The Dark Crystal

THE DARK CRYSTAL reveals the coming of age of the last male Gelfling on the planet of Thra From his quiet, dreamy existence in the secluded valley with the ponderous but cerebral urRu, Jen must suddenly depart on a Quest whose details are not fully explained to him This gentle boy leaves his comfort zone in a desperate attempt to save his planet from another miillenium oTHE DARK CRYSTAL reveals the coming of age of the last male Gelfling on the planet of Thra From his quiet, dreamy existence in the secluded valley with the ponderous but cerebral urRu, Jen must suddenly depart on a Quest whose details are not fully explained to him This gentle boy leaves his comfort zone in a desperate attempt to save his planet from another miillenium of destructive rule.Jen s goal is to find a special crystal shard and reunite it with the mother crystal now dark with grief and anger at the senseless destruction This crystal is coveted and guarded in the Dark Castle by the vicious race of Skeksis, who terrorize the planet with their bat spies and insect zombies Our unlikely hero has only his flute and his wits to guide him, but several surprise friends offer help and advice along his dangerous odyssey including the last girl Gelfling Together they race against celestial time, as the Great Conjunction of the triple suns is imminent.
The Dark Crystal THE DARK CRYSTAL reveals the coming of age of the last male Gelfling on the planet of Thra From his quiet dreamy existence in the secluded valley with the ponderous but cerebral urRu Jen must sudden

  • Title: The Dark Crystal
  • Author: A.C.H. Smith
  • ISBN: 9780030624360
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Dark Crystal”

    1. The Dark Crystal by A.C.H. Smith is the second title taken from the films of Jim Henson’s films. Like Labyrinth I remember the film although over the years certain details and scenes became hazy (come on it was 1986).Like Labyrinth this was a story that dramatically departed from the world of Henson’s Muppets which he is most famous for, in fact Henson made a point of experimenting and challenging the ways stories were told. So as different as it may have been I think given the opportunity w [...]

    2. I remember seeing the adaptation of this as a little kid, what nightmare fuel! But The Dark Crystal is still a beautiful story with good morals.

    3. Inevitably the book will be compared to the film, and that's tough competition--especially for the nostalgic ones among us! But I would say that Smith did a good job translating the film into fiction. He does have a powerful descriptive ability and some of his choice of words left me pondering the paucity of my own vocabulary. But it's nicely written and it's quite a short novel, so things keep moving. A minor complaint might be the extensive use of foreign languages in the book for the Skeksis, [...]

    4. Read this book to my daughter at bedtime. She really enjoyed it and is ready to watch the movie.I watched the movie as a kid and loved it. When I found out that it was made into a book, I had to get my hands on it. I tried to read it a few months back but couldn't get into. It wasn't unil a few weeks ago that I thought it would be a great idea to read it to my daughter. I tried to have her watch the movie a few years back but she was too young then and got scared of the skeksis. Reading it and h [...]

    5. I picked up this book after recalling the 1982/83 film inolving Jim Henson and Frank Oz. The book is a novelization of this film and therefore, as novelizations go, ran the risk of being lame. Although I agree with other reviewers, that the books scientific and technical explanations of the visual aspects of the story fall short of the wonder of their portrayal on the big screen, I was impressed by A.C.H. Smith's word choices and his addition of some political drama that I don't recall being in [...]

    6. I liked this movie a lot as a kid, even though I had no idea what the hell was going on. All of its themes, ideas, and parts of its story went right over my kiddie head. The novelization looks a tad too dense for me to really want to chop my way through while I have bronchitis and laryngitis, so I'll be saving this for another time. I did read/skim the first 95 pages though and I do like what I've seen so far. Also, I effing adore Fizzgig.

    7. Way higher level of reading than is really necessary. Is this just how books were written? So that you constantly need a thesaurus or dictionary? I'm pretty well-read and still there were parts where I had to look words up. Context clues didn't even help. Labyrinth is next and since it's the same author I guess I know what to expect.

