Thomas Cremers Cremers itibaren El Olivar, Lima, Peru
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I'm about halfway through this book and I love it as much as the first one. These books are the most realistic and accessible of any fantasy I've read. They're beautifully written and packed with enough emotion to make me want to throw the book across the room sometimes or excitedly tell someone else what was happening. I was too excited to not start writing a review, and I'll finish this review properly when I'm finished reading. I wish the story would never end.
The first chapter drew me in immediately. On this planet, carpet makers are revered. They make carpets out of the hairs of their wives and daughters, and traditionally they can only complete one hair carpet in their lifetime to sell to the God-Emperor (who rules the universe) for palace decoration. The profit for one hair carpet is given to their male heir to pay for his family's needs, hence each hair carpet is made to pay back the debt to their fathers. Furthermore, a carpet maker can only have one son - all future sons must be killed - a hair carpet can only pay for one family. So far, so good. The twist? Well, some people - carpet makers, carpet makers' sons, non-carpet makers - realize that there are an awful lot of carpet makers and hair carpets being made. How much room does the God-Emperor have in his palace? Why does he need all these hair carpets? Does the Emperor truly exist? Is all that we do for the glory of the Emperor? These questions are viewed as blasphemous, and even the doubters hesitate to voice them from fear of being stoned as well as experiencing bad luck when they do doubt. Even more twisted? People from other parts of the universe arrive and announce that the Emperor has been overthrown by rebels. This rebellion has taken place several decades beforehand. But wait...they have been sending hair carpets during that time. Even stranger, the rebels have not seen the smallest trace of hair carpets at the Emperor's palace. Where have these carpets been going? Why are we making hair carpets? What do we do if there is no need for hair carpets? These questions go around and around as the pages keep on turning. The answers never seem to be any closer, but the questions continue to build up as the observations get stranger and stranger. And finally the answers come - and we are left in awe and horror at the truth behind the hair carpets. Complete review on my blog
The endlessly imaginative Copper and the dog Fred, who is sort of a Debbie Downer, travel strange lands and encounter wonderful characters in this collection of one page comics drawn by Kazu Kibuishi. The colorful dynamic art always has a thrilling, fantastic flair to it, just the right setting for Fred to level his pessimistic, nervous assessments on whatever adventure he and Copper are having. Many of the installments clearly resemble life situations - once while crossing a field of towering mushrooms, Fred and Copper scale a far hill to discover...another field of towering mushrooms. "It never ends, does it?" groans Fred. "Nope." Copper replies. Scenes often end abruptly, but usually not unsatisfactorily.