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Who Censored Roger Rabbit Mass Market Paperback – October 12, 1982
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This antic mystery, in a tradition -- and on a terrain -- familiar to fans of Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, amuses as it intrigues.
The New York Times
An impressively sustained, original mix of fairy tale and burlesque ... Wacky!
A decidedly different and thoroughly enjoyable piece of fiction. Highly recommended.
Roanoke Times and World News
It's fun. And crazy. And it works. Gary K. Wolf has created a fast-moving send up of the classic trench coat thriller, turned the world 90 degrees to the left and then stirred in the barnyard beasties of the comic pages. The action stays frantic. Wolf creates a world wacky and real enough to keep you turning the page.
Long Beach Independent Press Telegram
The style is a well-oiled version of Raymond Chandler, and the characters are about what one would expect if Daffy Duck were to become the producer of "Wild Kingdom". Hilarious.
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About the Author
It was watching Saturday morning cartoons "for research purposes" that inspired Wolf's idea for Roger Rabbit.
"It was during the commercials," says Wolf. "I saw Tony the Tiger and the Trix Rabbit, and Cap'n Crunch, cartoon characters, talking to real people. And nobody seemed to think that was odd. I thought, 'What a great idea for a novel. A place where Toons lived side by side with humans.' I wove that into a mystery, and bingo, I had my book."
His innovative concept was the basis for the novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? Wolf found his idea hard to sell -- this time to publishers. Even with three well reviewed science fiction novels to his credit, it took Wolf two years and 110 rejections to find a publisher for his unusual book. "Publishers told me it was too esoteric. Too weird. Nobody would understand it," Wolf explains. Finally, a small publisher took a chance and brought it out. Soon after, Walt Disney Pictures came calling. Disney and Steven Spielberg teamed up to make Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The film became the most critically acclaimed and highest-grossing film of 1988, bringing in more than $750 million at the box office as well as four Academy Awards.
Wolf has written ten novels.
He currently lives in Boston. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
As for the quality of the story and writing itself - Gary Wolf is probably the most inventive writer of descriptive metaphors and similies I've read, and the combination of Detective Noir and Cartoons is an arresting, funny and inventive combination.
The books is almost nothing like the film (Only the characters names, attributes and the Baby Herman line "Here I sit with a thirty-six-year old lust, and a three-year-old dinky" - altered in the film to "The problem is I've got a 50 year old lust and a 3 year old dinky" - are retained): Roger gets killed in the book and the toons are graphic novel or newspaper strip cartoons as opposed to being animated cartoons. Every time one of the toons speak it comes out above their head as a speech balloon - one of which becomes a crucial piece of evidence in Roger's murder.
It is a good read but gets bogged down in the investigation and unnecessarily convoluted (But then I guess this is the Detective Noir genre and Raymond Chandler was no different) . The jokes are much the same the whole way through the book too.
With that said, I will continued onto the review. I recieved the book, and decided to start it on a Friday so I could have the weekend to read it. I opened it up, and found myself completely wrapped up in the story. By the third chapter, I was already anxious for the ending. I enjoyed every word I read. It is true that the story line is completely different from the movie's plot, but it is still a good book. Do not read it expecting to read the script. That is not what this book is. It is its own Roger Rabbit story. It is true that ther are SOME similarities between the movie and the book (i.e. characters, some lines, actions, etc.) but overall there is basically nothing that is the same.
The writing style was done very well. The author makes the main characters very round, and established specific personalities for them. Aside from the main characters, he also spend time developing the minor characters throughout the story. He works them into the plot, and gives them important roles. He uses some patterns throughout the book that help keep the story going. The images, wording, and overall tone that is used throughout the book can all be used to affect the reader's senses. The book is written in first person, which makes you feel like you are seeing through the eyes of the narrator. It makes the story personal and real. It was an easy book to read with simple writing. This book is good for light reading.
The only con I have against the book is the ending. It is definatly not what I expected, and I am still not sure how I feel about it. I cannot decide if I liked it, or if I just settled with it because the rest of the book was so good. The story keeps building up and then all of a sudden it is resolved. There is no transition into the climax of the plot. It just happens. The ending of the story is the only con to me. That is why this is a 4 star review instead of a 5. But that is only my opinion.
The fact is, no one at Disney wanted to see Roger killed - and he is in the film - and the ending is poignant, if sad - the last lines spoken by a character telling Eddie that he's a stand-up guy will bring a tear to your eye.
If you like old-time potboilers with a twist, check this book out.
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