Search Novels from eBay
- As I mentioned in a post to Jim, I won the last offered "Search"
novels on eBay. Here is my short review of each (if you don't want
to know, stop reading now!):
"SEARCH" -- a faithful novelization of the pilot! Mr. Weverka adds
in some background detail to flesh out the story to a novel-length,
but does not stray far from Leslie Stevens' original script. In
fact, comparing the script and the novel, I found very few
divergences. A well-written book that captures the story of the
pilot episode and makes me want to watch the movie all over again.
"MOONROCK" -- I hope that, if you read this, you don't expect the
same story you saw. I have a copy of the Moonrock script, and the
novelization is nothing like it. Oh, the basic details are there --
the missing D-107, Dr. Trapnell, Abbas Mirzah, etc. But the way the
story is told makes me wonder what version Mr. Weverka was working
from, or if he even read the script at all. I was absolutely not
prepared for Abbas Mirzah actually being one of the good guys! And
the addition of various characters who don't appear in the script,
the change of the action from the caves at the Ur excavations to a
fictional Chaldea where Mirzah's father, the president, is on the
verge of being overthrown, an evil deaf-mute the size of Andre the
Giant ... what story this was I do not know, but it
wasn't "Moonrock." The last lines of the episode, where Cameron
hollers at Lockwood about living off food stamps after they deduct
the cost of the chartered 747, aren't here either, since there IS no
chartered 747. E-mail me if you want the details.
All in all, I batted one-for-two with the books. Buy them if they
become available -- you need them for your own collections -- but
don't expect two faithful retellings. You'll just get one.