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Seventh Shrine (Graphic Novel Pb) [Paperback]

Anders Finer , Robert Silverberg
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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (20 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785126600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785126607
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 16.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,081,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A grisly murder has taken place in the ruins of an ancient city on the peaceful world of Majipoor and the Pontifex Valentine has arrived to investigate the crime. But as Valentine and his companions delve deeper into the mystery, they discover that these ruins contain secrets much deeper than anyone ever knew. And that the indigenous Metamorphs are holding back information related to their own dark history. Can Valentine and his friends locate the murderer or did the violent act have something to do with a ritual sacrifice related to the fabled Seventh Shrine?

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2.0 out of 5 stars Great story, horrible art 6 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Somehow this book slipped in under my radar, and when I discovered in on Amazon last week I ordered it immediately. I have been a fan of Silverberg for 20 years, and the Majipoor tales are my absolute favorites. I was very excited to learn a little more about the history of Velalisier.
I wish I could rate the artwork and the writing separately. The story is great. I did think it was a little lackluster in terms of action, and it did feature a classic Silverberg lightning fast wrap-up, but I enjoyed it. It had interesting characters, a good storyline, and I was quite pleased with the additional information about Majipoori history and pre-settlement Piurivari life.
The artwork, however, is terrible. Not even deserving one star. Out of almost 100 illustrated pages, only 2 illustrations rated making it into the book-a gorgeous illustration of the water-kings on the sacrificial tables (althoughh still extrememly dark, the sea dragons are beautifully drawn) , and the illustration of the Danipuir. The rest of the illustrations were dark, some so dark they could barely be seen. The whole set of drawings seemed to be complsed mainly of heads floating in a black sea. Sure, the story of Velalisier is a dark one, but I always loved the idea of majipoor as a beautiful, sunlit planet, full of glorious sights. While a lot of the story takes place at night, I see no need to make the illustrations so black they can't be seen. It was actually a bit of a strain to make out exactly what some of the pictures were supposed to depict.
Another issue that I had with the drawings is perhaps a bit picky on my part, but It seems that the artist used exactly the same model for two of the characters-Lisamon Hultin, and the chief architect, Magadone Sambisa.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A little disppointed 18 July 2008
Format:Paperback
To those who are keen to learn more about the pre-colonisation hisotry of Majipoor and the metamorphs; a good short story (although not sure that it justified a book to itself). The art is OK, though a little bland (think overstuffed goths wandering into the work of a Victorian lanscape artist).

One major gripe, though - it might just be my edition but they have misspelled 'Coronal' as 'Colonel' throughout, which, quite frankly, jars you right out of the story and just looks ugly. Somebody was really not keeping their eye on the ball on this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, workable art 16 Sep 2008
By wiredweird - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've read some books from Silverberg's Majipoor cycle, and enjoyed them immensely (they're Silverberg, after all). So, I was positively disposed towards this novel with illustrations from the start.

Note that I say "novel with illustrations," not "graphic novel," in keeping with FDA rules about listing the majority ingredient first. This is a textual main course with a side order of imagery - not a bad thing, but set your expectations properly. Even though I last read a Majipoor book years ago, I vaguely remembered enough to orient me to Silverberg's multi-species planet. It's beginner-friendly, though. You can dive right in as a novice and still get just about all of the meaning and undertone.

Illustrations are painterly and craftsmanlike, but not memorable. Rendering meets respectable standards and doesn't descend to gimickry. Poses tend toward the static, though, and a generally dark mood makes them hard to read in suboptimal lighting - like reading in bed, for me. Still, they enhance the enjoyable text, giving the reader a sum that's more than the parts.

--wiredweird
5.0 out of 5 stars volume #1 2 Nov 2011
By naeler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is volume one, of two, and it is a paper back, and printed on very good quality paper. It is called a comic, but the paper is too thick and good for that. The illustrations are very good and compliment the story very well. Robert Silverberg is at his best, here. This short novel can stand on it's own, as it has a summation of Silverberg's, "Valentine Pontefex", (vol.#3 in the Majipoor trilogy). Chronologically, it comes after the trilogy. The story is a murder mystery. A Metamorph archeologist has been murdered in ruins of the prehistoric Metamorph capitol in the Velalisier Plain. The ruined capitol is thought to be haunted and cursed. Valentine, now Pontifex, leaves the Labyrinth, to investigate. This is his third visit to this site. In this volume, he questions suspects and gathers evidence. The solution is in the second volume.
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