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Adamtine [Paperback]

Hannah Berry
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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7 Jun 2012 Adamtine

All people could do was speculate on the fate of those who vanished - strangers; seemingly random, unconnected: all plucked from their lives and never seen again. The notes found left behind, apparently describing some slender reason for their removal, were all that linked them. They were all delivered by one man.

Rodney Moon had admitted seeing those who had been disappeared and to passing the notes, but denied any involvement beyond that. Who wrote the letters, then? Moon shrugged during the trial: 'It has no name,' he said. 'It's a bogeyman. A monster.'

He was not mourned when the vengeful bereft finally found him.

Some years later, four strangers; seemingly random, unconnected, all take the last train home. But something each of them has forgotten - or is trying to forget - is catching up with them; with a terrible, inexorable purpose. The devil is in the detail, as they say.


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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224089080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224089081
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A compulsively readable modern whodunit" (Stylist)

"Easily the best graphic novel I've read this year. Both the story and the art are just brilliant and I've never felt the fear of a story communicated better.each twist and turn is utterly captivating and the ending is both shocking and inventive" (Dog Ear Discs)

"Much of Adamtine's pleasure lies in how disconcerting it all is. The tricky narrative, however, is nicely counterbalanced by Berry's clear and carefully detailed illustrations, and a deceptively simple visual style that keeps the storytelling on solid ground, even when things take an alarming turn for the weirder" (The List)

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For every action, there is always an equal and opposite reaction. A haunting new tale from the author of the mysterious Britten & Brulightly.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars aboard the mystery train 2 July 2012
By monica
Format:Paperback
I so like this book for several reasons: The plot and the handling of it, the dialogue, the strong atmosphere, and the thoroughly deft and appropriate art-work.

A few people are on the last night train out of London. The carriage(s) they are in suddenly and without explanation stop moving and it gradually dawns upon the passengers that this is not the result an obstruction on the track or BR incompetence but of something altogether different. Their journey has become one into high strangeness.

Glimpses of back-stories of these passengers are offered, and with them hints of the reason that this might be happening to these particular people. And really I don't think I can say much else about the plot without revealing what a reader would better find for himself, or without giving my own interpretation of the book's ambiguities. I re-read the book immediately after finishing it partly because I'd been so tense (rather frightened, actually) on first reading that I'd gallopped through without giving the art the attention it deserves, and when I did so I found that many things that seemed out-of-place or utterly confusing the first time had been explained later in the story.

And the art is very fetching and very effective. The second time around I studied each panel, and many of them are gems. (As well, the free approach to panel boundaries, like the changes in viewpoint and in focus are well-considered.) I'm especially taken with Berry's feeling for light and darkness: a wash, I think, that tells us that a kitchen is on the north side of a house, the treatment of a mobile's screen shining through a layer of paper, the depiction of a carriage's lighted interior seen from outside on a starless night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practically perfect horror 2 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback
I'd never heard of Adamtine or its authour before, but thought it looked at least worth a glance.
It was so compelling, I read it within about a half-hour non-stop. There's something about Berry's style, graphically and literally, that hearkens back to some of my favourite British indie comic talents of the 90s, so maybe that makes this more a winner for me personally. However, the story is a quiet, faintly chilling one reminiscent of the original Twilight Zone at its creepiest, but with a very modern edge. Even the ending, though unsatisfying from a what-the-hell-is-going-on-here standpoint, fits perfectly to the tone of the story. Dark and disturbing and utterly involving.
I don't often give books 5 stars, and it's been a long time since I read a totally new-to-me comic that just blew me away, but this one did. I've read it three times already, and I'll probably read it again tomorrow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read. 13 Mar 2013
By Steve
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Took me a couple of readings to get it, but it wasn't a chore as the artwork is great. I would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying and brilliant 30 July 2012
By Kronos
Format:Paperback
This is one of those books where the cliche 'You'll have to go back to the first page as soon as you've finished' holds true. Like all gifted writers (and filmmakers), who set out to spook and terrify, Hannah Berry has crafted to perfection the art of holding something back, something unexplained, something missing, so that the feeling of not being able to quite work out fully what's going on (think James's TURN OF THE SCREW or, even, those scurrying creatures, barely present, in the margins of your vision in Ridley Scott's first Alien film) adds to the feeling of horror or fear; fear, after all, is, in some senses, a feeling produced by what we do not know or understand. She is a born storyteller -- those who have read her sensational first graphic novel, BRITTEN AND BRULIGHTLY, in which she reinvents the British country manor murder mystery for the 21st century will need no further persuading -- and this is aligned with her terrifically evocative and beautiful artwork. ADAMTINE is gripping, looks gorgeous, and is really, really scary. Make no mistake, this writer is going places.
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4.0 out of 5 stars aboard the mystery train 15 Oct 2012
By monica - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I so like this book for several reasons: The plot and the handling of it, the dialogue, the strong atmosphere, and the thoroughly deft and appropriate art (Adamtine is a comic, something the description here doesn't make clear).

A few people are on the last night train out of London. The carriage(s) they are in suddenly and without explanation stop moving and it gradually dawns upon the passengers that this is not the result an obstruction on the track or BR incompetence but of something altogether different. Their journey has become one into high strangeness.

Glimpses of back-stories of these passengers are offered, and with them hints of the reason that this might be happening to these particular people. And really I don't think I can say much else about the plot without revealing what a reader would better find for himself, or without giving my own interpretation of the book's ambiguities. I re-read the book immediately after finishing it partly because I'd been so tense (rather frightened, actually) on first reading that I'd gallopped through without giving the art the attention it deserves, and when I did so I found that many things that seemed out-of-place or utterly confusing the first time had been explained later in the story.

And the art is very fetching and very effective. The second time around I studied each panel, and many of them are gems. (As well, the free approach to panel boundaries, like the changes in viewpoint and in focus are well-considered.) I'm especially taken with Berry's feeling for light and darkness: a wash, I think, that tells us that a kitchen is on the north side of a house, the treatment of a mobile's screen shining through a layer of paper, the depiction of a carriage's lighted interior seen from outside on a starless night. Berry's skilful drawings are probably the main element in the book's atmosphere and creepiness.

In fact, I don't think the story would have been so strong had it been told with text only; it would in other hands and in conventional form probably have lost much subtlety and dengenerated into a standard thriller-like horror story. This really should appeal to anyone who relishes the odd, the unexplained, and a search for clues, and not only to people who are used to reading graphic novels.
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