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The Dark Crystal (Jim Henson Archive Series)

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THE DARK CRYSTAL reveals the coming-of-age of the last male Gelfling on the planet of Thra. From his quiet, dreamy existence in the secluded valley with the ponderous but cerebral urRu, Jen must suddenly depart on a Quest whose details are not fully explained to him. This gentle boy leaves his comfort zone in a desperate attempt to save his planet from another miillenium o...more
Mass Market Paperback, 186 pages
Published October 1st 1982 by Henry Holt & Co (first published January 1st 1982)
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Quicksilver Quill
Inevitably the book will be compared to the film, and that's tough competition--especially for the nostalgic ones among us! But I would say that Smith did a good job translating the film into fiction. He does have a powerful descriptive ability and some of his choice of words left me pondering the paucity of my own vocabulary. But it's nicely written and it's quite a short novel, so things keep moving.

A minor complaint might be the extensive use of foreign languages in the book for the Skeksis,...more
Mar 13, 2009 Vanessa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy, sci-fi, movie adaptations, Jim Henson, 80's films, Brian Froud...
Recommended to Vanessa by: my bookshelf
This was a surprisingly well-written movie adaptation. I picked it up to read because I have lost a large portion of my book collection in recent moves to random boxes taking up space in my mother's garage, not expecting it to be anything more than a kid's fantasy book. Despite having read The Hobbit in the fifth grade, I will say that the vocabulary level in this novelization was far beyond what I would normally expect for a book supposedly targeted towards children (perhaps because it was writ...more
Jeff Bailey
Jul 25, 2007 Jeff Bailey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy Junkies,Henson Fans,Nostalgic 80's kids,hero-quest stories lovers
I picked up this book after recalling the 1982/83 film inolving Jim Henson and Frank Oz. The book is a novelization of this film and therefore, as novelizations go, ran the risk of being lame. Although I agree with other reviewers, that the books scientific and technical explanations of the visual aspects of the story fall short of the wonder of their portrayal on the big screen, I was impressed by A.C.H. Smith's word choices and his addition of some political drama that I don't recall being in...more
April Helms
I remember reading this as a child, and loving it. I was--no, am -- a big fan of the movie. I recently broke down and bought a copy, and enjoyed it as much -- if not more. I love the "behind the scenes" stuff -- especially the Skeksis politics -- added to the novel, which really compliment the movie.
Matteo Pellegrini
"Unico e irripetibile" è stato definito dal New yorl Times il film Dark Crystal cha ha vinto il premio al Festival del Film Fantastico di Avoriaz e che compare ora sui nostri schermi. È opera di J. Henson e F. Oz, creatori dei famosi Muppets, i pupazzi amati da milioni di telespettatori di tutto il mondo.È costato cinque anni di lavorazione.È prodotto da Gary Kurtz, produttore di Guerre Stellari e L'impero colpische ancora. Ecco il romanzo del film, che Urania è lieta di presentare ai suoi letto
Michael Beauregard
I Loved this book when I read it as a child. It was one of the first books that I read of my own volition, so it holds a special place in my heart. I had seen this book in my elementary school library for what seemed like a very long time before I worked up the courage to tackle such a huge novel. (I was probably in 2nd or 3rd grade. I was always fascinated by the front cover. When I decided to check it out, the librarian said that I could just keep it (bless her heart) and thus began my reading...more
Yordan Zhelyazkov
Incredibly cute novelization, I was left very pleasantly surprised by it. I should definitely free some time for the movie as well. :)
This has been on my bookshelf for a long time. Not sure why. Although I'm now inspired to watch the movie again.
I liked the book because of the insights into the characters. Jens thoughts made him seem more real than the wooden puppet in the movie. But the explinations of the world and the crystal were convoluted and required rereading sometimes. In the movie explinations were much simpler.
Heh. In fifth grade I actually wanted to do the effects of crystal fragmentation on light properties as my science fair project because of this book. (For the curious, I wound up growing beans in peat moss instead... nowhere near as exciting). Nice background on the film.
I loved how this book took the movies story and added just enough extra backgroud without being to overwhelmingly different.Plus it was an actually good book based on a movie(most suck)so, way to go A.C.H Smith!!
One of My favorite Movies, one of my favorite books which gives great insight behind character motivations in the movie. Good luck finding a copy of this out of print book and NO you cannot have mine!
Clever story, mesmerising fantasy that is now hailed as a classic aided by the film of Jim Henson fame.
Well worth reading, especially if you also enjoyed the movie as this copy is a movie tie in.
Sep 22, 2012 Mozette marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Luca Conti
It went deep into some amazing aspects of the DC world. I found this a fascinating universe, and one of the best fantasy I've seen
Michael SaharaFrog
Ok story. At times felt very much like the narrator was describing the action he/she was watching on a movie screen.
This book is more like a trek through a college thesaurus than a book based on a children's movie.
A case of a movie selling a tie in that let me re-visit the film.
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Jun 28, 2010 Amy Sjoquist marked it as to-read
One of my favorite Henson movies. I love Henson!
Josalyne Thornton-Dunn
Number 3 of my favorites.
So far pretty scary!!!1
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