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Jim Henson's The Labyrinth Novelization Hardcover – 28 Feb 2015

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Archaia; 01 edition (28 Feb. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608864162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608864164
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Jim Henson is the founder of The Jim Henson Company and created puppet characters for Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock and other programs.


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All right, much like any book/film collaboration there are some differences but this is very much the film in book form, I loved this just as much as I loved the film with the added bonus that no one complains that I read it over and over :-)
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I absolutely love this film so when I found out that a book had been published I had to get my hands on it!

This book is very detailed and adds scenes that were not included in the film which makes it so charming, especially with the amazing goblin art work and pages from Jim Henson's note book.

I will treasure this book and continuously return to the chapter "O Body Swayed To Music" on page 155! Now if you'll excuse me, "I'm off the take the little lady back to the beginning of the labyrinth, just like we planned!"
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Great quality and fast shipping. Love it!
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So funny, and worth the read if you're a Labyrinth fan. It goes mostly by the movie, but there are little added extras that make it a riot: my favourite being a lot of Jareth's parts. There's a lot more depth to him in the novelisation, and I couldn't stop giggling...
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Synopsis

After having yet another argument with her stepmother over babysitting duties, Sarah appeals to the goblin king to take away her younger brother Toby. When this actually happens Sarah starts a quest to retrieve her younger sibling and she only has thirteen hours to make her way to the centre of the labyrinth to confront Jareth, the Goblin King.

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Ok, so if – like me – you are a child of the 80s then Labyrinth will have been a firm favourite of yours. It most definitely was one of my favourites (to the point where I have the soundtrack on CD and vinyl and the DVD and film posters and the T-Shirt and a weird crush on David Bowie) so when I saw that a book was going to be released of the story I will admit my inner geek went into overdrive. This occasionally happens, especially when I find random memorabilia from movies that I love.

I bought a copy of the book in a moment of proud madness – well technically I Pre-Ordered it from Amazon. I had just had a root canal after 30 years of avoiding the dentist and felt that I had been a brave little toaster and deserved a treat. And boy was this book a treat.

It was strange reading a story that I have loved for such a long time. The characters’ were exactly how they were in the movies but what is good about the book is that you get a vision of the unedited movie. Deleted scenes take place in the book that obviously didn’t make it to the actual movie. What I did find is that some of the descriptive narrative read like extra detailing in a script.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing because if you have seen the movie you can see just how accurate that the movie makers got it.

Overall, this is a sumptuous book for the lovers of the film. Now, having finished the book I am off to watch the movie. Dance, Magic Dance….

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth by ACH Smith and Brian Froud is available now.
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Great novelization. Very similar to the film, except some minor modifications or additions. Written in a nice and easy style. SPOILER The Sarah/Jareth relationship is taken to the next level, because he tries to kiss her during the masquerade, which thank God was only in the book (I guess a mature David Bowie kissing 16-year-old Jennifer Connelly would have been quite inappropriate!).
I only put 4 stars because I believe novelizations are great to expand on the characters and have more insight on their motives and feelings, and I find that it was an opportunity that they missed. But still a great read!
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This is a reprint of A. C. H. Smith's novelisation of Labyrinth, complemented by lots of great new material including some wonderful Brian Froud goblin sketches and pages from Jim Henson's ideas notebook. The book is beautifully presented and of very high quality, as we have come to expect from Archaia.

The novelisation itself is great, capturing all the key moments in the film while also adding in intriguing additional details that flesh out the characters and their back-stories. Many scenes are extended beyond the versions seen in the film, and I particularly enjoy the insights into Sarah's family life (her relationship with her absent mother is explored, and knowing the background to her mother's departure really makes Sarah's petulance in the film far easier to understand) and Jareth's thought processes (he becomes a fully fleshed out character in the novelisation, with fears and desires),

Now for the new content - while the Froud sketches are wonderful they are inescapably familiar (although the character concepts are new, I’ve seen many other goblin sketches before in Goblins of the Labyrinth and elsewhere); by contrast, the Henson notes are completely fresh and have really captured my imagination. They provide a genuinely fascinating insight into the early development of the film. The notes can best be best described as embryonic ideas - among other things, they reveal that one of Jareth’s early names was Torquil (!), the Wiseman’s bird hat started life as the top of a Jester’s staff and an early description of Sir Didymus summed him up perfectly as “small and feisty”.

Overall, I can’t recommend this enough - the book is perfectly presented, and the new content makes it a must have even if you already own the original print of the novelisation.
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