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If you do have that knowledge, you’ll recognize certain people, thinly disguised: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas, Vince Colletta, Archie Goodwin, etc. Location, Location, Location sees the Biblical apocalypse through the eyes of a Bedford estate agent, after it turns out that Joanna Southcott and the Panacea Society were right all along. From the unparalleled imagination of international bestseller Alan Moore, author of From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and other modern classics, nine stories full of wonder and strangeness, which take us to the fantastical underside of reality. AND AT THE LAST, JUST TO BE DONE WITH SILENCE - Four stars - The character voices in this one are both so strongly defined that even without a descriptive narrative to support the action, everything is clearly illuminated and easy to follow and sink into. In his first-ever short story collection, which spans forty years of work, Alan Moore presents a series of wildly different and equally unforgettable characters who discover--and in some cases even make and unmake--the various uncharted parts of existence.

First off, I used to think that Stephen King's It was the best example of "Editor's exist for a reason. Oceňuju experimentální styl psaní, to, jak byla každá povídka unikátní, ale na rovinu, tahle povídková sbírka mě ke konci totálně unudila. Figura incontornável da história dos comics no final do século XX, criador de alguns dos mais influentes e seminais livros do género, Alan Moore não se fica pela escrita de argumentos.If you are familiar with Alan Moore's writing and enjoy it, this book will be a treat, if you've never read his work before or are only familiar with his super hero work this book will be an eye opener. In Not Even Legend, a paranormal study group is infiltrated by one of the otherworldly beings they seek to investigate. I found “Jerusalem,” in particular, to be a slog: rather than a 1200 page book, it felt like a pretty good 400 page fantasy adventure, an ok 400 page book about the evolution of a town, and another 400 pages of largely unreadable self-indulgence, full of made up languages and the author inserting friends and acquaintances into the narrative.

Le storie ripercorrono quarant’anni di carriera del rinomato scrittore e fumettista, autore di opere cult quali “V per Vendetta”, “Watchmen” e tante altre. Yes, anyone who read 1963, or the backmatter in the last LoEG, knows that Moore has a nicely savage line in Stan Lee pastiche, and the secret history of Hollywood in Cinema Purgatorio* showed that to some extent he can turn media muckraking into art – but that was one story in an anthology, not a whole damn novel. There's no path out to successful creator-owned work, certainly no big films or TV shows based on properties the creators still own, such as The Walking Dead. A bit of a mixed bag, but a mostly solid collection of stories, I can say that even the installments that didn't really ring with me were still addictively written and I didn't find my interest waning throughout this book. Another I sort of have, the opening Hypothetical Lizard, in that I have the comics adaptation, but I remembered little past the premise from that, so can only assume it didn't do full justice to the story as collected here, which is an ingenious, poisonous thing, its prose bolstering the horror of the premise, as when a key character wrings her hands: "They looked like crabs mating after having been kept too long in the dark.Illuminations" es excelente como medio para exponer ciertas ideas que Moore ya expresado antes en entrevistas. Aunque tuviera entre sus manos los materiales más excelsos para construir una maravillosa historia (que tampoco, no hay en uno sólo de estos relatos rastro de belleza o verdad, salvo cierto ingenio y todo lo que deriva de éste, artificio, ironía y superficialidad) la jodería con la prosa más sobreescrita, insufrible y pagada de sí misma que he leído en años. I don't want to say anything else about this one because it's just a really nicely told story about how the past affects the present, and how the present impacts how we see the past.

And there we come to the asterisk, in that Illuminations does contain eight short stories, but more than half of its page-count is What We Can Know About Thunderman, allegedly a novella. COLD READING - Two Stars - Again, fun story, but nothing special and the twist was again super-obvious from the get-go. NOT EVEN LEGEND (four stars) A society for the investigation of the paranormal routinely investigates urban legends. And sure, when you're creating a fictional world, even one whose close connections to our own is key to the point of the exercise, you're allowed to cheat.

The second is as a bitter screed by a creator intent on taking revenge on those who took advantage of him by turning everyone in the industry, whether they deserve it or not, into grotesque caricatures.

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