Thursday, February 14, 2008

Jumper: Griffin's Story, by Steven Gould

I was hesitant to read this before the movie, Jumper, opened, but Steve Gould assured me that it didn't have any spoilers and would, if anything, help me to understand the backstory for the movie better. So I read it, in a day and a half. It's the kind of story that has a natural inertia to it so it was very easy to just sit down with it and look up to see that six hours had passed.

My only sadness about this book is that the teleportation in the original Jumper (everyone knows this is a story about a teen who can teleport, right? We haven't been in a coma for the last three months, have we?) was such a clever and nuance metaphor. It was about a kid feeling diconnected, cut loose from his moorings, and coming to grips with his own potential. Jumper: Griffin's Story is a more straightforward action novel, and a very good one at that. I'm glad I read it before seeing the movie, but if you didn't, I suggest you buy it, read it, and then see the movie again. Perhaps watch the movie a couple more times just to make sure you got it all.

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