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A world covered by ruins and ash, the remnants of an otherwordly phenomenon that has ravaged the earth’s atmosphere and forced the few survivors deep underground. Matt, Sigrid and Charlie leave the safe harbor of the enclave for an expedition onto the wastelands of the surface world. During their journey they are forced to confront dark secrets from the time before civiliz A world covered by ruins and ash, the remnants of an otherwordly phenomenon that has ravaged the earth’s atmosphere and forced the few survivors deep underground. Matt, Sigrid and Charlie leave the safe harbor of the enclave for an expedition onto the wastelands of the surface world. During their journey they are forced to confront dark secrets from the time before civilization’s fall.


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A world covered by ruins and ash, the remnants of an otherwordly phenomenon that has ravaged the earth’s atmosphere and forced the few survivors deep underground. Matt, Sigrid and Charlie leave the safe harbor of the enclave for an expedition onto the wastelands of the surface world. During their journey they are forced to confront dark secrets from the time before civiliz A world covered by ruins and ash, the remnants of an otherwordly phenomenon that has ravaged the earth’s atmosphere and forced the few survivors deep underground. Matt, Sigrid and Charlie leave the safe harbor of the enclave for an expedition onto the wastelands of the surface world. During their journey they are forced to confront dark secrets from the time before civilization’s fall.

30 review for The Labyrinth

  1. 5 out of 5

    fióka

    Kicsit más ez a Stålenhag mint az eddigiek. Egyrészt sokkal több szöveg van benne, másrészt kevesebbet foglalkozik úgy általában az emberiséget sújtó különböző, apokaliptikus történésekkel. Itt inkább az egyénre koncentrál és egy/a rezsim az egyénre gyakorolt hatására. Picit eltávolodóban van az eddigi, keményvonalas Stålenhag-stílustól, bár hasonlóságok természetesen vannak, úgy grafikailag mint tematikailag. A grafikák nagyon jók és nagyon sötétek, szó szerint. Minden szürke, minden ködbe-füstb Kicsit más ez a Stålenhag mint az eddigiek. Egyrészt sokkal több szöveg van benne, másrészt kevesebbet foglalkozik úgy általában az emberiséget sújtó különböző, apokaliptikus történésekkel. Itt inkább az egyénre koncentrál és egy/a rezsim az egyénre gyakorolt hatására. Picit eltávolodóban van az eddigi, keményvonalas Stålenhag-stílustól, bár hasonlóságok természetesen vannak, úgy grafikailag mint tematikailag. A grafikák nagyon jók és nagyon sötétek, szó szerint. Minden szürke, minden ködbe-füstbe fúl. Egyáltalán: az egész könyv nagyon sötét, hangulatilag, tematikailag. Nem egy vidám történet, de hát az ember nem vár Stålenhag-tól vidám sztorikat. Az Istennek sem sikerült megfejtenem a cím és a tartalom összefüggését, merthogy nincs sok közük egymáshoz. Mármint akár lehetne is, ha nagyon megerőltetem magam, de ennyi erővel kötésmintát is bele lehet látni egy építészeti szakkönyvbe. Aztán jött L. és az orrom alá tolt egy interjút, amiből szerencsére kiderül, hogy nem is kell nagyon összefüggéseket keresni. Stålenhag beleszerelmesedett a címbe és kellett neki egy Stålenhag Labirintusa, így hát írt egyet. Végül is, miért ne? :))

