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The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice by [Carey, Mike]
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Fantasy literature s wish-fulfillment machine gets coated in a sardonic darkness reminiscent of Lev Grossman. With this super standalone graphic novel, Carey and Gross explore the roots of their mythology. Publishers Weekly, Starred Review Praise for Mike Carey's "The Unwritten" "Incredibly fun and ridiculously addictive.... For fans of literature (from classics to contemporary) this series is worth a read.... The Unwritten is a roller-coaster ride through a library, weaving famous authors and characters into a tale of mystery that is, at once, oddly familiar yet highly original."" USA Today" "A wish-I'd-thought-of-it premise, beautifully executed. Highly recommended for anyone who thinks that fantasy can do more than just help you escape the real world."" "Brian K. Vaughan, "Y: The Last Man""

About the Author

Writer Mike Carey, best known for his work on Vertigo's THE UNWRITTEN, LUCIFER and JOHN CONSTANTINE, HELLBLAZER has made his mark in comics. Born in Liverpool, England, Carey worked as a teacher for fifteen years before gaining regular work writing for several independent companies. In 1999 he wrote THE SANDMAN spinoff miniseries THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: LUCIFER. This led to the Lucifer solo title which earned him a nomination for the 2001 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Best Writer. His additional Vertigo projects include FAKER and CROSSING MIDNIGHT. Beyond DC, Carey was also recognized for his work on Marvel's X-Men titles. He makes his home in London with his wife, Lin, and his children, Davey, Ben and Louise."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 63269 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (24 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DD1JYR8
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #804,143 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Sept. 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is an original graphic novel which ties into the vertigo comic series 'the Unwritten.' A story all about the relationship the real world has with stories.

It's a totally stand alone story, which gives us the hitherto untold origin of Tommy Taylor, main character in the series. The main point of the series though is that Tommy Taylor is a real person, son of the writer of the popular series of Tommy Taylor books about a boy wizard. And this is the origin of both fictional and real Tommy.

So whilst the fictional part does work very well as a story in it's own right, and the real world part doesn't require any knowledge of what has gone before in order to read it, you still might be better off starting with volume one of the collected editions, just to get the most out of this.

Anyhow, there are thus two main narrative strands in this. The story of Wilson Taylor writing, after a false start or two, and what happens after the first book comes out. And how at the same time he tries to raise his son Tommy. In a very specific way.

There's also the story of fictional Tommy. Orphaned kitchen boy at a school for the magically gifted, and the friends, abilities and special destiny that he discovers.

Steadily, as it goes along, that part of the book becomes very good indeed. Although it does use many familiar fictional characteristics from fantasy of that kind - which is actually a point of the whole thing - it does also feel fresh, original, and very engaging with it. And becomes a really good read as a result.

The book was worked on by several artists, so the art can change regularly, but you do get used to that so it's never a complaint.
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A lovely prequel/companion book that encapsulates everything great about the Unwritten series the art, the magic, character moments, strong plot and great concepts. I would suggest that it is read best about mid-way through the main series (though it contains nothing that would spoil the plot of Unwritten).

The Ship That Sank Twice features two overlapping stories:The first is set in the 'real' world and is about how Wilson Taylor came to write the Tommy Taylor novels, which comes some way to explaining Wilson's experiments- why he did it and the costs involved.in linking his son witha fictional character.

The second is the story of the first Tommy Taylor novel (Ship That Sank Twice). The biggest strength of this story is that it feels like a a book in its own right, easilt enjoyable without knowledge of the comics.
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This is a fantastic back story book and it was great to have something to tide me over until the next Graphic Novel is released in August. If you're a fan of this series, I would highly recommend this book.
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I've read Unwritten from its very beggining and although the main story was starting to be a little too convuluted (even more so if you, like myself, read the TPBs and have a very short memory span), this one, the tale of how the hero of the story was born on its both counts, the fictional and the metafictional, is one of the best so far. Top grade!
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