A Small Killing

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A Small Killing

A Small Killing Moore and Zarate collaborate on a graphic novel full of irony and tension Adman Timothy Hole is about to get a crack at the the big one selling the diet drink sensation Flite to the U S S R Except som

  • Title: A Small Killing
  • Author: Alan Moore Oscar Zárate
  • ISBN: 9781878574459
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
  • Moore and Zarate collaborate on a graphic novel full of irony and tension Adman Timothy Hole is about to get a crack at the the big one selling the diet drink sensation Flite to the U.S.S.R Except someone wants him dead Little murders, tiny betrayals, the small homicides with which we ease the passage of our lives these are the stuff of A Small Killing.

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    1. Jedi JC Daquis on said:

      Just because you are a fan of Alan Moore, and A Small Killing happens to have his name slapped on the cover doesn't mean you are going to love this graphic novella. No sir, I didn't get whatever deconstruction of concepts this book has. I am simply not prepared (or way too dumb) for what A Small Killing has to offer. Beneath its simple plot about Timothy Hole in his quest to sell a soda brand in Russia and a creepy, playful child who haunts him is an internal monologue of how our adman "protagon [...]

    2. David Schaafsma on said:

      Before I wrote this review I had just read this 100 page 1991 book twice, last night, and again today. Between readings I skimmed some reviews, to see why it had such a low rating. Because I was intrigued by the book, what Moore and Zarate were trying to do with it, and it seemed like a kind of departure for Moore in some ways. I read this because I like Alan Moore, in all his complicated and sometime infuriating glory and weirdness and verbosity. But you know, the guy that wrote Watchmen and Fr [...]

    3. Aditya Mallya on said:

      Here is a disorienting and uncomfortable journey into the exhausted and troubled mind of an advertising executive named Tim Hole. (Pronounced 'Holly', actually.)Alan Moore and Oscar Zarate use a number of literary and artistic devices (respectively) to tell an unsettling story in an unsettling manner. For example, we are subjected to Hole's unedited stream of consciousness for the entire duration of the novel, so that it's almost as if we are the character. We hear what he hears, even if it is j [...]

    4. Katie on said:

      When I first picked up this graphic novel I did worry about how I'd get along with the artwork but as the story progressed along a rather dark and austere path, the more I found the stylised drawing went with it. A Small Killing is by no means Moore's best work, it lacks the intelligent twist and turns of his other offers but, and this is possibly a very hard thing to do, if I were to forget that Moore has written such greats as From Hell and Watchmen then yeah, actually, A Small Killing is pret [...]

    5. Hugo on said:

      La historia, muy al estilo de Alan Moore, aborda la psique de un personaje atormentado por su pasado, hasta lo mas profundo y sórdido de su ser, un hombre se ve enfrentado por la imagen de un niño que aparece siempre antes de tener una experiencia mortal. No se si el dibujo ayude o no esta obra, en si es muy burdo y exagerado, con colores muy marcados y con un estilo extraño, lo que tal vez pudiera ser un plus a la historia, sin embargo a mi no termino por agradarme.

    6. Matt Mazenauer on said:

      Here's a tip: If your big twist is revealed on the cover of your book, don't expect it to be a surprise. Watch a man midly go crazy, which is overused but moderately entertaining. Unfortunately, that is unravelled by some of the worst art I've ever seen in a comic. Overally, just a headache to muscle through, and every time I got close to liking a part, it would be abandoned never to be seen again. Frustrating.

    7. Steven on said:

      Excellent, overlooked Alan Moore classic graphic novel about a child disappointed by what the adult version of him has become, by a man who has compromised everything he valued as a child in pursuit of short-term gains and carnal pleasures.

    8. Neven on said:

      It's a concise summary of Alan Moore's creative meandering since the early 1990s that he currently considers this trite indie novel his best work.

    9. Edgar Antioquia on said:

      I believe this book emulates Alan Moore's style, and is a must-read for old and new fans alike. Oh sure, Watchmen and V for Vendetta are great, but a simple story such as this novel definitely shows his mastery over the genre, and shows us that graphic novels don't have to be about superheroes all the time.This book made me think. A lot. It's not easy reading, but it does force you to think about the "small killings" that made you what you are right now, and asks the question: "Will your younger [...]

    10. Evey Morgan on said:

      Muy, muy extraño pero mola que a cada momento te haga pensar y reflexionar.

    11. Gary on said:

      Very unusual book, the main character keeps seeing a younger version of himself. He tries to catch the younger him and isn't always successful.

    12. Paul on said:

      Well, wasn`t that special. A European-style graphic novel written by Alan Moore and drawn by Oscar Zarate that looks like something that would be heralded as an astonishingly fresh work of comic book narrative if it debuted today. But it’s a book that’s almost 25 years old.A Small Killing, 96 pages of pain and (self) punishment, trapped in vibrant colors. It is a meditation on childhood dreams and adult compromises, drawn and painted like something born from a nightmarish fusion of Brecht Ev [...]

    13. Robert Beveridge on said:

      Alan Moore, A Small Killing (Avatar Press, 2003)Timothy Hole (“that's pronounced 'Holly', actually.”) is a British ad man who's been marooned in America for years, but now finds himself behind what may be the biggest campaign of his career, marketing cola to the Russians. Just when he thinks his life is on track, though, he finds himself being stalked by a psychotic small child yes, you've seen this storyline many, many times before (and you'll be able to suss out the ending after the first [...]

