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Ghostopolis Paperback – July 1, 2010
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I'm 6'8" so that makes me stand out of the crowd in a literal sense. My artwork naturally followed suite by coming out a little off center. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to sell out just a little bit more and fit in better with the crowd. If I was happy sticking out I wouldn't spend so much time slouching. But I can no more write different books than I can stop being 6'8".
Once you know that I'm a convinced Christian, married 20 years to the most amazing woman I've ever met and trying to be a good father to four kids that are every bit as miraculously unique as you are, there isn't much more to learn about me. Okay, that and I like newts. Wait, and that I read G.K. Chesterton and smoke a pipe every Sunday afternoon with my friends. Hold on, I also ran two Marathons this year, mostly because I didn't think I could do it. I play loud music from the 70s when I write and listen to lectures while I draw. There's nothing better than ice cream buried in caramel.
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In the interest of fairness, I must admit that I have, on occasion, been put off by some of the more blunt and humorless manifestations of political or religious messaging in some of his work. Most notably, "Earthboy Jacobus" - an otherwise rollicking and bombastic adventure - was ruined for me by the overt and mean-spirited political commentary that is shoehorned into the beginning of the book. It's the only one of Mr. TenNapel's books that I won't loan out. Thankfully, such lapses are rare.
"Ghostopolis" is a great read. It's filled with the kind of humor and heart and action that Mr. TenNapel is so adept at delivering. The story is a lot of fun and is certainly safe for young adult readers without pandering to them either. The initial set-up and establishment of the Ghostopolis as a setting are wonderful. The cast of characters is diverse and distinct and the reader will be hard-pressed not to feel invested in their adventures. That being said, after the rather luxurious trip through the first 3/4 of the book, the VERY end of the story winds up feeling a little rushed by comparison. A lot of loose ends get tied up in the final pages and it sometimes feels like things are being glossed over.Read more ›
In order to get the boy back, he enlists the help of his ex girlfriend, also a ghost. Meanwhile, the boy befriends a skeleton stallion, and another young boy, who turns out to be his grandfather.
It's a mixture of poignant, sad, funny, and action filled moments. I will say the toilet humor isn't really my cup of tea, but it's a small complaint amidst the fun characters and imaginative artwork. Those paying attention will catch TenNapel's Christian symbolism, a common theme in his books.
This is probably the best from TenNapel in awhile. Sadly, the youth of the boy may cause some older teens to lose interest, I'd say 6-9 graders and the young at heart, will be most receptive.
That being said -- I greatly enjoyed "Ghostopolis," and dearly wish there was a sequel. The world Doug Tennapel has woven drew me in that much.
Garth is a 12-year-old boy who has resigned himself to a hard fate -- he has an incurable disease. But he faces death, in a way, much sooner than he anticipated when Frank Gallows, a washed-up and cynical ghost wrangler, accidentally transports him to the afterlife, a grim yet fantastic land inhabited by the dead. There, Garth meets his grandfather, befriends a literal "night mare," and discovers that as a living human among the dead, he has amazing powers... powers that mark him for capture/death by the evil ruler of Ghostopolis and his horde of insectoid henchmen. Now Garth, with the aid of his new friends, grandfather, and a mysterious being only known as Joe, must find his way back home, even as Frank Gallows and his ghostly ex-girlfriend Claire venture into the afterlife to find him.
As this was the first work I'd read of Tennapel's, the art style took some getting used to -- the lines are scratchy rather than clean, and his humans have a stylized yet "real" look to them, rather than the generic/supermodel looks that you tend to find in most comic books. But once I got used to the art style, I found myself greatly enjoying it.Read more ›
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