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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: KNOCKABOUT (8 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086166180X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861661800
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 3.5 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Moore is the author of From Hell, Watchmen, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V For Vendetta, all of which have been (or are being) made into major motion pictures. This is his most ambitious and challenging project ever completed (15 years in the making). Lost Girls will be yet another addition to Moore's long list of genre-defining works, as it seeks to reinvent pornography as something exquisite, thoughtful, and human.

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75 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Black Mask on 22 Sep 2008
Moore and Gebbie have presented us with a gift and a challenge. First off, this is a beautifully presented artefact. The three volumes in their slip-case look and feel wonderful. Melinda Gebbie's art is enchanting, almost dreamlike. She presents the images suggested by Moore with real beauty and honesty. Moore, in turn, asks more of his artistic collaborator than many would be able or comfortable to provide. Just about every kind of human-on-human sexual activity is here. It's erotic, yes. It's pornographic, yes. It's graphic, yes. However, because of its beauty and intelligence, none of the situations or images are utterly repellent. Moore and Gebbie force us to ask very difficult questions of ourselves. We see and read and understand these things on these pages, and we realise that we must make moral choices. We recognise that we do make moral choices. We reflect on why we make those moral choices. We're prodded to think about our own sexuality, to think about when that sexuality awakened, to wonder at when and what and why we lusted over the things we desire. As a parent this can be occasionally uncomfortable, but it's absolutely compelling.

The retrospective retellings of the girls' tales is fascinating and astonishingly inventive. History, imagination, psychotherapy, art, myth, magic and a million other things collide in these volumes. There are messages and truths locked deep inside these pages that further rereadings may uncover. My first impression is that Moore and Gebbie point a finger of blame for a lost innocence and the experience we, concomitantly, never have the pleasure of achieving. It identifies the cheapening, commodification and vulgarisation of the erotic. Of sex. Of the simple innocent fun in f*cking. It's a dirty business, now. And ubiquitous.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By S.L Ireland on 3 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
Firstly, don't let the lack of customer reviews put you off. Perhaps the reviews that USED TO BE HERE have vanished down the Memory Hole.
Lost Girls is a collaboration between arguably the best comic book writer of all time, Alan Moore, and his now-wife Melinda Gebbie. It took 16 years to complete, and upon reading, you can see why. It's incredibly well-written, detailed, and once you get past the initial "naked cartoons" shock, you can enjoy it for what it is - a wonderfully imaginative piece of art.
"Lost Girls" has its critics, and they're entitled to their opinions, but for those of us who enjoyed it, why should we be ashamed? Why should our reviews be taken down? Yes, there are very graphic images in this book, but it goes much, much deeper into exploring relationships (such as the ageing woman obsessed with her younger self, and the married couple whose only sexual relationship is one enjoyed by their shadows).
Please, don't let the apparent lack of support for this work put you off enjoying a beautifully drawn, beautifully scripted piece of art that will be talked about for many years.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Hoofy on 29 Mar 2013
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Having read a few Alan Moore graphic novels, I was curious to read 'Lost Girls' and see whether it warranted such strong minded responses and reviews. It seems people are either enthusing about it as a piece of art or disgusted by its contents. Personally, I would consider myself to be a broad minded individual who does not offend easily so thought that I would fall into the latter category.
Having finished reading it yesterday, I have decided that although the art work is beautifully drawn and I appreciated reading a graphic novel that was in colour, some of the content pushed the boundaries a little too far into the regions of bad taste for my liking. I was not aware that there would be such graphically depicted scenes of incest and of sexual activity involving minors, I should have taken on board what some previous amazon reviews said, these themes occur more than once and I did find them uncomfortable to read. you could argue that some of these events were relevant to the plot (i agree that Dorothy's relationship with her dad was a relevant twist to the plot, although an uncomfortable one), i found pretty much all the stories in the hotel managers 'white book' to be diversions from the main plot which could have not gone so far into the realms of bad taste. It seems that as the book progressed these stories from the white book became increasingly disturbing.
I'm unsure now whether to keep the book in my home or sell it, as despite the beauty of the drawing and artwork, I feel uncomfortable having such a controversial graphic novel (that can even offend someone like me) in my home.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 2 Oct 2010
Format: Hardcover
If Amazon are prepared to sell a product them surely they should be prepared for people to review it. This is the second time that all reviews for this book have been removed. At no time have any of the reviews been controversial.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peibols on 1 April 2013
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There is nothing better than AlanMoore feeling free to write what he likes. So this turn of the screw of classic fairytale girls is absolutly great.
A comic book for +18, quite explicit and pornographic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bavas Andrea on 6 Sep 2013
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More than met my expectations as I've never read an Alan Moore and I've heard so much about this book.
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Brilliant.
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39 of 51 people found the following review helpful By FDLab1 on 23 Oct 2007
After Eagerly awaiting Moore's latest oddessy I have to say that I was somewhat dissapointed by Lost Girls, this feeling may not have been so if Moore had concluded following Book One:

In the first Book of Lost Girls all of Moore's writing techniques are evident, subtle nods to the era, other works and juxtapositions of two different events happening concurrently, added to this there is the very smart premise that the fantasy stories of Wendy, Dorothy and Alice are formed through the repression of their first sexual experiences. I would therefore give the first book 4stars.

Unfortunately I cannot say the same for the following 2 books, book 2 being the one of least merit (2 Stars), Moore continues to sexualise the fantasy stories of Neverland, Oz and Wonderland for no other reason than he can. This is also probably the most graphic of the three books, so may be seen as 100% erotica which has been bookended by the set up and justification.

The final book of Lost Girls then justifies the series (as another reviewer has mentioned) by stating that the events in the series should cause no offence as they are ficticious and are purely intended to entertain. This justification along with the resolutions to the Lost Girls stories raises this book above book 2 to 3stars.

As Lost Girls is still an overtly Alan Moore collection (as described above) I fans may still enjoy the collection, however I personally feel that this is way below the quality of Watchmen and League of Extrodinary Gentlemen etc.
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