    14. D.M. on said:

      An interview with Alan Moore once mentioned he considers A Small Killing to be the best amongst his overlooked work. I can understand why. Oscar Zarate gives us a lush, colourful but nightmarish world, through which we're guided by Moore's fictional proxy Timothy Hole (pronounced 'holly'). Hole is on his way to great things when he finds himself inexplicably haunted by a young boy in a school uniform. As he tries to escape to his future, he continually reminisces about the past. Eventually, the [...]

    15. Joan Sebastián Araujo Arenas on said:

      Hay dos partes claramente diferenciadas en esta obra: el día y la noche.(A) El día, por su lado, es exageradamente colorido. Como si todo estuviera representado de tal forma que cualquier eventualidad trivial de la vida del protagonista o de los extras que a su lado pasan, fuese un comercial que se enfocara en la venta de todo lo que se puede ver, excepto las personas.(2) La noche, por otra parte, es todo lo contrario: tiene colores, pero las tonalidades de los mismos parecieran querer acercar [...]

    16. Cail on said:

      This book has turned up on several top 10 lists of Moore's work. It's an effecting work that tackles a self-obsessed gent who works in advertising. It's been said to be a more autobiographical work, although Moore doesn't think so. The protagonist is pursued by himself as a child. It's an interesting meditation on betraying who you are as a kid and what you hold valuable. The artwork is quiteunique. Highly 90's in style, vivid colours that I associate with sandscript fonts and greeting cards fro [...]

    17. Cocaine on said:

      When asked what difference is there between a comic book and a graphic novel I usually point people in the direction os this classic.This is a novel that examines the after effects of having lived through Thatcher's eigthies with its 'loadsa money' attitude and its corporate zealatory. Moore reveals one man's inner world where the protagonist, an advertising executive seeks inspiration for his latest project. To this end he returns to his home town to recall then confront his perceptions of the [...]

    18. Geoff Sebesta on said:

      Claptrap. Notable for a couple small technical innovations that were popularized with this book just because everybody read it, not because they were that amazing. Zarate has a representative style of the 80s, like pastel Drooker, the sort of thing that peaked with Dark City and then disappeared because art school students started to own computers instead of pastels.Also, the whole "drifting crowd dialogue" thing that I so often associate with Claremont was used to very good effect here.In all o [...]

    19. Feather Mista on said:

      Otro ejemplo de refrescante sinergia entre dos autores brillantes que sumados son dinamita. El planteo visual-dramático de la historia está genialmente desarrollado y la suma de ideas de Moore-Zárate da óptimos resultados. Por lo que he leído hasta ahora, aquellos a los que no les gustó verdaderamente es porque no la entendieron, por más creída que suene esta afirmación.La edición de Planeta es particularmente interesante , ya que incluye entrevistas exclusivas a los autores que aporta [...]

    20. yasser on said:

      the first graphic novel have ever seen that using personal monologue to tell the subconscious thoughts, Alan Moore raised, by that novel, the sequential art to another level, i.e the conscious stream like James Joyce's Ulysses, Oscar Zarate used different types of figuring graphics thoughts to tell about different statuses of the protagonist mental case, could deserve 5 stars as a complete mark, but Alan Moore failed to break what so called the readers' expectations, after half of the novel you [...]

    21. Hamish on said:

      Fantastic. I was under the impression that this was minor Moore, but it actually might be one of his best. The non-serialized graphic novel format suits him, and I think it's a tragedy that he never got to do more non-genre work like this. The weaving of themes and images is masterful, as is the narration and the attention to detail. Zárate's art is impressive as well. A high four stars.

    22. Darrell Epp on said:

      This is one of my favourite alan moore books, ever. Great writing, and superhero-free! The protagonist isn't a very likable guy, but that didn't bother me. Moore really nails the details right. From Hell is my favourite alan moore story. amazon/Imaginary-Maps-D

    23. Rahul on said:

      When I was but a wee lad, I read Oscar Zarate's graphic novel adaptation of Dr. Faustus. It scared the wits out of me. Still, I found the whole thing strangely fascinating. Twenty-odd years later, I'm happy to report that his artwork has much the same effect. A weird little book, but oddly endearing.

    24. Molly on said:

      it was okay. i'm not at all sure why alan moore considers this one of his best works. a man hallucinates his aborted son who wants to kill him comes off like bizarro pro-life propaganda, which is not at all something i'd expect from him. the art was fine, though it was occasionally easy to conflate characters.

    25. Megan on said:

      Probably my new favourite Alan Moore graphic novel. Its a lot more simple and a lot more hopeful than some of his other books, and that change in pace really caught me off guard. I really loved the moral of the story and the interview in the back where Moore expanded on the theme from the personal to the political.

    26. Micah on said:

      Minus a star for a boring af protagonist. Decent storytelling, though the story itself was very, very eighties. Apparently everyone "sells out" eventually, okay? Pretty yet claustrophobic images, I'm assuming the mashed-together aspect was on purpose, it certainly contributes to the feel of the story.

    27. Nikolas Kalar on said:

      Alan Moore's A Small Killing is a small masterpiece. A concise work that is just over 100 pages, he manages to weave an incredible story about growing up, childhood, dreams and honesty. A unique mystery that plays out quite well, and with excellent art by Oscar Zarate, A Small Killing is definitely an under appreciated work from one of comics most famous authors.

    28. Carl Ingebretsen on said:

      The structure of this is a thing of beauty, and the themes are some of my favourites. A great character study, excellently written and drawn. A wonderful short tale, funny, bleak and everything in between. Jamie, you're gonna love this.

    29. Janet Jay on said:

      I'm pretty sure this book was just an excuse for Moore to write crowd panels with snippets of overheard conversation. It's not good. I got it from the library and read it in one evening and still, it's really not good.

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