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Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization (2013/Alex Irvine/Titan Paperback Books)


Book: B



Alan Dean Foster made his bones in the book business by being the king of movie novelizations.He covered such hallowed sci-fi ground as Terminator, Alien Nation, Transformers, Chronicles of Riddick, and many others.A proís pro, Mr. Foster knows his way around a script.While Alan Dean Foster did not write the novelization of Pacific Rim, Alex Irvine did, and just may supplant Mr. Foster in his role as go-to sci-fi film scribe.


A good movie novelization gives you a little more.It takes you not only to what might have been left on the cutting room floor, but maybe also shows things that never even got filmed.Thatís the reason for reading--looking at the movie from another angle.Mr. Irvineís book does just this with creative use of chapter breaks that range from personnel and machine dossiers, to media reports, to excerpts from in-universe books on the Jaeger project.With these tidbits we get a little more of the universe than we might have gleaned from the movie itself.


Particularly effective is Irvineís treatment of the scientist Newtís first drift with the Kaiju brain material.The creepy and otherworldly visions he gets of the monster birthing facilities across dimensional space serve to make these foes of mankind even more monstrous and threatening.


Greater insights into character thoughts naturally result when a story goes from the screen to the printed word. Readers will no doubt crack a smile at central protagonist Raleigh Becket when he catches himself feeling guilty over his admiration of the fighting qualities of a Jaeger other than his own.The bond between Jaeger pilots is strong in this story, but that bond also translates to a pilotís relationship with his massive machine.


Told from a strong 3rd person omniscient perspective, Alex Irvine does Pacific Rim does justice while bringing it to a new audience of readers and fans.Fans of the film and this book can only hope that Mr. Irvine has a shot at adapting a sequel!



-†† Scott Pyle


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