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Kubrick's Game: Puzzle-Thriller for Film Geeks Kindle Edition
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Overall, this book is a great page-turner. It is easy to read in a very short amount of time because you just don't want to put it down. For fans of very detailed storylines, this would be a great book to get into... The characters were nicely developed and made you understand the motives and thought processes behind their actions. While some of their actions may have been questionable, that just makes them more compelling to read about. - Mugglenet.com
"Kubrick's Game is a puzzly thriller/adventure piece very much in the vein of The Da Vinci Code, though a far more satisfying read... Kent has done an impressive job of constructing an elaborate mystery worthy of Kubrick's labyrinthine storytelling, one that should satisfy thriller fans and puzzle fans alike." - Puzzle Nation
"Have you ever finished reading a great book that you enjoyed so much you have to tell everyone about it? The problem is you don't know where to start. It was a problem I faced after reading Ready Player One, and it's the problem I am facing after finishing Kubrick's Game... Just when you are convinced that you know what is going on the author throws in a twist as clever as Stanley Kubrick himself, and your mind is blown. A part of me was waiting for the cliché reward at the end but instead, it's perfect. It's a prize worthy of the puzzle and the man who created it... it's definitely comparable to Ready Player One and other great puzzle books like The Da Vinci Code. The author uses a perfect balance of fiction and non-fiction similar to writers like Ernest Cline and Dan Brown." - Biggs' Zone
From the Author
- File Size : 5922 KB
- Publication Date : September 24, 2016
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B01JMTWK8E
- Print Length : 389 pages
- Publisher : Evolved Publishing LLC; 1st Edition (September 24, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #593,410 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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1) That has to be the smartest mystery story I've ever experienced.
2) Am I really considering that Kubrick's Game was BETTER than Ready Player One by Ernest Cline?
It's been two days since I finished, and I've yet to discredit either of those lofty claims. First off, the story centers on some geeky film students, one who had a form of autism, and has become an unrecognized expert on all things Stanley Kubrick. His best friend is studying to be a director after his acting career stagnated and left him with a cheesy catch phrase as his legacy. Both characters are fun and very likable.
Their story begins with an invitation to solve a scavenger hunt engineered by Kubrick before his death fifteen years ago. I wasn't sure what to think coming into this book with only a minimal grasp on Kubrick's biography and films. I'm glad to say that Kent wrote a mystery that was both highly knowledgeable of Kubrick's work, creating an intricate puzzle that is both brilliantly woven and accessible to readers who know or don't know anything about Kubrick. Seriously, this puzzle is amazing in how it kept me guessing and how the pieces tied together in ways that made me question how in the world Lent had fit them together so perfectly. This perfect match of seemingly abstract and unrelated pieces to the puzzle enhances the chance that Kubrick really created this game.
I'm tempted to go on, but I won't spoil anything. Needless to say, I'm excited to read more, and I can't wait to not only rewatch Kubrick's movies,but also check out Derek's website where he has an additional real life The Game.
I listened to the audiobook, which has top notch narrators. Not too many audiobooks have the narrators faces on the cover, having become famous for their television or movies. Listening to this book, it felt like I was being treated by actors at the top of their craft. I had a few small critiques of the audio production. There was a bad habit of the main narrator fading out between spoken dialogue. I wish the producer would have leveled out the volume a little better in those places, as well as a brief part in chapter 54 when there is an obvious break in the text. I tried to sync my kindle version to see how much I missed, but couldn't...I don't think it was much.
In searching my kindle version I found that they have images of the movies in the text, which would have been awesome to see as I read. Whichever format you use, this needs to be on your reading list. Evolved Publishing shows once again how they put out some of the most solid and enjoyable stories you can find.
Top reviews from other countries
Derek Taylor Kent had done a huge amount of in depth research into Kubrick and his work and this is evident not only in the story at face value, but also in the subtext and its allusions.
One reason this story works so well is that the protagonist’s journey follows that of the hero’s journey, or monomyth and this creates some parallels between the book and Kubrick’s films. The monomyth was first introduced as a concept by Joseph Campbell in his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, which Kubrick introduced to Arthur C. Clarke during the writing of 2001: A Space Odyssey. It is also worth mentioning that Campbell’s book was heavily influenced by the work of psychoanalyst Carl Jung, who was also an immense influence on Kubrick and even gets a mention in Full Metal Jacket.
I found the main character, Shawn to be an accurate representation of someone with Asperger’s Syndrome. The book does well to avoid the clichéd stereotype of a Sherlock Holmes type genius with superhuman intelligence who doesn’t care for those around him and instead presents the character in a realistic way that is relatable to the reader.
Building on that, I feel that the book also succeeded in respecting Kubrick and his legacy by portraying his personality accurately whenever he was mentioned, avoiding the completely wrong, but broadly believed in view that Kubrick was insane and uncaring.
There were times where the book would make me think that the story was following an obvious route, but then this expectation would be flipped completely and as a result would give much more meaning to the story. By the end of the book I felt as though I had taken some personal meaning of my own from the story too.
Overall, I found this book to be a great read in which I always wanted to know what would happen next. The book is made up of smaller chapters than most books, which made it a lot easier to invest reading time in, particularly if you’re quite busy. Not only people as obsessive about Kubrick as me will enjoy the many references and pieces of trivia in the book, but so will those who haven’t yet fully explored Kubrick and his work who will learn some things about him in reading this book. I really enjoyed the story and am sure that others will too.
There is an audio book that’s been released on iTunes with a narration by Jonathan Frakes and a supporting role played by Yvette Nicole Brown, for those who would like to experience the story like that.
You can also participate in an online Kubrick’s Game, which requires the book to solve clues and puzzles etc. I tried out the first clue and was pleased with the challenge presented, which involved cracking a code and receiving instructions in order to carry out a real life task. I found the process to be very fun.
Read this in a few sittings, it certainly kept my interest throughout.
Would highly recommend this book whether you are a fan of Kubrick or not.