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Rose by Jeff Smith
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Jun 26, 2010

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I checked this out from the library a week ago and just now took the time to read it. I prefer Jeff Smith's artwork for the "Bone" world, but Charles Vess's looks alright. It's chock full of spoilers, so I wouldn't advise new readers to start here--even though chronologically it precedes the series proper. And there's the rub; having already seen what happens and why, I wasn't as wowed by seeing the beginning of Smith's epic as I might otherwise have been.

It's akin to why fans who grew up with the Prequel Trilogy can never appreciate the significance of "The Empire Strikes Back," and fans who grew up with the Original Trilogy find so little of interest in the prequels. I'm just glad this was 1) finally put back into print and 2) available from my local library because the original printing was outrageously expensive on the secondary market by the time I finally got myself to read "Bone" a couple years ago.
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