount took over and finally Universal made a version of
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Sal Dinapoli
Even better than the movie
Craig
When I read this film novelization in 1967 I'm sure that I looked at the copyright page and saw that it had first been published in 1932 and marveled at what a long time that was. I was never a big fan of the Kong film remakes, not because there was anything particularly wrong with them, but because they weren't necessary. The original people got it right the first time. The same holds true for the books; over eighty years after the first edition, this version remains the best of the Kong volume ...more
Ejl
A piffle, but an entertaining piffle. Despite being little more than a novella, I'm no speed-reader, so it probably took me as look to read this as it did to watch Peter Jackson's film. Nonetheless the book was more exciting, suspenseful and richer than that movie (despite the cliche, this is not always the case that books are better than their respective films for me).
Jesus
The book was not one of the best books i have read but is was okay book i liked the story and how it was written i would recommend the book to some friends
Marco
3* solo perch�� si tratta di Wallace che adoro come scrittore di gialli. Questo e' stato un tentativo abbastanza fallito di scrivere qualcosa di diverso. Mi stupisce che lo abbiano usato per fare un film. Passi quello del 1933 ma che abbiano pensato di rifarlo !
Non leggendolo non ci perdete nulla.
Steve Joyce
It's hard to review the novel King Kong. Certainly, it evokes imagery. But is it from the book itself or memories of Fay Wray screaming and Willis O'Brien's stop-motion animation? Tough to tell.

Comes with a preface by Mark Cotta Vaz & intro by Greg Bear. Both informative.
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