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Nomads [Mass Market Paperback]

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Mm) (April 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553234226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553234220
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,255,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very engrossing book May 26 2011
By Karen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book a long time ago, years before the movie ever came out. Having read the book is what made me want to see the movie. The movie was based on the book and not nearly as well. This book follows and anthropologist, Pommier,who comes to Los Angeles to teach. He is accompanied by his wife Niki, who has followed him around the world and is looking forward to settling down in one place. What he finds is that his work among the various tribes of the world has led him to another that has never been noticed or acknowledged, in the middle of a modern city. The book is haunting in how it portrays evil and what we will do to seek it out, even when we are threatened with the loss of everything. Enjoy this book, no blood or gore, but a real story.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice contemporary horror Dec 10 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the book based on the John McTiernan's film (not the opposite), and I found it much more interesting that other Yarbro's books (as the overpaged Hyacinths). If you like contemporary fantasy/horror as Lucius Shephard's "Green Eyes" or DeLint's "Little Country", you may like this.
3.0 out of 5 stars Just the facts, ma'am. March 16 2014
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Nomads (Bantam, 1984)
[originally posted 17Sep2001]

Yarbro's novelization of megastar director John McTiernan's first script is your basic Yarbro novelization—sticks close to what the final film looked like, doesn't embellish too much, lends itself to easy, quick reading.

Evidence that the American mind just doesn't want originality: of the films McTiernan has directed, Nomads is the only one that didn't gross over $50 million. ($2.5 million total, if memory serves.) Not coincidentally, it's also by far the most original work he ever did. A dying man is brought into an emergency room on the graveyard shift and, in the process of dying, bites the ear of the doctor who's attending him. The doctor starts having hallucinations—or are they hallucinations?—of the
last few days of the victim's life, and the events that led to his death. Compare and contrast Bruce Willis fighting terrorists and/or Arnie and Gov. Ventura fighting aliens with dreadlocks.

It's your standard eighties horror-movie fare, of course, and no one who's seen a film of any sort in the past thirty years will be surprised at the ending, but it's a fantastic look into the mind of a man who's since hit the very top of Hollywood's A-list, filtered through an author who's eminently capable in the script-novelization area. Worth a look. ***
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel but not based on the movie! Dec 19 2002
By Cybele A. Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a fascinating novel really engrossing and riveting. I love the darkness and terror without the whole blood and guts approach of so many horror writers. The characters a really well written and you truly feel for them as they go through hell and back.
With an interesting premise of using the people that have no face to mainstream crowds in this world and turning them into something completley sinister.
Was made into a film in 1986 that is also interesting but isn't nearly as good as the book mostly becuase they just didn't explain enough of what was going on and left viewers who hadn't read the book very confused.
Contrary to a prior review this is NOT based on the movie but was written several years before(This was published in 1984, which means it was written at least a year earlier than that as opposed to the films release in 1986)I have a first printing and it makes no mention of a screenplay as I recall or that a movie is forthcoming as most screenplay novels do.
3 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nomads are living inside of us! July 27 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Nomads writings are most vicious words from the beginning of the human being in the civilizations. There isn't a reason to live in a civilization and humanity to degree the people who will live at the edge of the dreams and truth. Nomads believes to nothing. People were disgussed or crushed by feelings but they have to live themselves against.

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