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Monkey Shines by Michael Stewart
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Monkey Shines

by Michael Stewart

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I watched this movie quite a bit growing up, so in a way this hampered my enjoyment of the book, while in other ways it enhanced it. Stayed pretty faithful to the flick George Romero would later adapt for TV time. The story stands as a uniquely twisted piece delving into the scientific link of memory; here Allan is a paralyzed man who has become dependent on a small primate who has been injected with a powerful drug. Together taking the pills they start to live through each other, ultimately creating a dangerous situation. As the monkey is by nature gentle and not revenge filled, and by himself Allan would never act on his buried subconscious hatred, together the primitive impulses were unleashed. So while the tale was as clever as always and something interesting was always happening, there was a flaw that the movie expressed more emotion, more angst, more passion, while the feelings of some of the characters felt a bit more flat and dry on page form. ( )
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
Everybody’s got something to hide except for me and my monkey.

A good science thriller a la’ Crichton, but not as warm. It’s also very different from the movie, and the ending is satisfyingly histrionic. Perfect book to read on the plane.
  SomeGuyInVirginia | Jun 18, 2009 |
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While cramming for finals, wheelchair-bound quadriplegic Allan Mann takes some pills intended to increase the learning ability of his primate companion, and soon the man and his monkey begin having overlapping dreams. Reprint.

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One man's inner fury is telepathically channeled through his beloved monkey, which carries out his most devious thoughts.

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