The Griff: A Graphic Novel [NOOK Book]

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Outrageously funny New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore and award-winning screenwriter-director Ian Corson team up for a wacky and entertaining graphic tale of alien invasion and a motley crew of Earthlings trying to stay alive and, oh, yeah, save humankind.

The mayhem begins when an ancient alien beacon is unwittingly activated, summoning behemoth spaceships from the far reaches of the galaxy. Hovering in Earth’s atmosphere, they release a biblical stream of pods...

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The Griff: A Graphic Novel

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Overview

Outrageously funny New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore and award-winning screenwriter-director Ian Corson team up for a wacky and entertaining graphic tale of alien invasion and a motley crew of Earthlings trying to stay alive and, oh, yeah, save humankind.

The mayhem begins when an ancient alien beacon is unwittingly activated, summoning behemoth spaceships from the far reaches of the galaxy. Hovering in Earth’s atmosphere, they release a biblical stream of pods that transform into minivan-size, people-eating, flying lizardy things that look like mythological griffins. Destroying communications, emergency, and military infrastructure, they systematically kill everyone on the planet. Well, almost everyone.

A pesky trio of New Yorkers isn’t about to roll out the red carpet—or roll over and die—for these unwelcome intergalactic marauders. Unlikely heroes Mo, a snarky, Gothy game-goddess; Steve, a skateboard-punk schwag whore; and Curt, the obligatory buff commando expert in weaponry (and a genius with cosmetics), are going to take it to the aliens—and Florida is where the fight is. Armed with M-16s, a BFG (big f**king gun), and a surplus of guts, they’ll battle their way from the Big Apple to Orlando, where a downed spacecraft is the most awesome new attraction.

And in the Sunshine State another pair of courageous (and pretty damn lucky) humans who have outwitted the toothy überlizards await: Liz, a babelicious killer whale trainer at Ocean World, and Oscar, a chain-smoking middle-aged professional squirrel (seriously—he’s paid to wear that squirrel costume).

Once united, the intrepid warriors will attempt to infiltrate the alien spacecraft, defeat the spacer invaders, and save (what’s left) of the world—and, if Steve plays his cards right, begin the fun of repopulating Earth all over again.

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The alien's four-step plan to conquer our planet included the attack of minivan-sized griffin-0like dragons and the destruction of all humankind. Into that ominous sounding onslaught wander a trio of earthly survivors who don't seem to take anything too seriously. Writer Christopher Moore and artist Ian Corson have created a graphic novel that could probably keep even its bad guys laughing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062043191
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 279,142
  • File size: 227 MB
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Meet the Author

Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore is the author of thirteen previous novels, including Lamb, The Stupidest Angel, Fool, Sacré Bleu, and A Dirty Job. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Ian Corson is an award-winning screenwriter and director whose credits include Bloodline for Castle Rock Entertainment and Starting Five for Paramount Pictures. He has also directed Monster Garage for the Discovery Channel and the feature film Malicious (starring Molly Ringwald). He teaches screenwriting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Biography

A 100-year-old ex-seminarian and a demon set off together on a psychotic road trip...

Christ's wisecracking childhood pal is brought back from the dead to chronicle the Messiah's "missing years"...

A mild-mannered thrift shop owner takes a job harvesting souls for the Grim Reaper...

Whence come these wonderfully weird scenarios? From the fertile imagination of Christopher Moore, a cheerfully demented writer whose absurdist fiction has earned him comparisons to master satirists like Kurt Vonnegut, Terry Pratchett, and Douglas Adams.

Ever since his ingenious debut, 1992's Practical Demonkeeping, Moore has attracted an avid cult following. But, over the years, as his stories have become more multi-dimensional and his characters more morally complex, his fan base has expanded to include legions of enthusiastic general readers and appreciative critics.

Asked where his colorful characters come from, Moore points to his checkered job resume. Before becoming a writer, he worked at various times as a grocery clerk, an insurance broker, a waiter, a roofer, a photographer, and a DJ -- experiences he has mined for a veritable rogue's gallery of unforgettable fictional creations. Moreover, to the delight of hardcore fans, characters from one novel often resurface in another. For example, the lovesick teen vampires introduced in 1995's Bloodsucking Fiends are revived (literally) for the 2007 sequel You Suck -- which also incorporates plot points from 2006's A Dirty Job.

For a writer of satirical fantasy, Moore is a surprisingly scrupulous researcher. In pursuit of realistic details to ground his fiction, he has been known to immerse himself in marine biology, death rituals, Biblical scholarship, and Goth culture. He has been dubbed "the thinking man's Dave Barry" by none other than The Onion, a publication with a particular appreciation of smart humor.

