Of the three Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes novels I've read - the other two being The Giant Rat of Sumatra and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Holmes - t...moreOf the three Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes novels I've read - the other two being The Giant Rat of Sumatra and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Holmes - this is the one I'm shaping up to like the least. The basic premise sounds good: H.G. Wells' Martian invasion novel told from the P.O.V. of Sherlock Holmes and Doyle's other creation, Professor Challenger. But so far it's kind of dull. The opening sequence involving the gem that Holmes purchases was kind of interesting, and then we're introduced to Challenger, complete with an aside about the Sumatran rat which means this book cannot be in canon with Richard L. Boyer's book (where Challenger doesn't appear). All well and good, but suddenly Watson is MIA and... Holmes is having an affair with Mrs. Hudson? What? Oh well. We'll have to see how this pans out. But so far the Wellmans aren't doing a terribly good job of putting Holmes and Challenger into the mix of the action. Needs more Martians, less Holmes and Mrs. Hudson smooching.(less)
A really wonderful audio book version of the classic serial Inferno, based off of Terrance Dicks' novelization. Gorgeous cover art of the Primord Brom...moreA really wonderful audio book version of the classic serial Inferno, based off of Terrance Dicks' novelization. Gorgeous cover art of the Primord Bromley (taken from the paperback edition published by Target), the book is read by Caroline John, who portrayed the Doctor's companion in the serial, Liz. I confess that apart from once listening to an audio version of The Keep, so long ago I can't remember who read it or even when and where I obtained it or what became of it, this is my first audio book. I'm unused to the experience of someone reading it to me, but I like the voices Caroline John does, especially for stuffy Sir Keith, the energetic and flamboyant Third Doctor, and for the cantankerous Professor Stahlman. The added music and sound effects are also a wonderful plus! Definitely recommended if you're a Doctor Who fan.(less)
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 standar...moreThis 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.(less)
One thing puzzles me. Why, for an edition of the book only released in 2010, does this have THREE different covers? They're all identical save for wha...moreOne thing puzzles me. Why, for an edition of the book only released in 2010, does this have THREE different covers? They're all identical save for what is included in the "circle" in the top righthand corner. The one I got shows a placid Dr. Jekyll from the shoulders up with "half a Hyde" face, whereas the one shown here on Goodreads depicts a distressed Jekyll from the waist up turning into Hyde, clutching at his throat, etc., and, finally, a third version I've seen depicts the "Hyde stomps on a little girl" scene. Can someone explain?
Anyway, onto the book itself. Holmes pastiches are a bit of mixed bag for me. The Giant Rat of Sumatra was, anyway. But Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Holmes is shaping up to be quite good! The only thing I don't really like is the author's insistence on treating the story as nonfiction. It's well and good to present a book as a "found manuscript" (as Michael Crichton did with Eaters of the Dead) but the overly long and detailed introduction wherein Loren D. Estleman relates how he got the "lost" Holmes chronicle from a gangster (!) was really silly. Do other Holmes pastiche authors do this? I surely hope the other Further Adventures books aren't presented in this fashion.
Anyway, Holmes and Watson are engaged by a G.J. Utterson, attorney and friend of a respected medical researcher named Dr. Henry Jekyll. It seems Jekyll has, for whatever reason, taken a shine to a young man named Edward Hyde, lending him enough money to buy an apartment in Soho and furnish it with princely taste. He's even gone so far as to change his will to make Hyde his sole beneficiary! All well and good, except Hyde is a jerk. More than that, he's an uncouth, monstrous ruffian, and Utterson thinks Hyde has some hold on his client and is blackmailing Jekyll.
Holmes' attempts to unravel the mystery of why Jekyll would associate himself with such a cur come to a dead end. He can find no evidence that Hyde existed prior to a few years ago, and his effort to get answers of of Dr. Jekyll himself get him stonewalled and lead to Utterson worriedly dropping the matter. Then an important M.P., Sir Danvers Carew, is murdered quite publicly by Hyde. Although neither Jekyll nor Utterson is willing to assist any further, Holmes' brother Mycroft comes to 221B Baker Street on orders directly from the Queen herself - find Sir Danvers' killer. Bring Hyde to justice.