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    I guess I should blame my brother for this one as he introduced me to the amazing art of Simon Stalenhag all those years ago. Ever since then I have been following his creations through role playing games (which I have recently added to my collection) to TV shows and even board games. So when a Kickstarter project appeared offering to get in at the launch of his latest book The Labyrinth I was both intrigued and up for it. Well today I received the reward of this project - a beautifully bound co I guess I should blame my brother for this one as he introduced me to the amazing art of Simon Stalenhag all those years ago. Ever since then I have been following his creations through role playing games (which I have recently added to my collection) to TV shows and even board games. So when a Kickstarter project appeared offering to get in at the launch of his latest book The Labyrinth I was both intrigued and up for it. Well today I received the reward of this project - a beautifully bound copy of The Labyrinth. Now even if was in to spoilers I would not here as this book I do believe is not out for general circulation yet (although I can see this being another one of his classic when it does) but I have to say that this is a departure from the world of the loop or even the electric state. Though the story and artwork as just as haunting and incredible. If you enjoyed the tales from the loop you will enjoy this book but bewaned it is a lot darker. This to me is an intriguing indication of the possibilities yet to be seen from Simon Stalenhag and I for one will be looking for any more such opportunities to back his work as I will recommend to others as well.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marcel

    I'm torn, maybe this should have been 4 stars? While I'm a massive Stålenhag fan, I prefer his previous books to this. While this, maybe, has more of a story arch, I find the paintings - while still very well executed - in terms of their subject less interesting. Stålenhag still captures the usual 70s eeriness we have come to expect and love from him, but there is less in terms of surrealism/fantasy/future in these... In effect it's less cyberpunk than his previous works. In fact, in part I felt th I'm torn, maybe this should have been 4 stars? While I'm a massive Stålenhag fan, I prefer his previous books to this. While this, maybe, has more of a story arch, I find the paintings - while still very well executed - in terms of their subject less interesting. Stålenhag still captures the usual 70s eeriness we have come to expect and love from him, but there is less in terms of surrealism/fantasy/future in these... In effect it's less cyberpunk than his previous works. In fact, in part I felt that some drones of previous books had made it by error into this one, and some of the paintings feel like he's duplicated the same frame multiple times with minor differences... In terms of plot I wished a bit more depth, more 'colour'. It feels all very much a story of people, while I wish we'd be told more on the world itself. In effect, the world-building is just a bit thin. In any case, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, this book feels much darker than his previous ones. I'd buy this again, to support an amazing artist, and it was a good read for a couple of hours, but I'm not sure I will look at this book again soon... So I'd say, if you are a Stålenhag fan get, it, but don't make it your first book you read of his...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Håkan Carlsson

    Detta är Simon Stålenhags femte bok, det är som vanligt en blandning av konstbok och roman. Om jag förstår rätt så har denna inget att göra med hans tidigare böcker. Men jag känner att denna kan utspela sig i samma värld, då jag känner igen vissa saker från tidigare böcker. Man behöver alltså inte ha läst de tidigare böckerna för att kunna hänga med i denna. Nu är vi tillbaka i Sverige, i den förra så befann vi oss i USA. Vi befinner oss någonstans i framtiden och världen har mer eller mindre gått Detta är Simon Stålenhags femte bok, det är som vanligt en blandning av konstbok och roman. Om jag förstår rätt så har denna inget att göra med hans tidigare böcker. Men jag känner att denna kan utspela sig i samma värld, då jag känner igen vissa saker från tidigare böcker. Man behöver alltså inte ha läst de tidigare böckerna för att kunna hänga med i denna. Nu är vi tillbaka i Sverige, i den förra så befann vi oss i USA. Vi befinner oss någonstans i framtiden och världen har mer eller mindre gått under, de få överlevande befinner sig i stora anläggningar under jorden. Man gör expeditioner till ytan och gör vissa mätningar. Det är en av dessa som vi följer. Redan från första sidan så förstår vi att något inte har gått som det skulle. Handlingen berättas i olika trådar, vi som läsare får veta mer och mer om vad som hände. Det som målas upp är en mörk berättelse, skulle säga att denna bok är den mörkaste av Stålenhags böcker. Det är ett bra knep som berättare att hoppa mellan tidshändelserna, vi som läsare har inte hela bilden framför oss och det håller intresset uppe och nyfikenheten på tå. Vi som läsare vet att något hände med expeditionen, men vi får också aningar om att det är en större orsak bakom allt, vi får hintar om att något hände när mänskligheten flydde ner under jorden. Då det är en blandning av konstbok och roman så är den sparsam när det kommer till text, men den texten är exakt rätt mängd för att föra handlingen framåt. Tillsammans med bilderna utgör det en helhet. Och bilderna måste vi prata om, för det är kärnan i hela boken. Bilderna är så otroliga, det är en mörk hinna över alla bilder, varför får man reda på när man läser. Sällan har nog något så fruktansvärd som en ödelagd värld skildrats så snyggt som i denna bok. Stålenhag har även en förkärlek att lägga till nostalgisaker som tar oss läsare tillbaka till en annan tid, och detta saknas verkligen inte i denna. Det är små detaljer i bilderna som gör de så otroliga. Det kan vara en gammal hederlig telefon, eller till och med bara en vanlig stol som man brukar finna på offentliga ställen som på sjukhus. Man kan verkligen titta på bilderna och hitta mer och mer av dessa detaljer. Så Simon Stålenhag lyckas ännu en gång att leverera en bok som är ögongodis och en läsupplevelse som stannar kvar hos en. Uppskattar man hans tidigare böcker så kommer man absolut inte bli besviken på denna. Har man ännu inte läst något av honom så är det absolut dags att göra det om man gillar konstverk som rör sig i fantastikens värld men även i nostalgins värld, han har en unik stil i sina bilder som verkligen lyckas kombinera dessa två världar i samma bild. http://hakanshylla.blogspot.com

