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VINE VOICEon 1 October 2013
Jumpin' Jippers is this bad!

Gary K. Wolf's original novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit was drastically overhauled before it was made into the classic 1988 movie. In his novel Roger was a comic-strip star who was murdered, while a slowly eroding duplicate helps hard boiled detective Eddie Valiant solve the case. Vastly different from the movie. This sequel, this awful novel (or a "Nawfel" for short) cannot decide if it wants to be a sequel to either, so it sits on the fence and is stuck halfway.

In "Who P-P-P Plugged Roger Rabbit?" (a stupid, annoying title) Valiant is hired by David O. Selznick to find a paperweight stolen from his desk in the midst of casting Gone With the Wind (the movie was made in 1939, 8 years before the book is set, but that's not the only historical inaccuracy). Wolf plays fast an loose with history which comes across as confusing and lazy. But that's just the very beginning of this novel's numerous problems. The plot is muddled, horribly written, full of holes, and borders on nonsensical gibberish. Wolf has absolutely no clue how to introduce or describe characters in a fluent, concise way, and over-describes almost everything. The story moves at a snail's pace, and if it that wasn't bad enough the dialogue is honestly among the worst I have ever read.

Here's a example:

"Roger, I don't like Toons," I told him.
"P-p-p-lease, Eddie I am in real trouble," the Rabbit said in a word balloon that appeared near my head. It was brown in color with unusual lettering...

Seriously? Of all the nuances to carry over from the (now rather obscure) original novel the word balloons did not get ditched? If Roger is supposed to be a cartoon and movie star in this novel why on Earth would he need word balloons? It slows down every dialogue exchange and makes an already difficult, sluggish novel even more unbearable. What was Wolf thinking?

Despite being owned by Disney there are NO recognizable characters in this, Disney or not. Benny the Cab is featured on the back cover but nowhere in the novel. All of the Toons featured are of Wolf's own creation and not one of them is coherently described or utilized. The back cover also features an enthusiastic quote from then-CEO of Disney Michael Eisner. I doubt he actually read the novel. However controversial his reign at Disney might have been, no sane, honest, upstanding gentleman could ever compare this drivel to the 1988 movie, plus I doubt he had the time to slog his way through the stagnant, illogical story. This is not a novel, it is an incongruous mish-mash of random, half-baked ideas with no solid core.

Why 2 stars instead of 1? It would have made a decent graphic novel. But a prose novel it ain't. The inside flap states that Wolf is currently working on a third Roger Rabbit novel. Well, this was 22 years ago and it has never come out. There's a reason why this garbage has never been reprinted, Wolf. Don't bother with a third novel. Just...don't.
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VINE VOICEon 1 October 2013
Jumpin' Jippers is this bad!

Gary K. Wolf's original novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit was drastically overhauled before it was made into the classic 1988 movie. In his novel Roger was a comic-strip star who was murdered, while a slowly eroding duplicate helps hard boiled detective Eddie Valiant solve the case. Vastly different from the movie. This sequel, this awful novel (or a "Nawfel" for short) cannot decide if it wants to be a sequel to either, so it sits on the fence and is stuck halfway.

In "Who P-P-P Plugged Roger Rabbit?" (a stupid, annoying title) Valiant is hired by David O. Selznick to find a paperweight stolen from his desk in the midst of casting Gone With the Wind (the movie was made in 1939, 8 years before the book is set, but that's not the only historical inaccuracy). Wolf plays fast an loose with history which comes across as confusing and lazy. But that's just the very beginning of this novel's numerous problems. The plot is muddled, horribly written, full of holes, and borders on nonsensical gibberish. Wolf has absolutely no clue how to introduce or describe characters in a fluent, concise way, and over-describes almost everything. The story moves at a snail's pace, and if it that wasn't bad enough the dialogue is honestly among the worst I have ever read.

Here's a example:

"Roger, I don't like Toons," I told him.
"P-p-p-lease, Eddie I am in real trouble," the Rabbit said in a word balloon that appeared near my head. It was brown in color with unusual lettering...

Seriously? Of all the nuances to carry over from the (now rather obscure) original novel the word balloons did not get ditched? If Roger is supposed to be a cartoon and movie star in this novel why on Earth would he need word balloons? It slows down every dialogue exchange and makes an already difficult, sluggish novel even more unbearable. What was Wolf thinking?

Despite being owned by Disney there are NO recognizable characters in this, Disney or not. Benny the Cab is featured on the back cover but nowhere in the novel. All of the Toons featured are of Wolf's own creation and not one of them is coherently described or utilized. The back cover also features an enthusiastic quote from then-CEO of Disney Michael Eisner. I doubt he actually read the novel. However controversial his reign at Disney might have been, no sane, honest, upstanding gentleman could ever compare this drivel to the 1988 movie, plus I doubt he had the time to slog his way through the stagnant, illogical story. This is not a novel, it is an incongruous mish-mash of random, half-baked ideas with no solid core.

Why 2 stars instead of 1? It would have made a decent graphic novel. But a prose novel it ain't. The inside flap states that Wolf is currently working on a third Roger Rabbit novel. Well, this was 22 years ago and it has never come out. There's a reason why this garbage has never been reprinted, Wolf. Don't bother with a third novel. Just...don't.
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on 27 February 2013
The movie is one of my favourites of all time so I was keen to read the book that inspired it, which I enjoyed (although it had it's problems), this isn't as good as either of them. It doesn't try to fit into either continuity but tries to be it's own half way house. Definately worth a read but don't expect too much from it.
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on 11 January 2014
I'm a great fan of the film, who framed Roger Rabbit, and these books completed my quest, pity there won't be any more.
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on 1 June 2014
Same old same old - worn out premise. Tired and without continuity. Time to move on to pastures new instead of relying on a tired out film tie-in.
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