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It's the movie event of the year--and the action-packed book you've been waiting for. Outcasts from society, the X-MEN are genetic mutants, born with superhuman powers, who harness their special abilities for the greater good. But the human race they fight to protect rejects and fears--even hates--them. Not all mutants seek to protect mankind. One terrorist group--led by t It's the movie event of the year--and the action-packed book you've been waiting for. Outcasts from society, the X-MEN are genetic mutants, born with superhuman powers, who harness their special abilities for the greater good. But the human race they fight to protect rejects and fears--even hates--them. Not all mutants seek to protect mankind. One terrorist group--led by the supremely powerful Magneto--seeks to strike first. Battling against prejudice and agents of intolerance, the X-MEN must establish a peaceful coexistence between mutant and mankind or they will surely perish . . .


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It's the movie event of the year--and the action-packed book you've been waiting for. Outcasts from society, the X-MEN are genetic mutants, born with superhuman powers, who harness their special abilities for the greater good. But the human race they fight to protect rejects and fears--even hates--them. Not all mutants seek to protect mankind. One terrorist group--led by t It's the movie event of the year--and the action-packed book you've been waiting for. Outcasts from society, the X-MEN are genetic mutants, born with superhuman powers, who harness their special abilities for the greater good. But the human race they fight to protect rejects and fears--even hates--them. Not all mutants seek to protect mankind. One terrorist group--led by the supremely powerful Magneto--seeks to strike first. Battling against prejudice and agents of intolerance, the X-MEN must establish a peaceful coexistence between mutant and mankind or they will surely perish . . .

30 review for X-Men

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    This is how the authors describe a young Magneto: “There was always something about metal he loved.” Really? Is that so? A mutant super villain named Magnet-o who hearts metal? That's uncanny! I wonder: did Archangel always have a thing for down pillows too? Full review here: http://superheronovels.com/2010/07/20... .

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy Rae

    Really interesting as a sort of in-between document of the first X-Men movie--it bears much in common with the finished film, obviously, but there are a lot of vestiges of the 1999 script still hanging around. Makes me grateful for the movie we got, though, which had a lot of on-the-set rewrites that ultimately improved the hell out of it. The easiest example is comparing how Logan and Rogue meet each other. In the movie, she watches him fight in a cage match and then helps him out in a not-for- Really interesting as a sort of in-between document of the first X-Men movie--it bears much in common with the finished film, obviously, but there are a lot of vestiges of the 1999 script still hanging around. Makes me grateful for the movie we got, though, which had a lot of on-the-set rewrites that ultimately improved the hell out of it. The easiest example is comparing how Logan and Rogue meet each other. In the movie, she watches him fight in a cage match and then helps him out in a not-for-money fight--and while he obviously doesn't need anybody's help in a fight against the local yokels, it's an active part. In the novelization, she comes up to him in a bar-cafe because she's afraid of the guy she just hitched a ride from, and he saves her from the creep...who turns out to be a serial killer with two previous victims. Rogue's much more of a damsel in distress there, and it's genuinely kind of disturbing how the serial killer not only gets away, but she literally never goes "wow, I now know where TWO DEAD GIRLS are buried, maybe I should tell the authorities???" Just a really bad idea all around, and I'm glad they replaced it with a shirtless Hugh Jackman pounding people in a cage for money. Generally speaking, this book is just all-around dumber than the movie it's novelizing. The writing is about as bad as you'd expect from a novelization, with the added weirdness of trying to depict material as sensitive as the Holocaust in Dick-and-Jane prose. Also, the toad line is even worse in this book. And yet, I'm giving it two stars. When it wasn't a complete and utter drag, it was neat to see one of my favourite movies (don't judge me, Goodreads, I really like X-Men) in development here.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anthony McDowell

