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In this volume, Tom Taylor goes to war against the cabal that has tormented, imprisoned and tried to destroy him. To have a hope of winning, Tom must use every weapon he can get hold of, but even storybook magic carries its own risks. Tom's crusade plays out against the backdrop of the cabal's sinister secret history and delves deep into the dark past of some of the series In this volume, Tom Taylor goes to war against the cabal that has tormented, imprisoned and tried to destroy him. To have a hope of winning, Tom must use every weapon he can get hold of, but even storybook magic carries its own risks. Tom's crusade plays out against the backdrop of the cabal's sinister secret history and delves deep into the dark past of some of the series' major players. When it's all over, very little will remain "Unwritten." Collecting: The Unwritten 31-35 & 31.5-35.5


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In this volume, Tom Taylor goes to war against the cabal that has tormented, imprisoned and tried to destroy him. To have a hope of winning, Tom must use every weapon he can get hold of, but even storybook magic carries its own risks. Tom's crusade plays out against the backdrop of the cabal's sinister secret history and delves deep into the dark past of some of the series In this volume, Tom Taylor goes to war against the cabal that has tormented, imprisoned and tried to destroy him. To have a hope of winning, Tom must use every weapon he can get hold of, but even storybook magic carries its own risks. Tom's crusade plays out against the backdrop of the cabal's sinister secret history and delves deep into the dark past of some of the series' major players. When it's all over, very little will remain "Unwritten." Collecting: The Unwritten 31-35 & 31.5-35.5

30 review for The Unwritten, Vol. 6: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Answers! Finally! And, yes, more questions. But, mainly, answers. Wilson and Pullman's origin stories are finally revealed, along with the Puppet Lady! Loved it! Just...loved it! This is a thick volume, and it would be extremely difficult to gush about it too much without spoiling all the best parts, so I'll keep this short. The the origin backstories are really vivid, and the forward motion of the plot is paced perfectly. I had a really hard time putting this one down. This is easily my favorite v Answers! Finally! And, yes, more questions. But, mainly, answers. Wilson and Pullman's origin stories are finally revealed, along with the Puppet Lady! Loved it! Just...loved it! This is a thick volume, and it would be extremely difficult to gush about it too much without spoiling all the best parts, so I'll keep this short. The the origin backstories are really vivid, and the forward motion of the plot is paced perfectly. I had a really hard time putting this one down. This is easily my favorite volume so far! And while the majority of this is spent in the past with other characters, the parts with Tommy and the gang are surprisingly badass. I mean, these guys started out as the biggest geeks, and now they're all, grrr! snarl! zap! ka-blamo! Well, sort of... I was afraid Carey was going to drag the 'mystery' out too long and I'd lose interest, but this volume pretty much put my fears to rest by knocking my socks off. Good stuff!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    December 2015: There is so much in this book I don't even know what to do with myself. I'd forgotten how FULL it is. It's easily double the size of the other volumes up until now. Maybe even triple. And it's clearly the lynchpin that the whole series turns on. The first and most surface thing is that Tom is ready to go to war with the cabal. He believes he has to strike now because he has access to power, and because the cabal hasn't had time to plan against them yet. He believes if he waits long December 2015: There is so much in this book I don't even know what to do with myself. I'd forgotten how FULL it is. It's easily double the size of the other volumes up until now. Maybe even triple. And it's clearly the lynchpin that the whole series turns on. The first and most surface thing is that Tom is ready to go to war with the cabal. He believes he has to strike now because he has access to power, and because the cabal hasn't had time to plan against them yet. He believes if he waits longer, he will lose his shot. So they go in guns blazing to the heart of the Cabal in London. Things of course don't go as planned, because while it's true the cabal wasn't fully ready for him, they had some tricks up their sleeves that throw Tom and Co. for a loop. And one of those loops even the Cabal doesn't understand, not even close. That loop is of course Pullman, who has been hiding in plain sight within his own organization as "hired muscle," but has secretly been pulling the strings the whole time. He has a 7,000 year hate on for Leviathan and the collective power that the minds of humanity when mingled with stories represent. He sees them as a burden, and wants nothing but to be free, and so for 7,000 years (ever since (view spoiler)[he was a main participant in one of the oldest stories in existence--Cain, killing his brother Abel) he's first tried to kill Leviathan, and then tried to co-opt its power. (hide spoiler)] Leviathan fixed his eye on Pullman, and he has been able to die ever since, sustained by the stories that dog him like chains. A large part of this volume (and my favorite part) are the between issues that delve into pieces of history, often with Pullman at their center. Little by little, piece by piece, we are seeing the full picture, who the players are, and what they really want. And of course what's most interesting to me, why it all *matters*. (In addition to Pullman and the history of the Cabal/Leviathan, we also get Mme. Rausch's backstory and the events of the battle from the perspective of one of the unknowing minions the Cabal employs. The volume actually ends with that dude being clued in and striking out on his own.) And with that, I've officially reached the point where I know nothing. I can't wait to read the rest of the volumes later this month. New storriiiies. October 2012: Another wonderfully whacked out installment of The Unwritten, and six months to wait for the next. Wish I would have re-read the previous volumes beforehand, though. The series is at the point where its mythology is starting to take over, and it took me a little while to remember exactly what had happened in Vols. 1-5. I'm sure I didn't even remember it all. Anyways, this series is awesome.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mir

