Black Box - a new review

Monday, 25 June 2018

This is a review of Black Box from the insanely talented Tom Brown, co-creator of the awesome Hopeless, Maine graphic novel series and illustrator par excellence. I am sure he won't mind me posting his thoughts on the book here, but do check out his wares via the link below, and his blog also. Much wonder awaits the curious. 

Black Box

Posted on June 19, 2018 by gothicmangaka

Hello again people! (and others)

Another review for you as much of what I am doing at present is Hopeless, Maine related and that is going to the Hopeless, Vendetta. Also, this is a book I feel strongly about and there is some urgency (as you will see)

I was lucky enough to be an advanced reader for Black Box by Kevan Manwaring. I’d read some of his fiction (and non fiction and poetry) before so I knew it was going to be a good read at the very least. Even so, I was not prepared for  Black Box. While reading it, I had to keep looking out the window to make sure it was not already happening. It pulls you in to that degree, really.

When reading, you must change your understanding of what went before and what you think went before to a startling degree, but the narrative pulls you through all of this elegantly and relentlessly. It is dark, unquestionably but also humour is present and there are literally awe-inspiring moments. This is a master storyteller at work.

The Black Box is being published through Unbound books, who have brought us much new and important fiction in recent years. One of the reasons that edgy fiction of quality is coming from Unbound is their publishing model. It is a bit like subscription publishing from Victorian times. Once a book finds sufficient subscription, it is published. This means that it does not need to pass through the hands of bean counters and accountants looking for something very much like the last thing that sold well.

You can pre-order Black Box and help it become published at the same time by going here. (or clicking on the image above)

I hope (as always) this finds you well, inspired and thriving.

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