As for story ideas, Moore elaborates on his website: "Usually [they come] from something I read. It could be a single sentence in a magazine article that kicks off a whole book. Ideas are cheap and easy. Telling a good story once you get an idea is hard." Perhaps. But, to judge from his continued presence on the bestseller lists, Chris Moore appears to have mastered the art.

Good To Know

In researching his wild tales, Moore has done everything from taking excursions to the South Pacific to diving with whales. So what is left for the author to tackle? He says he'd like to try riding an elephant.

One of the most memorably weird moments in Moore's body of work is no fictional invention. The scene in Bloodsucking Fiendswhere the late-night crew of a grocery store bowls with frozen turkeys is based on Moore's own experiences bowling with frozen turkeys while working the late shift at a grocery store.

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    1. Hometown:
      Hawaii and San Francisco, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 5, 1958
    2. Place of Birth:
      Toledo, Ohio

Customer Reviews

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

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    A swing and a miss!!

    This graphic novel seemed like a home run to me. I'm a huge Christopher Moore fan, having read all but two of his novels and list him as my favorite writer. Add to that the fact that I have been an avid comic book reader for sixteen years. I have often said that many of Moore's works would be perfect for an animated show on the likes of Comedy Central or HBO. That isn't a far stretch from a graphic novel. Here however what I read was lacking so much. Overall, the plot is interesting and a small fraction of the dialogue is Moore-like. The rest is really bad though. There are enormous problems with the timeline as things happen at different times but the reader can't tell that. I kept turning pages and felt pages or panels were missing. Part of that comes from the artist, Jennyson Rosero, who might be a good artist but here proves not a very good story teller. Many of the panels prove hard to decipher what is happening because many of the characters never change facial expressions. Overall, as sad as it is for me to say this, this book looks like it was made by people who don't usually work in this form, which is true but unfortunate. I expected a lot more especially for the price. I can't wait to read the next Moore novel which will hopefully be in his wheelhouse.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    Not for b/w Nook

    It is unreadable on a b/w Nook and customer service just spouts nonsense. Maybe it works on a color Nook.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

    chicken balls

    chicken balls

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    Great, but hard to read on the Nook.

    A great story with Christopher Moore's trademark humor, along with fantastic artwork. My only complaint is that the pages are very scrunched up and the text is difficult (and in several panels impossible) to read. This is the first graphic novel I have read on my Nook, so I'm not sure if this is a common problem. Something like the magazine article view would be better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    Not funny

    Its totaly random in cunclusuon it stincks

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  • Posted June 23, 2013

    I love Christopher Moore's books. His humor is snarky and intell

    I love Christopher Moore's books. His humor is snarky and intelligent, with characters who are funny even when they're obnoxious. If I hadn't known this was co-written by him, I would have recognized the writing anyway. That said, this graphic novel really feels like a short story, which he mentions in the foreword. (Actually, he said it was too much material for a short story, but it's certainly not a full novel.)

    The point of view shifts far too abruptly for my taste, as the authors shift from one group of survivors to the next. I wish that the transitions between groups hadn't been so jarring. I was also a bit disappointed in the characterizations. The characters could have been fleshed-out a little more, and I would have been more invested in what was happening to them. It was entertaining, I don't regret buying it or the time I spent reading it, but I was a little disappointed. This feels like an unfinished work, like a first draft that should have been expanded upon.

    The art is quite good, and it's really disappointing that both authors have their own acknowledgements and bios, but nothing from Jennyson Rosero (who only illustrated the whole thing).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Enjoyable

    Simply an enjoyable graphic novel. Recommend you only read this on the larger nooks like like HD+ (and in color). Only one page was particularly difficult to read. I hope nook updates their software to make graphic titles like these easier to zoom in and out as necessary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    I didnt buy this book yet but i have a question

    Is this rely comic book¿

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    Good book

    I really like this book ecause when the really god parts come up you just have a jaw droping moment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Horrible!

    You cant see it, it is inapropriate, and REALLY STUPID! You can do better, Man. Duhhhh its stupider than that!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Anonymous

    This is a really good comic i love comics but on my nook color i couldnt read the tiny leteres but i tried my best and it was a good funny amazing and a i wish this doesnt happen story plus theres great humor and illustrations

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Master

    The best story i ever read in my life

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Katy perry

    Wow i love the book so im gonna give it 5 stars because it amazing :)

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