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The Plucker: An Illustrated Novel: An Illustrated Novel by Brom [Paperback]

Gerald Brom
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Book Description

1 Mar 2011
The Plucker, now updated with new art and an afterword from world-renowned dark fantasy artist Brom, is a window into a world where fairy-tale tradition collides with vileness and depravity, love and heroism, suffering and sacrifice. In this shadowy land of make believe, brought to vivid life by Brom's dramatic storytelling and uniquely arresting images, Jack and his box are stuck beneath the bed with the dust, spiders, and other castaway toys, and forced to face a bitter truth: Children grow up, and toys are left behind. Jack thinks that this is the worst fate that can befall a toy. But when the Plucker, a malevolent spirit, is set loose upon the world of make-believe, Jack is thrust into the unlikely role of defending Thomas, the very child who abandoned him, and fears that there are worse ends for a toy than abandonment - far worse. As desperation mounts, Jack is thrown together with Thomas' other toys - Monkey, the Nutcracker, and the ehtereally beautiful porcelain doll Snow Angel - as they struggle to rise above their simple roles as playthings and save the boy they love.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams; New edition (1 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810996022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810996021
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 24.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brom is the world-renowned illustrator whose vision has graced a wide range of fantasy and sci-fi fiction, games, and film, including Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow. He is also the author of Devil's Rose. Brom has been active in the 3-D 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, brooding and exquisite. 12 May 2008
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book to scare your kids 10 May 2008
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Brom 20 Feb 2013
By Kerry
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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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