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From Hell by Alan Moore
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May 07, 08

bookshelves: fiction, history, comic
Read in May, 2008

I contemplated giving this one a five, but declined. It's deeper than Watchmen, in a way, but I didn't enjoy it in the same way. Who knows. Perhaps I'll come back and change it in a few days.
The art is fantastic. Moore has probably never written better. The only problem I had was with telling some of the characters apart; however, I got used to it in the end.
The chapter where Gull drags Netley around town, lecturing him about the ancient magic of symbolic architecture, was seriously creepy; the final chapter, where Gull floats bodiless through time, was also a bit of a masterpiece, though I had to look up everyone in it because I'm not familiar with British serial killers. Though it was so horrific it made me a bit queasy, the chapter of the final murder was also spectacularly done. The pacing-- the way Gull staggers about, falling back and forth between a state of dream and a mindless orgy of dismemberment-- was perfect.
The depth and interwovenness of his story is fantastic, also. Just thought I'd mention.

It was, however, due to the inescapable nature of the subject-matter, a bit too horrifically dark to dwell on at the moment. So I'm off to read something light and happy, now, if you please.
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