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The World of Kong: A Natural History of Skull Island (King Kong) Hardcover – November 22, 2005
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Both science fiction fans and paleontology lovers will enjoy The World of Kong. It is a bestiary and field guide to the wildlife of Skull Island, at times amazing in its detail, documenting even the insects and fish that thrive in the imaginary ecosystem. The folks at the special effects Weta Workshop let their imaginations run wild in this collaborative effort, but kept their beasts mostly grounded in science. In these pages are the descendants of Permian mammal-like reptiles, dinosaurs and even prehistoric terror birds, along with a few new creatures like flying rats (but, alas, no pterosaurs other than one short mention). The book is full of gorgeous color illustrations accompanied by short, concise articles documenting the behavior and evolutionary history of the species described in it.
I would give this work 4 1/2 stars if that were possible because there are some minor problems. There is too much focus on predators, as if everyone at Weta was in a competition to dream up the scariest monster. The authors also play up the "lizardness" of their dinosaurs despite the evolutionary link to birds, giving their V. rex (an evolved T. rex) crocodile-like hide and their "raptors" a snake-like skin.Read more ›
The "expedition journal" format breaks up the material very well and makes it a fun read. The book cover itself is jungle green with gold text and image of Kong. There is more in depth information of the various creatures that inhabit Skull island from dinosaurs, insects, and aquatic life. Great landscape artwork gives you a solid idea of what Skull Island is
The book may be short of images of Kong (actually, there are several) the people and everything you'll see in the movie, but... that's what the movie is for!
The only drawback is that most of the book deals with the numerous dinosaurs and giant bugs that inhabit the island and paintings of Kong (our hero, after all) are few and relegated to the last few pages. I personally would have also like to have seen more of the tribal village, but that's nitpicking.
That said, if you're a Kong fan, of all the merchandise that's bound to spew forth from Peter Jackson's remake, this book will by far be the most stylish.
This book is an amazing addition to any book collector's shelf.
Creatures from the Cretaceous somehow survived the Great Extinction Event and have evolved into forms similar to their ancestors. Since many of the creatures resemble those of the Montana Creataceous rather than those of the Gobi, perhaps skull Isle like India drifted with the continents and slow sank into the Indian Ocean rather than crashing into asia to form the Himilayas.
Here we find descendants of T. Rex, Apatosaurus(now renamed again Brontosaurus), Triceratops, and Velosiraptor. Unfortunately the Giant Apes went extinct when Kong died.
The Art in the book is great and reminds me of some of the Art Collections for the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Much thought was given to how the dinosaurs may have evolved and adapted cut off from the rest of the world.
I especially liked the fish as you could envision many of the species existing in some forgotten tributary of the Congo, the Amazon, or the Mekong.
Overall a great companion to the Peter Jackson film. A better reimaging of the Classic than the late 70's movie which in my opinion was even worse than the King kong vs Godzilla films from Japan.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful illustrated narration like it was taken from actual expeditions to Skull Island before it was finally destroyed by geological upheaval that have been whittling down the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
the illustrations blow my mind, this book is out of print, a must have for anyone serious about King Kong!Published 6 months ago by Linda Z
Must-have for Peter Jackson fans, Weta Workshop fans and people who simply love great illustration and art. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Callie
I got this book as a Christmas present years ago and still read it every so often. The artwork is fantastic, with exceptional work done on the animals and backgrounds. Read morePublished on April 9, 2014 by Arthur Daigle
Before reading this book, you must see the Movie(the version with the added footage put in) to really enjoy it. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Billy Salter
Thank you a ton, The book arrived just now and Its incredible to have one back in my possession. I had one before that i just loved, however it was ripped by children and... Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by Amazon Buy-er type person thing
This book has some of the best pictures in the world.
It also lets the reader to think that Skull Island was a real place and many of the creatures in the book can give... Read more
This is an amazing book, not just of artwork which went into making both the movie and the video game, but for anyone who is an avid fan of world building and fictional wildlife. Read morePublished on May 4, 2012 by Klair Dublin
Many people will be familiar with Peter Jackson's version of King Kong. That movie featured a lost island near Indonesia that was inhabited by descendants of prehistoric creatures,... Read morePublished on February 13, 2012 by Tartarus