Planet of the Apes

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 23 Oct 2018

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Planet of the Apes by Maurice.  Very enjoyable telling by Maurice and a loving tribute to Caesar.  Interesting insight into the Planet of the Apes.  

Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book.
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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Planet of the Apes franchise: an illustrated life story of Caesar, the brave and extraordinary leader of the apes, as told by Maurice, Caesar's best friend. a very interesting but brief book
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I'm a big fan of the new Planet of the Apes films. I've read some of the tie-in novels, but haven't kept as close tabs on the comics. "Caesar's Story" is a fun retelling of the entirety of the new canon as it exists so far, including the three films, the two tie-in novels, and the comics. The book is written as if it's a story told by Maurice to Caesar's son Cornelius after his father's death (there are also a few passages told from other points of view). Greg Keyes does a good job at thinking through how apes might perceive the events around them (it reminded me of Richard Adams' "Watership Down", but Keyes doesn't go quite so far in denying his characters knowledge of the human world).

Casual fans of the franchise will probably most appreciate this book as a quick way to get the key plot points of the tie-in material. There are some important story points and character beats that this book can't adequately cover because Keyes sticks to the apes' point of view, but for the most part this gives you the complete story.

I'd recommend this if you're already a fan and are looking to revisit the story, especially the tie-in materials.
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