  5. 5 out of 5

    Megan W.

    I loved the story, but was disappointed by the art. Stålenhag’s talent for photorealism feels wasted on the same bland interiors and dark, muddy exteriors. The striking, dreamlike views of his other books are absent, in large part because everything is SO hazy and washed out. The cover image shown here on Goodreads? Picture that in photoshop with brightness and saturation turned down 50-60% and you’ll have what it looks like IRL. Story’s great, though. Super dark in a way that works better for p I loved the story, but was disappointed by the art. Stålenhag’s talent for photorealism feels wasted on the same bland interiors and dark, muddy exteriors. The striking, dreamlike views of his other books are absent, in large part because everything is SO hazy and washed out. The cover image shown here on Goodreads? Picture that in photoshop with brightness and saturation turned down 50-60% and you’ll have what it looks like IRL. Story’s great, though. Super dark in a way that works better for plot than art.

  6. 4 out of 5

    John Ronald

    I backed this Kickstarter and received my book very recently and finally got around to reading it cover to cover. The story is very dark in theme and tone, but also in terms of the artwork....the outdoor scenes in particular use a lot of very dark paints and it is difficult to discern as much detail compared to other Stalenhag works, which is slightly disappointing. These are contrasted with the interior scenes of the outpost, which are very stark and institutional feeling...very simple scenes o I backed this Kickstarter and received my book very recently and finally got around to reading it cover to cover. The story is very dark in theme and tone, but also in terms of the artwork....the outdoor scenes in particular use a lot of very dark paints and it is difficult to discern as much detail compared to other Stalenhag works, which is slightly disappointing. These are contrasted with the interior scenes of the outpost, which are very stark and institutional feeling...very simple scenes of prefab plastic chairs in a hallway, etc, or still life imagery of recently used cookware that is unpleasant to look at, since it fills the beholder with the desire to clean these fictional objects. The paintings and text work in concert to tell a more complete story, but there is still much left to the imagination. There is no mention of the Loop or its technology per se, but there are still giant Gauss airships and military grade Mecha, and the setting is still clearly rural Sweden. Despite the vast scope of the dystopian world presented, it boils down to a simple story of murder and revenge and the institutionalized, dehumanizing cruelty of faceless bureaucracy. Perhaps this dystopia is merely one of the possible outcomes of the mysterious, unknowable forces ("Black Globes") released as a byproduct of the Loop; a road taken and explored but not a final answer. In sum, I did not enjoy this story or the artwork nearly as much as I have enjoyed other works by Stalenhag, from Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, or The Electric State. This work was a disappointment by comparison. If this were Stalenhag's first piece I might give it more stars as a strong first effort, but alas...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mark Seemann

