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BOOK REVIEW: FTN reviews Man Of Steel movie novelisation by Greg Cox

July 30th, 2013 by Paddy Comments

Man Of Steel
Written by:
Greg Cox
320 pages
Titan Books Ltd

The official novelization of the new Man of Steel movie featuring Superman. The movie, from director Zack Snyder and slated for release on June 14, 2013, stars Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Michael Shannon as General Zod. Also starring are Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Ayelet Zurer, Lawrence Fishburne and Russell Crowe. 

MOVIE novelisations tend to be strictly for the completists out there and there’s little on display in Greg Cox’s adaptation of Man Of Steel to say otherwise. If you’ve seen the film then you’ll know exactly how this story pans out and while Cox adds a number of flourishes there isn’t enough here to appeal to anyone apart from hardcore fans of Zach Snyder’s movie. It’s by no means a bad book, like the film it’s based on, it moves at lightning pace, sadly though it also shares the film’s flaws as well. The second half of the tale is instantly forgettable as any hints of characterisation or depth are lost as we are hit over the head with one action sequence after another until we lose interest.

Cox does come into his own in the early segments of the book, the section on Krypton, in particular, benefits from a little extra depth. It’s established that Jor-El wears red and blue as well, rather than the drab grey he does in the film, which explains why his son would also don a red and blue suit, something that isn’t sufficiently explained in the film.

The angst that Clark suffers as he grows up in Smallville is also further explored making for a sympathetic and much more rounded hero than the one the film offers.
However just like the film, things take a turn for the worst when Zod’s spaceship lands on Earth looking for our hero. What was a surprisingly touching character study turns into a generic action romp. Cox deserves credit for putting some meat on the bones, but when you see how little he has to work with you realise just how threadbare David S Goyer’s script is.
It won’t go down as a great novel by any means but if you want to immerse yourself in the world of Man Of Steel it’s not a bad place to start.

3 out of 5 Nerds


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Paddy Ryan, like Buck Rogers, is a man out of time. He's a loose cannon haunted by his past who, when he's not making painful attempts at humour, is busy watching as many geeky films and TV shows as possible. An avid reader, he has vowed one day to start that novel he's been talking about for years. Born in the late 70s, he's an 80s kid at heart who sees nothing wrong with spending hours upon hours watching season three of Robin Of Sherwood. Jason Connery wasn't that bad you know! He's got a million ideas for comic books but thankfully doesn't know anyone with the time to draw them and call his bluff on that one! The Empire Strikes Back is his favourite film, Doctor Who is his TV show of choice and when it comes to books ... well that's a whole other story! I'm Paddy Ryan and you're not...