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Lost Girls Hardcover – July 28, 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions; First Edition edition (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603090444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603090445
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.6 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Bought this for a gift and he loves it. Kind of over the top for my taste-not interested in seeing my favorite childhood fairy tale characters involved in porn! When animals become involved that is more than enough for me to look away! That is just downright disturbing to me, even if it is just an animated comic style book.
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I am going to say Lost Girls was an oddly wonderful graphic novel. For those who want to call it porn, go right ahead. In my opinion, I think those who call it porn are degrading this book. I think of this more as erotica or a work of art. Yes, there is a ton of sex within the pages of this book and yes, it gets very graphic at times, but I think calling this porn is totally missing the point of the book. If you think this is porn then it sure has a lot going on for a simple sex story. It is actually smart if you read between the lines.

I will be honestly I was afraid to read this comic book with all the sex. It has been on my list for a long time though. I love Alan Moore and the things he creates. The weirder the comic, the better I like it I find. Lost Girls had a ring of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and his Promethean. The biggest reason I wanted to read this book was the fact used the stories of Alice in Wonderland, the Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan. Like the LXG comic books. It is like Promethean in the fact the art changes in each chapter, making it seem like there is several artist when there is only one.

The plot of the book is a “what if” type of story. What if Alice, Dorothy, and Wendy meet each other for the first time? Alice is now an elderly woman who serves as the wisdom for the group, Wendy is a middle-aged woman and married to a prudish man, and Dorothy is now a young adult out exploring the world. They are no longer children trapped in fantasy worlds, but women with deeper desires and questions. It is the start of the First World War, they meet in Austria at a hotel where they tell stories of their past while exploring there sexual needs. It is all fun and games until the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie are shot.
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"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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