And so, backed with no less than Royal authority, Holmes and Watson begin their hunt for Hyde. Because Jekyll seems to be the only person Hyde counts as a friend, Holmes, hoping to learn about the killer by digging into Jekyll's past, learns nothing new about Hyde... but does dig up some interesting facts about Jekyll himself. From his former colleague Professor Armbruster at the University of Edinburgh, they learn about Jekyll's pet theories involving the separation of good and evil. And the closer they get to the truth, the more vicious Edward Hyde becomes, going so far as to hire a Scottish ruffian in an attempt to have his initials carved into Holmes!
This is a great book. Of course, ANYONE knows the secret about the connection between Jekyll and Hyde, but Estleman wisely plays coy, keeping it a mystery just as it was in the original novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Bonuses for Jekyll & Hyde fans includes cameos by oft-overlooked characters from Stevenson's novel such as Utterson, Jekyll's friend Dr. Hastie Lanyon, and Inspector Newcomen of Scotland Yard. Definitely a good read!(less)
This is a very excellent book about the making of The Fly. It contains many interviews and it even contains the original short story by George Langela...moreThis is a very excellent book about the making of The Fly. It contains many interviews and it even contains the original short story by George Langelaan that inspired the movie! So if you're a Fly fan, this is definitely the book for you!(less)
Hitting stores during the height of Goosebumps' popularity, this first of several short story collections is one I never owned until now. I saw it as...moreHitting stores during the height of Goosebumps' popularity, this first of several short story collections is one I never owned until now. I saw it as a kid and wanted it but never got it. Fueled by nostalgia, I decided to buy it. It's a neat enough little collection. The best of the bunch is probably Teacher's Pet. It's also the only one of the books whose cover art doesn't feature Curly, Goosebumps' kinda-sorta mascot. It's probably the best of the story collections.(less)
This is a beautiful comic. It has a gorgeous hardcover and breathtaking artwork, and an interesting story setting up the movie's notion of Godzilla as...moreThis is a beautiful comic. It has a gorgeous hardcover and breathtaking artwork, and an interesting story setting up the movie's notion of Godzilla as Earth's protector from evil radiation-eating monsters.
The Hiroshima sequence seemed a little unusual, but not out of place - although the original Godzilla wasn't created by the bombing, in real life, it did inspire Toho to create him, so Godzilla and that real life incident (as well as Nagasaki) are inseparable, thematically. Besides, Toho themselves haven't been shy about using the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings as plot points in their own films (such as the beginning of Frankenstein Conquers the World).
It's just it seems a little heavy-handed, especially given the implication Godzilla apparently saved (!) the young Serizawa and his father from the M.U.T.O. that was attracted to the radiation of the explosion - effectively metaphorically saving them from the atomic blast itself. However, it makes sense within the story itself, so it's no big deal.
As for the rest of the comic, I liked Serizawa's character arc. His angry teenage years where he is fiercely angry with America for the bombings (understandable in the years immediately following the war), before he slowly blossums into a more sophisticated, laid back man with a deeper understanding of the world. His obsession with Godzilla which drives him to become a scientist and travel the world in search of him (and other monsters) is really great, too. It serves as a really great prequel to the movie, especially since Serizawa in the movie got next to no character development except for the scene where he shows Stenz his father's pocketwatch (which, yes, features here).
