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Luck in the Head

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  5 reviews
This eerie and visually arresting tale is set in the grotesque city of Uroconium, where Ardwick Crome dreams of a strange ritual from his childhood. The women of his village pursue a "lamb"; to eat a pie made from its head is considered good luck. But in his dream, the living animal itself is offered to Ardwick Crome, and the gift's significance makes it too dangerous to a ...more
Paperback, 117 pages
Published February 16th 1993 by Dark Horse Books (first published 1991)
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Sep 22, 2010 D.M. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dystopia geeks; scratchy art fans; Harrison completists
I've never read any Harrison aside from this, and may have encountered artist Ian Miller somewhere before and forgotten him. Luck In The Head has done nothing to make me want to pursue either creator.
The book appears to have been written specifically for this adaptation (rather than adapting an existing text), as the words and images work completely together. Even so, this nightmarish dystopic fantasy makes only as much sense as someone else's bad dream is likely to. The art ranges somewhere bet
Nick Tramdack
I love Harrison's work, but I didn't love this graphic adaptation. The purposely inconsistent, nonrepresentational, collage-style artwork definitely suggests the shifting po-mo city that is Viriconium (if you could ever use the word "is" to talk about Viriconium) better than a more traditional comix approach would have.

The problem is that Harrison's Viriconium sequence is so obsessed with the concept of using fantasy as an escape. But I can't imagine wanting to visit Ian Miller's version of this
Jesse Bullington
The combination of Harrison's words with Ian Miller's art is nothing short of phenomenal. Fans of either Miller or Harrison will adore this adaptation, and convert readers into fans of whichever genius they were previously unacquainted with. Grotesque, beautiful, funny, and chilling, this nightmarish work is the best graphic novel adaptation of a literary work that I know of.
Christopher Hutson
This is a really interesting unconventional graphic novella, there's weird, nightmarish drawing with lots of collage, obiviously pasted up the old fashioned way. The art starts out strong but deteriorates markedly as it progresses, you get the distinct impression that he was scrambling to get in under the deadline. Worth looking at.
This book is fucked up, in your head. An alternate view of reality, or dysreality. Not for the faint of heart.
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aka Gabriel King (with Jane Johnson)

Michael John Harrison was born in Rugby, Warwickshire in 1945 and now lives in London.
Harrison is stylistically an Imagist and his early work relies heavily on the use of strange juxtapositions characteristic of absurdism.

More about M. John Harrison...
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