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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (March 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345450051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345450050
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School-David has taken the screenplay and turned it into an entertaining, exciting novel. The famous character has been updated for the 21st century with high-tech weapons and gadgets, and genetically altered spiders. The story traces Peter Parker from his origins as a wimpy high school nerd to a New York City photographer by day and crime-fighting superhero by night. The usual characters are all well portrayed: Peter's longtime love Mary Jane, the gruff newspaper editor J. Jonah Jamesson, Aunt May and Uncle Ben, and, of course, Spidey's nemesis, the Green Goblin. Much of the book centers on the rivals and how they came to be what they are: one seeking redemption and the other revenge. With its snappy dialogue, fast pace, and jam-packed action sequences, the novel has the feel of a comic book, and it should be a hot item with teens.
James O. Cahill, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The explosive tale of Marvel Comics? crime-fighting superhero


It begins with an orphan named Peter Parker, raised by his beloved Aunt May and Uncle Ben in Queens, New York. A quiet student, he works diligently at his studies and pines for the beautiful Mary Jane Watson. But this ordinary teenage boy is about to have his life turned upside down, when he is bitten by a genetically altered spider. Suddenly, he finds himself possessed of spectacular powers. He is now and forever Spider-Man!

Follow Spider-Man?s action-packed journey, from his struggle to harness the extraordinary gifts that will prove to be both blessing and curse, to his fight to save innocent lives while the media tears him to pieces. It all leads up to his ultimate battle high above New York streets, against the death-dealing madman known as the Green Goblin. While the city watches helplessly and countless lives hang in the balance, Spider-Man confronts his archnemesis, and the Goblin puts Spider-Man?s vow to fight crime to the ultimate test . . .

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For fans of Peter David, it's even better.
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He also really got into the characters heads in a way that moved the story along.
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If you liked the movie, then you need to read this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Rux on April 16, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If the movie's even half as good as the novelization - and with Sam Raimi directing, it oughta be terrific - we're in for a treat. And even if it isn't, it won't diminish this wonderfully written Spider-Man novel. Spidey's never really had a good incarnation outside of Marvel Comics - until now.
Purists may cry foul at the few changes made to the original character(s), but those changes only help to tell a more epic story in a more reasonable amount of time. Without stating any spoilers, the story of Spider-Man presented here covers the origins of Peter Parker's transformation into the friendly neighborhood webslinger, that of his arch-nemesis the Green Goblin, and of course his romance with Mary Jane.
Structurally, it resembles the dramatization of the first Batman movie, though stylistically it has a great deal more humor. Comic book fans will be delighted by the numerous in-joke references to other superhero characters, as well as phrases and lesser villains from Stan Lee, and the astute reader may catch some subtly placed jokes referring to the actors playing the roles in the movie.
But the most pleasant surprise about this version of Spider-Man is its maturity level. The character as originally written always suffered somewhat from too juvenile a mindset, which this Spider-Man does not. Peter Parker is a credibly modern young man of post-high school/pre-college age. Mary Jane, similarly, is a more realistically fleshed-out character, with recognizably real home problems and issues. The Green Goblin is not a mere sneering carnival spook-house caricature, but an inwardly tormented and unwisely desperate man who sets the wheels of his own destruction in motion.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Avery on March 21, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Friends said that I shouldn't have read this book because it would ruin my experience when I see the movie, but I said, "the heck with it." The fact of the matter is, if you knew Spider-Man from the comics and if you were like me checking Spidermanhype.com every so often then there wasn't much left to be ruined by it. I read the book not to spoil the experience (weren't any big plot twists or anything), I read it because I am a die hard Spider-Man fan. Sure the movie will make slight changes to the original characters and stories (as I found out in the book), but the movie will probably be different from the book as well (It was like that for X-Men. I read the book and saw the movie and I noticed there were some alterations between the movie and the book). I enjoyed the Spider-Man book immensely! I am looking forward to the visual portions of the movie that I read in the book. I find it easier to enjoy movie book adaptations when you read the book first then see the movie and not the other way around. If you read this far, then do yourself a favor, buy the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 29, 2003
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Personally, I think that many important issues were left behind during the making of Spider-Man the movie. Being direct, the personalities of the characters are a little lost. In the film the scenes go on to fast from the "puny" Parker getting on the buss until the appearance of Spiderman.
In this novelization, you can find that every character is utterly expressive. You will find another beginning. Peter writes a reflexive diary. A better detailed accident. There are conversations that never took place in the movie. Peter's agony after uncle Ben's lost and the utterances that make him decide to do something else with his great power. All these things could have been achieved in the film to get more excitement, but they weren't. In the other hand, this book perfectly gets the real essence of Spider-Man: Peter Parker. Going through Parker's life and understanding his well detailed thoughts, you will definitely enjoy more the wall crawler adventures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark R Langston on April 6, 2002
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I loved this book! It had everything that a Spider-Man fan needs to really get into the upcoming film. It's great reading, both intellectual and may have you turning to Webster but never frustrating. Books are normally better than the film they're based on and in reading this I can tell that I'll have one leg up on most of people in the theater since I'll have insight on the charaters thoughts away from the main action, thanks to the novel. Peter David does a great job of really placing you in the moment and capturing the thoughts and feelings of the characters. Also, we all know this is make believe, but the writing and events that take place all make sense. Green Goblin isn't out to take over the world but rather a confused and very desparate man with a true Jeckl and Hyde case of craziness. What also brings it to life is the little hints of other characters in the Spider-Man and Marvel Comics universe. Peter works for Doc. Conners (The Lizard), saves the father of Matt Murdock (Daredevil) and Eddie Brock can't stand Peter even when he first meets him at the Daily Bugle. A great book! If you're even a mild Spider-Man fan and plan to see the film, get this book. You'll be a "true believer" (as Stan Lee would say) after it. MUST BUY!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roberto Morales on March 27, 2002
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Spider-Man by Peter David is one of the greatest books I have read, maybe it is because I am 19 years old or because I love Spider-Man since I was a toddler. This book kept me curious of knowing what was coming next. It has great descriptions and is really entretaining, the story keeps you on the edge the whole time and besides, who does not like reading about heroes and villains? I do, I fully encourage you to buy it and read it or give it to a friend. Great Book.
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