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Fantastic 4


Peter David wrote this novelization of the film based on the screenplay by Mark Frost, Simon Kinberg, and Michael France, which is, in turn, based on the Marvel comic book. Reed Richards is a weenie. Ben Grimm clobbers stuff. Johnny Storm needs a smack upside the head. Sue Storm is played by Jessica Alba in the movie, which is more than enough reason to watch it. The book is ok. The comics are better.

Published in mass-market paperback by Pocket Books. ISBN 1416509801

Out of Sight


Elmore Leonard can always be counted on for a taut, no-nonsense thriller. U.S. Marshal Karen Sisco and escaped bank robber Jack Foley find themselves as interested in each other as they are in their respective careers. The story begins in Florida and plays out its conclusion in Detroit.

The novel was made into the 1998 film starring Jennifer Lopez as Karen Sisco and George Clooney. The success of the film spawned a television series titled Karen Sisco starring Carla Gugino, recently cancelled.

Published in paperback by Dell. ISBN 0440214424

Bubba Ho-Tep


I finally got to see the film adaptation of Joe Lansdale‘s short story by Don Coscarelli, starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis, at the Screen in Santa Fe, NM.

Bruce Campbell’s performance as Elvis was surprisingly restrained. Of course, I always knew that he was still alive. I also enjoyed learning the truth about JFK and Marilyn.

Bubba Ho-Tep will be out on DVD this May.

The Satan Bug


I read this years ago and reread it recently after channel-surfing into the 1965 film starring George Maharis and Anne Francis. The movie is entertaining, but Alistair MacClean’s book is far more visceral and fast-paced. Maybe transplanting the plot from the cold, wet UK to sunny Southern California is part of the problem. In any event, read the book if you like a good thriller.

Originally published in 1962 under the pseudonym of Ian Stuart.

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