    I grew up on the cartoons, not the comics. Wolverine has always been my favorite "comic-book character". Although I also love He-Man, Lion-O, Michaelangelo (Ninja Turles), etc., I never considered them "comic-book characters". I knew of the X-Men comics, I just didn't read them. Why would I when there were so many cartoons!?! Anywho, when the motion picture was announced, I was as excited as any other fan. As more movies continue to come out, and how excited the cast remains to play these roles, I grew up on the cartoons, not the comics. Wolverine has always been my favorite "comic-book character". Although I also love He-Man, Lion-O, Michaelangelo (Ninja Turles), etc., I never considered them "comic-book characters". I knew of the X-Men comics, I just didn't read them. Why would I when there were so many cartoons!?! Anywho, when the motion picture was announced, I was as excited as any other fan. As more movies continue to come out, and how excited the cast remains to play these roles, I continue to be excited! Then I find this treasure at a local used book store for 25 cents! It is clear the movie came first, and the writing is phenominal, expanding the scenes much more vividly than the movie was capable of. Like the movie, the movie emphasizes the Wolverine. The only complaint is a small one that is easy to overlook; the book twice mentions his claws as "8" the first time, then the second time as "4", meaning the writers gave him 4 per hand, which is inaccurate; in the movie (the '90s cartoon) he had 3 per hand, for a total of 6, and since this was an adaptation of the film, it should have at least been caught by somebody. But I just smiled and kept reading, enjoying it for what it is. I viewed it as "special features on the dvd." An insight to what they wdrs thinking, also a more complete description of the scenes than what the movie has time for. A treat for X-Fans!

  4. 5 out of 5

    TL

    *minor edits because phone was being an idiot* A good adaptation of the film, sometimes the writing is a bit dry\flat but overall I love it:-) Its nice too to see/hear some inner thoughts and scenes missing from the movie. In high school, I was a bit of an outcast, kept to myself and spent all of time in the library. These people/characters resonated with me then and still do:-) I felt less alone. Whenever I felt down or frustrated back then i would pop in the movies and pretend I was saving the w *minor edits because phone was being an idiot* A good adaptation of the film, sometimes the writing is a bit dry\flat but overall I love it:-) Its nice too to see/hear some inner thoughts and scenes missing from the movie. In high school, I was a bit of an outcast, kept to myself and spent all of time in the library. These people/characters resonated with me then and still do:-) I felt less alone. Whenever I felt down or frustrated back then i would pop in the movies and pretend I was saving the world with them. Only complaint I have is the love triangle with Jean/Logan/Scott, felt it was unnecessary and didn't add anything at all... Wolverine/Storm or Wolverine/Rogue (when she was older) would've been better. I knew people didn't understand my love for the x-men when they said this *snorts and rolls eyes* :'you only like Wolverine because he's hot' ... I'm geek, plain and simple haha. I f I mad a mutant power, it'd probably be Telekinesis. .. or teleporting (save a ton on gas that way;-) )

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Great for a novelization. Follows the movie plot-line but fills in some of the character back-stories and thoughts in a way that movies can't without taking too long. It allows you to spend a few more hours with characters that you like and even gain a slightly deeper understanding of their perspectives. If you liked the movie, you'll probably like the book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    This is actually a good novelization. The Wolverine in the book is closer to the Wolverine in the comics, much closer than the first movie's Wolverine is.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rich Meyer

    Extremely mediocre novelization of an okay movie. Readable but kind of dull ... not worth the efforts of two authors certainly.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Juan Manuel

    Short and very light book to read. I recommend it for kids as well as for mid age people.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hiram Castillo

