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La enciclopedia de la tierra temprana

(Early Earth)

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¡LECTORES! ¡ESTE LIBRO NO ES UNA AUTÉNTICA ENCICLOPEDIA!
Es una obra épica de ficción que nos lleva tras los pasos, los relatos y las aventuras de un narrador solitario en su búsqueda del conocimiento y del amor verdadero.
Una obra que contiene multitud de historias, grandes y pequeñas, sobre dioses y monstruos, reyes locos, ancianas y brujas sabias, chamanes, hombres medici
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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published December 2014 by Impedimenta (first published October 3rd 2013)
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Nat
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth 3-- bookspoils
This book contains many stories, big and small, about and pertaining to the following things: Gods, monsters, mad kings, wise old crones, shamans, medicine men, brothers and sisters, strife, mystery, bad science, worse geography, and did we already mention true love?

I've had my sight on this graphic novel for nearly a year, so I was sad to see myself barely pushing through it now. The set up for The Encyclopedia of Early Earth sounded right up my alley, but the execution turned out to be less s
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Peter Derk
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I get very nervous when the library world is all atwitter over a graphic novel. 9 times out of 10, it's something that has a very prose-y narrative and usually confronts some sort of issue of difference. Someone living life as a deaf, gay, conjoined twin with a very serious synaesthetic disorder. Something like that.

I'm not shitting on those types of writers or their books. Some of those books are great. Some of them are not. But what I notice is that certain review outlets tend to strongly favo
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Hershey
Well, this was an incredible journey!

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth is a story about stories. It's a story about a Storyteller and his lovely adventures discovering Early Earth. I very much enjoyed these stories within stories, the concepts and the very interesting art work.

A long time ago, two people met and fell in love.



But there was one tiny problem. They could not touch each other at all.



So, the boy who was a very great Storyteller in his land told the girl stories about his life which like
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Hilary
I found this really dissapointing, the illustrations are very good, so detailed, a very interesting style, beautiful colours and very skilful but I found the plot rambling and in places boring and a hotchpotch of myths, stories and legends. The title as many people and even the blurb points out is misleading. I really liked the idea of the book and I really liked the handwritten font. In places the book felt like it was purposely trying to be far out and to shock, other places it was quite nice. ...more
Kaitlin
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
This graphic novel is one I have owned for years without feeling quite in the mood to read it. The other night I was reading a truly dark and heavy book which really brought my mood down, and I thought it was finally time to give this one a go to bring my mood back up. I was so right, and this book did just that and more making me happy and excited whilst reading and learning about the truly bizarre but wonderful world of Early Earth.

This storyline follows two lovers who meet at the beginning of
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Ferdy
Really loved it. Definitely my favourite read of the year so far and definitely the best graphic novel I've ever read (though I've not read many) - it was just so lovely and entertaining.

The illustrations weren't anything spectacular but they suited the tone of the story well. I adored all the stories within stories, they were all done so brilliantly, I was hooked on the little made up mythologies and various small but epic adventures the MC went on. It was funny, charming, and rather bitterswe
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Hannah Garden
The first few pages in, I felt like I was going to looove this. It's just beautifully put together, from the sparing, elegant use of muted color in the woodcut-like artwork to the charming font made from Greenberg's handwriting, and the narrative style is wonderful--equal parts clever and sweet, qualities not always easily paired.

This is a collection of loosely connected stories--all mythical or myth-like in nature, many of them retellings of tales from the Bible and the Odyssey--told by a wand
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Emma Sea
Completely charming. Wonderful illustrations, especially the use of color. Every detail of the stories within stories enraptured me. The world of kiddos hair! The mapmaker's monkeys! South Pole woman and Nord man! This is my new favorite mythology. I got this out from the library, but have now ordered my own copy to keep.
Resh (The Book Satchel)
Brilliant. Read both books by Isabel Greenberg. you wouldn't regret even a single page.
Jennifer
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t put my finger on why, but I liked this much better than The One Hundred Nights of Hero. Both have gorgeous artwork and feature stories within stories within stories, but the humor in The Encyclopedia of Early Earth landed with me a lot more (although sometimes there were moments that I could tell would be much funnier for a Brit). I also found some of the turns of phrase in here truly enchanting. These tales are a mix of references to the Bible, to ancient Greek and Scandinavian gods, an ...more
Oriana
I'm so confused about how everyone is drooling all over this book. I thought it was so boring! Or, no, not exactly boring; I think more that the book doesn't quite know what it wants to be, and so is halfway a lot of things but not really committed to any. That probably doesn't make a lot of sense. #sorrynotsorry

So what I mean is that this book is basically a series of vignette-y myth-y fables. It's not really an encyclopedia—it's much too short for that. And it's not really a series of shorts b
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Lauren
A delightful story about the power of stories and oral tradition.



Familiar archetypes with new faces, pulling from First Nations, Homerian, and Biblical mythology (and maybe even a little George R.R. Martin?) to create a delightful story-within-a-story of humans and gods.

The eagle-headed BirdMan is Master of the Universe, and his two Raven children - Kid and Kiddo - play cosmic games, creating planets and inhabiting them for fun. Kiddo, the Raven girl goddess creates "the world" and gives life to
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Liz Janet
“In the beginning there was nothing, only time. But since there was no one to count the time, there might as well have been nothing. And then there was an egg. Don't ask how it got there, OK.”

I should've loved this. The quotes where there, the art was there, the myth was there. Yet, the combination did not work for me at all. Perhaps it was that I've read so much myth that a re-imagined one did not impact me. Or that the opaque colours did not make for my favourite art. But somewhere along those
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Lisa
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely comforting and quick read.

