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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in His Adventure on Earth by William Kotzwinkle
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Jul 08, 08

bookshelves: mmpb, sci-fi, from_work, signed, ya, novelization
Recommended to furious by: William Kotzwinkle
Recommended for: fans of young adult sci-fi
Read in July, 2008

when this book turned up at the store one day, a couple things struck me: a) i don't remember ANYTHING about the movie ET. i think i saw it one time when i was a little kid, back when it came out. but unlike most other people on Earth, i didn't go apeshit for it or anything. so it doesn't exactly hold a place in my heart, is what i'm saying. or in my memory. b) the novelization is written by William Kotzwinkle. that dude is awesome. i mean, i've never read anything he has written, but his dust jacket photo is GREAT. he has a big long beard & he wears a monocle. a monocle! and this particular copy is even signed by him. bonus! plus, it's a mass market paperback, so i can stick it in my back pocket when i walk up to Tiananmen Square on my lunch break to hump the air wizard. so i decided to read it & get another artist's take on the whole affair, then watch the movie & see which one i like better. i'm only like 40 pages in & i am already betting on Kotzwinkle...

UPDATE: okay, i'm done & wow, i am really guessing that there is no way Spielberg's flick is as good as this little book. i was really impressed. i just generally assume that novelizations of kids movies (or of comics, for that matter) are hacky cash grabs. but this was quite well-written & very entertaining. they should make a new movie that is actually based on this version of the story, complete with psychedelic cosmic consciousness effects & DMT references...
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