The Weight of Words by Dave McKean

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Read The Weight of Words Online Free - The consummate artistry of Dave McKean has permeated popular culture for more than thirty years. His images, at once bizarre, beautiful, and instantly recognizable, have graced an impressive array of books, CDs, graphic novels, and films. In The Weight of Words, ten of our finest contemporary storytellers, among them the artist himself, have created a series of varied, compelling narratives, each inspired by one of McKean’s extraordinary paintings. The result is a unique collaborative effort in which words and pictures enhance and illuminate each other on page after page.

The volume opens with Alastair Reynolds’s “Belladonna Nights,” set in the world of his novel, House of Suns, the ultimately poignant portrait of a thousand nights-long “reunion” held in the far reaches of space. Elsewhere in this generous book, we find a series of lovingly crafted tales featuring, among other elements, doppelgangers, lost souls and lucid dreamers. Highlights include Joe R. Lansdale’s “Robo Rapid,” a near future cautionary tale about Man vs. Machine; M. John Harrison’s “Yummie,” in which a middle-aged man experiences the hallucinatory aftermath of a heart attack; Joe Hill’s “All I Care About Is You,” the account of a pure, if temporary, friendship; Catherynne M. Valente’s extraordinary “No One Dies in Nowhere,” a tale of death and detection in the afterlife; Maria Dahvana Headley’s “The Orange Tree,” the story of an 11th century golem that is also a profound study of loneliness; and “Monkey and the Lady,” an ironic creation myth by the artist’s longtime friend and creative associate, Neil Gaiman. Together with “Train of Death,” an abbreviated account of the literal death of literature, this is one of two new stories by the always remarkable Gaiman.

The Weight of Words is the rare anthology that really does offer something for everyone. Its complementary merger of words and images adds up to something special, something more than the sum of its impressive parts. It is both a major accomplishment in itself and a long overdue tribute to an important—and necessary—artist.

The Weight of Words contains more than two dozen illustrations by Dave McKean, and is printed in two colors throughout.

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ISBN : 1596068256
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 248 pages


Karl rated it ★★★★☆

January 29, 2018

As of today January 29th 2018, as far as I know, the book “The Weight of Words” edited by Dave McKean (illustrator) and Bill Schafer is only available as a physical book. No e-books or Cd’s of this tome appear to be marketed. Thus this is a “Book” review and a review of the book. Physically there...

Heather rated it ★★★★☆

January 19, 2018

When I got this in the mail, it came with a little card that told me who my book was packed by and that Subterranean Press makes "Readable Works of Art."  I absolutely agree.  This book is quite beautiful in both presentation and for all the pictures (and stories) inside it.  (This isn't the firs...

Violet rated it ★★★★☆

March 03, 2018

I’ve always loved Dave McKean’s work. Granted, I’ve only see his creations in the context of Neil Gaiman, but I’ve encountered enough to be impressed and enchanted. There’s always something haunting and lingering about his art. It’s like he pulls out the clay of the subconscious, molds it into i...

Ben rated it ★★★★☆

February 17, 2018

I had originally picked this up for the new (actually two) short story of Neil Gaiman in it.... [Which as it happens, both were quite a let-down]. This is very much a hit or miss collection of short stories (quite possibly more miss than hit to be honest, with Gaiman's feeling like a quick sprint...

Heather rated it ★★★★☆

March 06, 2018

Beautifully designed book with stories based on Dave McKean's art. Stories were kind of a mixed bag, but some of them, especially the Cathryn Valente and Alistair Reynolds ones were excellent.

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