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Illuminations

By: Alan Moore
Narrated by: Laura Haddock,Rory Kinnear,Emilia Fox,Nina Sosanya,Samuel Barnett,Sian Clifford,Toby Jones,Matt Reeves,Clarke Peters,Alan Moore
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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Illuminations by Alan Moore.

In his first-ever short story collection, which spans forty years of work and features many never-before-published pieces, international bestselling author and legendary creator of From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and other modern classics, Alan Moore, presents nine stories full of wonder and strangeness, each taking us deeper into the fantastical underside of reality.

In 'A Hypothetical Lizard', two concubines in a brothel for fantastical specialists fall in love, with tragic ramifications. In 'Not Even Legend', a paranormal study group is infiltrated by one of the otherworldly beings they seek to investigate. In 'Illuminations', a nostalgic older man decides to visit a seaside resort from his youth and finds the past all too close at hand. And in the monumental novella 'What We Can Know About Thunderman', which charts the surreal and Kafkaesque history of the comics industry over the last seventy-five years through several sometimes-naive and sometimes-maniacal people rising and falling on its career ladders, Moore reveals the dark, beating heart of the superhero business.

From ghosts and otherworldly creatures to theoretical Boltzmann brains fashioning the universe at the big bang, Illuminations is exactly that – a series of bright, startling tales from a contemporary legend that reveal the full power of imagination and magic.

©2022 Alan Moore (P)2022 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"Illuminations is a wonderful collection, brilliant and often moving. A few are stories I've loved for years (in one case, for decades), some were new to me, often managing to be both mind-expanding and cosmic while utterly rooted in our urban reality, written in language that coruscates, concatenates and glitters. But the short stories in this book also turn out to be a sort of camouflage, or a frame, for 'What We Can Know About Thunderman,' a short novel that's a scabrous, monstrous, often hilarious, unmasking and reinvention of the people who made the comics, and the lives destroyed by the four colour funnies. It's Alan Moore's Guernica, a time-hopping ontological Imaginary Story that refuses to leave your head after you've read it'' (Neil Gaiman)

"One of the great fiction minds of his generation." (Rolling Stone)

"The king of comics." (Guardian)

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The chapters aren't named. Poor effort Audible.

I'm extremely disappointed with this audiobook, the chapters are just numbered which is useless in the context of a collection of short stories.

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Illuminating

A wonderful book by one of our greatest writers. Sometimes haunting, sometimes hilarious and shot through with a staggering, boundless imagination

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Not as superb as his good stuff but it's a much better listen than most of the other stuff on Audible.

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boring

disappointing stuff. good voice acting but the short stories fell a bit flat for me

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Illuminations Brought to Life

Excellent stories, extremely well read by a carefully chosen cast. By turns alarming and then hilarious, heartfelt and occasionally scabrous, but always illuminating.