    After my experience with The Electric State, which I found acceptable, I was ready to move on. When I was invited to support the Kickstarter campaign for The Labyrinth, I wasn't sure I needed a fourth instalment of Simon Stålenhag, but I decided to back the project nonetheless. I'm glad I did. In a sense, The Labyrinth is similar to previous Stålenhag works. It's an art book with the same format as the other books, with lots of full-page and double-spread colour illustrations, and a bit of text ab After my experience with The Electric State, which I found acceptable, I was ready to move on. When I was invited to support the Kickstarter campaign for The Labyrinth, I wasn't sure I needed a fourth instalment of Simon Stålenhag, but I decided to back the project nonetheless. I'm glad I did. In a sense, The Labyrinth is similar to previous Stålenhag works. It's an art book with the same format as the other books, with lots of full-page and double-spread colour illustrations, and a bit of text abutting some of the illustrations. Like The Electric State, the text is a narrative. Gone, however, is the meandering travel report. In its stead is a tightly structured story that takes the reader to a darker place than Stålenhag has gone before. Superficially, The Labyrinth looks as though it may take place in the same universe as Tales from the Loop and Things from the Flood, but I don't think that it does. The Labyrinth also takes place in an alternate-history version of Sweden which seems to have diverted from our own in the mid-eighties, but things have taken a much darker turn. The story, too, is grim. As I did with previous Stålenhag books, I resolved to only read a double-page a day, so as to savour the artwork. This proved hard to keep up, as some of the artwork is clearly intended to be viewed as a sequence of stills, almost like a graphic novel, and the story, once it gets going, is a bit of a page turner. I wanted to turn the page to see what would happen next, but I managed to keep my discipline. As the horror of the narrative unfolded, then, I was left pondering each new turn of events. The story definitely didn't go where I initially expected it to go, but I found it both disturbing and evocative. I wasn't too impressed with the section named Granhammar with its many pictures of dull nineteen-eighties Scandinavian furniture. I lived through that already, and found it as dull then as I do now. Stålenhag is fourteen years my junior, so he likely has no personal memory of that era. I suppose for the younger generation, this might evoke the same degree of nostalgia that the fifties and sixties may do for me, but I'm personally happy to have left the eighties behind. Fortunately, the eighties nostalgia passes quickly, and the story takes its dark turns. I was quite affected by it, and satisfied with the ending as well.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It's bittersweet when I finish a book feeling unsatisfied because it felt too short. The world of The Labyrinth is terribly fascinating, I just wanted more of it. The artwork of post-apocalyptic cityscapes and a lonely research station are as emotionally evocative as in The Electric State (my favorite of the series), but the narrative is significantly shorter than the previous books. The alternating pieces of personal story and historical reports in TES perfectly unveiled the horror of the setti It's bittersweet when I finish a book feeling unsatisfied because it felt too short. The world of The Labyrinth is terribly fascinating, I just wanted more of it. The artwork of post-apocalyptic cityscapes and a lonely research station are as emotionally evocative as in The Electric State (my favorite of the series), but the narrative is significantly shorter than the previous books. The alternating pieces of personal story and historical reports in TES perfectly unveiled the horror of the setting gradually and gave context to the protagonists' actions, but when TL lacks any hints that there is some explanation as to what the Black Globes or megaflora are, where they came from, or what caused them to show up on Earth (even if we don't get every question answered), it just feels arbitrary and pretentious. Mysterious bad things happened because the plot required it. I really hope there's a sequel book like Things from the Flood, so this darkly beautiful world and its descent into chaos can be revisited and fleshed out even more.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    This is Simon Stalenhag. In some ways I need say no more. Firstly, there's the artwork which is more than visually stunning. The artist is somehow able to evoke emotions from a simple view of a sink or a row of chairs. The art transports you into the dystopian, yet almost familiar worlds of the artist's creation. This one is perhaps Earth as it could be many decades since the events portrayed in Tales from the Loop; or it could simply be another world. Secondly, and this might come as a surprise This is Simon Stalenhag. In some ways I need say no more. Firstly, there's the artwork which is more than visually stunning. The artist is somehow able to evoke emotions from a simple view of a sink or a row of chairs. The art transports you into the dystopian, yet almost familiar worlds of the artist's creation. This one is perhaps Earth as it could be many decades since the events portrayed in Tales from the Loop; or it could simply be another world. Secondly, and this might come as a surprise, we have the storytelling capabilities of Mr Stalenhag. Simply put, he is a master of the short story. The text is quite terse and minimalist, providing just enough detail to immerse you in the scenes he depicts. Of course, the artwork helps immensely with this, sometimes taking over from the prose to further the story with many pages devoid of text. This is a quick read, but also a book you'll return to again and again.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marty H

