Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes

Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes

Book - 2011
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After his spacecraft smashes into a dead sea of a seemingly alien planet, a man is separated from his fellow astronauts when a raiding party of intelligent apes attack them. Captured, he finds himself in a world where apes are rulers and man is in zoos. His only hope is to communicate with a couple of chimpanzees who might be open minded and compassionate enough to be sympathetic to his cause. But astronaut John Landon discovers that both ape and man fear the unknown.
Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Archaia Entertainment, c2011.
ISBN: 9781936393367
1936393360
Characteristics: 268 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Steranko 1938-- Illustrator

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Veepea Mar 27, 2012

This was a mediocre novel at best. The artwork was great, but there were MANY spelling errors and words used improperly, quotation marks going the wrong way, and it seemed like the author used the thesaurus function in his word processor to substitute fancy words in place of normal words, except the fancy words didn't exactly fit the intended meaning. The storytelling was very choppy- you would have a few paragraphs from one person's point of view, then the story would jump to another thread for a few paragraphs, then it would jump back in time for several more paragraphs, then return to the first character. The story does fit in well with the POTA universe but there seems to be a great lack of editing. There is no finesse and I was constantly distracted by all the errors and untalented writing style. It was painful, and sometimes I wished for a lobotomy a la Landon so that it would just end.

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Nov 17, 2011

This is a great book. I expected a graphic novel when I picked it up but it's actually an illustrated Planet of the Apes novel. What's great about it is that it directly ties into the original 1968 movie. I'm glad the author got a chance to do this!

The book takes an alternate viewpoint from that of the movie. It's from the viewpoint of Landon instead of Taylor. Great idea. It works well. There is also a ton of backstory covered. In the PoTA universe there were always unanswered questions and this book answers a fair number of them. It doesn't just tick them off either, I found the answers were well integrated into the plot.

There are characters from the first three movies in the book including the psychic bomb-worshipping mutants from Beneath the Planet of the Apes. They aren't my favourites but they make a nice addition to the plot.

The major unanswered question was what happened to Landon between his capture and his labotomy. The author does a great job of combining scenes from the movie (a few here and there) with new scenes which take an alternate perspective but during the same time period. It's really well done. I'm a pretty big PoTA fan and I didn't notice any inconsistencies.

If you're a fan of the original movie this is a must read. The artwork is also quite good. The graphic novel might have been the more conventional route but I think this worked out perfectly as is.

The author is the writer behind video games such as Red Dead Redemption. He's a great author. I hope to read more of his work in the future and hopefully another Planet of the Apes book.

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