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The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds
     

The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds

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by Neil Gaiman, Eddie Campbell (Illustrator)
 

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The text of The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains was first published in the collection anthology Stories: All New Tales edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. This gorgeous full-color illustrated book version was born of a unique collaboration between writer Neil Gaiman and artist Eddie Campbell, who brought to vivid life the

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The text of The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains was first published in the collection anthology Stories: All New Tales edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. This gorgeous full-color illustrated book version was born of a unique collaboration between writer Neil Gaiman and artist Eddie Campbell, who brought to vivid life the characters and landscape of Gaiman's story. In August 2010, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains was performed in the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House to a sold-out crowd—Gaiman read his tale live as Campbell's magnificent artwork was presented, scene-by-scene, on large screens. Narrative and art were accompanied by live music composed and performed especially for the story by the FourPlay String Quartet.

Editorial Reviews

SFRevu on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE
“Part fable, part fairy tale and part cautionary tale, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is by turns hauntingly beautiful, painfully intense, funny, witty, wise, scary, and heart wrenchingly sad.”
The Guardian on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE
“A terrifying shift in the nature of things lies at the heart of Neil Gaimain’s rich new novel.”
Denver Post on ANANSI BOYS
“[T]here isn’t much Gaiman can’t do when it comes to writing.”
Salon on ANANSI BOYS
“A hybrid of folk tale and farce that freely partakes of the comic wealth in each, slipping effortlessly back and forth between them . . . Anansi Boys is Gaiman’s tribute to [Anansi’s] trickster spirit, as nimble and resourceful as his own imagination.”
George R. R. Martin on AMERICAN GODS
“Original, engrossing, and endlessly inventive; a picaresque journey across America where the travelers are even stranger than the roadside attractions.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“There is a stark simplicity in Mr. Gaiman’s prose in this deceptively dark tale of how far men will go to achieve their heart’s desire only to find that the achievement pales in comparison to the desiring.”
George R. R. Martin
“Original, engrossing, and endlessly inventive; a picaresque journey across America where the travelers are even stranger than the roadside attractions.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062282149
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/17/2014
Edition description:
Illustrate
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
396,101
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Neil Gaiman has written highly acclaimed books for both children and adults. He has won many major awards, including the Hugo and the Nebula, and his New York Times bestselling novel The Graveyard Book is the only work ever to win both the Newbery (US) and Carnegie (UK) Medals. His books for readers of all ages include the bestselling Coraline, also an Academy Award-nominated film; Fortunately, the Milk; Odd and the Frost Giants; and The Wolves in the Walls. Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in the United States.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
November 10, 1960
Place of Birth:
Portchester, England
Education:
Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77
Website:
http://www.neilgaiman.com

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The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
csteffen More than 1 year ago
For the first time I have to say that an ebook is better than the paper version. This Enhanced Multimedia Edition is worth every penny. With Neil Gaiman reading the book backed by a string quartet providing perfect mood music, plus the amazing illustrations, this book is perfect. Another great story from Neil on the nature of revenge. Truly, a dish served very cold and calculating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Neil Gaiman at his best coupled w awesome pics. PS To those whining about enhanced books not working on other devices: Due to the special effects included in enhanced ebooks, enhanced ebooks from b&n can only be used on nooks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haunting story...fantastic, as always, Mr. Gaiman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
what a cunningly dark story! I don't want to go into too many details because it would ruin the suspense. This is such a great edition which is illustrated by Eddie Campbell -- it resembles a scrapbook with the text interspersed with illustrations and graphic art panels and vice versa -- each element punctuates and furthers the story.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
The string quartet that accompanied this audio added depth and drama to the narration as author Neil Gaiman read this novel to me. I really enjoyed the sounds that came forth from their instruments: the eeriness of the unknown, the rush of the feet over the dry plains, the fortitude of certain individual’s presence and the many other sounds that I was blessed to hear. After listening to this short audio, I listened to it once again and things really started to click. I was able to make more connections the second time through and I believe that this is a novel that should be read a few times through to fully understand it. I enjoyed this novel much more the second time through. I feel the book is about revenge and about greed, how these can get the best of a person. I liked listening to Neil as he read, I felt wrapped up inside his story, I wanted to know why each person was important to this novel as there weren’t very many people involved in this story. I would love to see Neil in person, to have him read part of a novel to me, for there is something about his voice, it takes on a deep, dark, sinister style and I am mesmerized. He had been searching for his daughter for 10 years and yet he did not find her. He then left his wife in search for a treasure. He was a small man with big dreams. There was a cave on the Misty Isle that was legend to have gold but he needed a guide. Some say the gold was cursed but he will take his chances. Finding his guide, they set off. Not much is spoken between them as they make their journey but as they meet others on their way, the small man is boastful about his trip. There are rules about the cave in the black mountain and his guide reminds him multiple times on their trek about these rules. As they get closer to their destination, the men discuss their plan of action. It was not what I had expected, but it was fun, exciting and it portrayed their character exactly.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
Neil Gaiman is by far, in my opinion, the most talented fantasy writer of the past 50 years. I would add “with due respect to his peers”, except he HAS no peers. “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains” describes a journey by two mystical beings. They may be out to find a mystical treasure, or they may be out to find their destinies. One of them has a secret – in fact, as do all men, BOTH of them have their own secrets – except that the secrets may have some hidden tie. (Anything more detailed would risk constituting a spoiler.) This is not the greatest of Gaiman's works – and it's STILL 5 stars. For the others … well, 5 is as high as they let you go. RATING: 5 stars
gaelwolf More than 1 year ago
I purchased this today, and the sales page says that it's available for NOOK devices and apps. It does not open on my iPad or on my Windows 8 PC. Apparently only for NOOK devices. I am NOT a happy camper!
Al_Coffel More than 1 year ago
I bought this title as an eBook. It won't display on my iPhone or PC Nook reader. I don't know what technology is being used, but I am very disappointed that B&N is selling a product that can't be used with their reader. I may be missing something, but I also don't see anything in the book descripting to warn me that I won't be able to read the content on my software.