The Extra

The Extra

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Books and films have skewered Hollywood's excesses, but none has ever portrayed one man's crazy vision of the future of big action/adventure films as Michael Shea's The Extra does. As over-the-top as Mel Brooks's Blazing Saddles , as savagely dark as Robert Altman's The Player , and more violent than Rollerball , this is the story of the ultimate, so-insane-it-could-only-happen-in-Hollywood formula for success, a brave new way to bring the ultimate in excitement to the silver screen. Producer Val Margolian has found the motherlode of box-office gold with his new "live-death" films whose villains are extremely sophisticated, electronically controlled mechanical monsters. To give these live-action disaster films greater realism, he employs huge casts of extras, in addition to the stars. The large number of extras is important, because very few of them will survive the shoot.

It's all perfectly legal, with training for the extras and long, detailed contracts indemnifying the film company against liability for the extras' injury or death. But why would anyone be crazy enough to risk his or her life to be an extra in such a potentially deadly situation?

The extras do it because if they survive they'll be paid handsomely, and they can make even more if they destroy any of the animatronic monsters trying to stomp, chew, fry, or otherwise kill them. If they earn enough, they can move out of the Zoo--the vast slum that most of L.A. has become. They're fighting for a chance at a reasonable life. But first, they have to survive . . .

Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780765363947
Branch Call Number: Pbk SCI-FI SHE
Characteristics: 242 pages ; 18 cm

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Exo Aug 26, 2011

I loved this. It was a very fast read, yet the author managed to flesh out the characters considerably. The concept grabbed me right away, and the world this is set in is fascinating. Very good book. Definitely worth reading.

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Exo Aug 26, 2011

Exo thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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