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The Thing Paperback – 20 Aug 1982


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens; Reprint edition (20 Aug 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552120553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552120555
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A strange unknown creature attacks the inhabitants of a secluded outpost in the Antarctic. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morien Jones on 19 April 2009
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I was one of the few people to buy the book before seeing the film. Years before, because I was too young to see an 18 rated film (although I tried!)
When I finally saw the film I enjoyed it, but the book is even better.
Here's why,

It was John Carpenter's original wish to do the movie more like the book, with no clear main characters. However, this was not possible in practice.

In the book-
This is a monster WHO DONE IT? everyone's a suspect, and anyone can be killed off!

Dangerous and an exciting read. Keeps you guessing.

-Morien Jones
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 May 2003
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I first saw John Carpenter's The Thing and was impressed;it's not an out and out blockbuster but a good film none the less. After viewing the film i searched out Allan Dean Foster's novelisation of the movie and it blew me away. His characterisation is spot on and his ability to draw you into the book is spellbinding. The way he envisages the camp and its surrounding environs could almost make you believe he had been there. Sadly the book is out of print and old copies or the ones you can find are getting rediculously expensive; So if you come across a copy, snatch it up and be pleased with yourself that you got yourself a great bargain, because they are becoming harder to find. So sit back and let mr Foster take you on a mind blowing journey.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary_10 on 20 Nov 2008
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Towering cliffs of solid ice rose from the canyon they were exploring. They knew it was here. Fear rode the moaning wind on swirling razor-like flakes. On a muffled word from Bennings, Childs activated the nozzle. The tip of the flame-thrower sprang to life, Bennings was scanning the cliff's jagged crevices when something clutched his ankles. He looked down and barely had time to scream as his body was yanked below the surface of the ice...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GARETH 633 on 11 Jan 2013
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Very interesting novel, well written, fascinating and suitably horrific, not quite as much as the John Carpenter film but that would be nearly impossible. Though in certain scenes it is better than the film in at least it explains the fate of certain characters not clarified in the film. The main attraction of this book is it differs from the film in many scenes and some are totally new to the book. So it is very much worth reading. Alan Dean Foster's novelisations are generally really good and this is certainly the best. Highly recommended.
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