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WHAT WE CAN KNOW ABOUT THUNDERMAN (five stars) I give this 240 page novel my highest rating, but I think full enjoyment of it requires a lot of knowledge about the history of American comic books. So, for instance, his stand-in for Maxwell Gaines, founder of what would later become the notorious horror publisher EC (here SP), doesn't die in a boating accident; he's felled by a chunk of frozen piss. Both mind-expanding and cosmic while utterly rooted in our urban reality' NEIL GAIMAN 'One of the great fiction minds of his generation' ROLLING STONE In his first-ever short story collection, which spans forty years of work and features many never-before-published pieces, international bestselling author and legendary creator of From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and other modern classics, Alan Moore, presents nine stories full of wonder and strangeness, each taking us deeper into the fantastical underside of reality. From ghosts and otherworldly creatures to theoretical Boltzmann brains fashioning the universe at the big bang, Illuminations is exactly that - a series of bright, startling tales from a contemporary legend that reveal the full power of imagination and magic. Not least because he's amped up just enough of what is on the record that he has cover beyond the changed names for what isn't.

Welcome to the creation of life in the universe as imagined by Alan Moore - I don't think you'll be disappointed. In his first-ever short story collection, which spans forty years of work, Alan Moore presents a series of wildly different and equally unforgettable characters who discover--and in some cases even make and unmake--the various uncharted parts of existence. What We Can Know About Thunderman may be said to offer a similar deconstruction of the American comics industry itself. I read the first 6 stories out of 9 and each one of them made me increasingly annoyed as I turned each consecutive page.

Fãs de Alan Moore irão apreciar estes contos, que mostram diversas facetas do criador, bem como o seu génio imaginativo, capaz de conjurar mundos estranhos cuja lógica interna é implacavelmente funcional. Yes, anyone who read 1963, or the backmatter in the last LoEG, knows that Moore has a nicely savage line in Stan Lee pastiche, and the secret history of Hollywood in Cinema Purgatorio* showed that to some extent he can turn media muckraking into art – but that was one story in an anthology, not a whole damn novel. El primer cuento y una excelente introducción a esta colección es "Hypothetical Lizard" lo considero una gran pieza, trágica y violenta sobre los extremos en que el amor, la pérdida de este y la venganza nos llevara.

I would read more of this though, as I feel it has potential (uuugggghhhhh and now I just feel pretentious saying that about Alan Fucking Moore! And, at the Last, Just to Be Done with Silence" Excelente pieza para acabar la colección y creo que es lo que debió de haber sido "Cold Reading". There was a sense of real, horrifying danger that underlies Moore's imagination and it is visible from the very first page. His punishment for this desire, should he achieve it, will be to leave behind, down in the Marvel Bullpen, the merely conflicted liberalisms of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for the much more exalted slopes of Parnassus, where figures as troubling (and as obsessed with heroism) as Blake, Nietzsche, and Yeats will tell him what Walter Benjamin long ago told us all: "There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism.All of this acted to destroy the connections between her ability to intake things and output others in response (her thoughts and actions do not matchup). Almost none of the stories interested me with the exceptions being The Improbably Complex High-Energy State which was a fun and silly romp, Location Location Location which was more or less an interesting idea and executed fairly well, and What We Can Know About Thunderman, which was a very tiresome deluge of Alan Moore's vitriol and like most of the book was tiresome.

Anyway, I haven't enjoyed a collection of short stories this much in years, and Alan Moore proves himself every bit the genius he's been known to be for the past four decades. The story is also fascinated by the problem of putting the ineffable into words, in which it forms a neat pair to its successor, The Improbably Complex High-Energy State; they also match in so far as they're set at opposite ends of time. The opening story, Hypothetical Lizard, is a queer surrealist revenge tale written in 1987, while in Cold Reading, originally published in 2010, a real ghost takes revenge on a con artist who performs fake seances. To add to the fact, I go in for anthologies with certain length expectations as I read the stories whenever I can squeeze a few minutes out of my schedule. Illuminations" es excelente como medio para exponer ciertas ideas que Moore ya expresado antes en entrevistas.

And in the monumental novella What We Can Know About Thunderman, which charts the surreal and Kafkaesque history of the comics industry over the last seventy-five years through several sometimes-naive and sometimes-maniacal people rising and falling on its career ladders, Moore reveals the dark, beating heart of the superhero business. ILLUMINATIONS (five stars) A recently divorced man decides to visit a beach resort where he remembered being happy as a child, and in so doing, discovers that nostalgia engenders disappointment, boredom, and finally, horror. NOT EVEN LEGEND - Four stars - I had a good time with this one, especially once I figured out the twist in the storytelling.

Only pop-culture fandoms insist that their objects of aesthetic interest must possess political and ethical rectitude. I found “Jerusalem,” in particular, to be a slog: rather than a 1200 page book, it felt like a pretty good 400 page fantasy adventure, an ok 400 page book about the evolution of a town, and another 400 pages of largely unreadable self-indulgence, full of made up languages and the author inserting friends and acquaintances into the narrative. I'm a big Alan Moore fan so I thought I'd give this collection a go and found it an unhappy struggle to finish for the most part for all the reasons that I listed above and more.What can we uncover, Moore wants us to ask, when we examine the hidden underworld of the American comics industry, zooming in on each detail with the same uncomfortable discernment Watchmen brings to bear on the conventions of silver age comics? First off, I used to think that Stephen King's It was the best example of "Editor's exist for a reason. Que puedo decir de Illuminations, es una gran colección de cuentos donde la mayoría son excelentes piezas de ficción corta, eso sí con sus trademarks que las vuelven exclusivamente Moore.

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