Illuminations: Stories Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Bloomsbury presents Illuminations by Alan Moore.
From New York Times bestselling author Alan Moore—one of the most influential writers in the history of comics—"a wonderful collection, brilliant and often moving" (Neil Gaiman) which takes us to the fantastical underside of reality.
In his first-ever short story collection, which spans forty years of work, Alan Moore presents a series of wildly different and equally unforgettable characters who discover—and in some cases even make and unmake—the various uncharted parts of existence.
In "A Hypothetical Lizard," two concubines in a brothel of fantastical specialists fall in love with tragic ramifications. In "Not Even Legend," a paranormal study group is infiltrated by one of the otherworldly beings they seek to investigate. In "Illuminations," a nostalgic older man decides to visit a seaside resort from his youth and finds the past all too close at hand. And in the monumental novella "What We Can Know About Thunderman," which charts the surreal and Kafkaesque history of the comics industry's major players over the last seventy-five years, Moore reveals the dark, beating heart of the superhero business.
From ghosts and otherworldly creatures to theoretical Boltzmann brains fashioning the universe at the big bang, Illuminations is exactly that—a series of bright, startling tales from a contemporary legend that reveal the full power of imagination and magic.
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|Listening Length||17 hours and 23 minutes|
|Narrator||Alan Moore, Laura Haddock, Rory Kinnear, Emilia Fox, Nina Sosanya, Samuel Barnett, Sian Clifford, Toby Jones, Matt Reeves, Clarke Peters|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 11, 2022|
|Publisher||Bloomsbury Publishing Plc|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #16,280 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#38 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Audible Books & Originals)
#69 in Fiction Short Stories
#103 in Fantasy Anthologies
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This book contains nine stories from short about to novella length encompassing about 40 years of writing, but most it seems from this century. The earliest and oddest is Hypothetical Lizard, about a brothel for people of magic and two friends who work for it. This story still has that craziness in the writing that Moore has learned to control over the years, the sheer I can't believe what is coming out of my pen, oh look out I have a lot more. The longest is a piece on comics, their creators and history What We Can Know About The Thunderman, which covers a lot of different themes, and is based on real creators and real events. Plus the usual collection of ghosts, aliens, Twilight Zone- seeming stories all written with that Alan Moore uniqueness.
The writing is always excellent, words that you don't expect to fit suddenly appearing in dialogue that sounds so apt and perfect it is a wonder that no one ever thought about it before. Bits of magic and magik, a hint of the supernatural, and the sadness of being all too human. Some stories seem too short, but that is probably the selfish reader in me. A few the story about Jesus, and the simple story of a cryptid club, with a strange observer hit me and made me think about alot of things other than the story, And that is a good thing. The long story about comics, might be a little too inside baseball for some people, a lot of history and lore is mentioned in it, about real people and real events, but still even a little Wikipedia should clear that up. A strong collection of stories, that flit and flirt with a lot of different themes and ideas.
A standout collection from a person who always put the most effort into writing stories that made a reader think, sometimes learn, sometimes to feel even a certain amount of disgust. Moore wrote one of the greatest stories about Superman ever, and to think that corporate avarice keeps us from enjoying his works in comic form are sad. However we can still enjoy his short stories, and his novel Jerusalem is one of the best novels I have ever read. For fans of his comic work, and for fans of great writing and great ideas