The Unwritten, Vol. 3: Dead Man's Knock

The Unwritten Vol Dead Man s Knock The third volume of the critically acclaimed New York Times best selling new series from the Eisner nominated creative team of Mike Carey and Peter Gross The fictional adventures of Tommy Taylor are t

  • Title: The Unwritten, Vol. 3: Dead Man's Knock
  • Author: Mike Carey Peter Gross Steven Hall
  • ISBN: 9781401230463
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Paperback
  • The third volume of the critically acclaimed New York Times best selling new series from the Eisner nominated creative team of Mike Carey and Peter Gross The fictional adventures of Tommy Taylor are the biggest publishing sensation of the still young century And now, years after the last volume, Tommy s creator Wilson Taylor, long missing and believed dead, is unleashingThe third volume of the critically acclaimed New York Times best selling new series from the Eisner nominated creative team of Mike Carey and Peter Gross The fictional adventures of Tommy Taylor are the biggest publishing sensation of the still young century And now, years after the last volume, Tommy s creator Wilson Taylor, long missing and believed dead, is unleashing a brand new Tommy Taylor book upon the world There s just none problem It s not a new Tommy Taylor book at all.Sinister forces have create a fake book in Wilson s name, a fraud designed to destroy his literary legacy and coax the reclusive author of hiding so they can destroy him once and or all But they didn t count on Wilson s most powerful creation his son, the real Tom Taylor To unmasks the truth about the new Tommy, Tom must confront some of the darkest secrets that surround him, from the hidden fate of his father to the secret origin of his closest friend to the true nature of his fictional alter ego Will Tom be able to stop his doppelganger s return Or will the publishing event of the decade lead to the end of time Collecting The Unwritten 13 18

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  • Mike Carey Peter Gross Steven Hall

    Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.Mike Carey was born in Liverpool in 1959 He worked as a teacher for fifteen years, before starting to write comics When he started to receive regular commissions from DC Comics, he gave up the day job.Since then, he has worked for both DC and Marvel Comics, writing storylines for some of the world s most iconic characters, including X MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR, LUCIFER and HELLBLAZER His original screenplay FROST FLOWERS is currently being filmed Mike has also adapted Neil Gaiman s acclaimed NEVERWHERE into comics.Somehow, Mike finds time amongst all of this to live with his wife and children in North London You can read his blog at mikecarey.

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  • One cool thing about this volume is that you get a few answers.I mean, not all of the answers, but enough to make you want to keep going with this title. I had a few a few suspicions that it was nice to get confirmation on, and there were some things that I didn't see coming at all. Good stuff!Like most everyone else, I was really impressed with the issue that was a Choose Your Own Adventure of Lizzie's origin story. I thought it was neat that you don't get a definitive answer, because it looks [...]


  • December 2015: The Unwritten continues with a volume that makes the weird and fictional even more indistinguishable from reality. Several things are happening all at once here. Tom, Lizzie and Savoy have reappeared in London after their jaunt in "Jud Suss", only three months have gone by in the real world for their mere hours spent in "Jud Suss". Tom is presumed dead in the fire at Donostia prison, and the world is abuzz with the imminent publication of the fourteenth and final Tommy Taylor nove [...]


  • I can't finish this. The series had promise and was quite ingenious in the way classic literature was incorporated into the story. Ultimately, the series suffered from schizophrenia and failed to be coherent. I could not follow the convoluted storyline and lost interest.


  • I think I like the direction this seems to be going in now. Many of the plot threads from the previous volume have been wrapped up, or seem to have been wrapped up, with some new ones to keep momentum up. The Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style of Lizzie's origin was cool, clever, and a good reflection of what was going on in her own head. But I always did love Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books. It was easy enough for me to explore every path, because there's a lot of overlapping. Trying to read it st [...]


  • Despite the Our Mutual Friend (one of my favorite books) connection, I didn't like this installment nearly as much as the first two. That's probably because I never cared for the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books (my youngest brother read some of them), which is the well-done 'gimmick' in the middle of this book. I didn't follow the directions, but read the pages straight through, just as I was instructed not to do, but doing otherwise would've driven me batty. There's also one big unanswered qu [...]


  • This 3rd volume is where the story really starts to take off! Don't get me wrong - the first two volumes were chock full of 'HELL YEAH,' but it's in this third arc where, as the reader, you discover that you have to be alert and pay attention to what's going on. This story is smart. You can't be dumb.AlsoCHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE!! What? Awesome! I loved how we finally got the goods on Lizzie Hexam and it was presented to us as a Which Way book. Lotta fun to read - but brutal on my physical TPB. [...]


