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Once Upon a Time Machine Paperback – Bargain Price, October 23, 2012
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A panoply of creators retells fairy tales, folktales, and stories from classic literature, all with a sci-fi twist. Every tale, from John Henry in a space-pilot showdown to the Billy Goats Gruff told as a girl’s journey through the subterranean sewer beneath a futuristic metropolis to The Three Musketeers with Nigerian swordsmen fighting samurai robots, takes a familiar plot and casts it into an unfamiliar future. While the whole product is a mixed bag, with a few standouts like poignant re-imaginings of Pinocchio and the Puppet Show Man, a strong theme emerges in the aggregate—namely, how humanity interacts with technology, how we give it life, and what it does to our lives. With a few exceptions (including Jill Thompson, who provides a single-image, futuristic take on Santa Claus), these are not big-name creators, and, while the tone ranges from humor to action to heartfelt drama, manga is a fair-sized influence in style and content. With a large array of stories, though, this will provide hours of opportunity for dipping into the future. --Jesse Karp --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"It's a giant book stuffed to bursting with great stories told with truly unique characters, based on classic fables. Every piece presented here is a quality piece of work and will provide hours of whimsical, light hearted reading." -Talking Comics
"It's a volume that adults and children will greatly enjoy, with clever, insightful, and witty tales abounding on every page...Highly recommended." -SFRevu
"You may not be completely sold on one story, but you turn the page and there is one that completely blows you away. No matter your tastes, there's something for you in this. I cannot recommend this highly enough and give it a 5/5 because that is as high as it goes." -Comic Book Therapy
"Time Machine examines knotty, dark issues -- death, loss, alienation -- but, as with the original stories, there are lessons to be learned. With its wealth of humor, playfulness and gorgeous illustration, it's completely kid-safe, but grandma will surely get a kick out of it, too." -Philadelphia City Paper
"This is a gorgeous, GORGEOUS presentation. Clocking in at over 400 pages, this book is the type of thing I absolutely adore; beautifully crafted genre stories that take full advantage of the medium of comics." -CHUD.com
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Of the stories I've read so far, some are better told than others, but overall they are easy to read and provocative enough to motivate me to turn the page. I'll also have to say, the book itself is edited and organized wonderfully. Again, I haven't gotten through the whole book, but, at least in the beginning, everything seems to be in its rightful place. There's a rhythm to the book that also lends itself to making Once Upon A Time Machine an easy read. Yet, each story has a distinctive voice and mood that allows it to stand alone. And for those who don't read or are lazy, the illustrations alone are diverse and intriguing enough to warrant more than a quick glance.
Again, some stories and illustrations are better than others, but Once Upon A Time Machine, in it's totality, is easily a great buy. Whether you're an avid reader of this genre of literature, someone who's just getting into it, or someone who just wants to impress their friends and colleagues with how diverse their library is (and there are plenty of those), I highly recommend buying this book. I know I'm very glad I bought it. I think I need to go out and buy Aesop's Fables and Grimm's Fairytales so I can have a complete collection of stories to read to my children.
Who could ask for anything more?
A lot of imagination and time went into these.
I saw on a torrenting site where someone affiliated with making this posted a comment basically saying "Go ahead and download this, but if you like it please buy it!"...
I downloaded it. Loved it. Purchased it on Amazon for $11 and I can honestly say that I'd readily pay 3 times that for this collection.
I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do. :D