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Kubrick's Game

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  494 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Shawn Hagan, a college film student obsessed with legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, discovers hidden clues in his movies which lead him on a harrowing quest toward a mysterious treasure that Kubrick left behind. Endangered by sinister groups on the same quest, Shawn has no choice but to claim the prize first because in the wrong hands … "It has the power to change the c ...more
Paperback, 363 pages
Published September 26th 2016 by Evolved Publishing
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Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it

Kubrick’s Game is exactly what it sounds like. An adventure/quest based on the films and life of Stanley Kubrick. I mean how cool does that sound? When I was approached to read this novel, I instantly accepted. It was marketed to me as perfect for those who loved Ready Player One, and that I did. Kubrick’s Game was fast-paced and full of adventure, and perfect for those who are fans of Kubrick and his work.


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The quest. I love a good adventure story. Even more so, I love a good puzzle
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
40% done- The main character reminds me of Sheldon from "Big Bang Theory."

Aaaaand Complete. I kinda lost some steam 2/3rds of the way through. This book was both entertaining and frustrating at the same time.

While the premise is not entirely new, that didn't bother me at first, but as I read, I was oddly disappointed that not only did it not add anything new, it seemed to fall prey to many tropes, where parts of the book just seemed telegraphed.

The charcters were serviceable, but the main charac
Timothy Ward
Two thoughts stood out as I finished this exceptional new story from Derek Taylor Kent and a Evolved Publishing:

1) That has to be the smartest mystery story I've ever experienced.
2) Am I really considering that Kubrick's Game was BETTER than Ready Player One by Ernest Cline?

It's been two days since I finished, and I've yet to discredit either of those lofty claims. First off, the story centers on some geeky film students, one who had a form of autism, and has become an unrecognized expert on all
Lex Allen
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Antonio Mascaro, professor at the UCLA School of Film and Television, receives a package that contains a reproduction of a famous Kubrick photo originally posted on the cover of Look Magazine. On the back of the photo are the words, “Follow me to Q’s identity.” Mascaro calls on Shawn Hagan, an introverted, perhaps borderline autistic student expert on film director Stanley Kubrick for help in deciphering the message. Shawn, in turn, enlists the aid of two of his friends at UCLA. Intrigued, Wilso ...more
Tony Puglielli
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic Adventure

I have been drawn to many different types of novels over the years, but when I find one like Kubrick's Game I am in heaven! The puzzles, the plot twist, the characters all are so compelling. This a story I can read over and over. I can't wait to hear what my friends think.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Rarely have I bothered to review books in the past, but this deserves a moment of reflection. I just waded through a few hundred pages of utterly inane bullshit, which is unfortunate because this is both the first book of 2017 I finished, and because it was reviewed by io9 as 'the Da Vinci Code but with movies.' This is not the case. The Da Vinci Code is certainly not a high-class or even high-quality novel, but it is at least an intriguing, decently written, fluffy little thriller that I person ...more
Ben De Bono
I hesitated to read Kubrick's Game for quite a while. I consider Stanley Kubrick the greatest director to ever live (it's honestly not even close) and I wasn't sure how enjoyable it would be to have his work be given the DaVinci Code treatment. The end result is a novel that's better than I expected in some places and much, much dumber in others.

Before I get into breaking it down, let me say that I do hope more people read this. It'll appeal to the same crowd that ate up Ready Player One (thoug
Have you ever finished reading a great book that you enjoyed so much you have to tell everyone about it? The problem is you don’t know where to start. It was a problem I faced after reading Ready Player One, and it’s the problem I am facing after finishing Kubrick’s Game. Coincidentally Kubrick’s Game has been compared to Ready Player One, and rightfully so. It’s another puzzle-adventure novel whose clues and characters will keep you turning the pages.

Kubrick’s Game is about a brilliant UCLA fil
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. It was fun and kept me guessing as to what was going on. If you enjoyed Night Film, I would recommend picking this one up for a quicker and lighter read.
Brenda Schneider
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. An adventure with puzzles to solve. The clues and the characters kept me involved. I did not want to put the book down until I finished it. I won this book through goodreads.
Shawn Holman
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a puzzle thriller in the same vein as The DaVinci Code. If you're a Kubrick fan this book is a lot of fun. It goes into some fascinating details about Kubrick's movies and about how there are repeating themes between the movies that form this puzzle. It's pretty fascinating just from the Kubrick film analysis alone but the action plot around it makes it really fun. ...more
Matthew Schilling
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good, not great...was not surprised at all that the author focuses on YA and younger audiences.
Jessica Bronder
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shawn Hagan is a film student that receives an invitation to participate in a puzzle that could change the course of history left behind by the famous director Stanley Kubrick. Shawn is not the only one participating, several nefarious people are also participating. It’s up to Shawn to get to the prize first.

I admit that I was watched a couple of Kubrick’s movies and was curious about the story. All I can say is WOW!! First of all, I liked Shawn. He was a great person and does have autism, but i
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: film, adventure
What if Dan Brown rewrote Flicker as a YA novel? Simple, brisk language and a fast plot makes it ideal for bright, film-mad tweens. Older readers may struggle with some of the narrative leaps and implausibilities. Bonus points for having a neuro-atypical protagonist, negative points for him being a bit of an incel creeper (lessons are learned, though). I'd have genuinely loved it when I was 12; add another star if you're around that age. ...more
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Original review at

The Kubrick Game was a book I can truthfully say I knew nothing about when Luke (Co-host/webmaster of this very site) sent it to me after he was initially given the book after talking to the author. Luke thought I'd like this book considering I'm a huge fan of films and filmmaking.