Because it's a big book with pictures it reminded my of reading The Lorax over and over as a child many moons ago!
It's not in any way a similar story but how it made me feel was comparable.

It's very funny and imaginative and absolutely brilliant for a cosy one reading sitting - the title adequately describes the content - highly recommended.

Just like The Lorax it has a lot to say about the nature of people in the guise of a great story/stories.
Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)
A gorgeously drawn, cannily structured graphic novel about stories, beginnings and true love, with poisoned sausages and appendices.
David Schaafsma
Eisner award nominations came out and this beautiful book and its artist are all over these award noms. But I have had this book around for three weeks and do not finally love it. It does not really move me. Might just be a mood I'm in. And part of it is that I am not a real mythology guy (anymore. I read my Edith Hamilton long ag0).

Early Earth features gorgeous wood-cut like art and terrific colors, all inviting comparisons to early Inuit and Nordic and Biblical art and myths. Many of the myth
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Alina
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
It was cute, but I kinda missed the point of it all...?
Ander Luque
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What do Greek, Scandinavian, Jewish and Christian mythologies have in common? That none of them seem to exist in Early Earth, but actually they all do, conforming the history of the lands of Nord, Britanitarka, the Bavelian Empire and the South Pole. And above all, watching them from the Cloud Castle, the Eagle God BirdMan and the Ravens, his children, Kid and Kiddo.

Let us, then, enter the worlds of
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EARLY EARTH, by Isabel Greenberg.
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Juxtapose
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Amanda
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
So good! I love the art and use of color, the stories, and the mix of “old” tales with modernized dialogue. Hilarious and beautiful.
Pink
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Visually this was exactly what I like in a graphic novel and the whole book was beautifully put together. A perfect gift. The story? It started out fantastically and though it didn't exactly disappoint, my enthusiasm did peter out. I agree with others that it seemed like a mashed together collection of short stories and retellings of myths. That's exactly what it was and consequently it felt a little disjointed, but for the most part it worked as a whole. I'm torn between rating it 3 or 4 stars, ...more
Mafi
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth chamou-me a atenção não só pela sua capa mas principalmente pelo título e pelas boas críticas que se fizeram lá fora.

Temos basicamente uma novela gráfica com vários contos sobre a origem do Planeta Terra. Há estórias para todos os gostos e não houve nenhuma que me decepcionasse.

Dou quatro estrelas porque para além da originalidade do conteúdo escrito, a arte foi totalmente do meu agrado.
Fatma
I liked this, and the art is beautiful (to no one's surprise), but I feel like I needed a more solid overarching plot to tie all these stories together.
Brooke
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Encyclopedia of Early Earth”, is a carefully told and beautifully drawn graphic novel, about one boys journey from the North Pole to the South Pole. Fantastical stories are woven throughout by taking biblical references and twisting them to fit a fantasy like story. This graphic novel is heavily about storytelling and true love. I really enjoyed it!
Dominick
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Well, this was a delightful read, all the more so since I'd never heard of Greenberg before giving it a try. The story is a rather meandering, or multi-branched, perhaps, admixture of fable, myth, parable, and humour, in which Greenberg invents an early human civilization, predating ours, but which anticipates and echoes ours in various ways--sometimes fairly overtly, as in its take on the Odyssey or on some Biblical stories (e.g. Noah, the Tower of Babel). The peoples and their stories resemble ...more
Elizabeth A
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphix, 2015, kids-ya
Book blurb: Before our history began, another now forgotten civilization thrived. The people who roamed Early Earth were much like us: curious, emotional, funny, ambitious, and vulnerable.

If you are fan of myths and fairy tales, I'd highly recommend this lovely graphic novel. The stories are fun, and the art wonderfully folk artsy (is that a word? Is now).

This is the story of a storyteller, his creation, his travels and adventures, and his search for a missing part of his soul. And what is a que
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Arsénico
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Puede que no os gusten las novelas gráficas, pero os aseguro que esta no es una novela gráfica al uso. Narrativamente hablando es simple y a la vez preciosa, por lo ricas que son sus historias a pesar de la simpleza con la que la autora intenta embaucarnos hasta lograrlo. Porque lo consigue, vaya que sí. Es como enfrentarse a esos cuentos que nunca pasarán de moda, a grandes maestros de la narración, de una manera sencilla y visual. Pero lo más increíble es que este sea el debut de Isabel Greenb ...more
Rachel
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few years have gone by since I first picked this one up. Having just reread it, I’m reminded about how awesome it really is! The artwork looks a bit like linoleum prints, with clean lines and solid colors. The general story and world-building surrounds a alternate retelling of how the Earth came to be, which is quite well written. I didn’t pick up a single comic book until I was into my thirties and due to its popularity at the time, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth was one of the first ones I ...more
Eleni (OverThePlace)
Η Isabel Greenberg ήταν μόλις 23 χρονών όταν κέρδισε το βραβείο The Observer Graphic Short Story το 2011 για την ιστορία της, Love in a Very Cold Climate. Δύο χρόνια μετά, εξέδωσε την μικρή αυτή ιστορία ως μέρος ενός τεράστιου graphic novel, με παρελθόν και συνέχεια. Ένα εντυπωσιακό εγχείρημα που αποδόθηκε τελικά με ευφάνταστο τρόπο.

Περισσότερα εδώ: https://overtheplace.wordpress.com/20...
Sam
This is a beautifully illustrated collection of traditional folk stories from the earliest civilizations and cultures from around the world told through the fireside stories of the storytellers. The language didn't seem to quite fit with the age and style of the stories however the illustrations more than made up for this taking the reader on a journey through the seas and lands of early Earth, including one or two that may seem a little familiar from later story collections.
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