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Mike Carey got into writing through comic books, where his horror/fantasy series Lucifer for Vertigo/DC Comics garnered numerous international awards and was nominated for five Eisners. From there he moved into novels and screenplays, while still maintaining a presence in the comics world (Vertigo/DC Comics' Hellblazer and Marvel's X-Men, Ultimate Fantastic Four). His movie Frost Flowers, an erotic ghost story, is currently in production with Hadaly/Bluestar Pictures. He lives in London, England, about as far as you can get from the centre of the city and still have access to the London Underground train network. His wife, Linda, writes fantasy for young readers under the pseudonym A.J. Lake. They have three children and an implausibly beautiful cat.

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Product Details

  • Series: Unwritten (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; First Edition edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401232922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401232924
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sean Curley on October 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Leviathan" is the fourth volume of Mike Carey and Peter Gross' acclaimed Vertigo series "The Unwritten", collecting issues 19 to 24 of the ongoing series. The preceding volume ratcheted things up to new heights; this volume, while still quality, isn't quite at that level, but it does a good job of continuing to move the story forward while introducing some new aspects to the characters. Beginning with its "Harry Potter" analogies for a core cast, "The Unwritten" has explored a wide range of literary genres and titles. In this instance, the central storyline revolves around a particular theme - whales. Spoilers follow.

The most famous whale in literature is, of course, Moby-Dick, and our story opens with protagonists Tom, Lizzie, and Savoy arrive in Herman Melville's American hometown to look for the latest piece of information that Tom needs on his quest. This is merely a jumping-off point to bring together a panoply of whale-related stories from the fictions of the world. And, to further cement "The Unwritten"'s place as one of the most literate comics published since "The Sandman", this story culminates by bringing in a particular non-fiction text as a central element (the title of this trade paperback would be a giveaway to those aware of it). There are some changes with the characters as well, particularly a notable development for Tom and Lizzie, and a rather stark change of status quo for Savoy.

The volume closes with another of the series' signature one-shots, revisiting Paulie Bruckner, the star of the acclaimed issue #12. This cynical, dark twist on the world of anthropomorphized talking animals is another highlight for the series, and looks likely to contribute another wildcard to the series ongoing plot.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Grey on October 13, 2014
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It is entirely possible that this volume is where I began to love The Unwritten simply because I adore things that make me feel like reading Moby Dick a few years ago wasn't a complete waste of my time, but given that Leviathan was nominated for a Hugo it's probably safe to assume it has at least a few merits unrelated to my Melville issues. Herein lies the Puppetmistress and Pinocchio;vampires and questing killer bunny rabbits; and, of course, the great white whale, who, as ever, is a symbol of something so much more. This beautifully illustrated volume is where Carey and Gross's story finally starts to gel, and it was definitely worth the wait.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie L. Hayes on March 8, 2012
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Tommy and Lizzie and Savoy find themselves on a tour bus labeled White Whale Tours in Pittsfield. Tommy is insistent that they need to be there. Part of the tour includes the house where Herman Melville wrote his magnus opus. Savoy isn't doing so good--his skin is crawling like he's got ants, and the light hurts his eyes; he thinks it's an allergic reaction to the sun, because he's British.

According to the map, the Arrowhead Farm is "the source", whatever that means. But Tommy won't move on until he finds it. Searching for a place to stay, Tommy chooses The Spouter Inn, as it has the same name as the inn Ishmael stayed at in Chapter Three of Moby Dick. Meanwhile Mr. Pullman is recruiting the services of an old dollmaker, and tempting her to shed her neutrality by offering her the chance to get the Maanim.

Lizzie remembers something Wilson once said to her about symbols, as she and Tommy sit in his room. Lizzie doesn't want to be alone, so Tommy tells her to read the book to him, but one thing leads to another... Meanwhile, Savoy's got his own issues, and things are getting strange. Or stranger, depending on one's perspective.

While Lizzie's in the shower, Tommy glimpses a great white whale from the window of the inn. He leaves Lizzie a terse note and off he goes after it. Lizzie grabs Savoy and chases after him, but they're just a little too late, and Tommy finds himself aboard the Pequod, facing its too familiar and obsessive master. The Toymaker is alerted to the presence of the trio in Pittsfield, and Savoy tells Lizzie about the new development in his situation, as well as his theory as to how the heck this happened

At the end of this volume is Stairway to Heaven, in which we meet our friend Pauly again.
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Tom Taylor is searching for the Source of the creative spirit/power that imbibes literature, and he finds it in the ocean, in the monstrous Leviathan...

Meanwhile, Savoy is realizing just how potent Count Ambrosio's bite might have been, and a Puppeteer gives Savoy and Lizzie Hexam a glimpse of their future.

And in another world, an endless staircase and an endless quest, leading ever upward towards the top of the stairs, is disrupted by the sudden arrival of a certain rabbit who will stand for nothing but his own gain and survival.
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By James B. on August 2, 2015
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In Volume 4, The Unwritten continues to barrel forward in it's tale of Tom Taylor and his friends. In the new edition, Tom, Savoy, and Sue go whale hunting, looking for the source of the magic that has been manipulating them all this time.

This volume is probably the best out of the first four volumes of the Unwritten. It has everything from great character interactions, an exciting plot, and tons of humor, both from the story itself and all the meta-humor. Pick it up as soon as you can.
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