Monday, September 09, 2013

Mini-review: H20 by Irving Belateche


Summary: In a post-apocalyptic world, a man discovers a mystery:  Where is the water going?  His search brings him in confrontation with the authorities and uncovers a conspiracy that goes beyond our planet.

About the Author:  Irving Belateche is an author, screenwriter, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. He's written screenplays for Paramount Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros., and other studios.

He's worked with producers Lawrence Bender (Pulp Fiction), Gavin Polone (Gilmore Girls, Curb Your Enthusiasm), and Joel Silver (The Matrix) as well as directors Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump) and Roland Emmerich (Independence Day). Belateche adapted the first Hugo award winner, The Demolished Man, by Alfred Bester, for Paramount and producer Robert Evans (Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby).

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Mini-review:  A compelling mystery, realistically told, drives this story.  The world has become small again, and this is reflected in the story-telling style:  very narrative, with lots of background brought in through personal stories.  If you don't care for this style, you might find it a bit slow.  however, I thought it a great complement to the philosophy of the post-apocalyptic world Roy lived in:  smaller, simpler, and more focused on individuals.  Definitely worth reading.

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