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The Unwritten Vol. 6: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words

by Mike Carey, Peter Gross (Illustrator)

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Title:The Unwritten Vol. 6: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words
Authors:Mike Carey
Other authors:Peter Gross (Illustrator)
Info:Vertigo (2012), Udgave: First Edition, Paperback, 240 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Vertigo, metalitteratur, amerikanske tegneserier

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Crazy good. All of the philosophy about the power of stories and common consciousness is intriguing. I may have to read Hobbes. The action sequences are well paced, so we're jot bogged down by the theory. I'm not a fan of introducing a mysterious character at the end (it's too much of a ploy), but I will take the hook and continue. ( )
  Bodagirl | Jan 5, 2016 |
For any multi-layered, intertextual, millennia-scoping, allusion-soaked fantasy series, this is the tricky volume. For Tom and his gang have come to the point when it’s time to stop tossing new threads and ideas around, adding mystery and flavor, and instead to start making some sense of it all. Done wrong, the whole delicious, tickling weave just unravels like a deflated balloon. On the other hand, mystery remaining too mysterious eventually becomes abstract and makes the reader lose interest.

Here, with Tom taking on the mysterious Cabal head on, and Pullman staging his own palace coup, it’s time for answers. Without spoiling anything, I think it comes as a surprise to no one that more than a pinch of myth is thrown in. It’s all very well thought out and makes sense in it’s own way. But it’s also just a little formulaic. A little Sandman-esque in the way it mixes Gilgamesh, Gutenberg and early political cartoon. Satisfying, but a blend that feels just a tad too familiar.

The Unwritten series instead keeps scoring it’s highest points in the episodes taking place slightly beside the main story arc. It lends itself unusually well to the detour. Here, it’s the neat little everyman story of one of the lowly readers plugged into the Grid, and the chilling account of Frau Rausch’s childhood that really stand out. ( )
  GingerbreadMan | Aug 20, 2014 |
In this one, myths and history are entwined; the sheer amount and scope of information is impressive. We get to know more about: the original story of Pullman, Rausch and Wilson - the role of the cabal and the Leviathan - and Tom’s power.

It’s thrilling and addictive yet we still need to know more about Tom’s role in all of this. ( )
  electrice | May 20, 2014 |
Summary: In Volume 6, Tom Taylor, the son of the author Wilson Taylor (the creator of the Tommy Taylor series of children's books about a boy wizard) is finally embracing his power. Whether it actually is his power, or something given to him by his father, or something else entirely, Tom starts using the magic from the Tommy Taylor books - and he's going to use it to bring the fight right to the doorstep of the shadowy Cabal that's been pursing his father - and him - across the decades. In alternating chapters, we get scenes from Wilson's diary, explaining what he knows about the history of the Cabal.

Review: Volume 6 was as fine of a piece of fiction as I have read in a very long time. There is a lot going on in The Unwritten, enough that I usually have trouble remembering all the details from previous volumes when I pick up the next one. I was particularly afraid that was going to be a problem in this case, seeing that it's been almost two years since I read Volume 5. But either I remember more than I thought I did, or this book does an excellent job of reminding me, because all of the various story threads all come together so incredibly satisfactorily. The historical chapters from Wilson's journals were particularly a highlight - they're good stories in their own right, and they add to the story as a whole, and by the end, I finally - finally - felt like I had a handle on what was going on in the Unwritten universe… and the big picture is crazy and awesome and imaginative and a little bit mind-blowing, and with something important to say about how the world works. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: If you like stories about stories, and about the power of stories - Neil Gaiman comes to mind, but also things like Fables - you should be reading The Unwritten. Immediately. ( )
  fyrefly98 | Apr 17, 2014 |
Enough with the prelude: Tom finally jumps into action against the still-shadowy bad guys. He uses the powers he's been slowly learning and his one-man army goes against pretty much everyone who stands in his way. These issues (collecting main issues 31-35, plus others mentioned later) are perhaps the most "comic book"-like of the series with the big showdowns in most of the issues. If the prior installments were a little too "think-y," well, here's the payoff.

Also included in this trade paperback are the "half-issues" -- not half in terms of page numbers, but full-size issues distributed halfway between the normal monthly issues. Each of these five issues deal with one of the Cabal, and give some background to their involvement. Of course, since the entire run is about whether stories can be believed, we are left wondering how much is the truth. It's an interesting interlude between the "real" issues.

LT Haiku:

Magic and power:
These two themes converge in this
fierce battle royale. ( )
  legallypuzzled | Nov 30, 2013 |
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Gross, PeterIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Berger, KarenEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Erskine, GaryIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Geary, RickIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hernandez, GabrielIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Magic and power:

These two themes converge in this

fierce battle royale.


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Seeking revenge against the Cabal for all of the people in his life they have killed, Tom Taylor leads his friends into the organization's headquarters. There, he will discover truths about his powers, his father, and the reason the Cabal has kept track of him his entire life.… (more)

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