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Neil Gaiman's Troll Bridge by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman's Troll Bridge (1993)

by Neil Gaiman, Colleen Doran (Art)

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In Troll Bridge, Colleen Doran beautifully illustrates Neil Gaiman's story about a young man's life. The writing, like all of Gaiman's stories, is haunting and sombre, with a sense of loss pervading the whole. Doran's illustrations fit the tone and capture the uncertainties of the main character at different stages in his life. Fans of Gaiman will delight and this volume will find a home alongside other illustrated works of the master storyteller. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Dec 25, 2016 |
I really liked this! It's an adaptation of a previously published short story. Such a sad, tragic story of a boy's coming of age and the not very nice man he becomes. It is a tale for adults and most should relate. It tells how as children the future is bright, cheerful and exciting and how as an adult the past is seen with bitterness and regrets. A dark, harrowing story with stunning artwork by Colleen Doran. ( )
  ElizaJane | Sep 22, 2016 |
Jack, a 7-year-old boy, has grown up alone in a world of ghosts and ghouls. However when he encounters a hungry troll on a bridge who wants to eat him, he is terrified. At first, the troll is almost transparent but the more terrified Jack becomes, the more solid the troll appears – his fear is giving it substance. Despite his terror, however, the boy manages to convince the troll that he wouldn’t make much of a meal as small as he is. He promises to return when he’s bigger. He will encounter the troll several more times in his life. He always manages to escape, promising to return another time but each encounter makes him more fearful, something for the troll to munch on until he can have it all.

Troll Bridge was originally published in Neil Gaiman’s short story collection Smoke and Mirrors. It has now been adapted as a graphic novel by artist Colleen Doran and published by Dark Horse and it is, in a word, gorgeous. The illustrations look like something found in a children’s picture book from the mid-20th c. beautifully coloured and full of fascinating detail. These bright colours and details emphasize the contrasts between the very dark aspects of the tale with the stunning beauty of her British countryside. The novel is relatively short at only 67 pages and there is almost no dialogue but, thanks to Doran’s marvelous work, it still oozes all of the creepy goodness of the original tale. Absolutely loved it!

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  lostinalibrary | Sep 17, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 150670008X, Hardcover)

The inimitable Colleen Doran adapts Neil Gaiman's tragic coming-of-age fantasy masterpiece! 

When Jack was a young boy, his world was full of ghosts and ghouls, but one such monster--a ravenous and hideous troll--would haunt him long into manhood. As the beast sups upon a lifetime of Jack's fear and regret, Jack must find the courage within himself to face the fiend once and for all!

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"As a monster from his childhood sups upon a lifetime of Jack's fear and regret, Jack must find the courage within himself to face the fiend once and for all"--

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