  • I preferred this to the last volume. I am still undecided whether I like this series as a whole. Good and bad. I love the literary nods and the concept of metafiction. How can I not as such a bibliophile? I find the imagination of this series infectious, but there is a lot of meanness with the storyline and the characters. I feel a lot of sympathy for both Tom and Lizzie. They are both being manipulated by grand masters at the game. Lizzie is both better off in that she has more understanding of [...]



  • The ingenuity and skill of this series continues to boggle my mind. Are you a reader? Read it. Read it. Read it.a quote from the intro, by Steven Hall:Most people don't have the first idea about the true power of stories. I'm sure you know this. I'm sure you do, because you're a reader - you're reading this book right now. You're bound to know a thing or two about it.Maybe you're the woman on the train who doesn't ever let the raised eyebrows of grey-looking office workers put her off her comic [...]


  • Třetí a zatím nejlepší díl série, po předchozím mírném zklamání z druhého dílu, tedy opět okouzlení. Konečně se něco víc dozvíme o tajné společnosti, která Toma (Tommyho) pronásleduje, stejně tak i o minulosti Lizzie (Jane) a ve finále dojde i na dlouho očekávané setkání.Ke konci knihy je opět samostatná část (jako v předchozích dílech, byť zde je to předposlední část, ne poslední) - tentokrát ve formě gamebooku, což mě bavilo hodně a pročítal [...]


  • It starts out a confusing read - lots of secondary characters to keep track of/remember from the previous volumes, and sideways references to happenings/literary devices that I'm sure I'm not following. This series begs a re-read all at once.I truly enjoyed the choose-your-own-adventure story in the middle. Not only does it give you a taste of where Lizzie's head must be, but also plays out her origin in a fun and Memento-like way. Re-reading the story non-linearly was an extra bonus, and the ta [...]


  • The whole Tom/Tommy Taylor story appears on the surface to be a riff off of J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter. The whole story is much more than that, and writer Mike Carey (of the Felix Catsor novels) is beginning to tread deeper into the realm of metafiction. As in the impact of stories on our lives. We finally meet Wilson, Tom's father, and we do get some explanation as to why Tom and the Tommy Taylor books are important. While much is left unresolved this remains a fulfilling read.


  • So good! I wish more people read graphic novels - they're willing to experiment and expand the boundaries of fiction in such extraordinary ways. I can't wait o see where the story will travel to next!


  • This is my favorite of the series so far, and while I was reading I revisited some scenes in vols. 1 & 2. Now that I understand what is going on (well, I understand it much more clearly, anyway), a few key scenes made a lot more sense.This one was a solid 4.5 stars, and I'm really looking forward to reading volume 4. I'm taking a break from the series, though, with a light contemporary romance. It's great, but it's very, very dark.


  • Still pretty good run on this series, found out some more information, actually met Wilson, loved the 'surprise' about his book. Interesting use of story-telling with Lizzie's section of the volume.


  • Volume 3 continues referencing literature and finally gives a tiny exposure to the unwritten.This volume is stronger than the second with Tommy coming to terms with his legacy, importance of stories in our lives and slowly discovering the value of friendship.This isn't Harry Potter for the adults. Its far darker, a lot messier and not as entertaining, unfortunately.


  • 4.5 stars!By far my favorite Unwritten volume. From the introduction to the last page I was very much attached to the story. Not as heart wrenching as the last one but still my sympathy was needed for Lizzie. I don't know what to think about Wilson and the path he has created for his "characters". Was what he did to Lizzie / for Lizzie the right decision? The "choose your own adventure" part was fantastic. What a great way to switch things up and get the reader even more involved in the story. I [...]


  • Another fun volume, a lot of time spent on Lizzie Hexam/Jane Waxman, but never at the expense of the overall plotline. There is a choose your own adventure style issue which gives Lizzie's background and surprisingly it wasn't a mess. Perhaps I should have had more confidence in Carey and Gross, but I have to admit that I couldn't see how it would work without either offering almost no choices, or resulting in such widely divergent stories that it would be really annoying as a reader. Instead th [...]


