Friday, January 10, 2014

Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney

Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney
1998, Touchstone


Synopsis: On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovered an insidious, horrifying plot. Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms were taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, his friends, his family, the woman he loved -- the world as he knew it.

The Good: I found the novel was better than the Donald Sutherland movie version in that Finney managed to create a increasing sense of tension and paranoia that didn't quite carry over to the big screen. As the story progressed I felt a definite buildup, a feeling of increased risk, that drove my need to finish the novel even though I already knew what happened.

The Bad: While the atmosphere was phenomenally construed, the aliens themselves were a little hard to grasp. Or at least in the way they were described in the novel. Had I not had the ideas put in my mind from the movie, I would have had a hard time picturing what exactly Finney was describing by the "blanks."

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