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I am not a huge fan of rebooting beloved, 'classic' properties; especially when said property can still be continued and/or expanded upon in numerous ways, in order to delight new audiences and generate new fans, in addition to entertaining older fans. When I first heard that Paul Feig and co. were going to reboot the franchise vs continuing it, I was not too happy about that at all; I was rooting for any number of stunted/aborted efforts led by Akroyd, the late-great Ramis and Apatow camp to reach fruition and CONTINUE the adventures of the GB legends. Oh well. Despite that, I WAS a fan of Feig's films as well as his tv show "Other Space" and was intrigued by how he would handle this reboot even if I wasn't 100% behind it. As new trailers and tie-in products for this new 2016 film began eking out onto the Interwebs and/or store shelves, my interest in the film began to grow exponentially. idw Comics' writer Erik Burnham also recently wrote a totally non-related series of "Ghostbusters" comic book stories which enabled the original 1984 "Ghostbusters" to interact with their 1988+ "Real Ghostbusters" counterparts [and prior to that: a version of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"]; at this point, it's a bit TOO EASY to look at all of these 'official' products that are available to us now (all conveniently purchasable via amazon.com too: HOORAY!) and draw the following conclusion(s): Our childhood heroes aren't being tarnished nor erased from existence. And better yet, there are imaginative methods already in place for this new reboot's characters to cross-over with the classic characters of yore without destroying the newness/freshness that Feig is attempting to foster by rebooting anew (SHOULD they choose to do so). Think "Star Trek" (2009) via J.J. Abrams and co. and/or the longest running, super-popular science fiction television program of all-time: "Doctor Who."
Alright so with all of that established, let's finally talk about what I thought about this brand spanking new 'adult' novelization for the new 2016 reboot film. Bottom line: I ordered it on my Kindle Voyage prior to midnight on June 27th and received the ebook early morning on the 28th. I promptly read the entire thing from start to finish that morning; not because I HAD to but because I was thoroughly enthralled with it in its entirety. I've never read anything by Nancy Holder before at all, but after having swiftly devoured this one, I am going to have to alter that ASAP.
As the film hasn't been released yet, by the time of this book's release and this review's posting, there's no method of direct comparison. Despite that, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the novelization's constant flashbacks to lead characters Dr. Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Dr. Abigail "Abby" Yates (Melissa McCarthy), will most likely not all make it to the final cut of the film. I say this because the book delves into how Erin first encountered a paranormal entity in her early youth, how she and Abby befriended each other, a key high school science project they shared in high school, etc. and does so in a way that develops their characters extremely well despite several of these flashback scenes being interspersed throughout the core plot-line set in "current" times. I'm sure SOME of these scenes will appear in the film but many of them won't and that's a crucial reason to encourage people to read this if they want to get a better handle on these two core characters and their origins.
So, despite many of these flashback scenes, the overall flow of the narrative is pretty smooth and paced extremely well. With every new character introduction, Holder demonstrated possessing a pretty strong handle in making them all feel distinctive and unique. None of the four leads ever felt like poorly constructed, gender-swapped analogues of the original Ghostbusters at all. The film's content as adapted in this novelization may be a reboot but thankfully it does not appear to be a vapid remake in the slightest. the story as told in this book felt fresh and exciting from start to finish and did not contain several soul-wrenching remakes of key scenes from the classic films. There is NO Sedgewick Hotel scene. No library ghost. No Gozer. No Zuul. Ghost Dogs, etc. The diabolical mastermind of the story's core plot is wholly original and as complex as Ivo Shandor was in the original film; but his overall behavior, schemes and motivations are wholly his own and not a lazy rip-off of Shandor's.
The book is fun, genuinely funny throughout and jam-packed with ghost-busting action. Upon hitting the final page of the Epilogue, I actually felt disappointed that it was over already. I wanted MORE. I wanted to see the film immediately. I wanted more tales of these new Ghostbusters ASAP.
Negative nitpicks? If any, they are pretty minor. I would have liked more chapters devoted to Jillian Holtzman, Patty Tolman or Kevin simply because Holder did such a great job in developing their characters even though their backstories weren't delved into as thoroughly as Erin's and Abby's. I do realize that having more chapters devoted to each of these characters equally would have hurt the narrative flow immensely and look forward to sequels and/or tie-in products which will hopefully manifest themselves soon in order to allow us to delve further into all of these cool, new characters further. In addition, there were a couple [IF THAT] of minor editorial flubs that should have been caught by the TWO editors allegedly assigned to this novelization. Come on guys.