    Have you ever wondered how cool it must be to have super powers?.Well i have and i know it would be very cool.In my novel that is X-Men by Krisine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith it is all about super heroes,In this novel their are special humans who have super powers not all of them do and the ones who do are called Mutants.This book is mainely about action so if you like action books,this will be a great book. In my novel it starts off with a boy and his family,and the boy is being taken Have you ever wondered how cool it must be to have super powers?.Well i have and i know it would be very cool.In my novel that is X-Men by Krisine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith it is all about super heroes,In this novel their are special humans who have super powers not all of them do and the ones who do are called Mutants.This book is mainely about action so if you like action books,this will be a great book. In my novel it starts off with a boy and his family,and the boy is being taken away from his family not knowing what is going on,than he gets a strange power that nobody had ever seen including his parents,the more mad he got the stronger he would get,this kind of sounds like the hulk but it’s not,so he kept trying to get loose from the guards who were separating him from his parents,until he was very mad and had the strength to break loose from the guards hands,he than runs up to his parents and hugs them,than a a few more guards come up to him and hit him on the head,than he faints and gets taken away. In this novel the main characters are mutants with different powers one of them is called Logan and his power is that he grows claws that come out of his knuckles and that every bone in his body is covered with metal so he can never break a bone,his nickname is wolverine.Than their is a laddie named storm,she can play around with the weather.Their is Scott,nickname cyclops,he shoots out a laser beem out of his eyes.Than their is jean she can read minds and move things with her mind.Rouge is a young girl but she is very deadly when she touches someone she takes away their memory and puts out for days.Than their is Proffesor Axavier he is the leader and he can read peoples mind no body else can do it like him.He is the one who put together the X-men team. The bad guys in this novel are only a few but they are difficult to defeat,their is saber tooth he is a cat/human being he has incredible strength and a good sense of smell.Their is toad a big fat toad looking guy who spits poison and crushes people.Their is mystique she is a blue women who is a good fighter and can transform her body to almost anything she wants,and for last the leader Magneto he is the one who put together his team and his power is using metal he can control it by looking at it,thinking of it,or anything he wants,everything he has is made out of metal. The main conflict in this novel is that Magneto and his team build a machine that will turn all the humans who have no powers at all into mutants,but he does not know that his machine only works for a few hours than the person who go effected by it melt.So the x-men team try to stop him and his team from using that machine and killing every Innocent person in the world,and informing him that his machine does not work. I think this was a great book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    -RadioactiveBookworm-

    I absolutely had to read this. Although, I'm not sure if I read this exact book, because I read the adult novelization, and all I could find on here was the children's novelization with pictures.. Anyways. I would have put it at five stars, but for the first half of the book the editing was shit. And this might be because I'm a total X-Men nerd, but they messed up Rogue's name, Marie, they put it as Mary. And then half way through the chapter they changed it to Marie, and then half way through t I absolutely had to read this. Although, I'm not sure if I read this exact book, because I read the adult novelization, and all I could find on here was the children's novelization with pictures.. Anyways. I would have put it at five stars, but for the first half of the book the editing was shit. And this might be because I'm a total X-Men nerd, but they messed up Rogue's name, Marie, they put it as Mary. And then half way through the chapter they changed it to Marie, and then half way through the next chapter they changed it to Rogue. Crazy, right? Anyways. A funny thing in this book was how they didn't get the locations in Canada right. Apparently, where Logan was, was Alberta, British Columbia, Canada. And that was the exact location. Apparently he was split between two provinces, and he wasn't in any kind of city at all.. Which is weird. I posted a picture of it on my facebook and people thought it was funny. But aside from those things, and a couple of the events were mixed up, this was a great book. Short, but it had the movie almost down pact. It was like I was watching the movie all over again. Definitely read it if you like movie novelization books, and if you don't, well you can always read it for fun, like I did. (: Thanks for reading! http://readers-not-writers.blogspot.ca/

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    This novelization is completely all right for what it is. It's a short, reasonably well-written summation of the first X-Men movie and it's story and characters. Unfortunately, I've come away with a profound feeling of indifference. Authors Rusch and Smith don't really use the medium of literature to explore the characters more fully than can be done in a film, and consequently things just sort of happen, characters move from scene to scene and motivations change without any clear reasoning as t This novelization is completely all right for what it is. It's a short, reasonably well-written summation of the first X-Men movie and it's story and characters. Unfortunately, I've come away with a profound feeling of indifference. Authors Rusch and Smith don't really use the medium of literature to explore the characters more fully than can be done in a film, and consequently things just sort of happen, characters move from scene to scene and motivations change without any clear reasoning as to why, because we've received absolutely no insights into the characters. They move there because the story needs them to. Granted, this is a problem with the first movie itself, but I found myself wishing that Rusch and Smith took just a little more artistic license to invent. After all, an adaptation is an adaptation is an adaptation, scripts change from page to screen, and no one will kill you if you end up changing a few things. Aside from that, the writing is okay, functional, with no real special stylistic touches and a shitload of adverbs, but it's perfectly readable. In the end, that's how this entire book feels. It's perfectly readable, but if you've seen the first movie, you've basically already read the novelization, so would you even really want to?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    4 Stars for X-Men Mostly because I just love wolverine.... Thoughts and Plots This was a decent film adaption. And I think it proves that books are almost ALWAYS better than the movie, even if the book is based off the movie. Why do I think this? Because books, done correctly, can cover what movies cannot. They can cover thoughts, feelings, background information, and deepen one's understanding of a character. They can cover the how, and the whys so much better! So, if you've watched the movie, o 4 Stars for X-Men Mostly because I just love wolverine.... Thoughts and Plots This was a decent film adaption. And I think it proves that books are almost ALWAYS better than the movie, even if the book is based off the movie. Why do I think this? Because books, done correctly, can cover what movies cannot. They can cover thoughts, feelings, background information, and deepen one's understanding of a character. They can cover the how, and the whys so much better! So, if you've watched the movie, obviously this is going to read very similar. All the events are the same, but you get a little more then what's under the surface of the movie. I recommend it. If you read this and THEN watch the movie, you will at least have no complaints that the movie ruined everything because, well duh, the book is based off the screenplay. It will cut the need to rave about everything they did wrong. So in Conclusion If you like the X-Men (or Wolverine, Rogue, or Magneto in particular) you will like this book. It's unfortunate that they completely ruined it all by the 3rd movie...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Conan Tigard