    This was super creepy. It's basically a short story, written and illustrated by Simon Stalenhag. He got internet famous a while back for his 80s-era alternate history paintings, where he shows little slice-of-life moments in some Nordic place that also features giant aliens and robots and weird technology. Awesome stuff. He's done a couple books now, but this is the first I've read. It has a few moments in it that got my heart racing, and does suuuuuuch a great job of teasing out information, just This was super creepy. It's basically a short story, written and illustrated by Simon Stalenhag. He got internet famous a while back for his 80s-era alternate history paintings, where he shows little slice-of-life moments in some Nordic place that also features giant aliens and robots and weird technology. Awesome stuff. He's done a couple books now, but this is the first I've read. It has a few moments in it that got my heart racing, and does suuuuuuch a great job of teasing out information, just enough to answer a couple questions while asking a few more. It's really well paced. I'm also just a sucker for his style. It's part sci-fi, part horror, part Stand-By-Me / E.T. nostalgia. The content of the illustrations this time around is sometimes more everyday, but while that makes them less mind-bending, they're more evocative for it. Overall, I found it really engaging, even if it only took an hour or so to read through it. I'm sure I'll revisit it later.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Steef

    I see in the reviews other people left here that many are a tad disappointed in the artwork compared to the earlier works. While I agree on some level, I must note that the story and the artwork combined has gripped me in a way the previous works hadn't. Those earlier works gripped me in a more astounding, fascinating way. I doubt that a second read of this book will give me the same experience, but I thought it was very well executed. The scenes that border on photorealism (or even hyperrealism I see in the reviews other people left here that many are a tad disappointed in the artwork compared to the earlier works. While I agree on some level, I must note that the story and the artwork combined has gripped me in a way the previous works hadn't. Those earlier works gripped me in a more astounding, fascinating way. I doubt that a second read of this book will give me the same experience, but I thought it was very well executed. The scenes that border on photorealism (or even hyperrealism) aren't what we're used to, but I think they work very well here indeed, in an oppresive way. The lack of variation in scenes even add to this. So to me, this book was a whole new and different experience from Stålenhag (and that is something I didn't expect from this book). I only rate books with five stars if they really gripped me, and stayed with me once I put them away, and this is definitely one of them.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mikael

