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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions; First Edition edition (July 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603090444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603090445
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kate on January 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm not put off by graphic sex, but I'm not big on pornography. I do, however, have a lot of respect for Alan Moore's work, so I decided to give Lost Girls a go.

Moore proves here that it is possible to write high-brow porn. The problem is Moore himself. I enjoy his work, but he does have a tendency to get a bit dull. Dull and boring is exactly how I would describe Lost Girls. There's nothing very titillating about it. The sex itself isn't very imaginative and the whole story just lacks life. I would not be surprised if Moore was inspired by Victorian pornography since there's only a little raunchiness to be had and a lot of stuffy writing. Perhaps in the 1910s when this book is set, Lost Girls would have been considered much more titillating, but today, it fails to impress on that level. Pornography and erotica doesn't work unless there's some kind of life in it, some way to draw the reader into the debauchery taking place on the page. Moore is just not the person to write this kind of story because no matter how he tries, he writes in a very distant, self-conscious, intellectual way that is not a good fit for the genre.

As for the actual plot, which could have been Lost Girls's saving grace, there really wasn't much of one. Not a whole lot goes on beyond base sex. The story is supposed to be about sexual awakening and liberation, but it's weak and easily overshadowed by the copious amounts of boring sex going on. It's also somewhat disturbing. I know, I should have a stronger stomach for the destruction of favorite childhood stories as well as for all the pedophilia and incest. But combined with the cold writing and lifeless sex, there's no getting drawn into Moore's world. There's only sitting just outside of it being really disturbed at what you see going on.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Eliphas Levi on November 12, 2011
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I'm a fan of Moore because of his creativity and sense of risk. While about of a quarter of the way into this collection I was smiling and laughing, by the middle I was groaning (not in a good way) and yawning, and by the end I was positively bored. Although I recognize the point of this sordid tale was excess (the mindless, intimacy-starved sex is the counterpart to world war) it was, well, +preachy+ and, lets face it, too much poking leads to soreness. Moore and his partner should have stopped while they were ahead, but they push this narrative to a kind of heterosexual extreme. What I thought held promise as a truly queer Moore endeavor ended up, well, ironically homophobic (proving, in an unintended way, that the most heterosexual relationship is the lesbian one). The most clever metanarrative here is the one in which the characters negotiate the charge of child pornography (which, lets face it, this book celebrates and complicates). This is very interesting, but in the final analysis, tedious. Not Moore's best. Indeed, perhaps among his worst for the mindless self-indulgence. Don't read in public.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric J Cantwell on December 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I found this by shear accident as I was scanning the graphic novels of our local bookstore. Never having heard anything about this project previously, the book jumps out at you among the standard fare of graphic novels with it's unconventional and over-sized, hardback format.

I'm quite a fan of classic Alan Moore, and generally a fan of his more contemporary work in America's Best Comics. So when coming from such a background, opening this up was a little bit of surprise, and I have to admit that the first thing that came to my mind was whether such a book should be readily available to the adolescent public. Moore himself stated in a BBC interview that this book is, and I quote, "pornography". But that aside, the concept of this book is certainly provocative, if not intentionally perverse. It's really not even the sexual content that leans me towards throwing out the "perverse" tag onto this project, but that Moore seems to have thoughtlessly moved these characters and stories into his own particular form of sexual distortion and alteration without much consideration of the creators intentions or the traditions of childhood context that these characters might arguably hold sacred. Extending beyond these considerations is where I couldn't help but to realize the relatively unspectacular significance of such writing as it stands on it's own. Subtracting the original stories and fairytale backgrounds parallels with the removal of our predisposed ideas concerning these characters is where the project's deficiencies reveal themselves. In essence, this is just a collection of sexual dalliances that have little sense of fun, and certainly nothing that pertains to any romantisized atmosphere.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Arcadio Bolaños on June 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Desire's a strange land one discovers as a child, where nothing makes the slightest sense" (Book 1: VI, 3). Forget everything you knew about desire, this is one of the most lucid approaches anyone could ask for about a most fascinating subject.

We have heard much about how controversial Alan Moore's Lost Girl was and still is: forbidden in some countries, withheld by custom officers in others, we could easily dismiss it as a polemic work and thus leave it forever imprisoned into whatever mental drawer we put our taboos and scandalous items. Nonetheless, it would be a gross error to do so. Moore's work is highly literary and profoundly intellectual, it has nothing to envy to "serious" novels or academic authors. Using well-established literary creations such as Alice (from Wonderland), Dorothy (from the land of Oz) and Wendy (from Neverland), this long-bearded British man has, once again, made an innovation in the 9th art that perhaps will go unnoticed by some.

Let's make a quick review, chapter by chapter, of what exactly are those innovations, and why is it that Moore has put so much thought into each and every one of these lavishly illustrated pages.

Everyone familiar with bedtime stories knows about mirrors. A Mirror is a magic and powerful thing. But then again, in real life, mirrors are that which help us define ourselves, at least according to psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. In Lacanian theory, the mirror stage starts when the child is between six and twelve months old: unable to walk properly, to talk fluently, unable even to control sphincters and thus bodily emissions; the child, indeed, is a clumsy, messy, unfinished creature, not at all like the adults he sees constantly.
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