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The Last Days of Krypton [Hardcover]

Kevin Anderson
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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006134074X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061340741
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevin J. Anderson has over 20 million books in print in 30 languages worldwide. He is the author of, among others, the X-FILES novels, GROUND ZERO and the JEDI ACADEMY trilogy of STAR WARS novels - the three bestselling SF novels of 1994. He has also co-written the international bestselling prequels to Frank Herbert's monumental DUNE series. He has won, or been nominated for, many awards including the Nebula Award and the Bram Stoker Award. Visit his website

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Finally, the epic story told: the finals days of the planet Krypton before it explodes sending Superman and his legacy to Earth. "The Last Days of Krypton" is the story of the politics and betrayals that blind both heroes and villains to the coming disaster and culminate in the escape of only a single infant child. While exploring on the planet Krypton with its famous cities and futuristic society, Anderson will also develop familiar characters with new depth. Superman's parents epic love story will culminate in the decision to save their only child by sending him away. Brainiac, the Kyptonian genius who later returned to terrorize Superman, will struggle between good and evil. And, Superman's long-time villain General Zod will lead an early uprising on Krypton. "The Last Days of Krypton" is destined to become an instant classic!

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4.0 out of 5 stars An Alternative Vision of Krypton 3 Dec 2007
I read this book over a 3 day period and overall found it interesting, quite exciting in places. Superman The Movie had a great influence on me as a child. I couldn't help but compare the film's portrayal of Krypton to Anderson's alternative. They are VERY different. It may be sacrilegious to say it - but I prefer the film's visual depiction of Krypton.

In the film, Krypton's Council are both noble and misguided. Their disagreement with Jor-El is based on scientific REASON. In Anderson's book there is such a chasm between the scientific genius and reasoning of Jor-El and the maddening stupidity of the council that I ended up not caring what happened to them.

I also had a problem with the amount of "screen time" given over to the Zod sub-plot. In fact the whole story hinges on Zod's turning to the dark side - unfortunate if, like me, you are not so interested in the evil trio.

Having said all that, Anderson, for the most part, does succeed in creating a doomed alien world rich in history, culture, science, and conflict. All the elements are there to bring Krypton alive on the page - and in a uniquely Anderson way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of Superman 9 Aug 2013
By Dave
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Being an avid fan of Superman from the middle 50's I always wanted to know his beginnings. One of the early comics had Superman travel to Krypton through time in a spaceship. As with most science fiction if you're a fan you just let your imagination run wild. This book allowed me to fill in my own gaps, I have enjoyed reading it in a very short space of time.
Well done Kevin............
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but not great 28 May 2013
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Nice back story to the superman legend. A mix of politics, power and romance, not great but still an entertaining read .
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Sci-Fi Fans 25 July 2012
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This was a great read that kept you interested from the first page to the last. Even if you're not a Superman Fan this is still a book that you can enjoy. The author has put together a well thought out and entertaining story. And for the price, well how can you refuse...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hack from the Planet Krypton 11 April 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
You must have heard of Kevin J. Anderson. You must have! And if you haven't then `my god'! please cast your mind back to all those spin-off novels from popular film and TV franchises that you have seen cramming the shelves of your local Borders over the last ten or fifteen years. He has written Star Wars novels, X-Files novels and has even jumped on the coat-tails of Frank Herbert's son James, by co-writing the DUNE expanded universe novels - turning it into something virtually unrecognisable with a prose far removed from Frank Herbert's dense genius. Though Kevin J. Anderson has made a recent bid for originality with his own `Saga of the Seven Suns' series of 7 lengthy novels, this fellow is the biggest Hack this side of Alan Dean Foster, Timothy Zahn and S.D. Perry - three other notorious jobbing pulp writers with a series of unwanted movie novelizations on their extensive rap-sheets. Before Kevin gets the chance to bludgeon the DUNE franchise further with the inevitable Paul of Dune 2 and 3 - here he has turned his attention to the Superman franchise by delivering a...yes...a Hack novel detailing the events that took place on Superman's home planet before its demise and his subsequent despatch to the planet Earth.

This is actually a very good idea for a book. It is surprising that no-one else had thought of this idea before. I myself have been in the dark regarding all the famous character names and places that devotees of the comic book must know off by heart. Similar to the world described at the beginning of Prelude to Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, the race of people inhabiting the world of Krypton have lived a decadent, uninspired and boring existence purposefully cut-off from the rest of the cosmos after a near cataclysmic war long in their past.
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