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4.45  ·  Rating details ·  618 ratings  ·  77 reviews
The Loop is closed. Life is returning to normal when the pastoral countryside is suddenly flooded by dark water from the huge abandoned underground facility. Rumors spread in classrooms and schoolyards, stories about the flood and how it has brought something with it. One thing is clear: the past is not ready to be forgotten.

Simon Stålenhag is back. In his new artbook Thi
Hardcover, 130 pages
Published June 2016 by Free League Publishing
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Mark Seemann
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
Things from the Flood picks up where Tales from the Loop left off. When I originally decided to buy these two books via Kickstarter, I didn't expect them to contain any sort of narrative, but they do, and it works.

When I first saw Simon Stålenhag's pictures combining science fiction elements with rural 70s or 80s Sweden, I fell for the enigmatic atmosphere. What sort of world was this? Clearly not historical Sweden, but still uncannily recognisable.

Usually, when I find myself drawn to the inexpl
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
As the artwork got brighter and more colourful, the mood of this book darkened and took a turn for the disturbing. It's more urban and wider in scope than the first collection - rather than silent and abandoned monoliths in snow-muffled, empty landscapes, almost everything in this book was drawn while life (in whatever form) was still present.
Losing a star is purely down to personal preference - the artwork and the writing quality remained absolutely stellar.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is another instalment of the fictitious memoirs of the author. The mixture of atmospheric images and haunting text make for an extremely memorable book.

The story really carries on from the first book Tales from the Loop - where now it has been decided that the loop is to be shut down. However this brings all sorts of unexpected complications which the author reminisces. To a certain extent it reads like a rites of passage as he changes his home, his friends and even his school.

The artwork
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Surreal. You’ll keep asking yourself, how did I never know about this history? Then shaking your head and remembering it’s not real.

This sequel was a little more disturbing, just so you know.
Pearse Anderson
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was just what I needed in my life! And it was so, so good. But I did prefer Tales From The Loop, if I'm being honest. Stålenhag's art quality has increased, I'm sure, but the vignettes didn't come together in the way I hoped. There was falling action without a climax, which could be fine since they are vignettes, but the entire book built wonderfully to a sense of RISING tension and stakes. For that to cut out in the last 30 pages, accompanied with some panels that I really wished were expl ...more
Ed Erwin
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, comics
Unlike any other book I've seen. It is hard to say whether this is an "art book" or a set of short stories, a graphic novel, or a picture book for adults. That sort of ambiguity always attracts me!

Ultimately, I'd have to say this is an "art book" because the artwork comes first. The artist created the digital paintings first. They all mix images of Swedish countryside in the 1980s with robots and other futuristic apparatus. But there wasn't originally any real backstory. He later wrote stories b
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
The artwork even better in this one. Some are so detailed and life like, I have to remind myself that it's not a picture. My favorite were the vagabonds, and I really hope they get their own book someday. This is perfect blend of surrealism and body horror (sorta? robot body horror?) that I love.
Tony McMillen
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding. Nails the mystery of adolescence and darkness of growing up.
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even the first page builds upon his weird alternate past/present, with references to events and horrors at the periphery of this fictional Stålenhag's life. Or is Stålenhag at the fringes of something very large and menacing? The story is Simon's, as he deals with a rocky adolescence of a broken home and outsider/nerd status, and is as off-kilter and disconcerting as the unsettling artwork.

But the narration is in a tone of horrifying normality, even as the reader reacts to the slaughter of the
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A follow up the the amazing "Tales from the Loop." In "Things from the Flood", the Loop has been closed, it's the 90's and the community has mostly gotten back to normal. But then the Loop floods...with water from another (planet?dimension?universe?) and things get delightfully weird. Dinosaurs show up and an alien life begins to combine with mechanical life and the results are completely insane. Another high recommend folks.
Thomas Pluck
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Even better than Tales from the Loop.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english, sci-fi, art-book
As many will by now know, this book contains many gorgeous illustrations. It is very possible that this is my favourite style of illustration in sci-fi or fantasy, or even non-fiction at the moment. Why is that?

Simon Stålenhag's worlds are always very familiar in a strange way, yet also complete science fiction at the same time. The use of real landscapes and vintage cars and builings and the like makes that you can really imagine what it's like to be there. They give you a sense of longing to a
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Simply amazing. You can see the details of the paintings very well. Prepare to be in awe of his ability to observe the world around him and recreate it very realistically (or surrealistically, with the robots and dinosaurs), not just how different surfaces look matte, shiny, bright, slippery, round or sharp, but also the impressionistic quality of human vision in the peripheries and at distance. He is a very good scenery painter, and his imagination is just amazing.

I was also surprised by how g
Sam Hatfield
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
A somewhat different, darker feel than the first book, but I still liked it overall. Simon's art is beautiful and evocative as always.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are very strange books. I recommend them as examples of world building. But they are somewhat lacking in plot.

