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A Once Crowded Sky

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  • Posted December 12, 2013

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    Interesting, literate, flawed examination of a comic book world

    Interesting, literate, flawed examination of a comic book world
    When I read the cover blurb for this, it sounded like something I would really like--an examination of super heroes, power, failure and redemption along the lines of Watchmen, but in prose. It is all that. But it takes a while to get there. And the reader is required to put in some effort to jump into a story in progress and hold onto the disparate story threads until they are woven into something more coherent.

    The writing is good, if at times a little stylized, written in the present tense like a comic book. This keeps things moving. The characters are many and varied and have realistic, for the story world, reactions to things.

    What ultimately disappoints is that the story feels like it wants to be epic. The characters and setting demand and imply it. But it's not. It's a little thin and repetitive where it should be dense and action packed.

    I think comic book fans will be intrigued enough by the premise to push through and enjoy this book. Fans of literature might also be interested enough to see how this experiment turns out. I doubt that others will find enough here to captivate them through the end.

    [Disclosure: I received a free copy for review.]

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  • Posted August 4, 2013

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    All the super heroes, except 1, have given up their powers to Ul

    All the super heroes, except 1, have given up their powers to Ultimate to fight the Blue. Some energy force cause the villains to kill themselves so now the use to be heroes must adjust to life without villains and powers. While they are still adjusting to their new roles, The Blue shows up on earth. 

    The powerless heroes must rally together, including the reluctant side lick, Pen Ultimate. Pen Ultimate was Ultimate's side kick and the only one that chose to keep his powers. A choice that was ridiculed by the rest of the hero pantheon.

    This story is extremely descriptive and vividly expressed. Tom King colorfully draws an intriguing comic book world come to life in A Once Crowded Sky. I did find the story quite predictable with the characters “sides” clearly defined...taking away the suspense. A Once Crowded Sky is an intriguing, interesting and original comic style story.

    I received this copy of A Once Crowded Sky from Touchstone - Simon & Schuster, Inc. in exchange for a honest review. 

    Written by: Tom King
    Hardcover: 336 pages
    Publisher: Touchstone 
    Publication Date: July 10, 2012
    ISBN-10: 1451652003
    Rating: 3
    Genre: Comic Fiction Contemporary

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    A thoughtful look at superhero mythology

    Mr. King's novel examines a world that once was full of superheros, until they all voluntarily give up their powers to defeat a particularly deadly menace. One of the more darkly humourous aspects of this situation is that the world gets along fine without its costumed protectors, while the newly mundane heroes lapse into depression, regret & alcholism. When a new threat emerges the heroes look to the last hero with powers to set it right, even though he is really only intetested in living a normal life.
    A Once Crowded Sky is a self conciously literary novel that seeks to examine both the nature of superheroes & superhero stories. There is much reflection on the role stories play in shaping the world and our place in it. I would reccomend it alongside Alan Moore's Watchmen in that both works are interested in what a world with superheroes would actually look, although King is intetested in the literary nature of superheroes while Moore's work is considerably bleaker.

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    Posted April 3, 2013

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