Unfortunately the most fun you'll get out of this book is reading speech bubbles in the characters' voices (particularly Taggart's)...moreYeah, not so good.
Unfortunately the most fun you'll get out of this book is reading speech bubbles in the characters' voices (particularly Taggart's) as there's really not much to enjoy here.
The story is uninspiring and borrows from other science-fiction (Terminator; Futurama) without ever really going anywhere interesting. You get a glimpse of a Jo backstory, but nothing really interesting or revealing.
The art is sub-standard, and (covers aside) the characters don't even look all that much like their real life counterpart.
None of the cast are at all put forward as being a genius, and, in fact, the smartest thing about the book is that it includes a 10-page preview of the next volume which looks oh-so-much worse. This was a clever move because there's no way I can rate this as a one star book as there is clearly worse to come!
So, two stars it is, and I shall read no more.(less)
A superb book, littered with wonderful turns of phrase and passages that you have to read twice just to take in the beauty of them.
Page to page not a...moreA superb book, littered with wonderful turns of phrase and passages that you have to read twice just to take in the beauty of them.
Page to page not a lot happens while you're reading, but you slowly get the sense that, for the characters, the whole world is shifting - which is a stunning achievement. While you're happily absorbing each page, people's lives are changing in the background.
You never feel pressured to read on by the story - but you do because of the descriptions, the observations, and the thoughts of the characters.
I can see myself reading it again a few years down the line, and I don't imagine it will be any less joyful.(less)
I found this to be an astounding insight into the album, and I really was not expecting it.
At first I was concerned by the layout of the book, as each...moreI found this to be an astounding insight into the album, and I really was not expecting it.
At first I was concerned by the layout of the book, as each chapter is split into bite-sized paragraghs, and I really wanted to just sit down and read something with more meat to it. However, as I got on with the book I gradually came around to the style. It actually works really well, with various sections (all subjects being listed at the beginning of each chapter) describing outside influences, people's reactions, the state of music in general at various times, and differing interviews, as well as having one section in each chapter devoted to a song from the album. It helps also if you listen to the album along side reading it, in that it's much easier to stop and listen than it would be with huge blocks of text.
R.J. Wheaton has really done his research here, and it is clear that he has no small love for the work. I know the album well, but, as a companion piece, I still learned things and heard things that had previously washed over me.
Basically, if you're a fan of the album this should be an unmissable read. I can only hope that other books in this series are as well researched, lovingly crafted, and informative as this was, but to be honest I don't hold out much hope. The bar has been set astronomically high.(less)