Item description for Parallax View by Keith Brooke...
Parallax View showcases the previously unpublished Novella `In Transit', set in a future war-torn universe in which human expansion has come up against the implacable Kryte. Xeno-psychologist Abbott finds himself the guardian of a deadly Kryte on a mission to study it on his return to Earth. When the crash-land on the fortress planet of St Jerome, the Kryte prisoner turns the tables and takes Abbott into terrible custody. What follows is a terrifying journey across a hellish landscape towards a finale that might change the destiny of the Kryte and humanity, forever... Plus six other stories that examine the interface between human and alien - a parallax view from two of Britains top science fiction writers. "Individually, Keith Brooke and Eric Brown purvey SF of the highest order: their stories have epic scope and a huge heart. The fusion of their talents is a sublime alchemy, a seamless pageant of humanity and wonder, eloquently expressed." James Lovegrove "These are stories given to us by writers who are immersed in humanity, and yet have the strength and the clarity of vision to see beyond our current horizon. These are mature stories, tales of love and loss, of pleasure and pain." Stephen Baxter "Brooke and Brown"s work has a real sweep to it, and if you're looking to recapture the sadly clichd sensation of a sense of wonder, this collection will not disappoint." Liz Williams
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.27" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2007
Publisher Immanion Press
ISBN 1904853420 ISBN13 9781904853428
Availability 0 units.
More About Keith Brooke
Keith Brooke's first novel appeared in 1990, and he has published four more adult novels, two collections, and over 60 short stories. Since 1997 he has run the web-based SF, fantasy and horror showcase infinity plus (www.infinityplus.co.uk), featuring the work of around 100 top genre authors. His most recent novel, Genetopia, was published by Pyr and received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Writing as Nick Gifford, his teen fiction is published by Puffin, with one novel optioned by Little Bird.
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Lousy Story, Poorly Written Jul 8, 2006
I read a LOT. Probably 4-6 books a month. I really enjoy reading a source novel from a motion picture, and I've read enough that I don't expect the novel to follow the movie exactly, or in some cases even closely.
This was one of the most convoluted, poorly written books I have ever read. There really wasn't much of a plot, and the characters were not developed at all. I've read better stories submitted for a sixth grade English class.
Save your time and money on this one.
An interesting read May 8, 2000
Those readers who approach the book would be surprised how much liberties the screenwriters took with Loren Singer's original novel.
Singer writes a thriller about a former idealist journalist who saw a presidential assasination. A paranoid collegue warns him about the mysterious deaths of the other witnesses and it isn't long before the Parralax Corparation become involved.
Then the story gets weird. The hero is first involved in the murder of a low level employee of the company before he and his collegue are pitted against each other. Unlike the film, the main character does meet the head of the company who reveals the aim of the company to be a social engineering group designed to control democracy. Also, he has an affair with the widow of the man he killed and later saves her sons life.
The book's main assasination is modelled on the JFK killing while the film was on RFK. There are major differences in plot and structure and I would estimate that probably over 80% percent of the book was thrown out by the screenwriters.
Singer has written is a earnest and entertaining thriller that has none of the cyncial downbeat edge of the film. I should not really compare the two but as the book has been out of print for so long, I thought readers would like to know as much as possible about the original source.