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King Kong

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  487 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
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
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Modern Library (first published 1932)
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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.

Michael Fierce
Aug 07, 2014 Michael Fierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of King Kong and dinosaur fiction

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.

And another!

And a wonderful tribute by Frank Cho!

And one more by Frank Cho!

And one last one by an unknown artist for the Bonga comic book!

I guess Frank Frazetta must have been in love with An
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
Martin Rondina
No soy muy fanático de las novelizaciones, aunque esta, está bastante bien, es prácticamente la película de 1933 plasmada en el libro. Es una lectura bastante ágil, sin vueltas ni detalles pesados. De hecho peca un poco en este sentido, ya que me hubiese gustado que profundice un poco más en algunas cosas y que se tome ciertas libertades para hacer la historia un poco mas "completa". Aún así, es bastante entretenido y es una novelita que puede leerse solo en un par de días. Le bajo dos estrellas ...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,
Feb 15, 2016 Ken rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
I have a new rule: read the novelization *first*, then watch the movie. Regardless, as this book was written off advance scripts of the movie, it does differ in some areas, notably the horrid spiders at the bottom of the ravine and a shortened Manhatten ending. Taken on its own, this is quite the adventure yarn. Skull Island, with its dinosaurs, tar pits, giant creatures of all kinds, and ruins of an older civilization, is of course an awesome D&D campaign setting, one I'm not sure Isle of t ...more
Jul 06, 2013 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy
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
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.
Oct 12, 2016 Ronald rated it it was amazing
possibly read in winter 1968
This is a fun book to read [despite not having read it for many, many years] despite being quite dated. It is obviously a novelization of a classic movie, but it is still a fun story due to the "additional material" in the book that adds to the story. It moves at a fast pace; there never was much character development in the movie and neither is there much in the book. It has very little, if any "depth" to it; at the same time, I would not expect much "depth" to it, considering the nature of the ...more
Nov 14, 2016 Ronald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
based on the movie; read some time after school began in fall/summer of 1965(possibly)
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
May 09, 2014 Brian rated it it was ok
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
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
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
Sep 16, 2016 Gaberiel.Nuncio rated it it was amazing
*I WOULD recommend the book to my friends because it,s awesome and adventurous .
*My favorite part of the book was jumped thru the building .

* I wish they made it more longer in the book.
Bookworm Amir
Jul 23, 2011 Bookworm Amir rated it liked it
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
Felipe Guerrero
Mar 13, 2013 Felipe Guerrero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Marcia Brisson  Van Camp
Nov 11, 2013 Marcia Brisson Van Camp rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 29, 2012 Abbey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 30, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A novelization of my favorite film, not all that well-written, but an interesting snapshot of the movie-in-progress. The characterizations somehow manage to be thinner than they are in the movie, and what the actors brought to the roles is lost. This would be forgivable (often a novelization is written before the writer can see the whole movie) but the prose is so broad and simple that the characters have no vividness.

Of some interest: when Jackson remade the movie a few years ago, the original
Alessandro Balestra
Jun 10, 2013 Alessandro Balestra rated it liked it
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
Apr 10, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it
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
Feb 23, 2016 Dooz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The story reads smoothly and quickly, as I finished in just a few hours. One thing I did prefer about the film version is Ann's peculiar bond she grows with her captor. This is not given much of a mention in the book, as Kong is mostly portrayed as a primitive beast and Ann, an expert fainter who spends much of the book unconscious. No bones about it, it iis a damsel-in-distress yarn. But this is still a classic, rousing thrill ride.

Plus, dinosaurs. Who doesn't like those?

(Some confusion may ar
Benjmin Torres
Oct 30, 2014 Benjmin Torres rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book was amazing. The main charaters were Ann, Denham, and Driscoll. The part that I like was when King Kong climb the Empire state building. I’m sometimes scared of heights but I’d would like to where King Kong was at. I even could visualize it in my head. Also I like the part where The Mighty King Kong broke the gate of the village. It tells the reader that he is strong. When I first heared about King Kong I thought it was going to be
Mar 28, 2013 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jonathan Davison
Feb 25, 2008 Jonathan Davison rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Ed Wyrd
Oct 14, 2015 Ed Wyrd rated it really liked it
This novelization of the original King Kong was published a year before the movie itself was released. Written by Delos Lovelace it is based on the original screenplay. It's a fast-paced, adventurous romp that follows the 1933 movie to a T and makes one realize Peter Jackson just added a whole bunch of crap backstory to his version that didn't need to be there. Even if you've seen the original movie a hundred gagillion times like I have, this is still an enjoyable read.
Jul 29, 2016 Sarah rated it it was ok
There was a serious lack of action and buildup to this book. Most of the words and dialogue went into the parts of the book which didn't need it, like the very beginning and on the boat. The actual parts that could have used words to create action lacked them. It was often a short buildup to a paragraph of "Kong grabbed the beast and killed it," when that could have been a multiple page action scene.
Dec 14, 2008 Ejl rated it really liked it
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).
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