    I found this installment the least interesting so far. The flashback stories weren't great, and the action seemed weak. Tommy was dumber again, when for a bit he seemed to be getting smarter. But it picked up at the end with the introduction of a new character, so I will be continuing the series. I'm tempted to take another star off for the lamest, most banal angels presented in a context where they were asserted to be mind-blowing and paradigm-altering. Busty white ladies in low-cut pink dresses I found this installment the least interesting so far. The flashback stories weren't great, and the action seemed weak. Tommy was dumber again, when for a bit he seemed to be getting smarter. But it picked up at the end with the introduction of a new character, so I will be continuing the series. I'm tempted to take another star off for the lamest, most banal angels presented in a context where they were asserted to be mind-blowing and paradigm-altering. Busty white ladies in low-cut pink dresses? REALLY? Especially stupid because there are plenty of period images of angels that the illustrator could easily have referenced.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sean Gibson

    After the past few up-and-down volumes, this was a welcome return to form of the first two collections, wrapping up some major plot threads and laying the groundwork for new developments. My enthusiasm for reading subsequent volumes is renewed...huzzah!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    Besides the present-day action, this volume contains engrossing tales of the start and spread of the Unwritten cabal, told within the framework of a Chinese emperor destroying all the learning in his kingdom to the story of Gilgamesh to the spread of the Gutenberg press to Homer Davenport's reason for continuing his political cartoons even after he realizes he's the reason for the Spanish-American War. I thought I had guessed the origin of the really really bad guy, but turns out I hadn't, thoug Besides the present-day action, this volume contains engrossing tales of the start and spread of the Unwritten cabal, told within the framework of a Chinese emperor destroying all the learning in his kingdom to the story of Gilgamesh to the spread of the Gutenberg press to Homer Davenport's reason for continuing his political cartoons even after he realizes he's the reason for the Spanish-American War. I thought I had guessed the origin of the really really bad guy, but turns out I hadn't, though who he was originally fits him better than what I'd guessed. I have to question, though, if an internet signal would've been available in Antarctica as the generator was failing, though I guess that's seems silly to do when my favorite line from this volume was: ... I wasn't worried for a second. Magic's fallible, but a vampire and a Dickens heroine? Come on!

  6. 4 out of 5

    GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)

    Fuck yeah! I loved this volume. While a lot of the mind-bendy head thinking stuff took a back seat to the action scenes this go-around, I was still left with a lot of deep thoughts when I had finished it. Basically, all five of the previous volumes lead up to this one. Big, big climax and a fair amount of awesome payoff! I honestly can't see where things are headed now and what is going to happen next. Honestly though? I don't even care! Just show me where to sign cuz I'ma ride this bad boy to the f Fuck yeah! I loved this volume. While a lot of the mind-bendy head thinking stuff took a back seat to the action scenes this go-around, I was still left with a lot of deep thoughts when I had finished it. Basically, all five of the previous volumes lead up to this one. Big, big climax and a fair amount of awesome payoff! I honestly can't see where things are headed now and what is going to happen next. Honestly though? I don't even care! Just show me where to sign cuz I'ma ride this bad boy to the finish line!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Otherwyrld

