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Spider-Man 2 Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2004

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345470540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345470546
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.1 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,631,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on 8 Sept. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What can I say, this novel is fantastic! It complements the film so well. All of the main characters inner and outer thoughts, feelings and emotions are all explored, J Jonah and John Jameson. There is a brilliant conversation between JJJ, John and MJ at the begining. All the moments in the film where you wish Peter would say something or wonder what is going through his mind all is mentioned
Basicly the novel is the film, but a lot deeper, the film complements the novel and the novel compliments the film.
This is fantastic for anyone waiting for the DVD release. It's cheap and you won't want to put it down.
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A wonderful read. Action and romance - just great. Fantastic fantasy to make the bus journey to and from work bearable.
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This is an amazing book but I must say it is not as good as the movie but this is really good
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x904dc60c) out of 5 stars Fun Book with Scenes NOT in the Spider-man 2 Film! 8 July 2004
By Bryan E. Leed - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you like to read Movie Tie-In books, then this is a good one. This is a book written after the movie script was written, though some scenes and elements may differ, most of this book follows the movie closely, while adding some extra scenes.
You will read about the dinner date when John Jameson took Mary Jane to meet his dad, J. Jonah Jameson. This has some funny dialogue, and it touches on Spider-man's predicament of possibly endangering his family and friends if his secret identity was known.
We see the amusing night that Mary Jane met John Jameson, as well as the time that she got fired from the Moondance Diner, by Enrique' (her slobby boss seen in the first Spider-man movie).
In the book, Dr. Octavius has many lines of dialogue about b-movie scientist stereotypes versus God; which makes him a little more sinister, though it is strange, and unlike the friendly, pre-accident Dr. Otto.
We get to hear John Jameson's explanation to the crowd in the church, after getting the bad news note, which is really very intelligent and dignified, not angry or resentful. He really is a great guy!
There are also many brief, minor references for the knowledgeable comic book fans to pick up on, (the Man-Wolf, Gwen Stacy, Dr. Henry Pym, Namor, etc...).
The book has more instances of Uncle Ben invading Peter's thoughts, including more dialogue than the film gives Ben.
The artificial intelligence of Doc Ock's arms are given dialogue, too! They call him Father, and their thoughts are more defined than in the movie, where we only hear Doc Ock's side of the conversations.
It's also great to have some of the more memorable, major film dialogue in the book, like Aunt May's moving day monologue about heroes.
There is only one scene in this book that I am glad that it is not in the film. In the first chapter, Dr. Octavius is heading to give a lecture for Dr. Connors class, when he is kidnapped by a flying, giant robot, and Spidey gets involved. This is a lame, corny scene, but the rest of the book is terrific.
After seeing the great movie, Spider-man 2, this book adds extra scenes that are quite enjoyable.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x904dc684) out of 5 stars Spider-Man, Spider-Man... 2 Jun. 2004
By Kimberly Murphy-Smith - Published on
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I read this book cover to cover in two hours, and when it was over, I screamed into the air, "HOW MUCH LONGER UNTIL THIS MOVIE OPENS?"
By the end of this book, you will feel Peter Parker's pain as tries to keep his life from spinning out of control. Peter David spins a web of a story that will hold you in its grasp and will not let you go, even on the last page. If the movie is half as good as the book, it will rock so hard. Buy this book. You won't regret it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90a55dbc) out of 5 stars Caught in the Web 29 July 2004
By Blanche - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Though this is not my type of reading, I became caught in the web of Spider Man 2. A wonderful story entwined with the never-ending battle between good and evil. A must for everyone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x904dc90c) out of 5 stars Spider-man still flying high... 28 May 2004
By Vincent Nguyen - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was great. I love Peter David's brand of humor and the little touches he adds to the screenplay. The story itself is very deep as it's more about characterization than the first book. This book may not be as "action-oriented" but I'm not reading this for the action (I'm watching the movie for that!) and it was fun reading about Peter, MJ, and Doc Ock. Check it out.
HASH(0x904caf48) out of 5 stars A fine book that enhances a great film 27 Jan. 2005
By Ian - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In my experience, books based on movies tend to be above average in terms of storytelling, and tend to be better then the movies themselves. Spider man 2 follows that trend, creating a rich and compelling story that hooked me within moments of reading.

We all know the plot of Spider man 2 by now. Peter continues his task of being spider man while trying to juggle being a super hero, a pizza delivery guy, and a college student. But the pressures of all three burdens beings to wiegh down on him, and the temptation to give up being a hero grows stronger by the minute. Will Peter succumb, or overcome the monumental difficulties that are in front of him?

Like the novel based on the first spider man movie, spider man 2 takes the basic plot of the movie and enriches it with material that can only be found in a book, such as being able to read what the charachters are thinking. Peter David has added some great ideas within the pages. My favorite is the idea that the tentacles actually "talk" to doctor octopus and address him as "father" while acting like children eager to please a parent. It works very well and adds a very interesting idea that's not in the movie.

The charachters are given a lot of enrichments and enhancments, furthur adding to the already great personalities that they already have. My favorite charchter has got to be doc ock, who is good at heart, but manipulated by forces outside his control into becoming something he's not. Aunt May continues to be the wise cornerstone that Peter needs to simply keep his sanity. Harry Osbourn is one of the most fascinating charachters in the storyline of the movies, being both the best friend of Peter and the biggest hater of Spider man. The passage where Harry discovers the truth behind Spider man was amazing (in addition, it's longer and more thought out then the movie version, which seemed to move a little too quickly). You can really feel his saddness and frustration over his fathers death, the continuing demise of Oscorp and how he slips dangerously close to being insane.

There are two problems I have with the story. The opening of the book has a scene thats not in the movie, where Doc Ock is kidnapped by an australian guy named Jack All (I'm serious!) in a giant robot thing. It's a cheesy scene that dosent add much except for a bit of foreshadowing of what's to come. And seriously, who calls themselves Jack All? (But to the authors credit, Jack All does say "So? You call yourself Spider Man").

The second, and biggest problem is with Uncle Ben. In the storylines, he's portrayed as a kind, caring and understanding father figure that Peter needs in life. In this book, he's transformed into a complete grouch. I was shocked to see that a kind old man became an uncaring grouch who bickers and scolds Peter all the time. Shouldent Ben know better? Shouldent he know that Peter is only human and can't do everything at once? I was very dissapointed at how Ben is treated. It's as if Ben decided to become a bully for his own amusement. Not funny, and a disapointment.

But beyond those two complaints, this is a great story that is extremly well written. When I first started reading it, I couldent put it down! Fans of Spider man, both book and movie, will probably love this novel. Highly recommended.
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