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Bone Complete Set, Volumes 1-9 by Jeff Smith

Bone Complete Set, Volumes 1-9 (2004)

by Jeff Smith

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    Birdo82: Take the stunning artistic and storytelling prowess of Bone and apply it to a gritty, dimension-hopping crime drama with a touch of noir and high-concept, grown up appeal; BOOM, you have RASL!
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    Castle Waiting by Linda Medley (FFortuna)
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    The New Brighton Archeological Society by Mark Andrew Smith (FFortuna)
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    The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren (Percevan)
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    Broxo by Zack Giallongo (rarm)
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    Moby Dick by Herman Melville (aethercowboy)
    aethercowboy: The main character of Bone, Fone Bone, considers Moby Dick to be the greatest literary work of all time. He is often found reading it.

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I don't get it.
  rakerman | Jul 1, 2016 |
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  Superenigmatix | Jan 16, 2016 |
What a fun book -- all 1300 pages of it!

Bone is a pretty typical fantasy tale, with three lost "Bone" family members (who look like a cross between a Smurf and Snoopy) wandering into another world' on the brink of civil war. There's not much really new here -- the TV Tropes readers would undoubtedly pick apart each page as derivative of something, like the surprise princess, the seemingly-unstoppable bodyguard, and a bad guy who of course happens to be a relative -- but somehow those parts grow into something bigger.

The mammoth one-volume compilation is in black and white, which is still beautiful, but somehow the "Red Dragon" never quite lived up to his name in my mind. All of the characters -- including a few of the bad guys -- are really cute, and there's a lot of humor in the saga, but there are a few spots that may be disturbing for readers under eight or nine.

This is a great first graphic novel (it's possibly a good option for a reluctant reader, as the art complements the dialog very well), especially for those who may not enjoy the superhero genre.

LT Haiku:

Fun fantasy quest;
adorable characters
in complex story. ( )
  legallypuzzled | Dec 15, 2015 |
Jeff Smith started the Bone series back in 1994 when I was but a meager ten year old. I can vividly remember going to the grocery store with my Mother and begging her to buy me the latest issue of Disney Adventures. Due to my insistent whining, my Mom finally caved and bought it for me. When I got home and cracked the cover, I eventually made my way to their comics section and gazed upon Fone Bone for the first time.

To the best of my knowledge, that was the only exposure to Jeff Smith’s Boneville I'd ever received. Years later (19 to be exact), my curiosity got the better of me and I grabbed the complete omnibus from my local library. Outside of this panel, which for whatever reason stuck with me through the years, I knew next to nothing about the character or his story.

Fone Bone and his two cousins, Smiley and Phoney, are driven from Boneville following an outlandish scheme involving Phoney's bid for the Mayor. Lost and alone, the three are trying to find their way home. Following an unplanned separation, the Bone cousins will soon embark on an epic journey involving dragons, rat creatures and a simmering conflict that is about to boil over.

It took Smith ten long years to fully play out the Bone saga and while he amassed 1,300 pages, it felt like a quick read. In theory, something that takes that long to write and kills that many trees should not be something you can knock out in a week. However, Smith's storytelling moved it along at such a brisk pace that I hardly noticed how much I was consuming in one sitting.

I will say that while I really enjoyed this book, I wouldn't recommend reading the black and white omnibus. While the artwork is still something to admire, the full color versions are that much better. Just looking around online, I spotted a few comparison shots that really show off just how tremendous those colorful pages are. If you can stomach paying the additional cost associated with the full color version, I would recommend choosing that one.

Bone is something that will occupy your lap or the arm of your favorite reading chair, not your palms. Hey, if you really want to try and hold this in your hands, don’t blame me if your wrists unexpectedly snap. This is one seriously big book. Smith did divide the epic into 9 separate volumes, all of which are full color and a little easier to grasp. While I did borrow this from the library, it is something I would eventually like to own and I believe the individual volumes may be the best route to go. ( )
  branimal | Apr 1, 2014 |
I am so excited to add this to the list. I love this book. Bone starts out as a happy fantasy story of three cousins who are lost in a mysterious valley. While running away from rat creatures being saved by dragons and trying to save their hide from the mysterious hooded one they fall into an age old battle. As the storyline progresses, things get much more serious. We learn about some family secrets, old gods, and some very dangerous bad guys. The Bones, along with Thorn, and Grandma Ben will need to enlist in the help of the Red Dragon to save the valley ( or even the world).

I think fantasy lovers would really enjoy the story. It starts out as a happy comic, but gets very serious as it progresses. The way Smith does it, is very convincing instead of jarring like other books with the same concept can be. There is really no fowl language or large sexual content so tweens/ and young readers could happy wallow through the over 1,000 page epic. Another fun piece is most of the story's landscape was inspired by Ohio's state park Hocking Hills! For those who would rather not have the large 1 volume, the series can be found in the trades ( some of these may be in color, but the original story is in black and white). I would recommend this book to adventure readers as well. ( )
  DeweyEver | Mar 29, 2014 |
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Bone "Still no sign of the townspeople".
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Fun fantasy quest;

adorable characters

in complex story.


Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 188896314X, Paperback)

An American graphic novel first! The complete 1300-page epic adventure from start to finish in one deluxe trade paperback. Three modern cartoon cousins get lost in a pre-technological valley, speanding a year there making new friends and out-running dangerous enemies. Their many adventures include crossing the local people in The Great Cow Race, and meeting a giant mountain lion called RockJaw: Master of the Eastern Border. They learn about sacrifice and hardship in The Ghost Circles and finally discover their own true natures in the climatic journey to The Crown of Horns.

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Three modern cartoon cousins get lost in a pre-technological valley, spending a year there making new friends and out-running dangerous enemies, in a compilation of the creator's Bone series all in one binding.

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