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Twelve Monkeys

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  446 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Sent back in time from the year 2035 to 1990 to prevent the apocalypse that destroyed most of the earth, James Cole lands in a psychiatric ward under the care of Dr. Kathryn Railly, who begins to believe his wild story.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 31st 1995 by HarperPrism (first published December 1995)
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Sophia Triad
Another very good Post-apocalyptic story. This time the book was published after the movie. An incredible movie which I strongly believe that it is the best movie of Brush Willis and maybe the second best of Brand Pitt (after Fight Club of course).

The book is an exact replica of the film that describes a horrific future where most people have died by a lethal virus.

Is the army of 12 monkeys responsible for this outcome? Or they are just a bunch of harmless lunatics and James Cole, the man from
This is the novelisation of the film starring Bruce Willis and Madeleine Stowe. I don't usually enjoy books written to support films but this one is an exception. Elizabeth Hand captures the story perfectly. For those who haven't seen the film 12 Monkeys is part time travel; part mystery; part psychological thriller; part post-plague world. Well worth reading and well worth viewing the film as well. As an added note Terry Gilliam based 12 Monkees on a French film - La jetée - also worth watching ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
I was honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I picked it up because I had seen trailers for the television show but didn't have time to watch it. The premise sounded interesting, and upon finding out that there was a book (and a short one at that) I figured it would be a good if not better alternative.

Upon sitting down to read it (while doing animal testing in a lab, ironically enough) I was almost immediately gripped by the style of prose and the characters. While the psychiatrist
May 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
Two words: why bother. It's a novelization of the film, which was interesting but no masterpiece in itself. Shoddy writing, seems like she phoned it in. Oh well. Two words: don't bother.
May 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Sweet movie, book was created after movie. No difference except showing Brad Pitt's and Bruce Willis's bare bottoms on the bigscreen.
Jason Miller
Aug 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't Buy

This is not a book. It is a super condensed version of the movie. It will literally take you ten minutes to read, and leave you feeling unsatisfied.
Katie Yancey
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
A fun read, but I like movie novelizations and this movie in particular, so mileage may vary.
Alessandro Balestra
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it
In un futuro non troppo lontano una devastante epidemia ha decimato la popolazione mondiale, i pochi superstiti vivono sottoterra mentre gli animali e le piante hanno di nuovo preso il controllo di tutta la Terra. Alcuni scienziati decidono di inviare il prigioniero James Cole indietro nel tempo, nel 1996, l'anno in cui ebbe inizio il contagio. La sua disperata missione consiste nel rintracciare l'Esercito delle 12 Scimmie, un gruppo di eco terroristi colpevoli di aver diffuso il virus.
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
"Weißt du, was >verrückt< ist?" fuhr Jeffrey fort, als wäre nichts geschehen. ">Verrückt< bedeutet einfach nur, der Mehrheitsmeinung zu widersprechen."
Endzeit: fast alle Menschen starben an einer Seuche und Cole wird zurück geschickt, um mitzuhelfen, ein Gegenmittel zu finden, für die, die übrig blieben. Denn verhindern kann man nichts. Das widerspräche den Gesetzen der Logik. Oder?
Man weiß mehr, als die handelnden Figuren. Das ist so ähnlich wie bei "Columbo", wo man den Täter sch
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

Die Story folgt natürlich dem Film (Novelisation), aber obwohl ich den Film kenne, fand ich das Hörbuch dennoch interessant und gut zu hören. Die Zeitreisegeschichte finde ich noch immer faszinierend und Uve Teschner leistet einen großartigen Job bei der Interpretation und Präsentation der Geschichte, voller Gefühl und einer durchgehenden Traurigkeit.
Manchmal ist es sehr schwer nachzuvollziehen, in welcher Zeit sich Cole grad befindet, wann er gerade träumt und wann er wach ist und etwas wirklich erlebt. Aber es ist machbar, vor allem wenn man den Film bereits kennt.
In seinen anderen Filmen konnte Bruce Willis am Ende dann doch immer die Menschheit retten, ganz so ist es hier nicht. Aber mehr will ich nicht verraten...
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
As expected.
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Found it a little hard to follow.
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Once was enough for me to read but I do think that everyone should read it cause it is a great book.
Aug 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
An intriguing look at the pitfalls of time travel and of the belief that you know what the future will bring.
Sally Siawidjaja
Feb 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Sci Fi fans
Recommended to Sally by: from movies
I remember reading it in high school. Not bad reading, but I like the movie better.
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A New York Times notable and multiple award– winning author, Elizabeth Hand has written seven novels, including the cult classic Waking the Moon, and short-story collections. She is a longtime contributor to numerous publications, including the Washington Post Book World and the Village Voice Literary Supplement. She and her two children divide their time between the coast of Maine and North Londo ...more
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