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The Plucker: An Illustrated Novel Hardcover – 14 Oct 2005


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; Ill edition (14 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810957922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810957923
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 2.2 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,307,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At the age of twenty, Brom started working full-time as a commercial illustrator. By 21, he had two national art representatives and was doing work for such clients as Coke, IBM, Columbia Pictures and CNN. In 1993 Brom has been working feverishly on hundreds of paintings for every facet of the genre, from novels (Terry Brooks, R.A.Salvatore, E.R.Burroughs), Role-playing (TSR, White Wolf), comics (DC, Chaos, Dark Horse), Games (Doom2, Sega, Activision), and film (Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, Galaxy Quest, Scooby Doo.) Brom has been active in the 3d world as well with a line of Brom fetish toys from Fewture and a series of bronzes from the Franklin Mint.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Smurthwaite on 12 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is no book for children! It's dark and it's scary and it's absolutely wonderful! The illustrations are like a nightmare vision of Alice in Wonderland - rich, sumptuous and twisted. It's a real visual experience. Not only that, but the pictures illustrate a fantastic story that is well written with characters that really come alive as you're reading.

There's something compulsive about this tale of the toys' love for the little boy who breathes life into them, even when they have been forgotten and relegated to the realms of Underbed. There's magic; a battle between good and evil; and a heroic journey involved as the toys fight for their boy. I would dearly love to see this adapted for the big screen by Tim Burton - Johnny Depp would be wonderful as jack, and Christina Ricci perfectly suited to Angel, and Tim Burton's Gothic touch would be perfectly suited to portray this deeply satisfying story.

This is so stunning that I'm going to have to get hold of The Devil's Rose, as if the few pictures I've seen on the website are anything to go by, it promises to be every bit as exquisite as this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Loanda. W. on 10 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
The back of this book says -

'Pain. It could feel pain. Pain racked its entire body. And it was good to feel the pain. Good to feel anything other than the endless darkness. IT also felt hate. But this wasnt new. It had sat in that dool for over two centuries with hate its only companion. But mostly it felt hunger, a deep, ravenous clawing in its stomach. And there were so many sweet smells coming form the little boys room. So it waited for the night, waited for the little boy to fall asleep, waited for the toys to come out and play.'

This is a wicked book with great story and pictures in brilliant detail, it is a bit like a darker side of Toy Story the film. With a new scary monster hidden under the bed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kerry on 20 Feb 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The art is wonderful, as always, but compared to Brom's later novels 'Child Thief' and 'Krampus: The Yule Lord', 'The Plucker' definitely shows a dip in writing skill. Perhaps it would have been better that I had read 'The Plucker' first, but unfortunately my introduction to the marvel that is Brom was 'Child Thief'.
'The Plucker' is a haphazard collection of short paragraphs and frequent simple sentences that leaves the whole reading experience very stilted, with little sense of flow. However, Brom does break out into beautiful and apparently random bouts of linguistic genius, where the plot moves along smoothly and truly engages me as a reader.

Personally, if you are new to Brom then I would not recommend this book, but rather 'Child Thief' or 'Krampus: The Yule Lord'. (I've not yet read 'The Devil's Rose', so I can't make an opinion on it.) However, I suppose if you don't want to be disappointed by the lack of writing skill in 'The Plucker', it may be worth starting with this one and moving your way up to the more recent and drastically better books.
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By ElvenAngel on 4 Aug 2011
Format: Paperback
The art of Brom is one of haunted imaginations of a restless mind, beautiful in its boldness and haunting. The story might seem weak to some, but the quality of a fairy tale idea of a child's toys coming to life due to the power of the child's imagination, just to be assaulted by an ancient horror from a distant land is rather harrowing and may very well touch on one's childhood nightmares or fears, bringing about a sense of nostalgia and lost innocence.

Overall this is a very touching book that fully utilizes Brom's excellent art and his maddening imagination. A great read and a real treasure to own.
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