    Pretty much every story line that has been building up through the last 6 volumes of this terrific series finishes here. Indeed, it is hard to see where Mike Carey goes next, though I understand that the series will continue. I just hope that it doesn't make some of the mistakes that Fables has. Tommy Taylor finally reaches the heart of the Cabal that has been hounding him since the beginning, and gets the answers and the revenge he has been looking for. It's probably no real surprise that Pullm Pretty much every story line that has been building up through the last 6 volumes of this terrific series finishes here. Indeed, it is hard to see where Mike Carey goes next, though I understand that the series will continue. I just hope that it doesn't make some of the mistakes that Fables has. Tommy Taylor finally reaches the heart of the Cabal that has been hounding him since the beginning, and gets the answers and the revenge he has been looking for. It's probably no real surprise that Pullman is (view spoiler)[Cain (hide spoiler)] , and that he has all the real answers. Indeed, we get to see a lot of his story here, in a series of tales set throughout history. It's all very dark and powerful stuff, though there are a few lighter moments, such as Tommy pulling a Harry Potter, Richie pulling a Scooby Doo moment, and a great "This is Sparta!" reference. Pullman's death wish is no surprise either, as he gets a Moby Dick moment of his own, though is he really dead? It looks like he is, but I wouldn't bet on it. What did surprise was (view spoiler)[Lizzie's death (hide spoiler)] . I wasn't expecting that.. A final chapter shown from the perspective of an outsider we have never met before gives us the way forward. Apparently there are things still to learn in this universe, and for that I'm grateful as I'm not willing to let this one go just yet. I just hope that the author doesn't let it drift on for years to come until it becomes a parody of itself.

  8. 5 out of 5

    47Time

    The Cabal has been controling writings for hundreds of years, guiding the world toward something that is yet to be revealed. They employed men like Pullman to enforce their beliefs. Initially they destroyed whatever they deemed inappropriate, but eventually they tool over the writings and shaped them to their own ends. Tom decides to face the Cabal with his new-found magical powers, but Lizzie is unsure he is ready. Her fears are realised when Tom magically transports himself to punish the people The Cabal has been controling writings for hundreds of years, guiding the world toward something that is yet to be revealed. They employed men like Pullman to enforce their beliefs. Initially they destroyed whatever they deemed inappropriate, but eventually they tool over the writings and shaped them to their own ends. Tom decides to face the Cabal with his new-found magical powers, but Lizzie is unsure he is ready. Her fears are realised when Tom magically transports himself to punish the people working for the Cabal, but is unable to return to their base of operations and goes into coma from hypothermia. (view spoiler)[The Tommy Taylor community helps revive him by focusing their thoughts on the character. Tom uses the doorknob to open a door to the Cabal. He is weakened by their false stories where he is the main character. They capture him, but Tom's skill with magic is greater and he punishes the Cabal. The former leader of the Cabal reveals that the organization is guided by the Sybil. It's booby trapped and the explosion pushes Tom to the bottom of the well where former leaders of the Cabal are thrown to their deaths. Pullman is waiting for Tom in the pit to reveal who he really is and why he is immortal. Pullman was born in prehistoric times. He is the real-life Cain and his story was learned by pretty much everyone, so this made him immortal. The Leviathan is the keeper of the stories and the thing that enabled Pullman's immortality. He has been trying to kill it for thousands of years to escape its curse. Pullman convinces Tom to draw out the Leviathan and harms it by thrusting a spear into Tom, voodoo style. Tom isn't really hurt, but Savoy kills Pullman. Unfortunately he already unraveled Lizzie with his touch. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 4 out of 5

