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Joe Golem and the Drowning City: An Illustrated Novel

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

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    REVIEWED: Joe Golem and the Drowning City: An Illustrated Novel

    REVIEWED: Joe Golem and the Drowning City: An Illustrated Novel
    WRITTEN BY: Christopher Golden and illustrated by Mike Mignola
    PUBLISHED: March, 2012

    Great, fun book. A wild, imaginative adventure in an alternative sinking New York, amongst a cast of strange specters, magic rites, and steampunk. Imagine the grittiest visions of Batman's Gotham City being submerged and taken over by H.P. Lovecraft - that's a visual to the world that Christopher Golden has created. The book was rich in story that twisted like a wicked serpent and seduces you with its beautiful smile. Mignola's artwork, though infrequent, is characteristic of his deconstructed style that tells a vignette through a simple image.

    Five out of Five stars

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2012

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    Good Story, Lacking Illustrations

    As this book was listed as an “illustrated novel”, I was expecting more illustrations. The fact that Mike Mignola (Hellboy) was the illustrator is what really drew me to this book. Unfortunately the illustrations were few and far between, the majority of them didn’t take up but 1/8 of the page, and they were all in black and white. I haven’t read a book by Christopher Golden before, but he is a good storyteller. The story flowed logically from beginning to end, never leaving you to wonder what happened in between. I didn’t feel any attachment to any of the characters and wish that there was something more to latch onto in their personalities. There wasn’t an overwhelming amount of characters, but it seemed to me that more time was spent on the descriptions of the surroundings and the looks of things. As of now I vaguely remember the character of Felix and what he was like. I would give one of Golden’s other books a try though as he does have storytelling down. And for Mignola’s work – pick up a Hellboy graphic novel instead.

    Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

    Enjoyable. Could consume another. Check it out.

    I particularly enjoyed the black and white, woodcut-like illustrations. Books should be illustrated. It's a pleasant read. I do recommend this book.

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  • Posted April 23, 2012

    Its always good to review a novel based on its content and not w

    Its always good to review a novel based on its content and not what one perceives it should be. This is not a graphic novel, its an illustrated novel. If youre looking for a comic book look elsewhere. If youre looking for a wildly imaginative and entertaining story, then look no further. Nicely enhanced by Mignola's signature artwork, this is nonetheless a novel first. The writing borders on a young adult style but is engaging ( and mature ) enough to capture the more discriminating reader.

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