The Last Temptation
Neil Gaiman, internationally acclaimed...more
I recently read on someone's blog that it's not good for reviewers to review books without a knowledge of the genre, the author, the series, etc to inform their opinion.
While I can see why that would be beneficial, on one level at least, I mostly disagree with it overall. I think books can, and should, be judged on their own merit. I think that, if I pick up a book, it needs to stand on its own and not use my previous experience with the author's other books as a crutch. I think...more
The boy is taken on a roller-coaster ride of strange performances in the theatre and when he escapes to the real world is still dogged by a Krueger-esque Cooper who haunts his dreams and waking life. But why is he doing this? S...more
The introduction was among the most interesting parts for me, the prose that allowed Gaiman to tell how Last Temptation came about. Helping write a concept album for Alice Cooper sounded exciting and neat, and I imagine it is an opportunity that happens too often. Within the context of the album, the resulting graphic novel take form.
The tale is of Steven, a boy pressed with many fears and threats in hi...more
When I first read it, I had no idea who Neil Gaiman was or what the big deal was about him. Now I do and it almost makes me want to check out his previous graphic novel work, Sandman (I think).
Anyway, this graphic novel gives a story to a collection of songs. It's a tale about the pull between good and evil that affects one young m...more
Well, yes. Yes, I did. The Last Temptation was an unusual piece, short, sweet, and to the general allegorical point. It was just the right amount of creepy with a pinch of morality. It was a fun and easy read.
My only complaint was that I wished it was a bit longer. With more space to expand, it could have been a lot richer and more detailed. And I think that would have been a pos...more
I really liked the introduction. Apparently it was out of print a long time ago and Dark Horse (Yay, Dark Horse!) decided to re-print it. Reading the background information about Alice Cooper and Neil Gaiman's collaboration was really great.
There were some good lines and illustrations in the book. I give it a 3-star is because while I would...more
Steven is afraid. Afraid of gh...more
As the album begins with the song, "Sideshow," where a bored boy longs for some kind of sideshow or freak show, so do...more
Gaiman manages to elevate the most frequent scene in literature -- that of evil tempting innocence and offering fantasies come true, all in exchange for the poor sap's soul -- into something quite unique.
However, this work fell short of my expectation. I really didn't care what happens to St...more
Ощущая какой-то подвох, герой решает проверить...more
Questa graphic novel è un autentico gioiellino, uno di quelli irripetibili, un esperimento che il caso ha voluto venisse fuori come un capolavoro.
Neil Gaiman è Neil Gaiman: non ha bisogno di presentazioni. Bastano poche pagine per ambientarsi nelle sue storie. Qui il tratteggio del surreale si unisce alla magistrale caratterizzazione del protagonista. Fantasia surreale da un lato e psicologia spicciola dall'altra: Neil Gaiman ha un modo
Zulli's artwork is fitting and disturbing and fascinating to look at. Spend some time looking at the art and you won't be...more
Now there's three names you wouldn't expect to write in the same sentence.
I haven't listened to Cooper's Album version of this, but from reading the book, I was transported back to Cooper's early days of Welcome to my Nightmare and School's Out... which were two of the very first 33rpm albums I'd ever owned.
So simply on a nostalgic note, this for me, was very pleasant to read.
Zulli's artwork is as always, some of the best.
I was actually underwhelmed when I first heard the accompanying album, though You're My Temptation remains one of my all time favorite songs.