So with some concern I opened the file to read this review copy of the book and then my head exploded!

Not in a horror movie style but with the knowledge that someone finally go
Misty Duke
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kubrick's Game is a thrilling adventure. Packed with symbolism, conspiracy theories, adventure, romance and more. I have only seen one Kubrick film and this book makes me want to watch them all! The author, Derek Taylor Kent has an incredible imagination. He builds an in depth story with interesting characters. His use of historical facts, films, and fiction meld together to form an entertaining mystery story readers are sure to enjoy! ...more
Derek Ambrose
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 52-in-2017
A fun read that blends Kubrick mythology with a young adult style adventure. Film students jet around the world to uncover a mystery left behind by the famous director. Reminded me of a more grown up version of a Three Investigators story (like Stuttering Parrot).
Roger Royer
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. I was captured by the characters instantly and found their development throughout the book believe able more than most writing manages for me in a dozen books.

I also believed that the story could be plausible if you are interested in the movies and obsessed like some of the people in the book. I love that you get drawn in and kept in for an interesting ride.

The only issue I did have was that some of the photos where hard to follow but they are not completely needed to unde
Andrea Huff
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A great premise and awesome conspiracy theory story until the third part. The story got bogged down with discussions of existentialism but everything else made it worth it to power through to the end.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I went into this book not having any clue what I would be reading. However I am very glad I got to review it because this was so amazing. It was like a giant puzzle.. it kept me guessing on what was going to happen next and who was going to do what. I have never read da vinci's code but was told it was sort of like that. I can't tell you if that's true or not but if so I need to read that as well. Derek's writing was so amazing it was vivid.. It showed you this world.. it showed you what was hap ...more
Jeff Raymond
I think I’ll start by saying that this is a goofy book. There’s nothing wrong with goofy at all, but the way this book presents itself in contrast with the subject matter provided is just strange. With that said, this was a fun and light romp that ultimately hit a lot of my interest points, resulting in a really enjoyable read.

The story follows a college film student obsessed with Stanley Kubrick. He probably knows more than his professors do on the subject, and is quickly brought in on a “game
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-readers
Rarely does a book combine multiple interests for me the way Derek Taylor Kent’s Kubrick’s Game does.

Kubrick’s Game takes the joy of reading and mixes it with my love of movies, puzzle quests and of course, Stanley Kubrick! I’ve always enjoyed unraveling the hidden meanings in The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut, and 2001: A Space Odyssey (along with Kubrick’s other works). This book opened a whole new level of hidden meanings to me! It mixed the fun I remember from The Three Investigators in The Myste
Jessica Mitchell
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I honestly felt like I was in a Nicolas Cage movie National Treasure. There is no other way to explain it. I loved this book. I'm no film buff or anything but it instantly reminded why I liked puzzle movies, mysteries, or just solving games in general.
You have your typical nerd whose name is Shawn. He is given a clue to figure out what the next clue is to the Kubrick's message is. What can it be? Well as you get further and further into the world of Kubrick's Game who find out they are not the
John Petro
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the story, it definitely had a DaVinci Code feel to it. I had the audiobook version, and I have to be honest, the production of the audiobook wasn't that good. The audio levels were not consistent, Jonathan Frakes at times forgot which voice he was supposed to be using for one of the characters, ( he would drop the characters accent at times), and they had a second narrator ( a woman) just for one character, which didn't seem to make sense to me at all. I do love audiobooks where they ha ...more
Jeff Cochrane
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this more than I thought I would

I have never been a big Stanley Kubrick fan. I bought this book because of the puzzle. That drew me into the book and I ended up really enjoying the book. Good characters, good premise. Well written. Recommended. I may even watch 2001 again.
Matt Mullins
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
A twisting narrative propelled by memorable characters and mysterious set of clues engineered by Stanley Kubrick himself. Kubrick fans, movie lovers, and mystery and conspiracy followers will all be drawn to this fast moving and ultimately satisfying book. Bravo, Derek Taylor Kent! Now to see if the author's game is still open so I can attempt to continue the experience... ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A nicely paced story about the puzzles hidden in Kubrick's work. Entertaining, not too challenging. I loved it! ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
That was a goddamn good book!! Gripping with every page, and believable! Makes every fan of Kubrick want to re-watch his movies over and over again!
Jessica Friday
Kubrick’s Game to Ready Player One is like Robopocalypse to World War Z.
Gregg Sapp
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
On the very day that I sat down to write this review of “Kubrick’s Game” by Derek Taylor Kent, a Fox News article flashed across the news feed on my internet browser with the headline, “Apollo Moon Landing Was Faked, Conspiracy Theorists Claim with New Photo.” I thought that was a felicitous coincidence, since this book addresses the theory that the brilliant director Stanley Kubrick surreptitiously filmed Neil Armstrong’s famous “one small step for man” in an Arizona studio. I suppose that it i ...more
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Derek Taylor Kent is an author, screenwriter, performer and director based in Los Angeles. Best known for his children's books, his best-selling, award-winning books are treasured in hundreds of thousands of homes across the world. He and his wife, author Sheri Fink (pictured to the left), are the founders of Whimsical World, an empowering children’s brand that publishes books and produces whimsic ...more

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