  • Anybody on obviously cares about stories, whether they provide an alternate world for your brain to reside in for awhile, tell you about a historical event or educate you about how to fix a toilet, illuminate people's experiences in beautiful, brutal, or uplifting ways, or just provide an hour or two of amusement. Stories matter, whether people get them from books or not, but reading and the writing of stories has its own power.The Unwritten knows this deeply, this obvious truth that we all tak [...]


  • This installment definitely stretched my mind a bit. A lot of questions are answered - sort of - but it done so cryptically I am still totally confused as to what is happening overall. I just had to put aside this confusion and keep reading. If I tried to figure it out to far I just got even more confused. So at this point I am going on faith that eventually I understand it all! What made this volume insanely awesome though was that one chapter was a "pick your own story" scenario. At the end of [...]


  • The "choose your own" adventure section in the middle was SO annoying. It makes no sense to me that a book that's been told straightforwardly this whole time would suddenly have those elements. Choose your own adventures should be stand-alone books, not randomly thrown in the middle of a story. I want to know what actually happened, not 1000 possibilities of what could've happened.The rest of the plot is also getting to be too confusing and all-over-the-place for me. Complexity in a plot is nice [...]


  • This collection concentrates on the main plot around Tom(my) Taylor unfortunately without actually moving forward a lot. We do not learn anything new (at least nothing really important) about either Tom(my) Taylor's identity and past or the workings of the cabal. Yes, we do get to see some interesting rituals and we do learn something about Lizzie. But where the other collections featured outstanding single issue story-arcs that helped flesh-out the fictional universe, these are sadly missing he [...]


  • Something happened with this series after the first dozen issues -- it went, somehow, from a fascinating exploration of the relationship between fiction and reality (personified by the Harry Pottereseque Tommy Taylor) and became just another weird, magical, deadly, but not wildly original Vertigo series.It's not bad, mind you. Carey can definitley write, and Peter Gross does his usual fine workman's job on the art. But the story's gotten too busy, too many parties involved, too much bloody actio [...]


  • I think this one might be the best so far, it had a nice even pace and was a lot less wordy than previous books. One of the issues is a 'choose your own ending'type of format that was entertaining but a little deceptive since there are really only 2 endings and one of them is ridiculously short and would leave the reader confused, I'm assuming the author expects that if you get the crappy short ending you go back. So really it's more of a choose the middle of the story, either way it was cool.Th [...]


  • I used to read this comic in single issues, but finally gave up around issue 11 or 12. Right about the time that things finally kicked into high gear and got interesting Seriously, this is finally starting to come together and become quite the page-turner. The "choose-your-own-adventure" origin for Lizzie Hexam is something that must be seen to be believed--the complexity involved in putting something like that together for a monthly comic boggles my mind. And Tom finally gets to confront his fa [...]


  • This volume is BRILLIANT! The fake "Tommy Taylor" novel which forms a major plot point now is as truly, deeply terrible as the characters say it is. In the actual story, it is said to include "charmless steals from Rowling, Gaiman, Wynne Jones and Uncle Tom Cobley"; the excerpts of the novel we are given contain HILARIOUSLY unsubtle references and tropes lifted from Moorcock, Pullman (also the name of a brutal, charmless character in the actual story!), Baum, and Tolkien! Even "Star Wars, Episod [...]


  • I'm loving these books for their literary bent, their utterly unique storyline, and the way they keep throwing you off-kilter as you read. Sometimes I think things get a little confused--there's a lot of fun experimental pages, but sometimes they make the story harder to understand--but I'd absolutely recommend this series to anyone. Totally unique among the graphic novels/comics that I've read, extremely ambitious, and unfailingly clever. It's the kind of book that makes me think I should write [...]


  • Surprises abound in the third installment of The Unwritten series. I did not enjoy this volume as much as I did the other two however it did do a great job of answering lingering questions of the previous books. It is a wonderful anchor Volume and explains the premise of the book nicely. I will continue on in this series because I am caught the love letter to literature motif.


  • We finally get a few answers as to what is going on in this life imitates art imitates life meets fact meets fiction with Christopher Robin meets Harry Potter with a hint of Bourne Supremacy thrown in. Stories can be as real as the real, or maybe more so, This series is pretty awesome so far!


  • I like this series better with every book. SPOILERI was also intrigued that one chapter in here is done in the choose-your-own-adventure style! Though that format only lasts a little ways through the chapter before it more or less reverts back to linear narrative form-- still I appreciate the experiment/breakage-away of format!I'll have to look for The Unwritten 4 :)


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