I was surprised at how good this book was. The small town that is run by vampires, and anyone without a "protector" being fair game felt quite real toI was surprised at how good this book was. The small town that is run by vampires, and anyone without a "protector" being fair game felt quite real to me. I liked the idea that humans given power become as monstrous as the vampires, like the protected Monica who is able to torture (literally) people because she is protected. I think if I was the main character I would definitely have got out of town, although also growing up with overprotective parents, I can see why she wanted to try and see it through. I also liked the inclusion of a positively portrayed Goth character....more
I probably would have enjoyed this more if I had read any of the other Dancy Flammarion stories but I still liked it, and understood enough of what waI probably would have enjoyed this more if I had read any of the other Dancy Flammarion stories but I still liked it, and understood enough of what was going on. It was a good American Gothic piece....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
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 collectioThis 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! ...more
Originally read from February 26 to March 01, 2013 Re-reading 2016
Funny and dark at the same time, this is a great horror comedy about San Francisco aOriginally read from February 26 to March 01, 2013 Re-reading 2016
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 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....more
Ecstasia is not an easy book to describe, it is hard to do it justice. Like other novels by Francesca Lia Block (especially the Weetzie Bat books), it gets into your heart and soul.
Brother and sister Rafe and Calliope live in Elysia, a place that is all about joy and pleasure. The youth of Ecstasia spend their time visiting circuses, clubs, cafes, eating sweet sugary foods and drinking champagne. But there is a catch. When you start aging, you have to go Under. To the dark subterraneous caverns below the city, a place where nightmares seem real.
Combining heady, surreal beauty and dark horror, ecstasy and pain, with a terrible price that must be payed for the pursuit of beauty and pleasure, Ecstasia is an intense novel. While this novel is short, it took me quite a while to read it, it was so intense I could only read short bits at a time, swept away in a whirlwind of sights and sounds, beauty and terror. This is a book that will stay with you after the last page has been closed.
This book gets 6 stars out of 5! Add it to your MUST READ list!...more