Lastly, in regards to whether kids can read this or not, if this is remotely applicable to you as a parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt or whatever.... Like the original 1984 film, there may be some content that some folks MIGHT deem to be "risqué" in regards to certain jokes. The film is PG-13 and while there's nothing overtly sexually explicit or anything like that in the book you might want to use that MPAA guideline and direct under 13 children to the junior novelization instead. I merely recall a single "F-bomb" and a scant handful of profanities littered about here and there; in my opinion they are put to good use and largely inoffensive. There's no gender-swapped equivalent to Akroyd's err.... "ethereal mouth party" scene in this book, for example.
TLDR version: Buy it. Read it. It is truly worthy of the name "Ghostbusters."
When I read the opening sentence, [ It was a dark and stormy night. Perfect for a tour of one of the most haunted houses in America] I knew this would either be a horrid story or a great satire. As I delved further, I forgot it was a tie-in to a film and simply enjoyed the escape into the world as a preeminent ghostbusters extraordinaire.
Mind you, although I loved the original movie, my interest stopped with the video. What I mean is, I never got into the video games and such.
Length: Print, 320 pages; Audible, not available. Probably concerned that it might weaken revenue for the film version, but I am sure they're wrong. [NOTE: I did listen to a few chapters using my Amazon Tap and Alexa, but professional narration through Audible would have been even better!]
Target Audience/Genre: Humor/Satire. Could also be considered Fan Fiction.
Q - How was this book obtained?
A - Bought on Amazon.
Q - Is this a book that I can read without having to read others first?
A – Yes.
Q - Are there a lot of typos/misspellings, grammatical errors or other editing failures?
A – No.
Q - Is this a fast, easy read or is it more of a leisure read?
A – Fast-paced leisure read. I read it in just two sittings, with a pause for an early supper.
Q - What sort of language does this writer use to amplify the points made?
A – Adult English. Only two f-bombs, but a number of other street terms.
Q - What age group is this suitable for?
A - Despite the two F-bombs, if this were a movie, it might be rated as PG-13 for language.
Q - My biggest pleasure or disappointment?
A - I don't normally complain about language. Heck, I love most Stephen King books. Yet, for this story, I'd have advised the author to remove the two f-bombs"
Otherwise, I found this to be great fun and great reading.
I’ve included two excerpts below, so readers can peruse the style of presentation utilized by the author.
This first brief excerpt (from chapter 2) bit is a nice picture-style of writing that sums up a character succinctly - a key reason I love the writing in Ghostbusters:
Mrs. Barnard kept chickens in her backyard on the far side of her burn barrel. She fussed over all her poultry, but most of all over her beautiful rooster named Ernesto. He had shiny black feathers on his back and wings and a copper-colored chest. She carried him around the yard cradled in the crook of her arm like a big cat, stroking his head and back, and talking to him. He cackled and clucked back at her.
Mrs. Barnard had no close family who visited her, but Sundays she drove to church in the ’52 Plymouth sedan she kept in her sagging garage. Church and chickens and lots of smoke. That summed up Mrs. Barnard.
This from chapter 10 displays a bit of her typical flow:
“Excuse me,” he said. “I’m here about the receptionist job?”
What Erin heard was this:
His amazing lips moved, but no sound registered in her brain. All she could do was stare at him.
He bent down and gently said, “Hello?”
His voice broke through her endorphin haze. She realized he had an accent, Australian, she guessed. And suddenly of all the accents in the world, hands down that was the one she loved most. If he asked her to do anything in that soft voice, she would have done it without a moment’s hesitation. What she said in response to his one-word question was again: nothing.
And then he repeated himself a bit more forcefully. “Hello?”
His gaze was hypnotic, but the shift in tone penetrated her consciousness and...
Excerpt taken from Chapter 10 of Ghostbusters by Nancy Holder.
Ghostbusters is a great tie-in to the new hit movie. Despite my objection to the two f-bombs, I'm rating this at five stars out of five.
Comments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do want to know that and I want to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be polite.
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