I only found slight differences to the movie of the same name, a good science fiction movie, all you could ask for in a space story, a sense of adventure, exploration into the unkown always grips my imagination, and this as it all, a very imaginative peace of work by the author, and easy to understand why it is very popular story Imy my opinion the story line in never out dated It is a pleasure to read such a book.No editorial errors that I could find Excellent work by the author. I have always considered the movie this is based on to be part of the trinity of classic SF movies How I managed to wait until now to read this is beyond me Certainly I could have read it forty years ago but It is an interesting take on the film, novelizing and adding to the story some both for good and bad Familiar enough to be like an old friend, but new enough to hold interest I would have preferred not having the POV shift from one chapter to the next but I get what the author was trying to do even if I didn t care for it It gets a five if for nothing other than sentimental value. I m amazed, and grateful, that Peril Press dug up this 1950s novelization of one of my favorite classic movies and made it available as an ebook I also appreciate the way the author takes the story from the film and, without significant changes, puts a new angle on it He does this mainly by shifting the point of view from which the story is told In the film, the protagonist is clearly Captain Adams young Leslie Nielsen as a proto James T Kirk In the book, though, Adams is kind of an immature jerk and most of the story is told from the point of view of the older, experienced Doc Ostrow This pushes several scenes from the film off camera from the book s perspective, but it also gives insight into the wider world the characters live in.Of course, despite it being the future, it s still the 50s so everyone smokes and girls are just something pretty to chase after Nevertheless, the writing is above pulp and the freedom of text over mid century film censors lets MacDonald push the envelope with the gruesomeness of the monster scenes, even though they take up less real estate in the novel than in the movie.All in all, a great blast from the past. Although I must have seen the movie a hundred times, this is the first time I came across the book and I snapped it up on first sight I wasn t disappointed Like many books adapted to movies, Forbidden Planet adds details that make the story far engaging For one thing, the story is told from the POV of main characters, as George R R Martin does in the Song of Ice and Fire Game of Thrones series I especially liked the portrayal of the doctor and the captain In the book, the doctor is fortyish and the captain and the rest of the crew are kids to him On the other hand, they are all old hands at space travel and he s on his first voyage The book adds several dimensions to the story It s a quick read, but than worth the time. The Novelization Of The Classic Sci Fi Movie Farrar, Straus Giroux, Inc FORBIDDEN PLANETby Philip MacDonaldas W J StuartPOWER MAD DR MORBIUS MUST BE STOPPED BEFORE HE ENSLAVES THE WORLD Commander Adams And The Crew Of Spaceship C D Land On Altair , The Forbidden Planet, Where They Hope To Find The Survivors Of A Previous Expedition But The Only One They Find Is Dr Morbius, A Scientist With A Deadly Plan To Take Over The Universe Dr Morbius Warns The Earthlings To Leave At OnceBut Commander Adams And His Crew Stay Despite The Terrifying Attacks On Their Spaceship For They Know That Theirs Is The Last Chance To Stop A Madman From Becoming Master Of The UniverseForewordONE Major Medical C X OstrowTWO Major Medical C X Ostrow Continued THREE Commander J J AdamsFOUR Commander J J Adams Continued FIVE Edward MorbiusSIX Major C X OstrowSEVEN Commander J J AdamsEIGHT Commander J J Adams Concluded Postscript, Words Update Sep Numerous Typos Fixed The novelization of the movie is written in various first person accounts Morbius, Commander Adams, etc It fills in some gaps, but overall is simply inferior to the movie The biggest difference, for me, is that the movie has a strong sense of original sin as found in the id something we tend to lack today , while the book shifts the focus to the Krell and Morbius trying to usurp the power of God villains frequently are prideful enough to do this, so it is a common theme So there are some strong religious undertones in both, but a very flavor. The novelization was written after the motion picture was complete, but before its premier Though there are a few minor discrepancies, it remains faithful to the original story, even expanding on some ideas that were left incomplete or unexamined The movie is among my favorites, and the novel only adds to my enjoyment Five stars from a nostalgic fan. Excellent storyExcellent storyI absolutely loved this book Forbidden Planet is my favorite movie, and I was extremely pleased to find it in book form Very true to the movie storyline, fast reading A must for all fans of old sci fi classics. This book only differs from the move in a couple of places There s an extra death that s not in the movie and the scenes with the drunk cook aren t played for laughs here.A sound read, a bit dry in places. When Commander Adams and the crew of Spaceship C 57 D land on Altair 4, they are going to find a strange world and the evil Dr Morbius in charge Classic sci fi
George MacDonald and son of the author Ronald MacDonald and the actress Constance Robertson During World War I he served with the British cavalry in Mesopotamia, later trained horses for the army, and was a show jumper He also raised Great Danes After marrying the writer F Ruth Howard, he moved to Hollywood in 1931 He was one of the most popular mystery writers of the 1930s, and between 1931 and 1963 wrote many screenplays along with a few radio and television scripts.His detective novels, particularly those featuring his series detective Anthony Gethryn, are primarily whodunnits with the occasional locked room mystery His first detective novel was The Rasp 1924 , in which he introduced his character Anthony Gethryn In later years MacDonald wrote television scripts for Alfred Hitchcock Presents Malice Domestic , 1957 and Perry Mason The Case of the Terrified Typist , 1958.He twice received an Edgar Award for Best Short Story in 1953, for Something to Hide , and in 1956, for Dream No More Indeed many critics felt that his short story writing was superior to his novels and they did win five second prizes in the annual contests held by Ellery Queen s Mystery Magazine.He also wrote under the pseudonyms Oliver Fleming, Anthony Lawless, Martin Porlock, W.J Stuart and Warren Stuart.
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- Forbidden Planet
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