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"I would recommend this to anyone who wants to delve a bit deeper into the story, and find out more about the characters and their motivations." – Comic Book Movie

"Cox fills in the visual gaps with rich descriptions of the landscape and characters." – Wired

" A great souvenir of a terrific film." – SciFi Bulletin

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Greg Cox is the New York Times bestselling author of several hugely popular Star Trek novels. He has also written successful novelizations and tie-ins for Countdown, Infinite Crisis and many more. Cox is a consulting editor for Tor Books and was nominated in 2008 for the Best Speculative Adapted Scribe Award for 52: The Novel.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; Org Mti edition (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781161062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781161067
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don't really expect Dickens or Shakespeare because this is not it. Unlike some of the other reviewers that did not really bother me though. What would have been nice is if the author would have added something to explain how, with no money and no resources Bruce Wayne gets from the prison back into Gotham City. That was the one fault that I had with the movie. The book does separate the sequences in the movie that showed Batman saving Gordon and Blake at almost the exact same time. Those chain of events did make more sense in the book than they did in the movie. Another thing I would have liked from the book is give a couple pages to Bane's actual back-story. We know that he was Talia's protector in the prison, but never know why he was there. It would not have taken a lot to add something in about that.

All in all, if you liked the movie, chances are you will find the book to be OK. It is not great, and will never be put up as a great work of literature. But if you have an afternoon/evening to kill, it is a quick and easy read that follows the movie almost to a t.
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This is the novelization of the film, The Dark Knight Rises. Adapted to the novel format by Greg Cox, known for his Star Trek novels, the novelization is poorly written. I have not read any of Greg Cox's books and hence am unfamiliar with his style, but I would be hard-pressed to read any of his other novels after having finished this novelization. The writing is clunky, and the characters are flat and uninteresting. The writing also suffers from overuse of adjectival describers for the major characters: Bruce Wayne becomes "the elusive employer," John Blake becomes "the rookie cop," etc. All of which leads the reader to not feel connected and invested in the story; it removes involvement with the characters.

It is not reading for nothing though. I got the sense of some of the dialogue that may have been left out in the final version of the movie. Particularly the exchange between Bruce and Alfred seems like it was edited more in the final film. Some details about the history of Bane and the League are also included.

I should mention that I am a huge fan of the Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy and was looking forward to reading the novelization of the final installment. I love the films and thought that Dark Knight Rises was a fitting and satisfying conclusion to a great series.

Overall, I would say that the novelization would be worthwhile reading if you have seen the film first. If it was the other way around, you might not be inspired to actually see the movie if the novelization was what you were expecting to see on film.
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This seems to be the year I turn to movie novelizations for reading material, as Greg Cox's adaptation of The Dark Knight Rises marks the third novel of this ilk that I've read this year. The best novelizations in my view deliver the action of the film in printed form, while taking any opportunities to expand the storyline or deepen characterizations in a meaningful way. As such, this book falls somewhere in between -- better than most, but not as good as it could've been.

The Dark Knight Rises picks up eight years after the events of The Dark Knight. Inspired by Harvey Dent's alleged heroism, the Dent Act gave Gotham's police force the teeth they needed to clean up their city -- and for all intents and purposes, Gotham is a city reformed. But Police Commissioner Gordon and billionaire Bruce Wayne, the erstwhile Batman, bought that peace with a lie -- and a world built on lies cannot help but one day crumble. On one front, there are rumors of an army assembling beneath the city, led by the notorious mercenary bane -- and on another, more personal front, the reclusive Bruce has so withdrawn from life that he's left his resources and power vulnerable to assault. Gotham needs her Dark Knight -- but having been absent for so long, can Wayne survive another war with unspeakable evil without losing his humanity?

Cox has the richest material possible to work with, as in my opinion director Christopher Nolan and his co-writers are masterful storytellers.
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I watched TDKR in theaters before reading the novel. Even though the novel was pretty much the movie in book format, I still enjoyed it anyways. Yes it would have been nice to have 'deleted' scenes, some things were enlighten on, but more by the thoughts, though, really, one could tell that already if one watched the movie beforehand.

The story itself wasn't bad, I enjoyed both the book and movie. If anything if I wanted nitpick, it would be how the plot had gaps in it and where left unexplained, or too little detail. I think my main complaint would be that in most ways this strayed way greatly from the comics. I could see I guess where Nolan wanted to go with Batman if it was a bit more realistic, and he had is right for his point of view. I know TDKR was heavily influenced by the comics "No Man's Land" and "The Dark Knight Returns".

I mostly read the novel because I did like the movie despite it's flaws it did have some good points. I am one who usually likes to read a novel version of a comic movie if I can.
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