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Old 12-19-2008, 04:49 AM   #76
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I just finished reading the Genesis Deluge. I must say that I have really been enjoying Max McCoy and is writing style when it comes to Indy. I just hope the rest of his books are as enjoyable. From the reviews I've read so far, it does not look like they will disapoint.

Genesis Deluge isn't written by Max McCoy, it is written by Rob McGregor, I apologise if I'm reading your post wrong.
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:55 PM   #77
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Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Sphinx
Indy seems to behave far more like Indy in this book then the others. A bit more ruthless, maybe its because of what happened to Alecia...

As for the staff of Aaron, it makes a great quest item...

The Omega book was a cool artefact too...

The storm sequence was great though I was disappointed the new Zealander died so quickly, I liked that character. Imperial Japan made a good enemy to chase Indiana, nicely different to the Nazis.

I thought the sequence where Indy and Sallah explore the tomb beneath the Sphinx was great, real indiana Jones, I could picture that section clearer then any...

+1 on every excerpt above. This book was the Indy we meet at the very beginning or Raiders, before he ever says a word. In Raiders, when he whips the gun away, it bounces off the rock, and he walks up where we get the ominous close-up with the great, deep music - that's the Indy in this story. I felt it the whole time I was reading it.

Loved the Staff Of Aaron & the Omega Book chamber. Great stuff, vintage Indy all the way.

Expert handling of all things Sallah in this book. I thought Sallah sending the almonds was a great touch too. I could definitely see that happening in a film version.

The portion where he's saying goodbye to Sallah would have been a great spot to start a nice ending. In the book - they say goodbye - "next time, let's choose something a little less dangerous", Sallah gives him the letter from Mystery, and he reads it in the cab. As he was reading it, the Raiders theme was playing in my head. In my mind, he was slouching in the seat of the cab, putting his hat over his eyes as the end titles were starting to roll.



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the aborted Time Travel plot, I really don't see why, once it was excised, all references to Indy's apart aging couldn't have been erased.

I disliked only the placement of this scene, not the substance. The story of the book is already over at this point and I would have been fine with a few pages of him returning the skull. Didn't need the extra. That said; I'm not bothered by it's time travel lean. To me, it reads as a sort of portal-behind-the-skull type of thing. A "space between spaces", if you will.


Anyway, that's it for me with the four McCoy novels. I loved them. They will almost certainly replace the films as my preferred way to experience Indiana Jones. They are much deeper. Which is to be expected, considering how much more room there is to tell a story, flesh-out a character, or play out a scene in a book vs a film.


I've already started reading Philosopher's Stone again.
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Old 12-29-2008, 03:15 AM   #78
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Just wanted to add that, of the four, Dinosaur Eggs & Secret of the Sphinx have some fairly descriptive violence and fight scenes. None of these are kid's books, but these two are even less so. If either of these were made into a film, there is some stuff Spielberg & Lucas would almost certainly leave out.
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Just wanted to add that, of the four, Dinosaur Eggs & Secret of the Sphinx have some fairly descriptive violence and fight scenes. None of these are kid's books, but these two are even less so. If either of these were made into a film, there is some stuff Spielberg & Lucas would almost certainly leave out.
Apparently, Max McCoy wanted them to be even more adult-orientated and was told to remove a few things. (ex. Indy drinking urine!)

In case some people are not aware, Pat interviewed the authour for the latest IndyCast (#107) and it's definitely worth a listen. Among other things, McCoy talks about a few elements that didn't make it to the finished books. The interview starts 11 minutes into the show and lasts about 1/2 hour. Check it out!

http://www.forcecast.net/story/indyc...107_131882.asp
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Apparently, Max McCoy wanted them to be even more adult-orientated and was told to remove a few things. (ex. Indy drinking urine!)

In case some people are not aware, Pat interviewed the authour for the latest IndyCast (#107) and it's definitely worth a listen. Among other things, McCoy talks about a few elements that didn't make it to the finished books. The interview starts 11 minutes into the show and lasts about 1/2 hour. Check it out!

http://www.forcecast.net/story/indyc...107_131882.asp

Is there any way to listen to this old podcast?
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Old 03-08-2017, 03:06 AM   #81
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Apparently, Max McCoy wanted them to be even more adult-orientated and was told to remove a few things. (ex. Indy drinking urine!)

In case some people are not aware, Pat interviewed the authour for the latest IndyCast (#107) and it's definitely worth a listen. Among other things, McCoy talks about a few elements that didn't make it to the finished books. The interview starts 11 minutes into the show and lasts about 1/2 hour. Check it out!

http://www.forcecast.net/story/indyc...107_131882.asp

Also interested in being able to hear this interview. Doesn't seem available through iTunes any more. I've been re-reading some of McCoy's books recently and would love to hear him talk about the writing.
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Pastorgavin & Dr.Sartorius,

Fortunately, I still have an .mp3 of that podcast. Send me a PM with your e-mail address and I'll make sure you get it. Same goes for anyone else who wants to hear the interview.

If you don't feel like sharing your personal address, then you can always try making a request to Ed Dolista (username: indycast) in The Indy Cast thread. Ask for #107 from June 2010.
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Thanks. PM sent.
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Thanks much. Looking forward to listening to it on my commute home from work today.
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You're welcome.

Since you've been re-reading Max's books, I'd be interested to hear any thoughts after listening to the interview.
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It was an enjoyable interview. I think I've read part of it in Indymag. But I was very interested in hearing about parts that were cut from his books.

Max McCoy's novels are by far my favorite of all the Indy novels. They do feel most like the movies, and I've enjoyed the way they give backstories to some of the smaller characters in the movies.

But I remember feeling disappointed by Secret of the Sphinx because it seemed to be missing some key scenes. The way I'd heard it before was that McCoy had a time travel subplot that the publisher wouldnt let him keep in the book. Okay, makes sense. But there are still pieces of that subplot in the book. It makes much more sense if they just deleted the time travel scene from the book, not realizing that it was more than one or two scenes, but written into the whole end of the book.

I'm sorry to hear about some of the troubles he had with the publisher. I would love to have seen his more adult version of the books. I'd also love to get some time looking through the Indy bible Lucasfile sent him. He still keeps on talking about the movies as if Raiders is the first one chronologically, though. Kinda wish he'd get over that.

Thanks again for sharing the interview with me. I listen to the Indycast off and on, and somehow missed the episode back when it came out.
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