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  • Paperback: 1300 pages
  • Publisher: Cartoon Books; Rev Ed edition (10 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188896314X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888963144
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 5.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Joakim Jahlmar on 3 May 2005
Format: Paperback
I had heard a lot of comments about Jeff Smiths Bone, but never got around to check it out. Last year (read: 2004), I spotted this collected edition of the entire series at the Gothenburg Book Fair. It was a nice looking edition, but I figured that I could still get it cheaper via the internet and well, I was right about that. The collection was purchased during the fall, but remained unread on the bookshelf for a long time; I guess one hesitates to start on a 1300(+) pages volume. When I recently got around to reading it, I was just blown away. It is quite honestly one of the best comics I have ever read - well, among the best anything I have ever read to be honest, and in that sense it ranks up there with other comics like Alan Moore's From Hell, J. M. DeMatteis's Moonshadow and Will Eisner's To the Heart of the Storm. That being said, Bone is very different from these graphic novels.
Bone is a warm, funny and intelligent fantasy narrative which told by someone in complete control of the medium he works in. Everything is narrated either entirely visually or through dialogue (i.e. no captions). Long 'silent' passages acquire an almost filmic quality and are expertly balanced with regards to the dialogue which sometimes become almost philosophical or historical in its tone, but never becomes dreary. Jeff Smith uses the medium of comics extremely well and the result is pure joy to read.
Add to all of the above that Smith has managed to put together a phenomenal character gallery, create an expanding, well structured and very intelligent plot, and that the style of his art is quite exquisite. This is clearly a strongly recommended purchase and read. This collected format, apart from looking very nice in the shelf, also has the advantage of containing the whole story... And believe me, once you start, you will not want to stop until it's all done.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
I'd heard of Bone in the 90s in various comic-related magazines and through the grapevine, but had never read an issue. Coming from a superhero-only comic background it just never, to my shame, appealed to me. Something tickled my curiosity about Bone a month or so back and I finally took a chance on this well regarded book. I started with the Out From Boneville TPB (£5.02 from Amazon!) and was amazed by quality of the story and the charm of the characters. Off the back of that book I decided to get this one volume collection as opposed to the nine individual volumes. This is the best book purchase I've made in years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Maxwell-carr on 23 Aug. 2014
Format: Paperback
Bought on a whim last year (2013) at a local comic bookshop. I fancied reading a comic and after reading a page or two of this, I had a hunch it would be exceptionally enjoyable. I sacrificed the £30 and went to work (or pleasure, I should say) reading it.

Epic adventure story, thrilling events, extraordinary characters whom you get attached to. And the illustrations bring the whole experience to life in a way that would be utterly inferior if it were simply a novel with no pictures. This book showed me just how superior a graphic novel can be if done well. There were very few moments where the book got a little complicated and therefore lost its pace and began to lose my attention. But in a book this size, you can forgive this. The vast majority was a very quick read indeed and simple to follow. My favourite aspect to the story was perhaps the development of Bone's relationship with Thorn - a very sweet touch to the tale.

I can't imagine the labour it must have taken for Jeff Smith to pull this off. This is truly an awesome book and can be enjoyed by all ages. One or two of the scenes might be a bit scary for younger children. But all in all, the book is very tame. And it carries a good sense of humour all the way through - a good mix with the seriousness of the story-line.

The only down-side is that this particular edition is huge and might be too heavy to read for more than a few minutes for some people. But frankly, it's worth it if you can find a comfortable enough position to hold it.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Walker on 22 July 2011
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Jeff Smith's BONE is a wonderful comic, and you should definitely take the time to read it, but I want to talk specifically about this "one volume" edition, as there are a few problems that might affect your buying decision.

Please be aware: This volume contains Jeff Smith's wonderful original black and white artwork, not the newly colorized version by Scholastic (which is also very pretty, but not how the comic was originally released).

It's fantastic that BONE is finally available in one volume, and the cover is really cute, but in order to fit this vast story into a single volume, the paper used for printing was chosen to be thin. REALLY thin. So thin that you can not only see the artwork printed on the other side of the page... but also the artwork on the *next* page. That's right, you can see TWO pages worth of imagery coming through the white areas on the page.

Unfortunately it's quite noticeable, and for a comic book comprised of beautifully drawn images, this is a bit of a let down.

However, if you're new to BONE, or on a budget, then by all means grab a copy of the "one volume" version of this brilliant comic. You'll still laugh and enjoy the story, you just won't be getting the best presentation of the wonderful artwork... not by a long shot. (Longtime fans should especially be aware.)

If you want to see the story in higher quality (although not how it was originally presented) then Scholastic's newly colorized version is what you should go for (although you will have to pay more for it). That's your best bet (until a deluxe version of the original black and white artwork is released for us purists :), until then, those new to BONE will probably be happy with this one volume edition.
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