    Demetrelli

    This volume felt like an improvement from the previous two, with side stories that gave clues and hints in regards to the main story and more importantly, kept you interested and not-confused. One of the best parts in my opinion was Rausch' backstory, which once again shows how differently stories work for each person and how each one of us is a story in the end. Not expecting much due to the previous volumes, I found the ending wonderfully climatic. At the same time, the story kept a balance bet This volume felt like an improvement from the previous two, with side stories that gave clues and hints in regards to the main story and more importantly, kept you interested and not-confused. One of the best parts in my opinion was Rausch' backstory, which once again shows how differently stories work for each person and how each one of us is a story in the end. Not expecting much due to the previous volumes, I found the ending wonderfully climatic. At the same time, the story kept a balance between making sense and keeping some of its secrets for future plotlines. For an odd reason, I also appreciated Pullman's character development since -in my eyes- he seemed to stray from the stereotypical villain behaviour and you could actually understand the reason behind his actions. Mike Carey also proves at the end what a great story-weaver he is by adding the story of a new character re-telling and following the main plot from his own point of view. Furthermore, he shows that even the most peripheral of characters in a story can be affected and affect a story in turn. Where one story ends, another one will probably spring from its ending after all. Last but not least, I was left thinking that an important element in the Unwritten's narrative(s) is that it gives you the tools and elements but lets you do all the thinking, philosophical-wondering work, lets you make your own interpretations.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nick Kives

    Did drift away from what I normally liked about these books, but it does expand the mythos of the world a lot and that was interesting.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Devann

    This! Is what I've been waiting for!! I mean, this series has been good before this. I was giving it 3 and 4 stars consistently. But, perhaps sometimes unfortunately for him, Carey wrote my favorite series ever [Lucifer] so I'm often sitting here going 'look this is good but I KNOW you can do better' when I'm reading his other stuff. Anyway, this was absolutely amazing. This volume consists of 10 issues - 5 regular issues and 5 other issues [labeled #.5], with Tommy finally facing off against th This! Is what I've been waiting for!! I mean, this series has been good before this. I was giving it 3 and 4 stars consistently. But, perhaps sometimes unfortunately for him, Carey wrote my favorite series ever [Lucifer] so I'm often sitting here going 'look this is good but I KNOW you can do better' when I'm reading his other stuff. Anyway, this was absolutely amazing. This volume consists of 10 issues - 5 regular issues and 5 other issues [labeled #.5], with Tommy finally facing off against the Cabal in the regular ones and us getting some flashbacks to some of the cabal's origins in the other issues. There's a lot of great stuff happening here and a lot of great reveals [some that I figured out beforehand and some that I didn't]. The only thing I'm mildly worried about is if Carey can maintain this level of high stakes for the entirety of the remaining volumes, but he managed it with Lucifer so I'm cautiously optimistic. I would like to put a warning here that one of the flashback issues [the one about the woman who uses the marionettes in the present] does contain pedophilia/underage rape, and even though it all happens off-screen I feel like people should be aware of it if they want to skip that issue. I almost took off a star because of it but overall I feel like it was handled better than it would have been in a lot of other series [although honestly it's just so unnecessary like why even put it in there seriously] so I decided to go with 5 stars anyway.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    If Unwritten were a movie franchise, the first five volumes would make up the first film, and this volume, by itself, would be the sequel. So many questions answered in interesting ways. Several different origin stories for characters from the first film, and characters who will be important further down the line. A climatic fight scene. Wars. Blood. Violence. Purpose. This is the only volume of the series that could, conceivably stand on its own. But you'd want more, so it's convenient that ther If Unwritten were a movie franchise, the first five volumes would make up the first film, and this volume, by itself, would be the sequel. So many questions answered in interesting ways. Several different origin stories for characters from the first film, and characters who will be important further down the line. A climatic fight scene. Wars. Blood. Violence. Purpose. This is the only volume of the series that could, conceivably stand on its own. But you'd want more, so it's convenient that there are ten more volume, and a side story. This book is also paced differently. Instead of presenting you with a main story, and either a prelude issue, or a side story at the end, the one major story throughout is broken up by the various origin stories. And it fits together really well. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys the literary canon, HarryPotterfiles, or nyone who loves reading but isn't sure how they feel about whales.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kit

    “The world is only the aggregate of human perceptions. Stories are the scalpels that allow us to operate on hide perceptions.”

  14. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    Qin Shi Huang, Gilgamesh, the Crusades, World War I, the Spanish American War, the Pragmatica Sanctio and finally Cain and Abel...plus not one but TWO major character deaths. Yikes!

