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on 5 May 2010
The last review read like a promotion. This book is terrible. Now, don't get me wrong, nothing against Mr. Benson, but his work here is definitely nothing to be proud of. Even the description of the book had me chuckling. Those of us who are familiar with his previous book for the original "Metal Gear Solid", are well aware of what sort of grammar, dialogue and prose awaited us. How foolish of me, you may say, to be fooled twice into buying this book. Hah! I thankfully only rented this one from the library. Anyone who is a fan of Metal Gear will tell you there is something fatally wrong with the original novel, which Benson was writing with Kojima's supervision. The writing just does not flow, at all. It's all over the place; Benson practically re-writes most of the characters to say or do things that they either never did in the original game, or is so completely out of character, that just beggars belief! New scenarios are created that are either pointless, or simply annoying and bog down the story even further into complete convolution. These problems resurface once more in this novelisation, I am sad to say.
Unfortunately, the dialogue, just as in the original game's novel, is once again, unintentionally hilarious. It essentially reads like bad fan-fiction. The structure, the planning, and various other processes that Mr. Benson should have gone through when preparing to write this novel, obviously never happened. Why else would so many plot points be created by him, only for them to be forgotten about later on into the novel? You can sort of tell he rushed to get this project "done", just so he could pick up the pay cheque and be done with it. He even paints Raiden as "David Bowie with a shoulder-caressing mane of hair" or something similar. It's just horrific. I wanted to like this novel, I wanted him to have corrected the mistakes made from the previous entry, alas, I didn't exactly go in with high expectations, either. One can only hope if and when Mr. Benson writes his "fan-fiction" for Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.
The entirety of my review can be summed up like this, if you are reading this, you are a fan, right? Well, simply put, from one fan to another; stay away from this "novel". You'll be well off, trust me.
Side-note: Why is the title of the book, according to Amazon "Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty Bk2, when only one book based upon Sons of Liberty was made, it isn't a two parter or anything, is it? It should actually read; "Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Official Novelisation by Raymond Benson" or something like that.