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Jim Henson's The Labyrinth Novelization [Hardcover]

Jim Henson , Brian Froud , A.C.H Smith
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8 Aug 2014
Finally back in print and for the first time in hardcover is the novelization of LABYRINTH written by A.C.H. Smith and personally overseen by Jim Henson. This is the first in a series of novels from the Jim Henson Archives. This beautiful hardcover features unpublished goblin illustrations by legendary illustrator and concept artist Brian Froud and an exclusive peek into Jim Hensons creative process with 50 never-before-seen pages!

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Archaia (8 Aug 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608864162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608864164
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 15.5 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Henson is the founder of The Jim Henson Company and created puppet characters for Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock and other programs.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reprint of a wonderful novelisation 27 April 2014
By Rachael
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a reprint of A. C. H. Smith's novelisation of Labyrinth, complemented by lots of great new material including some wonderful Brian Froud goblin sketches and pages from Jim Henson's ideas notebook. The book is beautifully presented and of very high quality, as we have come to expect from Archaia.

The novelisation itself is great, capturing all the key moments in the film while also adding in intriguing additional details that flesh out the characters and their back-stories. Many scenes are extended beyond the versions seen in the film, and I particularly enjoy the insights into Sarah's family life (her relationship with her absent mother is explored, and knowing the background to her mother's departure really makes Sarah's petulance in the film far easier to understand) and Jareth's thought processes (he becomes a fully fleshed out character in the novelisation, with fears and desires),

Now for the new content - while the Froud sketches are wonderful they are inescapably familiar (although the character concepts are new, I’ve seen many other goblin sketches before in Goblins of the Labyrinth and elsewhere); by contrast, the Henson notes are completely fresh and have really captured my imagination. They provide a genuinely fascinating insight into the early development of the film. The notes can best be best described as embryonic ideas - among other things, they reveal that one of Jareth’s early names was Torquil (!), the Wiseman’s bird hat started life as the top of a Jester’s staff and an early description of Sir Didymus summed him up perfectly as “small and feisty”.

Overall, I can’t recommend this enough - the book is perfectly presented, and the new content makes it a must have even if you already own the original print of the novelisation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dance, Magic Dance.... 13 Aug 2014
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After having yet another argument with her stepmother over babysitting duties, Sarah appeals to the goblin king to take away her younger brother Toby. When this actually happens Sarah starts a quest to retrieve her younger sibling and she only has thirteen hours to make her way to the centre of the labyrinth to confront Jareth, the Goblin King.


Ok, so if – like me – you are a child of the 80s then Labyrinth will have been a firm favourite of yours. It most definitely was one of my favourites (to the point where I have the soundtrack on CD and vinyl and the DVD and film posters and the T-Shirt and a weird crush on David Bowie) so when I saw that a book was going to be released of the story I will admit my inner geek went into overdrive. This occasionally happens, especially when I find random memorabilia from movies that I love.

I bought a copy of the book in a moment of proud madness – well technically I Pre-Ordered it from Amazon. I had just had a root canal after 30 years of avoiding the dentist and felt that I had been a brave little toaster and deserved a treat. And boy was this book a treat.

It was strange reading a story that I have loved for such a long time. The characters’ were exactly how they were in the movies but what is good about the book is that you get a vision of the unedited movie. Deleted scenes take place in the book that obviously didn’t make it to the actual movie. What I did find is that some of the descriptive narrative read like extra detailing in a script.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing because if you have seen the movie you can see just how accurate that the movie makers got it.

Overall, this is a sumptuous book for the lovers of the film. Now, having finished the book I am off to watch the movie. Dance, Magic Dance….

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth by ACH Smith and Brian Froud is available now.
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By Denis Vukosav TOP 100 REVIEWER
‘Jim Henson's Labyrinth’ written by A.C.H. Smith, illustrated by Brian Froud and overseen by Jim Henson himself will be a real treat for movie lovers who had for the past 30 years enjoyed and grew up with an exciting tale of a Labyrinth through which young Jennifer Connelly must pass due to the challenge set before her by Goblin King acted by David Bowie.

Young girl named Sarah will be left at home to babysit her little brother Toby, but because he keeps crying Sarah, while telling him her favorite story, will carelessly wish the child to the goblins that will bring to the real world fantasy character named Goblin King.

Goblin King will steal her brother bringing him to his castle that is somewhere in inside the big labyrinth full of challenges. Sarah will need to find and rescue Toby before midnight, solving the Goblin King's Labyrinth in 13 hours or her baby brother will also become a goblin…

The decision to make a reprint of this book on 300 pages is one of the news that lately pleased me the most. The movie from the 80s in whose company I spent numerous hours when I was kid, countless times enjoying the courage of young Sarah now continues to live in the pages of this beautifully designed book in which both young and older readers will enjoy while fans will surely decorate with it their bookshelves.

The book comes in a beautiful hardcover with illustrations that depict known images from the movie in a slightly different way so I may even suggest if you by some chance have not seen the movie, first read this book, which gives a new dimension to Hanson's movie - one of those that has marked our childhood, kind of movie that today there is no longer any.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, just not great.
I bought this because, obviously, I wanted the fantastic film Labyrinth in book form, and on that front it certainly delivers. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Tippetarius
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!!
I've inly read the first 14 pages but I was hooked!!!
Every word was like being transported into the film. I could 'see' the movie in my head as I read. Read more
Published 20 days ago by erica76
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful :)
This is the remastered version of A. C. H. Smith's Labyrinth. Labyrinth was my favourite film as a kid and as an adult, it's still one of my ultimate favourites. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lucy Kavanagh
5.0 out of 5 stars So in love!
I've adored Labyrinth ever since i was a child, it's my favourite movie of all time so when I found out (very recently) that there was a novelization, I NEEDED it! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Samara B
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely update for any jareth fan
beautifully updated version of the original. has some nice extra content which any labyrinth fan will enjoy looking through. Read more
Published 3 months ago by labyrinth queen
5.0 out of 5 stars You remind me of the babe. – Gorgeous return to the Labyrinth
A beautiful and lovingly curated novelisation containing Jim Henson's notes, doodles and sketches. A treasure for fans of the cult classic movie and an enjoyable story for... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. N. Coveney
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent & Long Overdue Reprint
I wasnt expecting this edition to be so nice. I was suprised at how thick it was. The Dark Crystal original print novelisation is almost a pamphlet compared to the size of this new... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pyro Stick
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Careful...
5 stars from me but this was not the book I ordered. I ordered the prequel as described in the book description above but the book I got is just a (very nice) retelling of the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dean Kernoghan
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what is advertised
I bought this as in the description it clearly states it is a prequel to a Labyrinth however this book is not a prequel. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Quinn
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