    8. The Dark CrystalA.C.H. Smith, Jim Henson, Brian FroudRead 1/7/15Rating out of 5: 5Before you read to far, you should know that I don't do Synopsis type reviews - if you want a synopsis then you can go read the synopsis. What I do here is give my opinion of the book. **Spoilers may happen, but aren't likely.I grew up watching The Dark Crystal and The Labyrinth by Jim Henson. These movies and characters were my friends and I knew every line by heart. I hadn't read the novelizations until I receive [...]

    9. Another world, another timeThe 1980s were taking the effects of the 70s and perfecting them. Matt paintings, model work, creature creativity were all present in the film. This adaptation is incredibly beautiful and even includes some of the deleted scenes such as the funeral precession of both leaders. Like the vast majority of adaptations the writer has to work with a rough cut of the film and so there will be differences. Jen is alone. The last of his race he must leave the peace and safety of [...]

    10. I remember reading this as a child, and loving it. I was--no, am -- a big fan of the movie. I recently broke down and bought a copy, and enjoyed it as much -- if not more. I love the "behind the scenes" stuff -- especially the Skeksis politics -- added to the novel, which really compliment the movie. Edit: This fulfills the category for reading a book I've read before (could also be used for fantasy). The Dark Crystal is a novelization of the Jim Henson movie. The movie was one of my favorites a [...]

    11. I love the film, but don't think the novelisation really lives up to the it. There are some nice bits of background that let you know a little more about Jen, but I would have liked a little more about Kira.

    12. This was a surprisingly well-written movie adaptation. I picked it up to read because I have lost a large portion of my book collection in recent moves to random boxes taking up space in my mother's garage, not expecting it to be anything more than a kid's fantasy book. Despite having read The Hobbit in the fifth grade, I will say that the vocabulary level in this novelization was far beyond what I would normally expect for a book supposedly targeted towards children (perhaps because it was writ [...]

    13. This was everything that a novelization should be for me. 1) It didn't feel like a total rip off of the movie. A lot of time when novels are based on films, they're done so with a ton of copy/paste. I'm fine with some of the dialogue being the same, but oftentimes the plot never goes any deeper than the film did. Not the case with this novel, in it, the reader is given more insight into the lives of both Jen and Kira, and there was a lot of clarification of some of the shadier parts of the film. [...]

    14. Great small companion piece to a great movie. The one thing I like about A.C.H. Smith's style, is that he sticks to the source material, and shows it as it is - very straightforwardly. Now don't get me wrong, I loved Alien Resurrection by A.C. Crispin, and her style is to read into the characters. She has great, great sections where she goes into the mind of a Xenomorph.But sometimes, I just want the movie in book form, and this one delivers.

    15. This was enjoyable. This was one of the first darkish fantasy films I remember seeing as a young, impressionable kid and many of the concepts stuck with me (especially the urSkeks, entities split into violent and peaceful selves). The actions and description in the book seemed a bit compressed and even truncated towards the end, but I figure that was in the interest of achieving a faster, climactic pace. The novelization provides backstory, layers of description, political rivalries between the [...]

    16. The Dark Crystal was an extraordinary film, a movie that was an epic fantasy, but did not follow the standard tropes of fantasy or indeed film making, being populated by puppets – many incredible in design, and although the quest is a major part of the story there are no major battles or armies, instead it is a more simple tale. This could well be because it was a children’s film, produced my Jim Henson’s creature workshop. But this does not make it any less a work that is something to be [...]

    17. This book was about this little boy called Jen on a journey to place a shard of a dark crystal into the dark crystal. ON his way to place the shard into the dark crystal he found a girl named Kira and was also a Gelfling. There was also a word that said Poostitoc which I said “ITS SAYS POO” in that word! The best bit about the book was when they were riding the land striders because Kira said “let’s fly now” and then Jen said “I can’t fly” and then Kira said “of course you cant [...]

    18. I loved this movie as a child so I was eager to get my hand on the novelization. This book made me love the movie even more. There's added dialogue, added descriptions and the internal monologue that Jen has in the book seems to add more to the movie. The book also gives you history and information about the crystal cracking that you just don't get in the movie. I'm now seriously excited for the Netflix series and want to watch the movie again.

