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Hypothetical Lizard

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  224 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Adapting Alan Moore's critically acclaimed novella, HYPOTHETICAL LIZARD presents a young prostitute in lifelong service to a house of wizards, a mute witness to a deadly game of domination.

What would you pay to learn the innermost secrets of wizards? Young prostitute Som Som has made the ultimate sacrifice; literally sworn to secrecy by cosmetic surgery, the two halves of
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 24th 2003 by Avatar Press
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David Schaafsma
This graphic novel adapts a World Fantasy Award novella, Hypothetical Lizard about Som-Som, a young prostitute working in a brothel frequented by wizards. It’s adapted by Antony Johnson and illustrated in black and white by Lorenzo Lorente and Sebastian Fiumara and this volume also contains the original story, which I read to help me clarify what is going on, because it’s opaque, ethereal, mysterious, all that. It’s fantasy with some real darkness in it. And magic, and a kind of Faustian bargain ...more
Aditya Mallya
May 18, 2013 Aditya Mallya rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible work. I find that even to try and describe what 'A Hypothetical Lizard' is about puts me under significant introspective strain. It is a mirror-maze of love, sex, betrayal, identity, magic and fantasy packaged in a copper ball of existentialism. (You'll know what I mean when you read it.)

If you think all that seems like a lot to accomplish in a graphic novella adapted from a short story, you probably did not read the name of the author. Alan Moore's writing is so hypnotical
Nov 30, 2011 Mel rated it it was amazing
As much as I like Alan Moore's comics I really do love his prose. So I bought this as it was a short story, and included the story as well as a comic adaptation of the story. I read the story first and really loved it. It was a depressing story about your sense of self, freedom, choice and had a transgender main character. The prose was lovely and created this wonderful vivid world and people. The comic I thought would never be able to hold up to the way I imagined it and it didn't. It cut out b ...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Jul 08, 2013 Jayaprakash Satyamurthy rated it liked it
Recommended to Jayaprakash by:
It would have been perfectly possible not to set this story in a brothel. Moore's becoming a bit like Frank Miller, eh wot?

Corpos callosum righty ho.

Amazing concepts, stunning metaphors, twisted love story.

Basically a short story set to images. The art is functional, somewhat stylish, a bit limited in imagination. But it works.

Jordi De Paco
Jun 05, 2016 Jordi De Paco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La cantidad y la calidad de imágenes mentales que Alan Moore consigue provocar es fantástica. Hasta ahora solo había leído comics suyos, pero me ha gustado mucho más como novelista.

Eso sí, el que haya ilustrado la portada de la edición de Planeta, y el que haya escrito la sinopsis al reverso no se han leído el libro. Nada que ver con lo que hay escrito.
Hannah Givens
Apr 20, 2015 Hannah Givens rated it really liked it

Reread 4/20/15: Not as traumatic as the first time I read it, since I knew what was coming this time. It's still horrifically fascinating, and I would kill to get more stories in this world.
Mar 19, 2017 Sarahsnl rated it really liked it
I read it cover to cover in the dead of night when I should very much have been asleep.

When I first put it down I thought, 'wow I did NOT like that one!'. And then I thought 'but why, what's not to like?' And then I realized that I found myself doubly attracted and disgusted by much the same elements of the story. And then I thought on it and thought 'that that was a pretty good feat, which shud come around more often'. This is good horror.

I quite liked the little conundrum that wraps around th
Lorena Armenta
No entendí el final
Ed Moore
Jul 20, 2016 Ed Moore rated it it was amazing
Som Som is a prostitute permanently silenced by some sort of old school corpus callosotomy and half of a silver face mask to block one side of her face from speaking or seeing stuff. That is the best I can reduce her medical condition to and I am not sure why exactly this keeps her from talking coherently but my neurology sucks and it doesn't bog the story down. Anyway she works in a brothel frequented by wizards and one guy who has learned some wizardly ways seduces an ex flame with the intent ...more
Aug 25, 2011 Richard rated it did not like it
As an interlude, it was okay to read. As a little vignette it's farly interesting. But it should not be sold alone (they actually give it to you twice - more on this in a moment) as it is way too short and inconsequential. It is an interesting short story at best.

