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Better than the movie? Absolutely!!,
This review is from: Planet of the Apes (Cinema Classics) (Hardcover)
The first thing that you will notice about this book is that it is short. Very short. Don't let the size fool you, though. As a sci-fi story, "Planet of the Apes" captures your imagination immediately. Unlike the original Charlton Heston movie, "Planet of the Apes" does indeed take place on another planet. Unlike the current movie, the humans don't talk--not even a little! The description of this new world (it's told in the first person) reminds me very much of Jack Vance novels, and actually has some of the Jonathan Swift "Gulliver's Travels" flavor to it.
The book also has many of the socio-political themes that we saw in all of the movies. The issues of bigotry, racial (or, in this case, species) supremacv, and slavery are present throughout the novel.
One more thing--remember how shocking it was when you saw the sunken Statue of Liberty in the first Planet of the Apes movie? Well, the book has a couple of moments in it that are just as thought provoking.
Do not hesitate. If you liked the Planet of the Apes movies, or if you like Sci-Fi authors like Dick, Vance, Heinlen, etc., check this book out!