I absolutely loved this book, and give it my full recommendation. In this book, Palmieri creates a strong sense of the landscape of community of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou. The magical elements are intriguing and believable, but the focus remains on the characters. We meet a wonderful cast of quirky people, the strange Sorrow family of the Tivoli Parish, an old and once noble family now laughed at, while sometimes admired for their supposed magical powers that mostly seem to take the form of telling futures at 13 Bourbon Street.
Frances Sorrow was meant to save the family, but she lost faith in herself and in her magic a long time ago, now things are changing and it is finally time to put her life and her family back together.
This is a great story about fixing your mistakes, about the importance of family, and about how nobody is perfect. It is a story about magic, but also about the magic in friendship, family and accepting yourself for who you are.
Running a parallel to the modern day story is the mystery of the the murder and disappearance of the old Sorrow family, the ancestors a hundred years ago, which has bearing on present events.
The book has a bit of a Gothic feel to it, and a wonderful sense of magic and the lively and unique lifestyle of Louisiana. I really enjoyed my visits to Tivoli Parish and Bourbon Street! I really loved the big old house with the plants getting in through the holes in the roof. It was also a nice reminder that it is never too late to fix your mistakes and make things right.
A gripping mix of Neil Gaiman's wonderful and unique writing! Sometimes scary, sometimes funny, sometimes both, there is no one else like him in the wA gripping mix of Neil Gaiman's wonderful and unique writing! Sometimes scary, sometimes funny, sometimes both, there is no one else like him in the world!...more
I loved all of Addison Allen's books completely and without reservation, but this book was really masterful! The characters were all so different, andI loved all of Addison Allen's books completely and without reservation, but this book was really masterful! The characters were all so different, and the way their stories fitted together at the end was amazing! This is definitely one of my favourite reads this year! ...more
The copy of this that I bought turned out to be an Advance REaders Copy so quotes and storyline may differ slightly from the finished novel.
A sublimelThe copy of this that I bought turned out to be an Advance REaders Copy so quotes and storyline may differ slightly from the finished novel.
A sublimely dark and enchanted novel. A must-read. As well as a twisty, engrossing plot and wonderful modern weaving of old myths and tales, the story has lush descriptions that blew me away! I long to decorate a house with some of the decor of those terrible, beautiful haunted places, and I want all of the clothing that the dangerous beautiful characters wear!...more
I loved the first and third in the series, but I think this one is the most dark and beautiful. With high emotions, runaways, drugs and lots of beautiI loved the first and third in the series, but I think this one is the most dark and beautiful. With high emotions, runaways, drugs and lots of beautiful and terrifying faeries, it is delightful and devastating....more
A simple and succintly written book, this offers great inspiration for life based on old Celtic stories and beliefs. I found it very inspiring. It couA simple and succintly written book, this offers great inspiration for life based on old Celtic stories and beliefs. I found it very inspiring. It could be read in a sitting, but it is nice to spread it out and read a little in the evening and really think about it and take in the teachings. ...more
Much darker than the original but still wonderful. Sensitive people should be aware some of the pictures contain dead people and animals. As always thMuch darker than the original but still wonderful. Sensitive people should be aware some of the pictures contain dead people and animals. As always the book is full of fascinating mythology and bemusing images cleverly woven into the story....more
"Part of what I want to achieve with this title in the long-term involves actually changing the consciousness of the readers by presenting them with various techniques and concepts which will undoubtedly alter their way of looking at the world. In that sense, THE INVISIBLES isn't a comic about something but is the thing itself and every reader is a potential Invisible. If The Invisibles are Shamanic Terrorists, the comic itself is an act of shamanic terrorism."
Grant Morrison in the proposal for The Invisibles.
The Invisibles truly is a graphic novel series that defies explanation. It has to be experienced to truly appreciate it. It is a mind altering substance, it will change your thought patterns, open up your mind, vivisect your thought processes. Reading it will alter you.
This was how Morrison summed it up:
"The Invisibles is the name given to a society of occult subversives which may or may not have existed for hundreds, even thousands of years. The five main characters belong to an activist cell but there are also stories dealing with people who don't even know they belong to The Invisibles. All that's required to be a meember is to be involved in sustained activity against all forces which retard human development and evolution. (Or so it seems at the beginning. As the comic progresses, conspiracies and counter-conspiracies start turning on each other like hungry Moray eels until nobody can be sure who is working for whom.)'
In his proposal he mentioned wanting to do his own version of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman- a story that has a central structure but is able to branch off into other stories about related characters,'stories that will eventually come together and be revealed as one large-scale, shimmeringly holographic tapestry'. Also, like The Sandman, it would be about a different kind of superhero.
It is clear Morrison has put a lot of himself into the story, it is interesting to note that Morrison is said to look like King Mob, King Mob's also writes under the nom de plume Kirk Morrison and they both like salt and vinegar chips (he asks for them in one of the last comics ). In some ways, the character of King Mob seems inextricable from Morrison himself. He also claims that his illness to the point of near death while writing the comics was related to the intense magic powers in the comics.
This is a comic that will definitely open your mind up to think in different ways. The sheer scope of Morrison's genius is mindblowing, he can imagine and describe things the rest of us do not even dream of. This comic series is a unique and mind altering (and sometimes harrowing) experience, and I would recommend it to everyone! ...more