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Sort order. Jan 13, Bryan rated it liked it Shelves: humor , spy , ya. Maxwell Smart's first original novel - a media tie-in by the original master, William Johnston. Actually, everybody in this book is a bit wackier than I expected - it's not just Max that bumbles everything up. Good guys, bad guys, and ordinary civilian bystanders ar Maxwell Smart's first original novel - a media tie-in by the original master, William Johnston.
Good guys, bad guys, and ordinary civilian bystanders are all working at about the same level here - so Max is not alone in his ineptness. And Max is not entirely inept. He knows jiu-jitsu in this book, and can actually subdue people, only to walk immediately into locked closets to be stuck there waiting for help.
Some good fun - you can read this in a couple hours max. Aug 18, Andy rated it liked it. So many bad puns!!! Definitely a walk down memory lane. Oct 07, Daniel rated it liked it Shelves: read-in , reviewed , original-tv-tie-in , sff. An original novel based on the TV series Get Smart. At most he might have seen the pilot at a press screening, or perhaps read a draft of the script.
I gather the book was hugely successful.
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It was followed by many sequels, and contributed much to the TV tie-in becoming a staple of pop culture for the next few decades, and to Johnston becoming the go-to guy for writing them. Despite these differences, the book remained in print throughout the run of the TV series. I chose to imagine it was a prequel. In some scenes Johnston has captured the feel of the show very well: one of the best is the early sequence where Max tries to answer his shoe-phone on a busy New York street.
It was these few pages, found when browsing through the book, that bumped it to the top of my TV-tie-in list. Also I've been rewatching the show on DVD. But mostly the book doesn't really feel like the TV show, consisting mainly of a frenetic chase and a series of captures and escapes. If anything, it more closely resembles the mediocre movie that followed years later, The Nude Bomb. Being fairly stupid was always a key aspect of Max's character on screen, but the book takes it to a level of unbelievability that diminished my enjoyment.
Blossom, despite being the inventor of an AI, is nevertheless a s sitcom ditz. The invention was purely by accident. I tried to imagine she was sensibly hiding her genius computer science skills from the government, but it was hard work. The TV series was much more 'modern' in its handling of female characters. Of course, since book Max is very stupid, Blossom is still the smartest human in the room. Overall, this was fairly well-written and fun, but the relentless non-stop pace and the complete absence of believable characters and situations were wearying.
I've never seen so many exclamation marks in one book before! It's good enough that I'd be interested in reading one of the sequels written after Johnston had had a chance to watch the series. Jun 01, Valerie added it. This book has a subtitle something like The Computer Caper , but it doesn't appear on any of the title pages. I didn't see the original tv series before 99 was introduced. Reading this, I'm glad I didn't. Without her, the story tends to drift.
This series was in the tradition of campy, toungue-in-cheek satires of the spy stories that are still! We need a lot more of this, and not just becau This book has a subtitle something like The Computer Caper , but it doesn't appear on any of the title pages. We need a lot more of this, and not just because they're funny.
The spy stories are so deadly serious at propounding their absurdities. The bubble needs to be burst, not just once or twice, but at all times.
For every James Bond, there need to be at LEAST as many bumbling nincompoops who haven't thoroughly thought through how badly they're behaving--and who are constantly reminded thereof by ordinary people. Played by the delectable Barbara Feldon, this highly intelligent and extremely resourceful woman usually the reason that Agent 86 survived the loony things he attempted.
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Nevertheless, she adored Smart and was happy to continue to work beside him even though he invariably hogged the credit. Eventually she would even marry him and raise two children with him.
Amazing patience! Dell and Gold Key were two competing comic book publishers that loved to capitalize on popular television shows, creating comic books to tie-in with them. In the summer of , a year after the viewing public was introduced to Agent 86, Maxwell Smart, Dell came out with 8 issues featuring the bombastic spy. To be more accurate, there were 7 original stories presented from June, to August, with the 8th issue being a reprint of the first coming two years later. If you weren't an avid fan of the television series, there is no reason to read these nine adventures and, even if you are, there really isn't that much of a reason.
The writing is fun, the humor certainly there, and the characters were totally true to the small screen images. Still, without an affection for the show, they are not for most people. The expressions he would make. The gestures and the one-liners and the silly way he tried so hard to be as good as he thought he was. Reading about it only works if you can see him in your mind and that isn't quite the same thing.
That and there is no way any author could do justice to the beauty and grace and indescribable quality that was the lovely Barbara Feldon, a woman who made 99 equal a Now here's an odd thing. I grew up in London in the early 's. I'd never seen Get Smart, but the newstand around the corner from where I lived had a hell of a lot of US paperbacks, mostly a few years old, that had been imported cheaply as ballast not that I knew this at the time.
I read them indiscrminately, picking them up on nothing other than a whim. I was seven when I read my first Get Smart, and most of them followed in quick order. I loved the humour, loved the characters, and loved the style - I'd never seen anything like the way Johnston cuts to dialogue, shifts scenes, plays with the medium. Of course, in later years I realised this was nothing new. I've read a lot of them in those later years, and stil like them, though time has not served them that well.
But here's the odd thing - when I finally did see the TV show and the reunion movie, I didn't like them as much as the books simply because I'd made up my own Max Smart in my head at seven, and although Don is a brilliant comic, how could he ever match that??
Tell us what you think of the series. Give your grade and comments. Hello, Guest Sign In Register. Copyright: A young woman named Rose, a checker at a local grocery, had created the world's most sophisticated computer while trying to put together one from a kit and not liking the directions. It decided to walk out on her. X, inventor of an invisibility formula. Wanting to blend in on a cruise across the Atlantic, Max assumes the role of a space scientist as he competes with KAOS in locating six missing and invisible guinea pigs that prove the formula does work.
Unfortunately, they won't know what exactly it is until Miss Twelvetrees is able to break the code.
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Noman, is said to be after her and the Plan, Max is assigned the task of safeguarding her until the code is cracked. Each has the ability to bring down the other but who will get there first? Copyright: Max and 99 are sent on their most perilous mission to date, deep in the heart of Africa where they must find and save Dr. Livingston, inventor of the secret formula 'Brassica Oleracia' before KAOS can get to him, obtain the formula, and use it to take over the world. Copyright: An Indian snake-charmer learns how to hypnotize anyone into believing anything. Unfortunately, he wants on neither side and has the power to keep it that way.
Max and 99 must join forces with a KAOS agent but can anyone trust anyone? This means heading into the Sahara, traveling the Nile, and even visiting Russia.
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KAOS is certainly at work but to what end and can Max find the answer before he vanishes himself. Maxwell Smart is pulled from retirement to help.
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This was planned to be a tv-movie but the changed to a theatrical release and then soon was shown on tv. Released: Agents 86 and 99 are brought back again from retirement because KAOS is back as well, this time with a weather machine causing trouble. He has to learn fast to stop a terrorist attack by a Russian spy organization.