    The Labyrinth is a great sequel to Simon Stålenhags previous books. Only much, much darker. My thoughts stray to classics like Vance’s The Dying Earth, Strugatskijs Roadside Picnic, and (or?) VanderMeer’s Annihilation, at least in spirit of the theme, but alas this book is far too short to really compare to those. The art is also great, maybe a little too dark to see clearly, but I suppose that’s actually intentional given the ending. The Labyrinth is a great sequel to Simon Stålenhags previous books. Only much, much darker. My thoughts stray to classics like Vance’s The Dying Earth, Strugatskijs Roadside Picnic, and (or?) VanderMeer’s Annihilation, at least in spirit of the theme, but alas this book is far too short to really compare to those. The art is also great, maybe a little too dark to see clearly, but I suppose that’s actually intentional given the ending.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    I've seen Stålenhag's work around online, and have seen the Amazon adaptation of his book Tales from the Loop, so I jumped at the chance to check out The Labyrinth, and I'm glad I did! The art is gorgeous, the story is melancholy and has an edge to it that is left just open enough to leave the reader wondering, and overall it's easy to get pulled in and live in the world of the book for a bit. Maybe a little tougher of a read during this pandemic than it would have been otherwise, but all the sa I've seen Stålenhag's work around online, and have seen the Amazon adaptation of his book Tales from the Loop, so I jumped at the chance to check out The Labyrinth, and I'm glad I did! The art is gorgeous, the story is melancholy and has an edge to it that is left just open enough to leave the reader wondering, and overall it's easy to get pulled in and live in the world of the book for a bit. Maybe a little tougher of a read during this pandemic than it would have been otherwise, but all the same I'm glad I checked it out!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kim Pallister

    Stalenhag's books are so beautiful, and beautifully made. Same slow onion-peeling of a dark ominous truth as his other books, this one is a little more difficult, as its clearly inspired by current events. The art is gorgeous, but fewer of the pieces contain the... 'surprise' is i guess the word... of finding a sci-fi element amidst a 70's/80's mundane setting (vs his previous works). Still gorgeous though. Stalenhag's books are so beautiful, and beautifully made. Same slow onion-peeling of a dark ominous truth as his other books, this one is a little more difficult, as its clearly inspired by current events. The art is gorgeous, but fewer of the pieces contain the... 'surprise' is i guess the word... of finding a sci-fi element amidst a 70's/80's mundane setting (vs his previous works). Still gorgeous though.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Great art and a grim story, but essentially a dystopian science fiction short story told in graphic novel form, though that's not exactly it either. All the art is full-size panels or sometimes even two-page spreads. And there's rarely text in the panel. It's alongside. So maybe there's a different name for this type of thing, but it's worth your time. I read the Swedish version, but there is an English translation available as well. Great art and a grim story, but essentially a dystopian science fiction short story told in graphic novel form, though that's not exactly it either. All the art is full-size panels or sometimes even two-page spreads. And there's rarely text in the panel. It's alongside. So maybe there's a different name for this type of thing, but it's worth your time. I read the Swedish version, but there is an English translation available as well.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Liam Murphy

    After watching Tales From the Loop on Amazon, I found Simon Stålenhag. Instantly became a fan of his art and bought into his latest kickstarter for The Labyrinth. The book itself is a very short read, I finished it in an hour. The best part is the imagery. Stunning art that compliments the story and elevates the reader to new understanding of the narrative.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rich Rosell

    I am a huge fan of Stålenhag, with gorgeous full page art about a time that may be now, all enduring a vaguely explained apocalypse of some sort. With 'Labyrinth' it centers the appearance of mysterious 'black globes' and the downward spiral that propels our not quite modern day civilization. The artwork is beautiful, the story is bleak, and it is wonderfully grim and desperate. I I am a huge fan of Stålenhag, with gorgeous full page art about a time that may be now, all enduring a vaguely explained apocalypse of some sort. With 'Labyrinth' it centers the appearance of mysterious 'black globes' and the downward spiral that propels our not quite modern day civilization. The artwork is beautiful, the story is bleak, and it is wonderfully grim and desperate. I

  18. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    Recent Reads: The Labyrinth. Simon Stalenhag's latest illustrated novel is his bleakest and saddest yet. In a shelter under the ruins of a broken Earth a handful of survivors struggles to hide the guilt of what they did to survive. But sometimes things return to haunt us. Recent Reads: The Labyrinth. Simon Stalenhag's latest illustrated novel is his bleakest and saddest yet. In a shelter under the ruins of a broken Earth a handful of survivors struggles to hide the guilt of what they did to survive. But sometimes things return to haunt us.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Giulia Gubellini

