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The first action figure I remember getting was Captain America, with a little plastic shield. I also had The Avengers comic books. Captain America was symbolic of America for me, just like Superman. I was very young and impressionable.
I’ve seen the film more than a dozen times, but I had yet to read Star Wars, by George Lucas (ghostwritten by Alan Dean Foster). I was surprised by the book, I didn’t have high expectations, so I had expected the book to be reasonable, and it easily exceeded my expectations. Perhaps it is the benefit of knowing the movie well, but it certainly appealed to me.
Usually I write a short description of the story here, but I have no wish to bore you. It is strange to read “Chewbacca growl”, I guess it’s easier to understand a Wookie’s body language.
A fun read.
I found The Moon’s a Balloon, by David Niven, in a box of old books. I knew David Niven as an actor, and have seen quite a number of films he starred in, such as The Pink Panther; Casino Royale; Death on the Nile; The Guns of Navarone; and The Prisoner of Zenda. Naturally I was interested to know more about him.
Niven is like a character out of the movies he’s played in, there seems to be little that he hasn’t done or been: soldier; race organizer; actor; and philanderer.
The book immediately opens with Niven’s introduction of Nessie, the 17 year old whore who he lost his virginity to aged 14, referring the reader to a later page in case they would like to skip straight to the sordid details. It continues with war torn London in the First World War and the loss of his father, and replacement with a stepfather. The book chronicles being expelled multiple times from boarding-school. Eventually joining the army, before resigning his commission and going of the the United States to seek fame and glory. Rubbing shoulders with Winston Churchill at the height of the Second World War. Had this not been a true story I wouldn’t have believed it.
A unbelievable and funny read.
After having seen many films and read many books I expected that Hitler: The Last Ten Days, novelization by Warren Tute (originally by Ennio De Concini), would hold no secrets for me. Still as I opened the book and started reading the first page I was quickly drawn into a unbelievable story.
It’s not very hard to paint Adolf Hitler as a looney, it is far harder to portrait him as the complex man deteriorating as a result of various mental and physical illnesses, compounded the people around him refusing to tell him the truth for fear of execution, causing his actions to seem borderline insane. Yet this novelization does exactly that, while still taking some liberties with the truth under the guise of artistic license. These factual inaccuracies do little to detract from the main story line.
Despite the subject matter I found it very light reading. Probably not worth it.
One of my first real American comics was Thor, I really liked it. Sadly it remained at this comic, I never bought any others. I can only vaguely remember a character with wild blond hair and a Norse helmet. I liked Thor and if I really search hard I should be able to find it somewhere.
Marvel releasing Thor the movie on May 19th 2011.
I borrowed a number of books from an aunt of mine, who reviewed these books for a organization she worked for, I’m still investigating which organization this was. These books include a number of novelizations of movies and novels on which movies are based. Sadly she is currently incapacitated, but I hope I will soon be able to give these back to her.
Young Winston is a dramatization of Sir Winston Churchill‘s book My Early Life and was quite interesting for somebody like myself who knows little about Churchill, besides his pivotal rol in winning WWII.
It was quite interesting to get to know Churchill as somebody other than the hero. A boy neglected by his parents, send of to boarding school, trying desperately to live up to the man he thinks his father wants him to be. Involved in some of the famed battles of the British Empire, yet believing that gentlemen should be above that.
“… it is no longer a game. But … it may be that the human race is doomed never to learn from its mistakes.”
An interesting read.