The Unwritten

The Unwritten

[1], Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity

Graphic Novel - 2010
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Tom Taylor's life was screwed from go. His father created the Tommy Taylor fantasy series, boy-wizard novels with popularity on par with Harry Potter. The problem is Dad modeled the fictional epic so closely to Tom's real life that fans are constantly comparing him to his counterpart, turning him into the lamest variety of Z-level celebrity. In the final novel, it's even implied that the fictional Tommy will crossover into the real world, giving delusional fans more excuses to harass Tom.

When an enormous scandal reveals that Tom might really be a boy-wizard made flesh, Tom comes into contact with a very mysterious, very deadly group that's secretly kept tabs on him all his life. Now, to protect his own life and discover the truth behind his origins, Tom will travel the world, eventually finding himself at locations all featured on a very special map -- one kept by the deadly group that charts places throughout world history where fictions have impacted and tangibly shaped reality, those stories ranging from famous literary works to folktales to pop culture. And in the process of figuring out what it all means, Tom will find himself having to figure out a huge conspiracy mystery that spans the entirety of the history of fiction.
Publisher: New York : Vertigo, c2010.
ISBN: 9781401225650
Branch Call Number: FIC CAREY
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly ill. (chiefly col.) ; 26 cm.


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An action-packed, epic story with a dark sense of humor. What begins as a sly send-up of the boy-hero phenomenon, Harry Potter, quickly become its own wildly original story with all the trimmings. People get lost in books here and not all of them get out again.

Tom Taylor was written into his father's wildly popular fantasy books as a wizard known as Tommy. As questions arise about it past, a conspiracy unravels spanning several famous fictions.

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Aug 02, 2015

I have read 1-5 so far. It starts off looking like a Harry Potter knock-off but quickly develops philosophical depths & layers of intrigue. I'm not giving 5 stars because there are points where the story slows down a little but then there's a new twist in plot & layer of philosophical implication & it takes off again. Definitely worth reading. How much power do stories have?

Apr 24, 2012

Really intriguing premise that examines the blur between fiction and reality that fandoms create. It's great fun for literary geeks-- an entire section is about the rise and fall of Rudyard Kipling and it works well with the mythology of the story.


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Apr 24, 2012

"The world is a ridiculous place," the unicorn said. "Hard to measure. Hard to hold. Here is there, and there is everywhere."


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