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on 16 October 2010
"Bone" is a wonderful epic comic book rivalling the likes of "Asterix" and "Calvin & Hobbes" for its pure innovative quality. It has humour in the style of Frank Cho's "Liberty Meadows", storytelling quality the likes of which I haven't seen since reading "The lord of the rings", and a drawing technique I can only describe as deliciously simple.

The story is one of fantasy, resembling "The lord of the rings" in its general setting: small, relatively innocent creatures away from the safety of their peaceful home, cast into a scene of great turmoil, war and death far from what they're used to. The bone creatures will face great challenges, as their destinies become intertwined with the survival of the very world. Written like that, it doesn't sound like anything you haven't read before, but God - as they say - is in the details. The sub-plots are magnificent, the dialogues tremendously witty, and the drawing ... oh! the drawing!

It's all in black/white, and it's supposed to be that way (so sayeth the author himself). Trust me, colour takes away the magnificent contrast, and such editions should be avoided. This particular edition contains all the albums (which were released separately) in one very large package.

One drawback is that Amazon will ship this item as it is, book inside cardboard casing. To keep the precious pages safe from rain or other wet exposure, it should have been wrapped in plastic film.
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on 6 November 2013
I'm so impressed with this book. Having heard Jeff Smith on a number of comics related podcasts and Bone being namechecked around the web I thought I'd give it a go. I wont start in on describing the story at all, that would spoil the fun. The storytelling however is completely masterful. The characters are all brilliantly fleshed out, fallible and 3 dimensional. The dialogue is funny and feels more authentic than so much fiction in any medium or of any genre which counterpoints brilliantly with the fantastical setting. The large cast of characters are believable and sympathetic (even the baddies) and the landscapes vast.

Similarly, the almost Disney (Donald Duck, not Sleeping beauty) character style of the Bones contrasts really nicely with the rest of the characters and locations which feel more life-like. Jeff Smith's artwork is presented here in its original black and white is understated and confident, with formal un-showy panel layouts.

I took this gigantic single volume with me on holiday and couldn't put it down (after struggling to pick it up in the first place). For anyone like me who has heard rumblings of this cult book, I heartily recommend it to you. You will not regret this purchase.
Bone very much deserves to be considered a classic.
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on 28 August 2017
Huge, heavy book, but great story and my kids loved it. Took it on holiday in the car (but not for luggage you have to weigh or carry as it's so heavy!!).
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on 26 June 2012
"Bone" is brilliant. It is an epic novel in cartoon form - mixing styles that approach sometimes Looney Tunes and sometimes Japanese manga.
It's funny, it's cute, it's dark, a little sexy, and absolutely accessible.
It's an understated modern classic; full of Dickensian (and by that I don't mean Victorian) elements - a cast of sympathetic and grotesque characters, journeys, perils, mysteries. "Bone" has reached a large audience, but it still hasn't become a household name. If you're wondering what to read right now, this would be a good choice. (Although: admittedly: heavy for carrying on the bus.)
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on 3 September 2014
This is no light weight tome and after a while you'll know that you've been doing some heavy reading!
Jokes aside, this book is great. The whole Bone saga in one volume for a great price. The story is good, the characters are great, the art is pleasing on the eye. Only downside is that it's black and white and it's heavy.
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on 14 September 2016
Amazing story, amazing drawings. Recommended for children and adults alike.
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on 25 May 2017
A wonderful collection containing the complete story of Bone. The individual books are also available separately in colour, this collection is in black and white, as was the original run of the strip, so maybe one for the purists?
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on 17 February 2013
Three Bones cousins are completely different when it comes to personality, but they share one thing - unconditional loyalty to each other. "The Bone" comic book is this kind of title that makes the reader feel uncoditional love towards it. Despite being sometimes slow-paced, predictable and leaving some characters underdeveloped, the Bones' adventures are very pleasant to follow. The humour and great art make it double.
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on 23 March 2014
although it does weigh a metric ton so maybe not a particuarly violently-predisposed child. They could easily kill you with this book.
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on 22 February 2017
Brilliant Book in good condition
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