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on 22 November 2000
I loved the movie and decided to read the book. When I received it I realised that it wasn't written prior to the film, but after. A simple run-down of what happened in the movie. I felt that it was quite badly written. I am usually more of a fan of books rather than acting as you get to see deeper into the characters and situations. This book unfortunately did the opposite, although my opinion may be biased by the fact that I thought the acting performances in Pitch Black were outstanding. Overall the story idea is great - it is quite contrived but it's direct action, straight into your brain and it gets the adrenalin pumping. The way the characters develop is amazing, but its dealt with quite poorly in this book. However, it gets two stars for covering pieces which were missing from the movie and tying up some things that I felt were left hanging. It's also a good companion for those of us who have seen the movie four times and feel that it might be pushing it (and our wallets) to go again.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 17 July 2016
This is the novelisation of the film Pitch Black [Blu-ray][Region Free], starring Vin Diesel. It's a rather short book (under 200 pages), and doesn't really achieve much other than outline the story presented in the movie. This novel was published a few years after the film, following its growth in popularity. As such, it may be seen as an attempt by the publishers to cash-in on the franchise - rather than issue a genuinely good book. As it is, it's reasonably well written - although on occasion reads like a young adult novel.

The storyline concerns a group of strangers finding themselves stranded on a remote alien world, as a result of their spaceship crashing. They find themselves stuck on a desert planet, apparently barren. To make matters worse, one of the passengers was a wanted violent criminal - who's now escaped. As the survivors search for a way off-world, day turns to night and a horde of flesh-eating flying monsters emerge from below the planets surface ... The only hope for these wayward travellers is to rely on the help of Riddick - the criminal.

It's a good story, and was made into a great sci-fi action film. But this is a rather poor novelisation. I recommend it only for die-hard fans of Riddick.
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on 8 September 2005
As books go this was ok, the explanation of how Riddick became a hunted man was a good tie-in to the movie... but WHY OH WHY was Jack's name changed to Audrey and made into a girl upon intro. Sad... there goes the moment of revelation that was such an excellent moment in the film. And making out that Riddick was some kinda reluctant hero, some do-right standup guy? Riddick, first and foremost, him helping anyone else was just a byproduct. The change in his way of thinking came at the very end with the death of the pilot. Other that this the book followed the movie and was a good read but Audrey definitely ruined it for me.
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on 31 January 2015
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on 6 February 2005
this is a good read. i was and still am, a big fan of pitch black, the film, and the book goes along with it nicely, with a few more details here and there. this is worth your money, and with such a cheap price from this site, you cant go wrong.
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