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The Unwritten Vol. 02: Inside Man
by Mike Carey, Peter Gross (Illustrator)
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Sent to prison in France Tom is befriended by another prisoner. The prison is attacked by the mysterious organization and the mysterious woman who challenged Tom's history and has managed to get herself arrested as well helps Tom and Savoy escape with the magic doorknob that can transport them to locales on the literary map that Tom's father coached in about.
Still amazing, I didn't like the bonus section as much as the first one. Read these graphic novels if you like literary fiction spun in a new way.
With his miraculous escape from prison,, Tom Taylor has finally started to believe in his own magic. The doorknob that is a gateway between time and space is only the first part of the puzzle, along with the mysterioius map that he found in his father's study, and Tom must figure out what they can do to figure out who he really is. It looks like these objects are a way for Tom to visit the times in the past when the great books were written, but I'm not sure yet how these tie in to the whole story, since it doesn't seem like the series is just going to be a quest through literary history. His father is obviously one of the "great authors," but who knows what his final Tommy Taylor novel is going to reveal about Tom's true nature and his role as a member of a secret society who controls the world through literature. His impending return in the next book should be quite exciting!
Just as good as volume 1... although I did not understand the bunny story at the end. Great graphics and good story.
While spinning the fascinating tale of his reluctant hero’s odyssey, Carey delves deeply into how stories influence reality—most movingly here in the characters of an indulgent father and his two children, who may play at being Tommy Taylor’s wizard friends a little too avidly. A dark, thoughtful metafiction with all of literature as its canvas; like Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next, with teeth. Highly recommended
If you like Willingham's Fables and the way that an adventure story can explore story itself, The Unwritten continues to satisfy. Highly recommended.
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Tom Taylor's life was screwed from the word go. His father created the mega-popular Tommy Taylor boy-wizard fantasy novels. But dad modeled the fictional epic so closely to Tom that fans constantly compare him to his counterpart, turning him into a lame, Z-level celebrity. When a scandal hints that Tom might really be the boy-wizard made flesh, Tom comes into contact with a mysterious, deadly group that's secretly kept tabs on him all his life. Now, to protect his life and discover the truth behind his origins, Tom will travel the world, to all the places in world history where fictions have shaped reality. "Tom Taylor has spent his entire life a prisoner of his father's literary legacy-- and the famous, fictional boy wizard, Tommy Taylor, whose name he shares. But now he's a prisoner of an entirely different kind. Framed for the murder of a houseful of famous authors by forces he's only beginning to comprehend, Tom finds himself behind bars in a foreign land. Prison walls may keep him inside, but they won't keep out his powerful enemies-- who want him as dead as his supposed victims. Tom's about to discover that his father's escapist stories may be his only hope of escaping. But as the wall between fact and fiction become weaker, woe to those who find themselves in the way when it collapses. After all, not every story has a happy ending--"--P.  of cover.
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