    La commistione fra le illustrazioni e la storia è magnifica. Mi sono ritrovata a trattenere il respiro, intimorita all'idea di girare pagina e allo stesso tempo incapace di distogliere lo sguardo da quella finestra su un mondo invaso e velenoso; e un'umanità persa, danneggiata, violenta. La commistione fra le illustrazioni e la storia è magnifica. Mi sono ritrovata a trattenere il respiro, intimorita all'idea di girare pagina e allo stesso tempo incapace di distogliere lo sguardo da quella finestra su un mondo invaso e velenoso; e un'umanità persa, danneggiata, violenta.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robert Reese

    A post apocalyptic tale illustrated by Simon Stålenhag. What’s not to like. The story is grim though.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Al Di

    It is not about the story, Although the story might be connected with his other books. But I got this for his illustrations and drawings and as always it never disappoint, Beautiful.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jefferson

    Astonishing visuals and wonderfully subtle storytelling.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Han

    Gorgeous art as always. It's weirdly refreshing to be able to distract oneself from living through a disaster by reading about a worse one. Gorgeous art as always. It's weirdly refreshing to be able to distract oneself from living through a disaster by reading about a worse one.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Russell Berg

    Such an amazing painter. These art books tell dark and compelling post-apocalyptic story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dom Mooney

    The latest Simon Stålenhag artbook tells the tale of Earth after alien spheres arrive and start to change the atmosphere. The protagonists are survivors, recruited into the military project set in the Kungshall bunker with the aim of preserving civilisation. They're sent out on a scientific mission some years later, and it all goes wrong. This is very dark, both as a story and in the art. All the exterior artwork is deep green in colour, reflecting the changed atmosphere that the world is suffer The latest Simon Stålenhag artbook tells the tale of Earth after alien spheres arrive and start to change the atmosphere. The protagonists are survivors, recruited into the military project set in the Kungshall bunker with the aim of preserving civilisation. They're sent out on a scientific mission some years later, and it all goes wrong. This is very dark, both as a story and in the art. All the exterior artwork is deep green in colour, reflecting the changed atmosphere that the world is suffering from. You have to look at it carefully to draw the details out, but it's worth taking the time. It's a good book and (once again) could easily be used for a gaming setting.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Barry Chenault

    A chilling, dark short story told through words and Simon’s insanely beautiful art.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kelley May

    Like everything else Simon Stålenhag has created, this was beautiful and heartbreaking. I’ll continue to be a huge fan. Can’t wait to see what he does next.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alison Turner

    Brilliantly imagined and depicted, a dark story exploring what it takes to survive in a dystopian future.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Simão Freitas

    Beautiful art and a story that makes you wonder. I loved that it leaves so much unexplained and your mind just wants to fill in the gaps.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mikael Cerbing

    Well, that was both bleak and dark. Quite a long way from "Tales from the loop". But in many ways it seems to be his natural progression through his four books. In a way, this is a modern Lovecraftian book with its cosmic nihilism and pessimism. It even has a kind of a monster that dont care and that we cant do anything about, only give up. This book was not what I expected, but it is one of Stålenhags best books. I think the writing in this one is the best so far. And it feels more like an illu Well, that was both bleak and dark. Quite a long way from "Tales from the loop". But in many ways it seems to be his natural progression through his four books. In a way, this is a modern Lovecraftian book with its cosmic nihilism and pessimism. It even has a kind of a monster that dont care and that we cant do anything about, only give up. This book was not what I expected, but it is one of Stålenhags best books. I think the writing in this one is the best so far. And it feels more like an illustrated book then an art book with a story attached to it (like some of his others). I like both approaches. But if I have to choose, the wonder and joy of Tales from the loop is more fun then the wonder and horror of the Labyrinth. But if you want it dark ... this is for you.

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