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    Cool Indiana Jones miscellaneous books

    If fiction has a name, then it must be... not real stories? Eh, whatever. With the current release of IJatKotCS in theaters, some book stores are putting out all the IJ books. Borders has the three previous movie books in one volume, plus several of what appear to be either youth books or just short novels. The fourth movie's novel is checked out at my local library, but I might actually BUY this one, instead of just reading it for free (read: from tax funds). Does anyone remember the Choose Your Own Adventure ones where you were a young man helping Indy through amazing events and places (treasure of Queen of Sheba, and others)? Are those still in print?
    "That's what Sheev said."

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    I remember the Choose Your Own Adventure books, but I don't think they've been resurrected. I never really cared for them anyway.

    There are a few reference books that just came out that I'd like to get:

    The Complete Making of Indiana Jones
    The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones - flipped through this one the other day; kinda like the diaries/journals we see the characters using on-screen.
    DK's Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide - It's got some cross-sections of the movie temples/sites that would be a good reference for diorama builders.

    And the new movie souvenir magazine is out too. It's also the premiere issue of the fan magazine, akin to the SW Insider.
    Weird War Tales: Featuring the Creature Commandos #105 November 1981 (DC Comics)

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    I figured the CYA (that's sounds like another bad acronym... maybe better add the "O" for "own" ) books were too old. Maybe they'll reprint them with the movie out now.

    Thanks on the others... I knew about the movie mag, didn't know the others.
    "That's what Sheev said."

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    I thought I was buying a set fo the three Indy movie novels, but it turned out to be the Scholastic young adult versions. Not bad so far into Raiders... however they "edit" the bad parts, i.e. Marion is apparently just Jones' "partner," minus the extra two-word adjective, and Indy "mutters a curse under his breath" when Belloq speaks with him from above the Well of the Souls.

    I plan on getting the cross sections-type DK book this weekend (even if I can't start reading it yet ).

    [edit] I bought the novel (at Costco: gift card = free), the DK Guide (at Border's: coupon = 20% off), and the Making of the films softcover (at Barnes & Noble: coupon = 25% off). Now, just end the school year so I can get to readin' these!
    Last edited by Bel-Cam Jos; 05-31-2008 at 05:26 PM. Reason: reinvesting in my community, one fedora/whip based book at a time
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ji'dai View Post

    There are a few reference books that just came out that I'd like to get:

    The Complete Making of Indiana Jones
    The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones - flipped through this one the other day; kinda like the diaries/journals we see the characters using on-screen.
    DK's Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide - It's got some cross-sections of the movie temples/sites that would be a good reference for diorama builders.

    And the new movie souvenir magazine is out too. It's also the premiere issue of the fan magazine, akin to the SW Insider.
    Really lookin' forward to picking up that "Making of..." book...does anyone know if it's availible in HC in the US?
    Got the DK book (very good...love the cross-sections) and the magazine as well as the Rollins novel...read that one while sitting in airports last week...a quick read...no real scenes that aren't in the movie (other than the the brief prologue and catching up a bit with Jones before the car trunk)...some dialogue changes here and there (the movie actially works better on most of these) but it's an enjoyable tie-in for the movie.

    I'm also going to pick up that "Lost Journal"...looked at it the other day and thought it was pretty cool. It's the type of thing that will look good displayed with other IJ stuff...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jedibear View Post
    Really lookin' forward to picking up that "Making of..." book...does anyone know if it's availible in HC in the US?
    I've only seen the "Making of..." book in soft-cover.

    I thought about ordering the "Making of, " the DK cross-sections, and Lost Journal from WM.com, but those books don't qualify for their site-to-store service.

    Has anyone read those Indy paperback adventure books? There's a whole slew of them out right now:

    Indiana Jones and the Interior World
    Indiana Jones and the Unicorn's Legacy
    Indiana Jones and the Philosopher's Stone
    Indiana Jones and the Hollow Earth
    Indiana Jones and the White Witch
    Indiana Jones and the Sky Pirates
    Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Sphinx
    Indiana Jones and the Genesis Deluge
    Indiana Jones and the Dance of the Giants
    Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur Eggs
    Weird War Tales: Featuring the Creature Commandos #105 November 1981 (DC Comics)

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    I have been tempted to pick a few of those paperback adven. books, but once I get started, that'd mean having to get them all. And that's unwise to do to an admitted literaphile.

    I'm about halfway through the Making of IJ and it is, to quote Spock, "pure energy." No, wait, "facinating." Some interesting details:

    - Lucas has a comment about not liking hype too far before his movies come out; must be a pre-1999 interview?

    - the tied-to-the-Uboat-periscope and sword fight in Cairo scenes were filmed, and yet they've never made it to "Special Edition" versions?

    - Raiders technically came in early and under budget

    - some tourists made it into the Egypt scenes (even one who almost kills Sallah). How cool is that? (not the killing part)

    - using a tank of water to create the Ark ghosts, plus having flashbumbs in the Nazis' jackets sounded cool, too.

    This is a great resource. The pictures are great, especially those I have not seen before. JW Rinzler is an exceptional archivist and weaves in quoted dialogue into interesting narration filled with imagery. Good job!
    Last edited by Bel-Cam Jos; 06-15-2008 at 09:04 AM.
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    The "Making of..." book is great.

    I love reading how Guy Armstrong, (Vic Armstrong's grandson) is the stunt coordinator on KOTCS...talk about a family affair! Nit only that, but it explains why the stunts (especially the Hanger 51 sequence) have such an edge...he also did the amazing opening sequence of Daniel Craig's "Casino Royale".

    Just another fun fact...

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    Now I am going against what I normally say I won't do and am reading two books at once, but they are related. I am 200+ pages into the Complete Making of IJ and up to the Temple of Doom part of the IJ Ultimate Guide. I forgot how much I like these "visual dictionary" style books. Good job of mixing in the Young Indy TV plots.

    There was a movie review by Harlan Ellison in the Making of... book and it had the registered trademark icon after his name; found out he registered his own name in '05. That's worse than Prince as a symbol.

    On my brief vacation, the novelization of Crystal Skull will be read (or at least begun). Gorging on Indy stuff...
    "That's what Sheev said."

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    Finally finished The Complete Making of Indiana Jones this morning. Lucas sure comes off as pushy in his plans for Indy IV (it must have aliens), and I was surprised at Harrison's level of desire to do it (not surprised at his requirement of a good script). I am really glad I saw the movie with very little info and spoilers before; it made their purpose of a fun film true for me.

    Now, when's The Complete Making of Howard the Duck being released? ... of Tucker: The Man and His Dream? ... of Radioland Murders?
    "That's what Sheev said."

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