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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 Mti edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780765368263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765368263
  • ASIN: 0765368269
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,214,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In addition to presenting the plot's twists and turns in vivid detail and creating a strong sense of time and place, Vinge paints in-depth portraits of the characters.... Despite the amalgamation of genres, the telling never veers into the campy, keeping the focus on how the characters grow and change and the page-turning action front and center."
--School Library Journal

About the Author

Joan D. Vinge, the author of the novelization of the screenplay, is the winner of two Hugo Awards, one for her novel The Snow Queen. She has written several dozen short stories, and nearly twenty books, including her Cat novels, Psion, Catspaw and Dreamfall, and the other Snow Queen cycle novels, World's EndThe Summer Queen and Tangled up in Blue. She has had a number of bestselling film adaptations published, including  the #1 bestselling The Return of the Jedi Storybook and novelizations of LadyhawkeMad Max Beyond ThunderdomeReturn to Oz and Willow, among others. She is also the author of The Random House Book of Greek Myths. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.


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I highly recommend seeing the movie first, then reading the novelization.
SciFiChick
Her writing style brings the fantastic to life and gives characters the touches they need to make them unique and memorable.
Evan the Dweezil
If they had given her a little more background, I might have accepted or understood her character better.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Larry on August 7, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Since this is a novelization of a recent movie, let me start by saying I did see the movie last week. I liked the concept of the movie and thought it was worth seeing, but did not have much depth. Picked up the book today and read it and now really like the story line much more.

Joan Vinge did a nice job of filling in some the gaps in the characterization and motivations of the people in the story. This really added alot of depth and made it a much more believable and fun story to read.

If you have already seen the movie and did not absolutely hate it, then the book is a great read to fill in the gaps. However, if you are planning on seeing the movie next weekend you might want to buy the book and give it a quick read if you have time. I think this would make the movie even more fun to watch. Finally, even if you do not plan to see the movie, the book stands alone as a well written story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SciFiChick VINE VOICE on September 6, 2011
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A man awakens in the desert to complete memory loss. The only clue to his past is a picture of a young woman and a metal contraption locked around his forearm. When he arrives in a nearby town of Absolution, trouble isn't far behind. But when strange lights from the sky arrive and begin shooting up the town and abducting its residents, the survivors decide to risk all to hunt the kidnappers and find their loved ones.

While I loved the film, this novelization fills in the gaps and gives a much-needed look beneath the surface of the characters. Vinge does a fantastic job of giving more depth and humanity to the characters. And all of the drama, romance, and suspense of the film translated well to print.

I highly recommend seeing the movie first, then reading the novelization. The surprises and emotions are experienced better on-screen, and knowing some of it beforehand would probably lessen the impact. But for those, like me, who loved the film and the story and wanted more, this retelling in novel form was highly entertaining. Fast-paced and action-packed, Cowboys & Aliens is one fantastic mash-up of western and science fiction.
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I read this, as i did "Return to Oz", because I like Vinge's writing and there's not enough of it! And while I'm not sorry I read these, they are not as good as her original works.

As a novelization, I think this is the better of the two. It did read more like a novel than a novelization, and gave a lot of background and context that I think would have been impossible in the movie. (Note: I have not seen the movie, nor do I plan to.)

If one is a fan of the movie, I think this would be an excellent read that would increase the appreciation. However, as a novel in and of itself, it's a bit heavy-handed, especially in terms of plot. Plus, I still cannot see how it makes sense for aliens to come all the way here for basic resources, when they can- with their advanced tech- just MAKE whatever they need. Most Earth lifeforms have a innate policy of doing as little as possible to get the results they want; I can see why this would be selected for; and I do not see why aliens would follow a wildly different, more complex, and far more fragile evolutionary path. But hey- it's mostly a plot in which Humans Triumph and Virtue Is Rewarded, not actual science fiction; more a morality play with sf garnishes.

Very well-done as a novelization, though.
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By Ladyice on October 11, 2013
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I enjoyed reading the book and then seeing the movie. The book had more insights to each character and it was a fun read.
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Everybody just fits into their roles in this movie perfectly.One of the better "sy-fi" movies of 2012!!! Just make you wonder what if the aliens would do,if they were friendly???
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By Kyra Dune on August 1, 2013
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A western/science fiction which is pretty much your standard humans versus advanced aliens. I thought it was well written and there are some very nice descriptive passages. I could have done without the head hopping into minor characters and sometimes character actions and facial expressions were a little overly described. Still, not a bad read. I enjoyed it and even got a little misty eyed a couple of times.
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By Daniel C. Schneider on January 14, 2013
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Good book. I and a sci fie nut so I enjoyed the combination of technology with the cowboy theme. I would recommend it.
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By julie hollister on November 20, 2012
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This book is better then the movie, and it is very well done.. i couldnt put it down once i started reading it.
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