    I have seen the X-Men movie multiple times, as I used to be a huge comic book fan. Although I could never get into the X-Men comic books, I love all super heroes. So it comes as no surprise that I absolutely was enraptured by this movie. The authors did a great job of transitioning the movie into a novel. I really enjoyed the beginning of the book where it showed Scott Summers (Cyclops), Ororo (Storm), and Marie (Rogue) coming into their powers, although the Rogue scene was in the movie. What yo I have seen the X-Men movie multiple times, as I used to be a huge comic book fan. Although I could never get into the X-Men comic books, I love all super heroes. So it comes as no surprise that I absolutely was enraptured by this movie. The authors did a great job of transitioning the movie into a novel. I really enjoyed the beginning of the book where it showed Scott Summers (Cyclops), Ororo (Storm), and Marie (Rogue) coming into their powers, although the Rogue scene was in the movie. What you always get out of a book, and they can never convey this properly in a movie, is what the characters are thinking. Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith bring these famous characters to life and left me wanting more. Overall, X-Men is a great read and should not be missed by any comic book or science fiction fan. I rated this book an 8 out of 10.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kooshmeister

    After the sorry excuse that was Terry Bisson's novelization of The Fifth Element, X-Men by Kristine Kahthryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith is a breath of fresh air. Rusch and Smith do what I want movie novelizations to do: expand on the film's story by letting us know more about the characters' backstories and what they're thinking, and adding extra scenes. The added chapters near the end involving a Secret Service agent are quite interesting, and was one of the novel's elements I remembered fondl After the sorry excuse that was Terry Bisson's novelization of The Fifth Element, X-Men by Kristine Kahthryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith is a breath of fresh air. Rusch and Smith do what I want movie novelizations to do: expand on the film's story by letting us know more about the characters' backstories and what they're thinking, and adding extra scenes. The added chapters near the end involving a Secret Service agent are quite interesting, and was one of the novel's elements I remembered fondly from when I first bought the book in 2000. I subsequently gave my copy to a friend and although I don't regret it, I missed it terribly and so it is nice to finally own it again. Kudos to Mrs. Rusch and Mr. Smith for their excellent novelization of the first film since Tim Burton's Batman in 1989 to make movie audiences take comic book films seriously. This is how to do a tie-in novel!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Holli

    I liked this book, though I think the movie version is a little bit better. The book adds to what is done in the movie, giving the reader some background and more details which is good. I just think I prefer the movie version better as some of the differences really impact the story line. One being Wolverine's reason for giving Rogue his dog tags. In the movie, it's a promise he will return he verbally states to her. Only him giving them to her is in the book without this promise, which kind of I liked this book, though I think the movie version is a little bit better. The book adds to what is done in the movie, giving the reader some background and more details which is good. I just think I prefer the movie version better as some of the differences really impact the story line. One being Wolverine's reason for giving Rogue his dog tags. In the movie, it's a promise he will return he verbally states to her. Only him giving them to her is in the book without this promise, which kind of ruins the scene for me. Oh well, a good book and I will be reading the others in this series as well.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kaila