It IS a complete graphic story. Moore originally wrote this as a standard text-only story. In this volume it has been turned into a graphic novel. What you have is the complete story in graphics, which is too short for even a graphic no
Artur Coelho
Aug 31, 2012 Artur Coelho rated it liked it
Uma história impiedosa. Moore monta cuidadosamente o palco com a sua caracterização de uma rapariga cujo cérebro foi separado para poder corresponder aos desejos de feiticeiros poderosos que frequentam o mais exótico bordel de uma cidade fantástica. Mas a história não lhe pertence. Antes, é uma história de amor esmagado entre dois homens, ambos elementos do bordel, ambos com talento teatral. Um abandona o outro e anos depois, já famoso, regressa para recuperar o seu amor. Mas acontece o imprevis ...more
Feb 27, 2011 Reena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cuentos-cortos
Es un cuento corto sobre una niña, Som Som, que es vendida como futura prostituta a la Casa sin Relojes. Como sus clientes son hechiceros ella es diversas maneras a cual mas bizarra. Eso hace que se convierta en confidente de otras habitantes de la casa, especialmente de Rawra Chin. Es un poco paja mental y en general no me ha convencido, pero se deja leer.
Jan 14, 2010 John rated it it was amazing
More Alan Moore fans should know about this book. Sure, it's scripted by Antony Johnson (based on the original novella), but every word is Moore's, and what words they are. This is a haunting, horrifying, powerful story about loss, identity, transformation, truth, sexuality, mystery, magic and the effects of abuse. A masterwork on every level.
Matt Kelland
Jan 30, 2014 Matt Kelland rated it it was amazing
One of the finest things Moore has written. Beautiful prose, unforgettable characters, and a haunting, captivating fantasy story. It's like Clark Ashton Smith and Jack Vance got together to write (very) soft porn. If you like Kushiel's Dart but with a more literary style, you'll like this.
Mattias Elftorp
May 23, 2015 Mattias Elftorp rated it it was amazing
Amazing! I think this is one of Moore's best works (together with lots of others, of course). I won't spoil anything by trying to describe it or what I liked about it, so I'll just say it again: Amazing!
Dec 02, 2012 Clark rated it really liked it
A very satisfying read. Moore in a Gene Wolfe vein telling a story of brutal love and quantum emotional domination. A beautiful, terrible, strange story presented in its original novella form and in graphic adaptation. Both resonant. Both haunting. Not a long read, but one of quality.
Apr 01, 2014 Neven rated it liked it
While the prose here is often beautiful, and the imagery hinted at is tantalizing, I must admit that in the end, I just plain didn't get the story. Maybe I'm just a dummy.
Dec 26, 2010 Rene rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, fiction
Amazing. Reads like an O. Henry story.
Jenna M
Jul 31, 2013 Jenna M rated it it was ok
clever and disturbing, like much of his work
Aug 13, 2014 Juan rated it liked it
El relato se desarrolla en una forma entretenida, pero al final queda el sabor de que no paso nada...
Dec 16, 2009 Midas68 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars for the Prose story. Winner of the World Fantasy Award and just plain Fantastic!!!!!

I have not read the comic.
Elh R'
Sep 04, 2013 Elh R' rated it it was amazing
A surrealistic erotic drama. Adorable characters. Dreaming atmosphere. Simply Perfect.
Samuel Miravet Verde
Raro, real, introspectivo y fascinante relato.
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Alan Moore is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. He has also written a novel, Voice of the Fire, and performs "workings" (one-off performance art/spoken word pieces) with The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, some of which have been released on CD.

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