The Unwritten, Volume 2: Inside Man

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Tom Taylor's life was screwed from go. His father created the Tommy Taylor fantasy series, boy-wizard novels with popularity on par with Harry Potter. The problem is Dad modeled the fictional epic so closely to Tom's real life that fans are constantly comparing him to his counterpart, turning him into the lamest variety of Z-level celebrity. In the final novel, it's even implied that the fictional Tommy will crossover into the real world, ...
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Overview

Tom Taylor's life was screwed from go. His father created the Tommy Taylor fantasy series, boy-wizard novels with popularity on par with Harry Potter. The problem is Dad modeled the fictional epic so closely to Tom's real life that fans are constantly comparing him to his counterpart, turning him into the lamest variety of Z-level celebrity. In the final novel, it's even implied that the fictional Tommy will crossover into the real world, giving delusional fans more excuses to harass Tom.
 
When an enormous scandal reveals that Tom might really be a boy-wizard made flesh, Tom comes into contact with a very mysterious, very deadly group that's secretly kept tabs on him all his life. Now, to protect his own life and discover the truth behind his origins, Tom will travel the world, eventually finding himself at locations all featured on a very special map -- one kept by the deadly group that charts places throughout world history where fictions have impacted and tangibly shaped reality, those stories ranging from famous literary works to folktales to pop culture. And in the process of figuring out what it all means, Tom will find himself having to figure out a huge conspiracy mystery that spans the entirety of the history of fiction.

In this volume, Tom arrives at Donostia prison in Southern France and falls into the orbit of another story: The Song of Roland. Unfortunately for Tom, it's a story that ends with a massacre. .Tom discovers the true meaning of "out of the frying pan" after his escape from Donostia jail takes him to Stuttgart in 1940, a ghost city inhabited by the master liar of the Third Reich, Josef Goebbels, and a tortured soul who's crying out for rescue - or death...

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Tom Taylor thought that he only shared a name with the hero of his now-missing father's hugely popular Harry Potter-esque Tommy Taylor novels. But ever since Lizzie Hexam (seemingly a Dickens character come to life) confronted him with strange hints about his real nature, evidence has mounted that the truth is far stranger and that the literary "trivia" his father taught him may be key to his survival against a shadowy conspiracy attempting to control the world via its stories. Here, framed for the murder of a group of writers, Tom finds himself in a French prison, but Lizzie has a plan to spring him. Frankenstein's monster, Childe Roland, Joseph Goebbels, and a rebellious storybook rabbit also star. VERDICT While spinning the fascinating tale of his reluctant hero's odyssey, Carey delves deeply into how stories influence reality—most movingly here in the characters of an indulgent father and his two children, who may play at being Tommy Taylor's wizard friends a little too avidly. A dark, thoughtful metafiction with all of literature as its canvas; like Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next, with teeth. Highly recommended.—S.R.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401228736
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 8/17/2010
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 243,338
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Carey got into writing through comic books, where his horror/fantasy series Lucifer for Vertigo/DC Comics garnered numerous international awards and was nominated for five Eisners. From there he moved into novels and screenplays, while still maintaining a presence in the comics world (Vertigo/DC Comics' Hellblazer and Marvel's X-Men, Ultimate Fantastic Four). His movie Frost Flowers, an erotic ghost story, is currently in production with Hadaly/Bluestar Pictures. He lives in London, England, about as far as you can get from the centre of the city and still have access to the London Underground train network. His wife, Linda, writes fantasy for young readers under the pseudonym A.J. Lake. They have three children and an implausibly beautiful cat.
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  • Posted October 6, 2010

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    Good high concept story continues!

    Mike Carey continues his "Harry Potter"-esque real world/fantasy tale here in the second volume of The Unwritten. Its soaked with literary elements, themes, and tidbits. So much so, that many probably go over the heads of even the most well read readers. That being said, I enjoyed the trade. At times I was a little confused but so were the main characters, which I like. We're trying to figure out what's going on together. The art fits the title very well. Overall, a solid read.

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