    19. If you've seen the movie this is an almost step by step retelling with a few new emotional notes added about the characters. If you have not, I am not sure this would entice you I absolutely love this universe, so I could not give it less than the highest marks.

    20. I'm still trying to collect my thoughts after reading this, and all I can think is WHY I didn't read this SOONER! Where do I start?This is a masterpiece. The Dark Crystal and I go way back. It's just one of those childhood memories I can never forget. I loved the movie growing up, and I finally got around to buying the book, which is, in my opinion, better than the movie. But I still LOVE the movie.For those of you not familiar with The Dark Crystal, here's a synopsis:The young Gelfling, Jen, al [...]

    21. It's one thing when books are converted to films; generally you should read the book first, then the film is fine. But when films are converted to books, it doesn't generally work; this is no exception.The film is one of my all-time top five, indeed I tend to think of it as my favourite ever film; it's a masterpiece. So I was fairly enthused to read the book. The story is mostly faithful to the film, more a case of adding in extra detail where it differs. One might think that was a good thing, c [...]

    22. I hate to say it but I gave up on this one after fifty pages. The author is capable but spent more time on his own inventions for the book than on the important moments of the movie. Page after page of made up ritual and language and then the violent dressing down of The Chamberlain is handled in one paragraph. One of the key plot points is tossed out off handedly in order to get back to more Skeksis politics and ritual. After 50 pages (of this 180 page book) I was still in the first 10 or fifte [...]

    23. You knowis was written first by the author that did the collaboration with Jim Henson for Labyrinth and it shows. This book does not flow as smoothly as Labyrinth does with the movie, but shows moments of collaboration on details that were being worked out for the movie and then eventually the book. The script for the movie changed repeatedly, and this novel still contains the portions that never made it into the movie, and for that, I loved this book so much. To me, this book made the movie a m [...]

    24. I Loved this book when I read it as a child. It was one of the first books that I read of my own volition, so it holds a special place in my heart. I had seen this book in my elementary school library for what seemed like a very long time before I worked up the courage to tackle such a huge novel. (I was probably in 2nd or 3rd grade. I was always fascinated by the front cover. When I decided to check it out, the librarian said that I could just keep it (bless her heart) and thus began my reading [...]

    25. Growing up (without going through every review, I wonder how many start with 'growing up), I had too many distractions to worry about reading. Atari 2600, Star Wars, He-Man, Arcade games, Transformers, bike riding, piloting trashed farm equipment as a spaceship, etc So, when we just HAD to read books for school, I'd get ones based on films that I'd seen. What I found was so much more insight into the subject that I already loved. Win, win!This is a great story with intrigue and heart, although t [...]

    26. "Unico e irripetibile" è stato definito dal New yorl Times il film Dark Crystal cha ha vinto il premio al Festival del Film Fantastico di Avoriaz e che compare ora sui nostri schermi. È opera di J. Henson e F. Oz, creatori dei famosi Muppets, i pupazzi amati da milioni di telespettatori di tutto il mondo. È costato cinque anni di lavorazione. È prodotto da Gary Kurtz, produttore di Guerre Stellari e L'impero colpische ancora. Ecco il romanzo del film, che Urania è lieta di presentare ai s [...]

    27. First of all, the novelization of The Dark Crystal is true to the movie (as expected). Where it departs somewhat is that it imparts more about of the meanings behind some of the ceremonies (urRu and Skekses) as well as providing a bit more background/motivation detail for Jen. As an added bonus, this version includes some of Jim Henson's revision notes to Smith. You could tell that Henson actually cared about the novel and was eager to make it "true" to the film without stifling the writer's ima [...]

    28. April 9th, 2016This movie was and remains one of the most fascinating traumas of my childhood--I've seen it once as a child (or at least the beginning) and it still scares me at 25. Despite that, the few memories I have of the movie are embedded in my brain forever and never ceased to be a source of fascination obviously when I learned about this book's existence, I had to add it to my to-read pile.

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