It is a memoir of someone who was not involved in momentous events going on around them. Events that we only see glimpses of while a teenage boy has a relatively normal life. His parents got divorced in the last book. In this one he bounces between his parent's homes. His mother gets a new boyfriend. He pirates video games. He makes and loses a friend. He starts dating (that story
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Where “Tales from the Loop” focused on childhood, “Things from the Flood” focuses on adolescence.

This sequel continues to play with the idea of nostalgically looking back on youth, but with elements of alternate history thrown in. This is not the 1990’s as they happened.

The artwork is grounded in beautiful natural imagery with rusted, discarded science fiction devices falling slowly apart like old tractors in a field.

That said, human begins are still recognizably human. Teenagers are still te
Brian Carroll
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sinister and horrifying. The previous book, Tales from the Loop, presented an atmosphere of and mystery and nostalgia where machines and technology were accessories to life, curious oddities for the adventurous child. Things From the Flood, however, presents an escalation of machine ubiquity as an unambiguous threat to the residents of the now decommissioned Loop. Alien viruses, machine cancer abominations, homeless AI cults, and grotesquely enlarged insects come to life with Simon’s exceptional ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. It continues the story from Tales from the Loop, taking the protagonist from childhood to early adolescence. It shares many of the qualities of the first book, but it has a slightly darker, eerier tone, which is fitting since the main character is older. I think the text in this book is slightly stronger than the text in the first book, and the art overall might be a little bit weaker. Not by much, though—there are just as many images in this book that have really stuck with me.
Rich Rosell
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stålenhag's oversized followup to the trippy 'Tales From the Loop' dips deeper into his unique approach to art and science fiction, continuing the slow-burn story of an 'event' that occurred in Sweden in the late 1990s. The storytelling is minimalist and effective, but it's really Stålenhag's sci-fi meets suburbia full page artwork that makes this so wonderfully off-kilter. I may not know art, but I know what I like - and this is it. Big time.
David Nadas
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Things from the Flood is a continuation of Tales From the Loop, each brilliant, each filled with imagery and narration, sometimes stopping me in my place just to view the detail of the artwork as if I were there myself, feeling the grey slush of snow melting from the Loop below. These books are stories of an alternative history--but beyond that. I want a house filled with his artwork, but if I had, I might never leave it.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Beautiful art. Interesting story. But it almost seems like there's a different, more interesting story being told in the art than in the text. I wanted more details, but figure it's up to the imagination.

Too bad I have to enjoy these out of order. I was able to get "after the flood" before "tales from the loop" through the library.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
These books are a wonderful mix of art and narrative. the stories aren't quite full plots, they're more like descriptions of a world with a lightly developed story or character study. It really works. This is mostly because the dystopias Stalenhag creates are so satisfying, but also because the coming of age stories would be convincing even without the robots, wormholes and dinosaurs.
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
More fragments of story based on beautiful pieces of artwork by Simon Stålenhag. As the narrator is older than Tales From the Loop (this is a sequel) things are a little darker. I still feel like the book doesn't quite nail the nostalgia aspect of the alternate past. But it is still beautiful, and haunting, and enjoyable.
Ryan Monson
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Captivating artwork and a more cohesive story than the first volume. I feel like Mr. Stalenhag found his writing way through these books, then when he came out with "The Electric State" he put it all together to create something completely amazing. This book is very good but if you read one book from Stalenhag, that one is epic.
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a storybook for adults set in a cybergothic 1990's Sweden. The illustrations were beautifully rendered and so clever. The story perspective as told by a teenager was well done. I understood why these teenagers were to be found in the adult section. The slow creeping horror reminded me of Stranger Things crossed with Aliens.
Easy review to write: It has basically the same appeal as Tales from the Loop with gorgeous art depicting a fusion of fantastically advanced technology with mundane urban/suburban/rural scenes from previous decades. It also has the same flaws as I saw in that other book: a disjointed connection between the text and the illustrations and a feeling like the illustrations came first and the story (as it is) was written to try to justify their existence, but never quite working. Also, it relies heav ...more
Charlie Harrington
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
The terror of nostalgia for a childhood in Sweden living above a defunct particle accelerator comes to life in pages upon pages of glorious, horrifying, perfect paintings. Is it bad that I want to live in this 1990s mirror world? Or least get to play Doom on one of these old computers, using a parts from a broken robot to bypass my dial-up modem - is that so much to ask?
Michael Knolla
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this even more than Tales from the Loop (even though I gave them both 5 stars). This one felt like a more cohesive story to me and the other more episodic. It’s definitely darker than the first book. If you like Tales from the Loop, you’ll like Things from the Flood!
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Konstnären och författaren Simon Stålenhag är mest känd för sina digitala målningar som ofta visar vardagliga scener med fantastiska inslag. Efter sitt genombrott 2013 har Stålenhag publicerat två böcker om ett alternativt 1980- och 90-tal på Mälaröarna utanför Stockholm. Ur varselklotet (2014) och Flodskörden (2016) har hyllats både i Sverige och utomlands. Den ansedda tidningen The Guardian kora ...more

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