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Presentation is wonderful. A brand new hardcover book - I couldn't wait to put a 'Just a Fold' jacket over the paper cover and proudly display it! The story is not new, but a re-do of the first Thunderbirds novel but as I never read them back in the day I'm fine with that. At first I was thinking just go with the audio, but it is a different experience reading. Now my procedure is listen to the audio. A few days later read the book, and then another listen! If you REALLY want to get deep into it, find an original paperback edition of Thunderbirds 1. We know the book was edited, but it is fascinating to see exactly how many changes were made. There's the obvious ones - cringe worthy sexist language (poor Tin Tin!), inconsistent descriptions (SILVER nose cone on Thunderbird One anyone?). Then there is what would now probably be called archaic language (such as 'mighty *****' becomes 'mighty strange'; describing the Hood as 'a brutish ox of a man' seems very demeaning to the poor ox, though the replacement 'powerfully built' certainly loses some colour). Do modern audiences not know a hay bale from a haystack? Oh well! No hay bales in this new version! The odd changes, to me at least, are the excision of any mention of idols, gods, mystical whatever. Odd as it all just colourful language in the context of this book. Maybe that's what publishing in 2022 demands, but it does make the Hood a lot less colourful, and if the Hood is anything, it is NOT monochrome! (PS my spell check hated me using the English 'colour' over the US 'color'!)
How awesome is it to see brand new Thunderbird hardcovers on my library shelf next to my 1960's copies? It's absolutely FAB that the Gerry Anderson store make this possible, and full marks to them!
I really enjoyed it. I'd recommend it.
I have not read the John Theydon novels in many years but they were firm favourites when I was younger, and this rerelease is a great pleasure. The minor edits by Andrew Clements help even out the inconsistencies in Theydon's descriptions of the Thunderbirds hardware and procedures, a welcome adjustment, I find, as, from the earliest age, I have compensated mentally for those points. So many classic moments! The space station going silent, not once, but twice, Scott Tracy's encounter with the giant mutant goat in the radioactive wilderness of the Gobi Desert, then descending alone into the artesian lake beneath a desert fort to confront the alien presence... His evasion of Lady Penelope and Parker in a chase across the southern counties to London... Thunderbird Four penetrating the underground reservoir of the capital to intercept the Hood. Scenes as vivid now as they were half a century ago, this adventure really rings true as Thunderbirds. Theydon's smooth, compact prose keeps the story moving quickly, from space to Central Asia, to southern England, the kind of pacing and length perfectly calculated for the young reader, certainly in the 1960s. At times, from an adult perspective, one wishes the prose might be richer, the material more fully developed, but that is a reflection of one's own maturity, not the book, which is exactly what it needed to be. As a professional writer myself, I have great admiration for the control and precision of Theydon's storytelling. The new packaging, digital cover by Marcus Stamps, and hardback format are a wonderful wrapping for an old-school adventure, and Anderson Entertainment are to be commended on relaunching these evergreen novels in such fine style. I will definitely be collecting every volume, and hope the full range of Theydon outings is treated to the same refurbishment. Mike Adamson