All told, a really great, well put together comic. My only other comment is I'm a little iffy about the sympathetic portrayal of Douglas MacArthur. Patton he isn't. And the artists drew him looking a little too much like Eisenhower for my tastes. However, it's only one brief scene, and it's essentially just one of the "fictional character meets real life historical figure" kind, so it neither makes nor breaks the comic.(less)
This was great; I missed the beginning (we arrived slightly late and came in just as Joe was being told about the seismic activity at the plant) and s...moreThis was great; I missed the beginning (we arrived slightly late and came in just as Joe was being told about the seismic activity at the plant) and so I was nice to see what I'd missed, with Serizawa and co. finding the Godzilla skeleton in the mine.(less)
As soon as I saw this in a Barnes & Noble, I knew I had to have it. It's both beautiful and funny. Very witty and charming, all things considered....moreAs soon as I saw this in a Barnes & Noble, I knew I had to have it. It's both beautiful and funny. Very witty and charming, all things considered. The artwork is beautiful as well. Seeing Jabba in that hat talking to Han Solo in buckle shoes and tights is simultaneously hilarious and awesome.(less)
When I got Verily, A New Hope, the checkout lady at Barnes & Noble recommended this, which had just come out. I took her advice. It's just as amaz...moreWhen I got Verily, A New Hope, the checkout lady at Barnes & Noble recommended this, which had just come out. I took her advice. It's just as amazing as the first one. Best part? Talking AT-ATs! I can't wait to get The Jedi Doth Return too!(less)
I remember first reading S.D. Perry's novelizations of the Resident Evil games way back in the early 2000's and enjoyed them quite a bit. It's nice to...moreI remember first reading S.D. Perry's novelizations of the Resident Evil games way back in the early 2000's and enjoyed them quite a bit. It's nice to see them getting reprinted in new editions. :)(less)
I wasn't terribly impressed with Rob MacGregor's novelization of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, however, his stab at The Phantom is a different s...moreI wasn't terribly impressed with Rob MacGregor's novelization of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, however, his stab at The Phantom is a different story entirely. It provides a lot of interesting backstory, including a several-chapters-long expansion on the film's prologue detailing the attack against the ship by the Sengh Brotherhood and the death of the first Phantom's father, and even the full story of Quill's tangle with the 20th Phantom and the circumstances surrounding his death. Definitely worth a read if you liked the film.(less)
The small Utah town of Santa Ynez is about to have its tranquil peace shattered. Teenagers Pete Keil and Suzie Pullbrook's leisurely early morning bik...moreThe small Utah town of Santa Ynez is about to have its tranquil peace shattered. Teenagers Pete Keil and Suzie Pullbrook's leisurely early morning bike ride is rudely interrupted by a spectral black sedan which crushes Suzie against a guardrail and knocks Pete screaming off of a high bridge. Subsequently, it also brutally runs down hitchhiker Johnny Morris.
The county police, led by Sheriff Everett Peck, attempt to deal with the situation. But when Peck becomes the car's fourth victim in a hit and run right outside of the police station, Deputy Wade Parent must step up to the challenge. As the son of a sheriff himself, Wade has a lot to live up. He's a recent divorcee, with custody of his two daughters and is also dating their teacher, Lauren Humphreys. Everyone takes Everett's death pretty hard, and with Wade as sheriff-by-default, he makes it the personal mission of Santa Ynez's police department to bring the mysterious motorist to justice.
But the intimidating sedan is more than meets the eye. After terrorizing Lauren's class and chasing them into a cemetery, where it refuses to follow, a high-speed police chase ensues wherein the car proves not only bulletproof, but apparently indestructible, as it takes out two police cars using its own momentum by doing a barrel-roll over them and crushing them. Wade himself becomes convinced there may not even be a driver in the thing after all, especially after he and he alone gets a glimpse past the car's tinted windows...
This is an excellent novelization of the 1977 horror film The Car, written by screenwriters Dennis Shryack and Michael Butler, who also novelized their script for the Clint Eastwood film The Gauntlet. As with all the best novelizations, Shryack and Butler greatly expand the source material to develop the inhabitants of Santa Ynez and make them seem like real people, even adding a subplot involving the mayor and his pressure on Wade to deal with the killer car. The book also has a vastly different, more downbeat ending than the film, which I won't spoil.(less)