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The Shrinking Man (RosettaBooks into Film) Kindle Edition
|Length: 192 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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"Matheson inspires, it's as simple as that."—Brian Lumley
About the Author
- File size : 945 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication date : May 15, 2011
- Print length : 192 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Publisher : RosettaBooks (May 15, 2011)
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B00514HEHC
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #733,532 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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The novel The Shrinking Man is the basis for the movie I mentioned above, and I wanted to see how they compared. If you're talking to a book lover, you will normally hear that the book is always better than the movie. But that's not true. In this case, the film is superior to the book, and it's got everything to do with the main character, Scott Carey.
While out on a boat, Carey is covered in a mysterious, glittering mist that he later finds out is part radiation, part insecticide. He begins to shrink. Steadily. Until he lives in fear of the family cat. But he continues to shrink, until-- trapped in the cellar of their house-- he finds himself continually fighting off a very determined spider.
This book can be very interesting to read. How can a man who's literally shrinking away to nothing be able to provide for his wife and his daughter? How are his wife and daughter going to be able to cope with this situation? There's a lot of good food for thought within the book's pages. Unfortunately, one thing almost completely ruined The Shrinking Man for me-- Scott Carey.
Now, don't get me wrong. I tried to cut Carey as much slack as I possibly could. After all, how on earth would I know how I'd react if the same thing happened to me? But it was a very difficult thing to do. Scott Carey is one of the most juvenile, thoughtless, self-centered, violent-tempered, unlikable, whiny characters I've come across in years. It got to the point where I was rooting for the spider to win but feeling guilty about it because the spider probably would've suffered from horrible heartburn.
So just remember. The book isn't always better than the movie. The Shrinking Man is a case in point.
Matheson relies on the fears of above ground nuclear testing to provide the initiating cause and follows as a man relentlessly shrinks. Along the way, he faces physical dangers from insects and animals to humans including his own daughter. At the same time, his psyche is stressed as he becomes smaller than his wife and begins to question his own manhood. Eventually teenagers bully him and a pedophile even tries to pick him up. There's also the little touches such as reaching a size where communication is impossible and especially near the end, from day to day he gradually loses the ability for any control over his environment.
The climax occurs when his small size renders him smaller than the black widow spider who attacks him, and his only defense is a common sewing pin, now spear sized to him.
I whole heartedly recommend this book to any sic-fi fan. You won't be sorry.
Top reviews from other countries
Highly recommended and let's hope it never happens to you!
On reading the book i was once again impressed as i was reading I am legend. This is a thought provoking book as was i am legend concerned in this case of the emotional problems of shrinking in size to a few inches tall
Forget the movie - read this book!