Tom is a third level apprentice in the museums of London, a city on tracks that moves across the Hunting Grounds of what was once Europe, 'eating' other cities, tearing them apart for scrap metal and resources. Tom finds his job boring and wishes he could be an airship pilot, and travel around finding artifacts of the past, like his hero, head historian, Valentine. Little does Tom know what lies beyond the peaceful sheltered world that he knows, but he will soon begin to learn...
Mortal Engines is a book set in an alternate future, when mankind has nearly destroyed itself through warfare, and those that remained took to moving cities, while searching the ground for ancient technologies of the past that are barely understood anymore. Things like computers are alien to this world, and old technologies such as 'seedys' have become collectors items and museum pieces. The airships resemble zeppelins more than planes.
I loved this world that was so painstakingly created down to the smallest detail. You really feel that you are immersed in this world, and all the different inventions and machines all fit together so well to create a believable setting. The characters were well written, I liked Miss Fang, who was mysterious and adventurous, Hester and Katherine. The main character, Tom was likeable, if a little naive. Sometimes he found it hard to deal with the truth, but he would still try to do what was right, and his unwavering loyalty to his friends was touching.
This book definitely left me wanting more, although thankfully, it did not end on a cliffhanger. I am really looking forward to reading the next in the series, Predator's Gold. (less)
Funny and dark at the same time, this is a great horror comedy about San Francisco and the end of the world. Starting off with a fascinating story of...moreFunny and dark at the same time, this is a great horror comedy about San Francisco and the end of the world. Starting off with a fascinating story of my favourite historical figure, Emperor Norton of San Francisco, we are soon introduced to a city where the hospital has a 'body tank' of preserved limbs they trade on the black market, chinese hopping vampires haunt the bus system at night, and to get cheap rent, you have to blackmail a serial killer into being your landlord.
This book is definitely suited to those with a darker, rather macabre sense of humour.
This book was originally published on the Errata Gothic webzine in the early 2000s (I think) and, according to author Poppy Z Brite "City of Apocrypha is one of my favorite novels of all time, a tale with as strong a sense of place as any I've read."
I wasn't there during that time (not having even started high school in the 90s), but I do feel a sense of nostalgia for the idea of it. If anyone was a part of the San Francisco alternative scene during that era, I would love to hear their thoughts.(less)
This collection blew me away! Not only do we see the usual strong and inspiring females from Jennifer and Sarah Diemer's work, but we have a collectio...moreThis collection blew me away! Not only do we see the usual strong and inspiring females from Jennifer and Sarah Diemer's work, but we have a collection of fascinating steampunk and science fiction worlds. Exploring worlds past and future, we are given an insight into humanity.
There is a world where those who aren't perfect (gene def) are second class citizens, one where A group of cloned 'Mary's' live in a lab, watched over by scientists. There are girls who love automatons, and are loved back. Girls made of clay by magical outcast old men, and creatures stitched together from parts of dead children, who still have the power to feel.
If you want to read a creative collection of steampunk and science fiction stories, that grabs to start to finish and never lets go, this is for you! (less)
"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! (less)