- Capa comum: 368 páginas
- Editora: Pantheon Books; Edição: 01 (8 de janeiro de 2008)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 0375714723
- ISBN-13: 978-0375714726
- Dimensões do produto: 16,8 x 3,3 x 23,6 cm
- Peso do produto: 953 g
- Avaliação média: 5.0 de 5 estrelas Ver todas as análises (3 avaliações de clientes)
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Black Hole (Inglês) Capa comum – 7 jan 2008
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This was a fantastic read. I originally bought the book for my Weird Literature course in college. I think “Weird” may be one of the only words that adequately explain it. With that said, we DID spend the entire semester reading work after work in order to create a sort of definition for Weird, as a term and as a micro-genre.
I’ll avoid plot-summary, as other reviewers have me topped, there. The story certainly avoids falling into a “single-story” narrative. This does not reduce down to a clear analogy - the main “point” of the story does not come out immediately while reading. This, although may seem at the moment to be a trivial detail, is very important. At least, I think so. The plot is not *simple.* Yes, there are clear allusions to popular society, and real issues that teens definitely face all the time, but the delivery skews things up, a little.
The art style allows for the blending of characters. If you don’t pay attention, you may mistake one character for another - and *I* think this was intentional, interesting, and useful. Maybe the point isn’t about individual characters, anymore. We may be seeing a shift, here, towards something else.
Building off this - the plot isn’t linear, so the audience has to work diligently to figure out *exactly* what is going on, or else read the story multiple times. This leaves room for suspense and frequent, small epiphanies. So again, maybe we’re shifting away from straight-plot and character-driven stories to a different method of storytelling.
It’s all ineffable, though. I dunno. Regardless of this ridiculously terrible attempt at a book review, you SHOULD buy this book. Graphic novels are awesome, anyways, don’t you think? It’s hard to go wrong.
Black Hole is phenomenal. Certainly Weird. Definitely for mature audiences, though. 5 Stars.
Because it is an older book, when you buy it these days you’ll probably buy second hand. My copy had little dog-ear bookmarks, either top or bottom, about every 5 pages. Annoying considering the heavy card stock it is printed on. The book also features penciled in pagination at the bottom. That mysteriously quits at page 304. So if that sounds familiar, I got your copy of the book.
I donated the book to the library.
I honestly got confused with this plot, which isn't something I can say about a lot of novels. This may have been, in part, because of the fact that two male characters (and even the main female character) all looked alike -- they all had black shoulder length hair with short bangs. I plan to go back through, and reread the novel again knowing that the two guys, Keith and Rob, are not the same person. Now this may have been a hard mistake to make for some, but it made things a little confusing at first for me.
I believe the basic plot takes place in the 70s and is structured around Rob and Chris, who have a rocky start to a relationship, and their various friends. The other possible main character is Keith, who I figured out was a separate person from Rob about halfway in... All these people are somehow dealing with a type of 'bug' or disease that is being spread through sexual contact/saliva that physically disfigures people in strange ways (facial restructuring, growing new body parts -- Rob's second mouth, for example). This was really odd, and not well explained, but interesting all the same. This disease is incurable, and makes people social outcasts. Many who have it resort to living in the woods, stealing food to get by, and avoiding normal society.
One thing that really struck me about this book was, unsurprisingly, the artwork. Partially because the characters do drugs quite a bit, and also partially due to the weirdness of their world, the artwork was beautiful and mind-opening, and just absolutely wonderful in every way. I know it sounds like I'm fawning over the art -- probably because I am. One character does artwork throughout the book, and you get to see some of it, and even that is wonderful in a weird, disturbing way. I spent much longer taking in the details of the strange layout (when Rob is tripping on LSD) than looking at the words that just described what he was seeing. The panels start to get wavy, start to weave into one another, and start to change shape when things get trippy -- I feel this was a fantastic way to help the reader know what the characters were experiencing.
If you don't have an open mind about drugs, sex, and horrible teenage actions, I would warn you away from this book. However, if you are open to that sort of thing, I would highly recommend it. Even the 'sexual' drawings, shoot, even the art from the pornographic magazines, didn't feel out of place or negative. It all fit in so well with the content of the story, that I think it really worked. The only downside (if I can even call it that) is the confusing plot. I think on a second read, everything will clear up a bit. Though I know some of it won't -- that's part of the mystery of the book; the full spreads of black pages with a few white, spiraling objects makes you question the story, the characters, and their motives. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and definitely plan to reread it soon.
Do not get me wrong, this is still a great read and I have gladly reread it a few times, but I was definitely expecting something else going into it.
The characters are memorable and the struggles are comparable to those that any teen goes through: self-discovery, the future vs the now, who can you trust and who are your real friends, what it means to love... These are all tropes that we're familiar with but with a new angle. The Bug is only a catalyst for the events in the book, and although I would have liked to known more about it and where it came from, that does not make the story any worse for wear. That being said, I felt that something was missing. Maybe I would have liked it more if the story wasn't set so fiercely on this handful of teens. I would have liked to see what the parents were doing and how they felt. I wanted to know why some characters were stalwart loners while others were paranoid clingers. Regardless, I would recommend this book easily, I would just make sure to stress that this is not a story about The Bug, but rather about kids with The Bug.
The artwork here is also very good. The story is told in black and white but much heavier on the black than the white. Some pages seem almost completely awash in ink with only pinpricks and slashes of white showing through to create the images. It is beautiful and eerie, completely appropriate to the story.
If there is a weakness here it is that the story doesn't quite live up to the set-up and the art. The plot builds only very gradually and the pay-off isn't really worth the time invested in getting to it. It felt like Mr. Burns got a bit weary, and ended things quickly with a cliché-ridden bow. Still, for the most part, there's a lot to enjoy.