December 17, 2008

Pequot detective and Indy novelization

Correspondent DMarks writes again about the novels of James Rollins:I started yet another James Rollins book, which is "Sandstorm," about the discovery of a lost Arabian city. I was surprised to find that one of the main characters is a Pequot detective, and an early chapter has taken place at Foxwoods Casino. (The individual is half Pequot. The other half is white. His Pequot half is Native in appearance, not in keeping with Russ's stereotype/slander that the Pequots are all fake Indians who are really African Americans.)

I just now remembered to mention to you that they had him write the novelization of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." I am putting off reading this one, because (1) I rarely enjoy movie adaptations novels (2) I don't think this movie was that good. I will probably read it after I have read everything else by him that I can find.
Comment:  Give Rollins more credit for writing about and including Natives in his books. That's what I'd do if I were a novelist.

If he had some latitude, he could explain the savages and primitive culture in his novelization of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. He could add a backstory that made them believable rather than unbelievable.

For more on the subject, see The Best Indian Books.

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