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The Big Eye Mass Market Paperback – December, 1958


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (December 1958)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00005X97L
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,124,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wade Tarzia on May 20, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"The Big Eye" is one of the earlier books I can remember reading, plucked from my parents' bookcase (from the days when the average household had a bookcase!). It made a big impact one me (no pun)in the clever way the author worked with the disaster scenario. How could I have known that this book would remain one of the cleverest of the "a planet is coming to destroy the Earth" stories? As Ebert has written in his film review of "Melancholia," another earth-killer film, there are no nuclear rockets sent to shatter the nemesis -- just people finding ways to deal with world-death. I agree with some of the previous revewiers of this book. Perhaps a little "rose-colored" in some ways, but still, it was written in 1949.... SF enthusiasts ought to read this novel. I am sorry it is not better known, and, yes, someone should make a film of this story and stay true to the novel except for some cultural up-dates.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Janell on April 8, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was given this book by my high school English teacher in 1972 as a graduation present. I read it in one night and have been re-reading ever since. I have this book to be almost prophetic in rose colored sort of way. It united the world when all seemed lost and held the unity even after the truth was learned.
I would love to see this book made into well directed and acted movie. Thank you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marvin Kaye on July 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
Max Ehrlich's "The Big Eye" is an excellent disaster novel .. the best of its kind! The premise, that a planet is on a collision course with Earth, is not a new one, but Ehrlich builds in some terrific surprises into his novel, which is much better than the ever-so-much-more famous "When Worlds Collide" by Edwin Balmer and Philip Wylie. The latter is definitely worth reading, and it has a fine sequel, "After Worlds Collide," but as I said before -- and it's worth repeating -- "The Big Eye" is THE BEST of its kind! It would make an unforgettable film, and I'd vote James Cameron as its director.

Marvin Kaye
Editor of "Weird Tales"
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Julie on July 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I read this book years ago when I was a teenager. And like the previous reviewer, this book was given to me. It was very special as it was one of a collection that belonged to a grandfather I never got to meet. The memory of that story has stayed with me, even haunted me all these years. Unfortunately I don't know what happened to my copy and even my local library system doesn't carry it so I will have to track one down to read it again. I do agree that it would be great to see this book made into a movie.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roseanne on March 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book belonged to my grandmother; I remember reading this when I was in 6th grade, and now at 38, I vividly remember it and am grateful I finally remembered the name so I could find it here.

This is the book I credit for introducing me to the sci-fi genre - something that's stayed with me all these years. I've never forgotten the haunting choice that the main character made that made such a huge impact. Interesting in reading the other reviews that this book has touched other people similarly. ;) Highly recommend this read!
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