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Spider-Man [Mass Market Paperback]

Peter David
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March 19 2002
The explosive tale of Marvel Comics’ crime-fighting superhero

SPIDER-MAN

It begins with an orphan named Peter Parker, raised by his beloved Aunt May and Uncle Ben in Queens, New York. A quiet student, he works diligently at his studies and pines for the beautiful Mary Jane Watson. But this ordinary teenage boy is about to have his life turned upside down, when he is bitten by a genetically altered spider. Suddenly, he finds himself possessed of spectacular powers. He is now and forever Spider-Man!

Follow Spider-Man’s action-packed journey, from his struggle to harness the extraordinary gifts that will prove to be both blessing and curse, to his fight to save innocent lives while the media tears him to pieces. It all leads up to his ultimate battle high above New York streets, against the death-dealing madman known as the Green Goblin. While the city watches helplessly and countless lives hang in the balance, Spider-Man confronts his archnemesis, and the Goblin puts Spider-Man’s vow to fight crime to the ultimate test . . .

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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School-David has taken the screenplay and turned it into an entertaining, exciting novel. The famous character has been updated for the 21st century with high-tech weapons and gadgets, and genetically altered spiders. The story traces Peter Parker from his origins as a wimpy high school nerd to a New York City photographer by day and crime-fighting superhero by night. The usual characters are all well portrayed: Peter's longtime love Mary Jane, the gruff newspaper editor J. Jonah Jamesson, Aunt May and Uncle Ben, and, of course, Spidey's nemesis, the Green Goblin. Much of the book centers on the rivals and how they came to be what they are: one seeking redemption and the other revenge. With its snappy dialogue, fast pace, and jam-packed action sequences, the novel has the feel of a comic book, and it should be a hot item with teens.
James O. Cahill, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Peter David is famous for writing some of the most popular of the original Star Trek: The Next Generation novels, including Imzadi and A Rock and a Hard Place. His original works include the original fantasy Sir Apropos of Nothing, the Arthurian novel Knight Life, and the quirky werewolf story Howling Mad. He single-handedly revived the classic comic book series The Incredible Hulk and has written just about every famous comic book superhero, including Spider-Man and the futuristic Spider-Man 2099. He collaborated with J. Michael Straczynski on the Babylon 5 novels and comic book series, and with Bill Mumy, he created the Nickelodeon television series Space Cases. In his spare time, he writes movie screenplays, children’s books, and TV scripts.

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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST MOVIE-TIE IN! Aug. 3 2003
By Zach
Format:Mass Market Paperback
THE BEST MOVIE-TIE IN! Peter David captures all the great moments of the movie! READ THIS BOOK! They say the book is better than the movie, well, they are about the same because they are both GREAT!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ho-hum..... April 17 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book bears the distinct aroma of the rush to publication. It basically is a revision of the original script with very few added trappings. Very few.
I particularly disagreed with the way the author characterized Norman Osborn/the Green Goblin - he seemed way out of character to me here. His transformation into the Goblin via the lab-experiment-gone-wrong was just light-years off the mark. The Goblin's going to emerge from the vapor-chamber and caper about waving his hands over his head and hooting like a great ape on the rampage? Not the Norman Osborn I'm familiar with, folks.
The book goes into far more depth regarding Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, which is a plus because the author understands these characters much better.
If you want to read the script, allow me to suggest Mark Cotta Vaz' "Behind the Mask of Spider-Man", which contains the entire script with fewer annoyances such as the aforementioned Goblin transformation scene.
In short, it's safe to say this novelization is for Spider-Man completists only. If you just haaaaaave to have it, be my guest.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The movie is better then the book. April 8 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Peter David's take on the Spider-Man story has never been very good. Neither is this book, which is basically his version of Spider-Man on film. Really, does a man who made a second rate TV show like Space Cases, really think that he could write a Spider-Man film script as well. It sure looked to be the case here and I soon threw away this book and enjoyed the movie instead. Comic book writers have no business writing movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The essence of Spider-Man Jan. 29 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Personally, I think that many important issues were left behind during the making of Spider-Man the movie. Being direct, the personalities of the characters are a little lost. In the film the scenes go on to fast from the "puny" Parker getting on the buss until the appearance of Spiderman.
In this novelization, you can find that every character is utterly expressive. You will find another beginning. Peter writes a reflexive diary. A better detailed accident. There are conversations that never took place in the movie. Peter's agony after uncle Ben's lost and the utterances that make him decide to do something else with his great power. All these things could have been achieved in the film to get more excitement, but they weren't. In the other hand, this book perfectly gets the real essence of Spider-Man: Peter Parker. Going through Parker's life and understanding his well detailed thoughts, you will definitely enjoy more the wall crawler adventures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spider-man a review by Ammon Rueckert Sept. 20 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thought the auther put in really good details. I loved the way the auther, Peter David made it interesting so it felt like you were watching the movie. I mean he puts in lots of fasinating details. It's almost better then the movie. I say that because the movie just has the feeling like..... uhhh I don't know how to explain it. But then again the book makes it so you can kind of makeup your own thoughts of what the scenery looks like and the way they are talk and what the people look like. So I would give the auther 5 stars total and the book 5 stars total.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Probably the best book I've read yet...!" Aug. 29 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
All there is to say is that this is definitely a good book. Peter David also added a new chapter in it, the first, where Peter Parker is still six years old and he says his uncle makes "perverted rice" which is actually "converted rice".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spider man a 5 star book Aug. 24 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Peter Parker has always had a crush on Mary Jane the girl who lives next door to his aunt and uncle's house where Peter lives. He isn't the coolest guy in school because of his glases and becasue he doesn't have any muscels.
One day he goes to a field trip to a spider museum and while he's taking pictures of Mary Jane with Spiders in the background with the camera his uncle gave him he is bit by a spider. When he goes home he feels very strange. He decides to go to sleep and when he awakens he looks in the mirror and he is amazed at his bicops and the fact that he doesn't need glasses anymore. Then when he gets to school a bully at his school really annnoys him so he gets into a fight and wins.
I really enjoyed this book I also saw the movie but I thought that the book is better because it tells how the characters felt and reacted more than the movie did. I thinik the author (Peter David) makes this book so I can't put it down it's so good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It,s Awsome!!!!! July 25 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It takes a while for all the action!!!!! It's starts out wiht peter as a boy and he goes to live whith aunt May and Uncle Ben!!!!! I'm not actually done with it but it is awsome so far!!!! Defently one of the best Spider-Man Books ever!!!!
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