- File Size: 2108 KB
- Print Length: 284 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Ill edition (March 27, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 27, 2012
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00633W3Z8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,161 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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WRITTEN BY: Christopher Golden and illustrated by Mike Mignola
PUBLISHED: March, 2012
Great, fun book. A wild, imaginative adventure in an alternative sinking New York, amongst a cast of strange specters, magic rites, and steampunk. Imagine the grittiest visions of Batman's Gotham City being submerged and taken over by H.P. Lovecraft - that's a visual to the world that Christopher Golden has created. The book was rich in story that twisted like a wicked serpent and seduces you with its beautiful smile. Mignola's artwork, though infrequent, is characteristic of his deconstructed style that tells a vignette through a simple image.
Five out of Five stars
Something that Golden did very well was his descriptions. Everything in the book is described vividly. From what the characters look like to the setting. Their is also a great description of something at the end of the book, although I'm not going to spoil it.
Something I was looking forward to was Mignola's illustrations, however I found them somewhat disappointing.
Imagine an alternate NYC, devastated by rising waters and earthquakes. Lower Manhattan has been flooded, and is now inhabited by a poor and degenerate population. Every thief and dark element of the population has found its way there, and life is meant only for those who can survive by quickness and sharp wits. The crumbling buildings are half submerged and their roofs and spires stab through the dark waters. The lower portion of Manhattan is living in the shadow of upper Manhattan, which continues to thrive and prosper. Here's a glimpse of the flooded city:
"A light rain speckled the glass, but the waves on Twenty-ninth Street were only a light surface ripple. A steam taxi clanked loudly as it ferried its passengers through the canals of the sunken city. Chinese gondoliers often piled the waters in this neighborhood, but Felix could see none of them today." (From the book.)
Here, in the `drowning city,' we meet Mollie and Felix.
Felix Orlov has befriended Molly McHugh, and he is the only father she has ever known. Felix considers himself a conjurer, a magician and seer, but he is much more than that. He is more than he envisions, more than his dreams tell him he is, but he doesn't realize it. Sometimes it is difficult to see where dreams end and reality begins. One evening, Felix is torn away from Molly by the gas-men, and she has to flee for her own life. Joe comes to her rescue.
So who is Joe, and what is a Golem. Joe is a brute of a man, an assistant to a Victorian detective named Mr.Read more ›
If you are expecting a comic book form, then it is your mistake for confusing illustrated novel with graphic novel. They are not the same thing.
With that said, this book is very good. It is full of the mystery that Mignola is known for, as well as a well written story that we've come to expect from Golden. This isn't their first novel together, but it is arguably their best so far. Characters are well developed and you will care about them. There is a lot of action and suspense that will keep you turning pages in anticipation for what comes next. The pacing is just right, and the overall plot will keep you guessing.
If you enjoy reading Hellboy novels, then you will enjoy this book.
The only downside is that it ends a bit too soon, and I wish it would have lasted longer...it was that good.
Like most intelligent human beings, I am a huge fan of Mike Mignola's Hellboy. His particular brand of folklore-based, pulp-infused serves up exactly what I want in a comic. I had trepidation about reading him as an author--a good comic book writer does not a good book author make. But he found a solid partner in Christopher Golden, and their Hans Christian Andersen/Decameron-inspired fable Baltimore,: Or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire was a brilliant book. I have been enjoying their comic book version even more, which has become a favorite.
So I was excited by this follow up novel, "Joe Golem and the Drowning City." I had no idea of the story, but I knew I was in for a treat.
The story has a slow start, and doesn't grip you right away. Little Molly McHugh makes for a good lead children's character--she is smart and resourceful, and not without an edge. She knows about evil.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a big Mike Mignola fan and I am looking forward to reading this book,shipping was very fast!!Published 10 months ago by Dragonspike
The design and construction of the book is great. The story and characters are fascinating creative. Highly recommend this great bookPublished on March 22, 2014 by casey ryan hall
I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn't muster up the enthusiasm to finish it. I got to the "secret reveal" of the title character and just stopped. Read morePublished on March 1, 2014 by Phil J Greer
One of the things I like about Mignola's imagination is that he takes real places, real events in history, and completely rewrites them, adding a little 'Lovecraft', a little... Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by Michael Adams
JOE GOLEM is a book that has been on my to read list since before it was released in early 2012. I'm a big fan of Golden/Mignola collaborations and they continue to impress with... Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Christopher
if your a mignola fan you'll love it looking forward to reading more books like this one buy it todayPublished on June 26, 2013 by anklecutter
My mistake in purchasing it. It's an o.k. story but the book is best for a younger audience. Exciting enough.Published on May 1, 2013