  15. 5 out of 5

    E.Y.E.-D

    I am really enjoying this series and this volume was one of my favorites so far.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    Enough is enough, it's time for Tom and co. to take on The Cabal directly! This also gives the chance for the storytellers to give yo the history and some of the rationale of The Cabal, and how so much of it goes... unwritten! A relative (to the over volumes) weak first half, is save by the second half that brings the series back to its best again. Collecting The Unwritten #31 to 35.5. 8 out of 12 Enough is enough, it's time for Tom and co. to take on The Cabal directly! This also gives the chance for the storytellers to give yo the history and some of the rationale of The Cabal, and how so much of it goes... unwritten! A relative (to the over volumes) weak first half, is save by the second half that brings the series back to its best again. Collecting The Unwritten #31 to 35.5. 8 out of 12

  17. 4 out of 5

    Liz B

    This was great. Revelations and destruction and satisfying endings, mistakes made by heroes and by their enemies. Excellent storytelling all around.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Constable Reggie

    This rating is for the series as a whole so far. While I have liked parts of it, overall it has left me pretty cold. The story was OK, with some unexpected fun here and there, but it lost me with the characters. While there were some vivid supporting ones (Wilson's publisher and the prison warden and his children are some I can think of), the main ones are just so... meh. It may well be that a book about books and stories can't help but have stolid archetypes as the main characters, but I think This rating is for the series as a whole so far. While I have liked parts of it, overall it has left me pretty cold. The story was OK, with some unexpected fun here and there, but it lost me with the characters. While there were some vivid supporting ones (Wilson's publisher and the prison warden and his children are some I can think of), the main ones are just so... meh. It may well be that a book about books and stories can't help but have stolid archetypes as the main characters, but I think a better writer would have managed to make them archetypal and distinctly individual at the same time. We are given some glimpses of Tom's life and upbringing through the books, but what seemed like an interesting, conflicted character to begin with more and more becomes an uninteresting, can-do-no-wrong, self-sacrificing hero. Out of his two sidekicks, at least Richie is a character that seems to have more going on in his life than just the purpose he serves in this story, although Carey could have done much more with his vampirism. But Lizzie... Oh, Lizzie. Some people may argue that she was created and manipulated by Wilson only to help Tommy, and that's why after the first couple of books there is absolutely NOTHING to her other than being Tommy's sidekick and convenient lover. Remove Tom from the equation, and she is just a blank placeholder for every love interest that a hero is supposed to have. Her story might have gone in interesting ways, but the writers seem to have no idea about what to do with her. And so it goes... So, overall, in a world that contains the Sandman, the Fables series, and the Thursday Next books, I found this series just OK and nowhere near as surprising and satisfying as those.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chris - Quarter Press Editor

    This is one of the strongest volumes yet. These books keep getting better and better. However, that being said, where this one leaves off, I do worry, slightly, about the direction of the rest of the series. But I suppose I don't have to wonder or worry long, seeing as Volume Seven comes out in a few days from this writing... I love how this one weaves the current with the past, building up and finally explaining so much of the mystery to these books. And even with everything finally making some This is one of the strongest volumes yet. These books keep getting better and better. However, that being said, where this one leaves off, I do worry, slightly, about the direction of the rest of the series. But I suppose I don't have to wonder or worry long, seeing as Volume Seven comes out in a few days from this writing... I love how this one weaves the current with the past, building up and finally explaining so much of the mystery to these books. And even with everything finally making some sort of sense, in its own way of course, it's still intriguing and something that keeps you thinking about it long after it's finished. Truly, there is all sorts of literary and philosophical fodder in these things, and if you're not reading them yet, then do yourself a favor, start them, and be sure you read through, at least, volume three before you give up. What is even better about this volume is that the artwork is much, much better. Its been my only qualm with this series thus far, as the art works, but hasn't been anything to brag about. But in this volume, with the guest artists and the "assists" on the other pages, there is more style, more depth, and more darkness to this tale. To me, the art is finally starting to live up to the quality of the writing. But, whether or not you like the art doesn't matter for this series. Normally, if I don't like the art, I'll give up on a book. The Unwritten, though, is too, too good to put down. I only hope that Carey and Gross don't run it into the ground and ensure that it ends on a high note, giving it that comic fame and placing it in the ranks of the best--as so many have already put it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Substantial. Background gets filled in and questions get answered, although of course they always generate more questions. It's a long book, this isn't a quick, light read. You'll definitely have a better idea of what the big picture is all about by the end of this, although despite the many reveals it just shows deeper levels of what we still need to find out. But it was definitely a satisfying read, both in watching the stories move forward toward apparent goals, and in divulging information t Substantial. Background gets filled in and questions get answered, although of course they always generate more questions. It's a long book, this isn't a quick, light read. You'll definitely have a better idea of what the big picture is all about by the end of this, although despite the many reveals it just shows deeper levels of what we still need to find out. But it was definitely a satisfying read, both in watching the stories move forward toward apparent goals, and in divulging information that we're eager to understand as readers. And it did it with it's usual style, creepy history lessons abound, making the reader wonder what really did happen. Or what should have happened, perhaps. It's a book that lingers with me, long after I've read it, wondering about this power and who might be using if now and what they're using if for for.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Story

