What if Stanley Kubrick left behind more than just his classic films? What if he also left behind an elaborate puzzle cleverly buried within his films, which would lead the player toward a treasure that could change the course of human history?
Fifteen years after his death in March 1999, Stanley Kubrick has apparently arranged a hand-selected announcement that his films are far more than they appear to be. As UCLA's resident Kubrick expert, Professor Mascaro was the recipient of Kubrick's package. Inside is a reproduction of the famous photo Kubrick took for the cover of Look Magazine following the death of FDR. The image has become emblazoned in the American zeitgeist.
On the back of the photo is a message written by Kubrick that reads: "Follow me to Q's identity." Mascaro is stumped and asks Shawn Hagan, his brilliant but socially awkward film student, what he thinks that might mean.
Shawn takes the photo and studies it with his only two friends at school-Wilson Devereaux, an infamous former child star bent on becoming a respected director, and Samira "Sami" Singh, a graduate film student with a dark, rebellious past.
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Not bad - but production quality suffered.
I enjoyed the obscure details or the hook of using Kubrick's movies to tie the book together. It was a fun story.
Jonathan's reading of the book was actually pretty good, however the production of the narration was not subject to good quality control. Multiple times the volume levels dropped significantly causing me to lose the stream of the story. I also question the use of one other naarrator for just one character. This was mildly disconcerting as well.
- Dave Edens
Well-researched and engaging!
I was so impressed with how many specific references were in this book. As someone who has only seen a couple of Kubrick films, I still felt I was able to follow the complex story line. I also very much enjoyed listening to this book.
Since "reading"/listening to the book, I have been searching for more information about Stanley Kubrick, UCLA's film program, and I might even watch a few more Kubrick films.
I have no idea how Kubrick buffs will feel about this book, but I felt that enough things were explained in detail that it didn't matter that I wasn't familiar with the specific references before encountering them within the story.
I have been following the evolution of Derek Taylor Kent's writing. This is by far his most ambitious work yet. I do hope that "Kubrick's Game" gets turned into a major motion picture, and that the "Scary School" series becomes a children's TV series.