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Batman Begins: Novelisation Paperback – 16 Jun 2005

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; paperback / softback edition (16 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845761626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845761622
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 26.9 x 43.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" O'Neill perfectly captures the atmosphere, tension and white-knuckle excitement of the movie, all while delving deeper..." -- 6 Degrees Film.com June 2005

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Based on the eagerly awaited new feature film-the exciting origins of the ultimate crime fighter!
Bruce Wayne is dead. The young heir to the Wayne empire disappeared seven years ago. His vast fortune has been given away, and the crime wave that began with the brutal murder of his parents has turned Gotham City into a living hell. The last holdouts against corruption-the cops who can't be bought, the D.A.s who can't be intimidated-are outnumbered and outgunned. They need help . . . fast.
A world away, in a dank Himalayan prison, a nameless, hardened man fights every day to survive. He has spent seven years scouring the globe, studying the criminal mind, looking for an answer to the ugly riddle of his childhood. But something has been looking for him, too. Here, in the darkest places of his own anger, Bruce Wayne will discover his destiny-and an ordinary man will become a legend. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is a replacement copy because I laminated the original copy of it that I had but I messed up the copy a little bit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Next time, try Mace! 27 Jun. 2005
By Low Coup - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed reading this novelization. Enthralled by the first 135 pages, I was able to widen the voyeur lens on Master Wayne. I also met characters not introduced in the movie. Young Bruce has a tutor named Miss Daisy. Later, Vagrant Bruce has an encounter with a bosun named Hector, and hijacks a truck with a bandit Bruce nicknamed "Stocky". We also get the scoop on Ra's Al Ghul/Ducard: He is a "methodical man" of "rationality and science" who "keeps records"; he has "sired 414 children", yet "must have a son"; has a daughter named Talia who he wants Bruce to impregnate because up until now "no man . . . has ever been worthy of mingling his genes with his" [Note that Talia is not mentioned again in the novel after this, which is a misstep in my opinion]; and one more surprise regarding his "origin".

Unfortunately, by page 136 the novel dips ever so slightly, but provides some insight into motives of the main players. The creation of Bruce Wayne's backstory was the high point. Some of the dialogue is verbatim from the movie, which works 80% of the time.

It took me 6 hours to read this novel. If you enjoyed the movie, you may enjoy the book. Ra's Al Ghul's journal almost steals Bruce's thunder, but who can really steal anything from Batman? He's the Guardian of Gotham City.

5 stars: pages 1-135

3 stars: pages 136-320

Total: 4 stars
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "All Those Push-Ups For Nothing..." 6 July 2005
By HavokPiggy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I always read the novel before I see the movie, rule of thumb. I have not yet seen Batman Begins but after reading this book I can only hope it's as good. The first few chapters are entertaining and suck you into the story of an only child raised by his billionaire parents. The plot thickens as young bruce discovers a crevice in the well he has fallen into, while playing, and bats fly at him and nearly scare him to death. The story trudges on, chronicling the death of bruce's parents, his insane travel across the globe in dark trashy shipbottoms, his discovery of an ancient temple dedicated to martial arts, and his rise into the role of Gotham's own Dark Knight.

Overall this book is an excellent telling of Batman's origins, but lacks in thematic elements. Most action scenes are rushed through and written poorly, and some moments don't seem to make much sense.

Being the complete comic book nerd I am, this story seems too good to be true. I reccommend this if your looking for a short fun read.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If the movie is half as good as the book, it will be great. 14 Jun. 2005
By Bregman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dennis O'Neil adaptation of the screenplay of Batman Begins is a great read from the first page to the last. The story packs a real punch and tells how Batman began his career. A few surprises are thrown into the mix and you get a top notch read all the way.

If the movie is half as good as the book was, it will be great.

Four Stars
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faithful to the Movie 11 Nov. 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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A smoothly written novel that follows the movie quite closely, which was what I wanted. It also fills in some data not supplied by the movie itself (though not a lot), and so consequently is an interesting supplement at times. It also provides another way of experiencing and reviewing the story line. I enjoyed it, and when I read the ending, I wished there were more so that I could keep reading.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unfaithful adaptation 5 Jun. 2013
By B. Newby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Given Dennis O'Neil's fame for his work on the Batman comics, you would assume that he would be the perfect man to adapt a Batman screenplay. Sadly, this strength is his greatest weakness when it comes to adapting Christopher Nolan's film. The most glaring problem with this book is the characterization of Ra's Al Ghul. O'Neil was the primary writer who fleshed out this character in the comics and he attempts to import HIS version of the character into this story. O'Neil's version of the character is steeped in mysticism and supernaturality, all things that Nolan had pointedly removed from his version. This creates an uneven character and it is plain where you are reading about O'Neil's Ra's and when it is Nolan's version. This incongruity makes the character appear undeveloped, like a scrapbook of ideas that were never fully congealed into a solid character. It ultimately leaves the reader confused, as if you were reading two different books that were cut and paste together.

O'Neil's dialogue is often pulled directly from the screenplay, but the parts that are not are shaky and underwhelming. They read like a comic book treatment rather than a novel. An attempt to compensate for this shortcoming is made sporadically throughout the novel in small bursts of background information and characters' inner thoughts. Sadly, almost all of these moments are superficial and add nothing to the story or the characters; they are filler at best.

This isn't to say that the novel is a complete waste of time. There are a couple moments when O'Neil's creativity shine, such as the chapter when Bruce is stealing documents which reveal the history of Ra's Al Ghul. While the history itself is the prime example of my critique about Ra's characterization, the theft scene is well done and feels like it could have been a scene in the movie. It adds to the development of Bruce into Batman and stays true to the spirit of the screenplay.

I don't mind when an author expands on the screenplay he is adapting. In fact, I prefer if they do. But in expanding the story, the adapter needs to remain true to the spirit of the original screenplay, and O'Neil does not do this with any consistency.
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