    I really don't think I'm the audience for this particular series. It's filled with the idea that stories have power, yes, but it's coming across it what seem to me empty high-action ways, with the Tommy Taylor/Tom Taylor character a pretty cheap direct nod at Harry Potter. Personally, I'm kind of at an impasse… I got this far, should I just keep reading? The cheesy flat dialogue is getting bothersome, as are the predictable plot twists. I had hoped Carey would do something new with the idea abou I really don't think I'm the audience for this particular series. It's filled with the idea that stories have power, yes, but it's coming across it what seem to me empty high-action ways, with the Tommy Taylor/Tom Taylor character a pretty cheap direct nod at Harry Potter. Personally, I'm kind of at an impasse… I got this far, should I just keep reading? The cheesy flat dialogue is getting bothersome, as are the predictable plot twists. I had hoped Carey would do something new with the idea about narrative being the manifestation of consensual reality, but it reads not unlike the plot of some of the Mage:The Ascension games I've sat in on. The tensions from many of the unknowns are gone, and I know there's a Fables crossover coming, which disheartens me. I took them out from the library. I might as well give them a go.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eilonwy

    Three and a half stars? Not exactly a review, but: Half of me finds this story a bit too violent and worries that it's all going to seem pointless or bad-crazy instead of good-crazy in the end. The other half of me keeps going "Wow!" at the sheer weirdness, creativity, and unexpectedness I find in every collection. I strongly suspect I'm going to end up buying all of these so I can read the whole story through and easily flip back whenever some new information about a character or plot thread is Three and a half stars? Not exactly a review, but: Half of me finds this story a bit too violent and worries that it's all going to seem pointless or bad-crazy instead of good-crazy in the end. The other half of me keeps going "Wow!" at the sheer weirdness, creativity, and unexpectedness I find in every collection. I strongly suspect I'm going to end up buying all of these so I can read the whole story through and easily flip back whenever some new information about a character or plot thread is introduced. It's all really complex, and I'm pretty sure I'm missing stuff since I keep having to return the books to the library. Two more collections to go! And then I have to try to get hold of this year's reboot issues.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    Maybe its time for me to give up on this series, because I feel like I walking through mud to complete each volume. Either that, or instead of binge reading the TPBs, I need to take a break from it. And, in a lot of ways with Tommy's confrontation with the conspiracy this does almost feel like an ending. Oh, there is still the subplot involving Mrs. Rauch and a possible betrayal by his friends, but it feels like the story is going... Nowhere. Maybe its just me and my current state of mind because Maybe its time for me to give up on this series, because I feel like I walking through mud to complete each volume. Either that, or instead of binge reading the TPBs, I need to take a break from it. And, in a lot of ways with Tommy's confrontation with the conspiracy this does almost feel like an ending. Oh, there is still the subplot involving Mrs. Rauch and a possible betrayal by his friends, but it feels like the story is going... Nowhere. Maybe its just me and my current state of mind because two of the other books I'm reading right now are entertaining me. This isn't the first series to frustrate me. some have gotten better over time (Dresden started well, sagged, and I liked Skin Game), others lost me at the first book (Honor Harrington).

