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Doom [Kindle Edition]

John Shirley
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Far in the urgent distress signal is received from a classified Union Aerospace Corporation research facility based on Olduvai, Mars -- and is suddenly silenced. Assigned to either contain or quarantine the mysterious threat, a crack strike team comprised of the most hard-bitten marines around believes that this will be another routine seek-and-destroy mission. But they will soon come face-to-face with the hellish nightmares that the researchers' unorthodox experiments have unleashed on Olduvai -- a place where doom is waiting....

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About the Author

'John Shirley is an adventurer, returning from dark and troubled regions with visionary tales to tell. I heartily recommend a journey with [him] at your side.' -- Clive Barker. The author of several novels and short story collections, John Shirley also writes for film and television and is co-screenwriter of the seminal genre film The Crow.

Product Details

  • File Size: 339 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 141650995X
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (October 28, 2005)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCKI3C
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Pulp August 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Doom / 9781416524106

If there's anything I enjoy as a guilty pleasure more than B-list video-game-inspired movies, it's *novelizations* of B-list video-game-inspired movies. "Doom" by John Shirley does the best it can with the screenplay for the fairly lukewarm movie, but the flaws haven't been shined away entirely.

So what is done well here? The character of John "Reaper" Grimm carries the plot here as bravely as he did in the movie: his personal demons stemming from his childhood and the death of his parents is delved into more deeply and to good effect. The interplay between John and his sister Samantha is also extremely well done, and Shirley does a very good job of showcasing realistic sibling rivalry alongside the ties of family loyalty. The wet, sticky, icky horror of the movie carries over nicely, although the horror climaxes in the first chapter and then steadily decreases (in my opinion) as the guys with guns show up. Still, as a horror/scifi novel, it's a good showing and I can't complain too much.

Whether or not you enjoy the novel will depend a lot on your tolerance for camp. The novel dumps a barrel full of marines onto the scene and then decides to characterize them later on when it can work it in, and whenever the horror action grinds to a literal halt to fill in a marine's backstory with pages of childhood flashbacks, it's a pretty good bet that his number is about to be up. Classic TV Tropes RetIrony material here, and I partly enjoyed it, but there's a flashback VERY late in the novel that goes on for pages and it strained the limits of my patience -- you can't decide to characterize someone 85% into the novel just because you've decided their card is up and expect the reader to go along with the ride.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun novelization that can stand on its own. December 27, 2008
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I do agree that the Doom movie (and therefore this novelization) isn't much like the Doom game. But after all 'Dafydd Ab Hugh' wrote a four book series based on the first two games and Matt Costello is currently putting out Doom 3 books. You can always read those for the 'true' Doom experience. For what it is, this novelization is a fun read.

I'm surprised how much I enjoyed John Shirley's adaptation of the Doom movie. Really. I picked it up because I wanted to blow off some steam with a nice, goofy read about space marines shooting monsters. I got that in spades.

What surprised me though, was that even with these meager ingredients, John Shirley's strength as a writer was able to shine through, polish it up a little and make it something better. The book is pretty compellingly written and worked well as a thriller for me. One of those books where I would tell myself 'one more chapter' before putting it down. He takes a pretty laid back, colloquial writers voice. It kind of felt like the story was being narrated to you by one of the soldiers themselves, though the book isn't written in first person.

Though there is plenty of action to be had in these pages, he also builds in a lot of suspense and tension. I also have to give him credit for trying to give his characters a little bit of depth. He doesn't quite pull it off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad adaptation November 3, 2005
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Doom wasn't a bad film, and this isn't a bad novelization, either. It's well written, and if one can just tear their mind away from the fact that this ISN'T supposed to be religiously based on the game and try to accept it on it's own merits, they might actually enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rip Roarin Yarn February 3, 2007
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Once again Shirley delivers the goods in this gripping, superbly characterized screen adaptation of the infamous 1st person shooter game that charmed our socks off over ten years ago. What is it exactly that you want out of a video-game-turned-movie novelization? I personally have less interest in a paint-by-numbers representation carefully shaded in to please fans than I am in simply reading a killer story w/believable characters, and that is exactly the author's approach in this satisfying homage to "shoot first ask questions later" pulp sci-fi horror.

It's a shame some folks don't seem to appreciate the simple literary approach of a rip roarin yarn the author has woven here, because if you can check your baggage at the door, you are in for one hell of an intensifying reading experience. This book is the literary equivalent of a sure-shot, one-clip barrage from a BFG emptied into the reader till he's effectively been rendered into so much pulped swiss cheese. I.e, it is best experienced in one sitting (if possible for a great part of its target audience, notoriously short of attention span), because it works like a pot of cold water put on a burner set on high: by the time you get to the last 10 percent, the narrative is boiling over with such fury the reader almost has to hold their breath to get through it all.

It is a sustained symphony of violence so adeptly handled by the author, that when the reader reaches the crescendo it is all one can do to refrain from tearing the pages out as you turn them. This is straight up pulp fiction at its finest, it transports the reader to another world of unbelievable horrors and action in a stylistic manner which renders the whole experience a sustained sense of realism, and that is all one could ask for in a narrative such as this.
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