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Doc Savage: Skull Island Paperback – February 26, 2013
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- Item Weight : 1.21 pounds
- Paperback : 410 pages
- ISBN-10 : 161827113X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1618271136
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.93 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Altus Press (February 26, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The version of "skull island " presented here ties the book with "kong king of skull island" by Joe Devito, which expanded on the island's history. This created an opportunity to present doc with much more than a trek through the jungle and an encounter with kong that still has to be contained within the timeline that ended with his death.
so, in conclusion, those of you who are willing to accept the introduction of kong, which is purely fictional, into the rationalist mindset of the doc savage universe, are in for a real treat, or even if you read this book as a stand-alone. Highly recommended.
First the good: the basic idea, Doc Savage coming on to the scene right after King Kong had been shot down off the Empire State Building was great. Learning that the Man of Bronze had encountered Kong on Skull Island was even better. I was quite ready for the story. Having a tale of Doc Savage as a young man before he has fully become Doc Savage was also fascinating. I thought Murray dealt with him pretty well and I liked the jungle scenes and the slow building tension to Kong’s arrival and the great climatic conclusion worked well too. In addition, the chance to learn about Savage’s parents and grandfather also went well with me. But all of this wasn’t enough to fully overcome the weaknesses of the tale.
So now the bad: The first third of the novel is three times longer than it should have been. The sea journey is interminable and I wanted to give up reading. The only reason I didn’t give up was I wanted to see Kong. Add to that that I thoroughly disliked the depiction of Savage’s father (whom I had never encountered before) and hated every moment the character appeared on the page. He was a major distraction from the good things happening in the story. Calling him a horse’s rear end is being too kind, but I kept getting the impression that the author thought he was both cool and all around wonderful. (I could be wrong, but that was my impression.) Finally, the opening scenes indicate that Savage is going to take Kong’s body home to Skull Island, so when the story ends well before that happens, I felt disappointed. Murray could easily have cut a hundred pages from the earlier part of the story and brought the reader back for Kong’s “funeral” for want of a better word. And I think that also would have been the point to give the reader some reason to believe that Kong wasn’t actually the last of his kind, or that he could, in fact be revived in some way back in his native home. The whiff of hope would have made for a happier ending and promised future stories.
So in sum, I’m glad I read the book. There are lots of good characters and a problem worthy of Doc Savage’s and King Kong’s peculiar skill sets. But with some quality editing this could easily have been a far better novel.
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But a Will Murray original Doc Savage novel is therefore ABSOLUTELY not to be missed on the evidence of this offering.
Will orchestrates a genuine "event novel " paring off Doc Savage with King Kong, more particularly the Kong of the 1933 movie as opposed to Peter Jackson's remake. Surely the original movie is the ultimate Pulp film adventure anyway?
A prologue starts with the aftermath of Kong's death and Doc's involvement, which is a surprise in itself, therein leading to a re telling of events immediately following the end of the first World War.
The real delight here is that not only do you get the combination of Doc, Kong and the mysterious Skull Island of the title but also along for the ride are Doc's father and indeed, his grandfather! (with hints of other family members which will hopefully form the basis of more original tales - hint, hint Will!).
The author takes the opportunity to tell a rollicking Pulp Adventure which will keep you turning the pages on its own but also to flesh out some of Doc's backstory. It is almost impossible to resist a smile picking out the various foreshadowing of events, characters and gadgets to come.
More importantly at the conclusion of the story you will have a new and far more complete insight into Doc's character, his motivations and even his demons.
Some of the prose is genuinely touching in a way that no Doc Savage story has ever been before.
A genuine masterpiece and a worthy and indeed, landmark novel in the Doc Savage canon.
Don't miss it!!
Will Murray has created a superb piece that weaves both characters together wonderfully. I am hoping that the upcoming 'Phantom Lagoon' is going to be what I think it will be.
I read King of Skull Island and loved how it expanded on the 30s Kong mythos. This story is pretty well paced with some great interactions between the characters - Kong isn't the star of the book and neither is Savage but Skull Mountain Island itself.... and a deserving star it is.