    I always enjoy the novelization of popular movies, because you always get a little "behind the scenes" and several things that don't make it into the blockbuster thrillers. This book is no exception and I enjoyed the several instances where this occurred. One thing about the movies was the lack of Scott/Jean romance, because in the first movie, it already seems established and the moments we see between them are rather bland. The book gives a little insight into Scott's jealousy towards Logan an I always enjoy the novelization of popular movies, because you always get a little "behind the scenes" and several things that don't make it into the blockbuster thrillers. This book is no exception and I enjoyed the several instances where this occurred. One thing about the movies was the lack of Scott/Jean romance, because in the first movie, it already seems established and the moments we see between them are rather bland. The book gives a little insight into Scott's jealousy towards Logan and a bit more of Scott and Jean's relationship, which I enjoy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nola Lightman

    Truthfully, I made it halfway and still couldn't finish this. Having seen the movie several times, I thought this would be a great read. I mean, how can anyone mess this up? Well, the writing just grated my nerves. It's difficult to explain, but it read as if it was written as if this was the authors' first book. It didn't hold my attention and was just very lackluster. Therefore, I'm officially done with novelizations. I've read several and haven't found one that rated about two stars. Back to m Truthfully, I made it halfway and still couldn't finish this. Having seen the movie several times, I thought this would be a great read. I mean, how can anyone mess this up? Well, the writing just grated my nerves. It's difficult to explain, but it read as if it was written as if this was the authors' first book. It didn't hold my attention and was just very lackluster. Therefore, I'm officially done with novelizations. I've read several and haven't found one that rated about two stars. Back to my romances I go.

  18. 4 out of 5

    J.M.

    A good novelization of the first X-Men movie. I enjoyed the backstory they created for Rogue in this version, though I prefer her as an older character (and, more importantly, with Gambit). I did like the link between she and Magneto, which reflects the history as told through the comic books. If I enjoy a movie, I like reading the novelization because it provides a bit more characterization than the movie affords. This is no exception.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maura

    I always like reading books based on movies to get a slightly deeper understanding of the characters that you can't get in a movie. Movies are all about actions and dialogue, in a book we get inner monologue and revealed motivations. So, I liked understanding a bit more about Logan - since he's my favorite. However, one can never expect high quality literature or even plot development in a book like this. It basically reads like the movie, so you can skip ahead to your favorite parts.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Bought this for a reading challenge, couldn't find anything else. What a waste of £3... Movie books or rather books written from movies, just don't feel right. They read all wrong. There was no real introduction to the characters, who they are what they can do. It was assumed we would work things out for ourselves. I'm not a huge x-men fan anyway so I pretty much only knew 3 of the characters the rest, I have no clue.

  21. 5 out of 5

    RumBelle

    This was a great novel, and really my first experience with the X-Men. How they all came together, and Wolverine’s story made this a great read. I liked getting to know all the different characters, learn some about their backstories, and be immersed in the universe. The conflict between Charles and Magneto, former friends, made it tense and exciting. An adventurous and just fun book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Victor Orozco

    Solid adaptation. I really love the detail thrown in the characters as well as some certain deleted scenes that I remember from video releases which a horned in very nicely. I like how this holds up to the movie as well as the comic. There were moments when I realized I was reading so much without bothering to go for my watch. A modest movie made better by the book. B+

  23. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

    So... this book was probably amazing for someone who had never seen the movie. If you had already seen it, it didn't really offer anything new to be honest. There were no original scenes and no character development in the way that a book could do it. Even so, it was a pleasant read and didn't get boring.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I loved the whole concept for the story. The characters were really interesting and their stories went in-depth into their own issues they were dealing with. The plot as a whole took on real concerns about being different and how people view one another. I thought it sent a good message.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Abram

    i thought that this was a good book, i have seen the movie but the book in some ways was nothing like the movie. on this one part, a guy named werewolf, takes storm and slams her into a ticket counter. when i saw the movie, i dont recall seeing that.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jim Swike

    If you like the movies and/or the comic books, you will enjoy this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Ridge

    Excellent novelization of an excellent movie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    The book keeps pretty close to the movie.[return]It's well written and entertaining.

  29. 4 out of 5

    mike

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. iloved this book so much it is so much like th movie !!! my favorite part is when jean storm &cyclops go looking for rouge at the train station

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tommy

    This book is poorly written however it is a quick read and has its moments, and did keep my interest throughout most of the book so if you are looking for exactly that this books fills that purpose.

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