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anchorpete

    One of the most enjoyable experiences in my life is reading something that takes our regular, mundane world and makes it seem epic and fantastic. Unwritten does that every issue. Stories are weapons, Stories are a way of controlling the masses, stories are power. This book is all about the power of story, and in this volume, we finally learn how that power is accessed and why it exists in the first place. MANY ideas that you speculate about throughout the series are answered in this trade. I alw One of the most enjoyable experiences in my life is reading something that takes our regular, mundane world and makes it seem epic and fantastic. Unwritten does that every issue. Stories are weapons, Stories are a way of controlling the masses, stories are power. This book is all about the power of story, and in this volume, we finally learn how that power is accessed and why it exists in the first place. MANY ideas that you speculate about throughout the series are answered in this trade. I always say the Mike Carrey is the most under-appreciated writer in Comics. This book is good evidence of that, a masterwork that even hardcore comic book fans might not know about.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Callie *Fights Censorship*

    When this book is good, it's really good but when it's bad it is just awful. Most of the segments that take place in the past go on for far too long, are too wordy, and very dull. Some of the flashbacks seem like they are just beating the reader over the head with the same story over and over... The parts in the present with Tom are great and the ending was perfect. Still this one was hard to get through, if not for the ending I think I'd call it quits on this series. When this book is good, it's really good but when it's bad it is just awful. Most of the segments that take place in the past go on for far too long, are too wordy, and very dull. Some of the flashbacks seem like they are just beating the reader over the head with the same story over and over... The parts in the present with Tom are great and the ending was perfect. Still this one was hard to get through, if not for the ending I think I'd call it quits on this series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    I'm not if it's because I haven't read this series in a while or something else, but this volume was very confusing to me. I felt like I missed out on something. There are some good moments in this, but overall very confusing. I'm just glad this books is not becoming more like Animal Mn and Promethea. Loved those to series, but don't want to read another comic book like that. Looks like the next volumes might get better. I'm not if it's because I haven't read this series in a while or something else, but this volume was very confusing to me. I felt like I missed out on something. There are some good moments in this, but overall very confusing. I'm just glad this books is not becoming more like Animal Mn and Promethea. Loved those to series, but don't want to read another comic book like that. Looks like the next volumes might get better.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    BOOM! So good! But but but whoa! Can (view spoiler)[ Pullman (hide spoiler)] really be dead?? Can (view spoiler)[ Frank (hide spoiler)] really be dead? Can (view spoiler)[ LIZZIE (hide spoiler)] really be dead?!?! Come onnnnn next volume! I also really want to go back and reread from the beginning, given what we now know. Sigh, if only I had an unlimited comics budget. BOOM! So good! But but but whoa! Can (view spoiler)[ Pullman (hide spoiler)] really be dead?? Can (view spoiler)[ Frank (hide spoiler)] really be dead? Can (view spoiler)[ LIZZIE (hide spoiler)] really be dead?!?! Come onnnnn next volume! I also really want to go back and reread from the beginning, given what we now know. Sigh, if only I had an unlimited comics budget.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Oh. My. Goodness. This is not adequately titled. On the spur of the moment, I would say it should be "Tommy Taylor Shatters All Your Paradigms and Inverts Your World and Oh There's a Big Fight Scene Too." Oh. My. Goodness. This is not adequately titled. On the spur of the moment, I would say it should be "Tommy Taylor Shatters All Your Paradigms and Inverts Your World and Oh There's a Big Fight Scene Too."

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sonic

    The flip back and forth between the main story and (filler?)(dragging it out?) back-story is a little annoying, but conceptually this is still brilliant and also enjoyable. Kinda reminded me of his brilliant work in "Lucifer" a few times there,... :) The flip back and forth between the main story and (filler?)(dragging it out?) back-story is a little annoying, but conceptually this is still brilliant and also enjoyable. Kinda reminded me of his brilliant work in "Lucifer" a few times there,... :)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stefan Fergus

    Marvellous series. Real turning point, this volume. If you have any interest in stories, storytelling and its power on society, this is a series you need to try. Great stuff.

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