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H. R. Giger's Necronomicon Hardcover – January 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Morpheus International; New edition edition (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962344729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962344725
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 12.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I reccomend this book for any Giger fan, or a fan of great art in general.
john
This book really gives you a feel for his work; it contains all of his common themes, "characters," and styles.
Andrew Horton
In some of my other books I own by him, some of the art is cut to fit the smaller books.
specialkrp

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Brooke Pennington on February 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
H.R. Giger's work has, in my opinion, the distinction of being the most disturbing art embraced by the public since that of Hieronymous Bosch. Here is a great introduction (if you don't mind the price tag) to the work of such an artist.
This book is not for the young or the easily disturbed. The world of Giger is quite intentionally the world of nightmares, with Freudian symbolism, decay, and perverse sexuality abounding. But there is also a beauty behind it all, in the metallic shine of his futuristic nymphs or the strange landscapes of endless babies' faces which make us realize the strangeness inherent in the everyday. Instead of using art to try and transcend reality, Giger pulls us down into the darkest parts of what we see around us, and refuses to let us go. In this way he shows us that perhaps that darkness is not so terrifying as it may seem, and he accustoms us to facing that in ourselves. Not only is such confrontation healthy, it may very well be essential, and Giger is a skilled tour guide when it comes to areas of the mind and psyche that not many artists have dared to explore.
The second Necronomicon volume is a worthy companion to this one, but if you must have only one Giger book this is the one I recommend. Use this book to take yourself into hell...and then realize that you can come back out again.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 1997
Format: Hardcover
After having seen some of Giger's work in Alien and some other more well know work I decided to buy Biomechanics. It was very good, but the Necronomicon is THE pilot book for all the rest of his works. It contains his most outstanding work as far as weird and the macabe go. A tour de force of his strange mind. A wonderous collection of strange and terrible images masterfully done. It is quite disturbing to look at but wonderfully fascinating at the same time. I guarantee if you buy this book you will not be able to put in down until you have read all the notes and seen every last picture, it's that good.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 1999
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Here is an excellent foundation of H.R. Giger's work for those sci-fi die-hards who appreciate intense subjects in both text and art. This books shows a wide range of H.R.'s various styles, each one drilling through contemporary notions of form, etiquette, and courtesy. It is a no-nonsense expose' of the nightmare-ish alter-dimensional world of Giger's dreams which taps into the source of human fear. I most strongly recommend this and all the other art books by H.R Giger to all folks who can think for themselves, who can put reality, physics, religion, politics, morals, mathmatics, et. al. in their own separate boxes for a moment, and who seek a startling sidebar from the mundane world. EWH
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C.J. Hustwick VINE VOICE on April 26, 2006
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Giger is an inspired artist of the highest order. His natural ability with the airbrush is simply stunning. There can be little doubt to his being a spiritual incarnation of Bosch, nor the mesmerizing quality of his best pieces.

Yet, I think it also bears to reason that much Giger looks repetitive, and that he has not continued to push the boundaries with his work. He had a phoenominal period in the mid-70s, just preceeding the film Alien -- but how often does one look at his work and see the same motifs repeated over and again, the same carving out of space by the airbrush and competent use of shading. Another head with half-closed eyelids and ribbed intestines sprouting from its edges...

Although Giger does employ perspective in his work, it is often relatively simplistic, as are the general profiles of his byzantine compositions. You can see how the foundation of his technique has evolved from bizarre little drawings. But what if Giger were to explore a larger palette of hues, techniques, and subjects? I think it would elevate him exponentially as an artist. As it is, he has secured himself a very lucrative, infamous career -- maybe there is not too much incentive.

But there can be no denying that to look at Giger's work is to look into a hauntingly beautiful landscape of hell. It is much darker and substantial than pop culture (or perhaps even Giger) would have you believe.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
h.r. giger is a master at any medium that he tries. his dark subject matter is also thought provoked. i would recoment this book to anybody that is not main stream. hell, i would recoment this book to anybody that is. expand your horizons.--------------------- louise_iffer
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laura K. Parke on August 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is the perfect book to view at a time when you want to really stretch the limits of your imagination. A true feast for the eyes and the mind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leeper on September 13, 2007
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If you have ever marveled at the artistry behind the beast from "Alien," then you would love this book. The look and feel of the world comes from this Swiss artist, who has this book to help explain his work.

There is no way to get totally into the mind of the artist. The wealth of elements would require a psychoanalyst. For many of his works, the artist provides some commentary about his background, which gives you some idea of what influenced him. Further, some photos are included of his life, and these will also show the viewer what helped shape the ideas in his work.

Included are some of his more popular works, but you will not find the alien from the movie (although you will find sketches for House Harkonnen from Dune).

If you are a science fiction or horror fan who is thinking of learning more about art and the artist behind the work, then this would make a fine coffee table addition.
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