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Hollow Fields Omnibus Paperback – September 29, 2009
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“This is the best book I've read all year.” ―COMICSNOB.COM
“A rich fantasy of fertile imagination that will appeal to fans of Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events.” ―ACTIVEANIME.COM
About the Author
Madeleine Rosca is both writer and artist of Hollow Fields. She is a former librarian who lives in Tasmania, Australia.
Top Customer Reviews
But art is not all this manga has going for it. The story is fun, exciting, and well plotted. It is one of the most original stories I have read in a while.
All in all this is one of the crown gems of my manga collection, I would rank it right up there second only to Fullmetal Alchemist (my favorite of all time).
Nine-year old Lucy Snow is sent off to an all girls school, but ends up making her way to a mysterious estate in the middle of the dark scary forest. There, she is greeted by a strange clockwork maid Notch who mistakes her for a new student in the school of Hollow Fields. Lucy is a little intimidated at first, but after hearing the school offers free tuition and boarding, she signs the contract to stay there. It seems okay at first, but she gets put down by most of the other students by being the newbie. Plus, the entire staff is made up of equally weird clockwork creations that were originally competley human, like the creepy Miss Weaver who school's head and founder, as well as teacher of the robotics class. Lucy's first week keeps getting worse and worse as she finds out the school is meant for up-and-coming young mad scientists. Couple with that is the fact that every week one student is sent to detention from which they're never heard from again. After being given an impending assignment from Miss Weaver to make a functioning robot, Lucy find some solace in a talking puzzle box who used to be a teacher at the school named Dr. Bleak. He instructs her on building a nearly passable robot which just saves her from being sent to detention, afterwards she dedicates herself to finding out what is happening to the missing students and the mystery of Hollow Fields.
This is a impressive for creator Madeline Rose, who later went on to do another steampunk-themed manga, Clockwork Sky. I'd highly recommend getting a hold of the full Omnibus Collection version. A must for all steampunk fans, or for young fantasy like Harry Potter.
It is hard to believe that these young genius go to a school for mad science. It's even harder to believe that none of them question what occurs in the windmill. But all of these questions make for a great story and a wonderful adventure.
Every question I had while reading Hollow Fields was eventually answered. I was on the edge of my seat as I read this marvelous story crafted by Madeleine Rosca. And it definitely reminds me of The Nightmare Before Christmas, which was my final push to get me to read this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to read a wonderful adventure of a girl who gets in a little over her head.
If you wish Harry Potter was a girl, had to struggle to get things done in a more steampunk setting and had more exposure to genuine creepies and crazies, get this now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
been wanting to read the whole manga, but couldn't find it elsewherePublished 5 months ago by Jenny Tang
Great manga for preteens and the young at heart. Although some of the content might be considered grim, the overall story is awesome. Read morePublished 21 months ago by ACloseShave
The manga is in great condition. There are no folds, tears, or stains.Published 22 months ago by brandon
a great manga, definitely recommend at least borrowing it if you like reading manga. An interesting story and it's all right there!Published on June 1, 2014 by winged
the book arrived quickly and as far as manga stories go it was a fun read. that being said i specifically ordered a new book but the copy i received clearly looked used with a bent... Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by hat consumer
I had been wanting to finish this series for four years and I was able to find this Omnibus, and in great condition.Published on June 1, 2013 by Gunther Buresh