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Phantom Hardcover – 1 Oct 2005


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  • Hardcover: 458 pages
  • Publisher: Llumina Stars (1 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933626038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933626031
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,525,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 May 2003
Format: Hardcover
Susan Kay has created a masterpiece. She tells Erik's story with surprising originality yet retains all the integrity of Leroux's original novel. Though Leroux's novel is a masterpiece in itself, there is always the sense that he could have done so much more, a truly amazing lifestory lying there waiting to be told if only someone had the patience, skill and love to do it. Kay has taken on this task and created one of the best novels I have ever read. It is clear throughout that she is passionate about the Phantom, as many of us are, but she never lets her obvious love of the character stand in the way of the realism. We love the Phantom of our own accord, not under her instruction. Her historical insight is extraordinary and it is clear she has taken great care to preserve the integrity of every aspect of Erik's life.
A truly great novel by all standards. Why it has not been reprinted I will never know.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 April 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book evoked so much emotion in me and I rate it along with some of the most famous romantic movies. Susan Kay was able make me feel what the characters were feeling, with such ease. I cried when the book was finished - I just didn't want it to end. Having seen the The Phantom of the Opera, and hearing Andrew Lloyd Webber's music, made the book that much more real, as I was able to feel and imagine so much more vividly, this beautiful story. The book encompasses his life, from birth to death and it brings him to life and shows the beautiful person he was. I recommend this book whenever I can, and I thought it interesting that it was strongly recommended to myself by a man.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 April 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of the few books that, when I finished it, all I could say was wow. Atruly amazing, very moving piece of literature. I actually cried when Iread this. It adds much more depth to Gaston Leroux's story, and is reallyworth reading. Like the Phantom's voice, it seduces you. You have thislittle voice in your head, telling you to keep reading. I could hardly putit down. Read it, even if you're not a fan of the Phantom of the Opera.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 May 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Susan Kay must have put a lot of hard work into this wonderful account of the life of the phantom, I found it so good I read it again and again, it is set out in individual character chapters, so you can choose your favourites when you have some spare time. There is a lot of research into places that add to the enjoyment, if, like me, you like to really picture where the action takes place. Be prepared to fall for the phantom all over again as you follow his life from birth with pity , anger, respect for his talent, and a whole gamut of feelings. Susan Kay`s phantom, Erik, is well travelled, self educated, talented, mysterious and imperious. At the same time,he is lonely and searching for the one thing that can make his dreams come true. A great book for real Phantom fans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I read this book for the first time, it was like all my prayers for the perfect Phantom of the Opera novel were being answered. In my opinion, this spectacular piece of fiction far surpasses the original by Gaston Leroux. It answered questions that original had left unanswered and it touched me very deeply. The depth and intensity of the characters was amazing and it's a wonder that Kay isn't a very well known author. From the very first page you will not be able to stop reading. A definate suggestion for all Phantom of the Opera fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Dec 2006
Format: Paperback
Many years ago I got very much into the whole 'Phantom' genre and after reading the Gaston Leroux novel I was still wanting more. This was perfect.

This book is the prequel to Gaston Leroux's original, the latter part of the book covering the same period as Leroux's.

The style isn't very articulate at times, but it didn't hinder my enjoyment of it. The fact that the story is told from points of view of different characters really adds to the feel of what it must be like to be Erik.

This books answers some questions that readers of Leroux's novel, or fans of the musical might have ("Who is the Persian?") and it shows how Erik becomes the Phantom, it shows how his vulnerability and power sexually stir people.

Infact, this enhances the emotional pull of the musical, lines such as "a mask, my first unfeeling scrap of clothing" instantly bring to mind images detailed in this book. I hear that line now and my heart breaks for the young boy who just wants a kiss from his mother on his birthday.

A beautiful book which emotionally grips you. I haven't read this for some time and will have to loan it from the library again sometime soon.

For anyone interested in the Phantom, this is a chance to read his 'biography'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Dec 2004
Format: Paperback
OK...where to begin.....
Words cannot express my feelings for this book! Though not perfectly sticking to the original novel, (Ms. Kay gets off the track here and there in regards to certain aspects of Erik...)she gives an absolutely fantastic, realistic painting of Erik's life before his Paris Opera days. I loved this book all the way up to the Counterpoint.... where Erik meets Christine...The last bit of the book we could have surely done without! Different from Leroux's original novel, Christine is even more annoying than what she is in Leroux (and dark haired as she is in the ALW play. She's supposed to be blonde!). Like I said...we could have just stopped at the chapter before Christine enters the picture.
If you have not gotten the chance to read this book....pay whatever it takes to get a copy! I consider myself a "Leroux purist" when it comes to The Phantom (I shudder at ALW's version...as he really does an injustice with Erik and has millions of people believing that HIS Phantom is THE Phantom. Please!) but....I love Kay's version at times. If you are a true Phantom Phan, then you would have this book in your private collection.
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