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A world covered by ruins and ash, the remnants of an otherwordly phenomenon that has ravaged the earth’s atmosphere and forced the few survivors deep underground. Matt, Sigrid and Charlie leave the safe harbor of the enclave for an expedition onto the wastelands of the surface world. During their journey they are forced to confront dark secrets from the time before civiliz A world covered by ruins and ash, the remnants of an otherwordly phenomenon that has ravaged the earth’s atmosphere and forced the few survivors deep underground. Matt, Sigrid and Charlie leave the safe harbor of the enclave for an expedition onto the wastelands of the surface world. During their journey they are forced to confront dark secrets from the time before civilization’s fall.


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A world covered by ruins and ash, the remnants of an otherwordly phenomenon that has ravaged the earth’s atmosphere and forced the few survivors deep underground. Matt, Sigrid and Charlie leave the safe harbor of the enclave for an expedition onto the wastelands of the surface world. During their journey they are forced to confront dark secrets from the time before civiliz A world covered by ruins and ash, the remnants of an otherwordly phenomenon that has ravaged the earth’s atmosphere and forced the few survivors deep underground. Matt, Sigrid and Charlie leave the safe harbor of the enclave for an expedition onto the wastelands of the surface world. During their journey they are forced to confront dark secrets from the time before civilization’s fall.

30 review for The Labyrinth

  1. 4 out of 5

    fióka

    Kicsit más ez a Stålenhag mint az eddigiek. Egyrészt sokkal több szöveg van benne, másrészt kevesebbet foglalkozik úgy általában az emberiséget sújtó különböző, apokaliptikus történésekkel. Itt inkább az egyénre koncentrál és egy/a rezsim az egyénre gyakorolt hatására. Picit eltávolodóban van az eddigi, keményvonalas Stålenhag-stílustól, bár hasonlóságok természetesen vannak, úgy grafikailag mint tematikailag. A grafikák nagyon jók és nagyon sötétek, szó szerint. Minden szürke, minden ködbe-füstb Kicsit más ez a Stålenhag mint az eddigiek. Egyrészt sokkal több szöveg van benne, másrészt kevesebbet foglalkozik úgy általában az emberiséget sújtó különböző, apokaliptikus történésekkel. Itt inkább az egyénre koncentrál és egy/a rezsim az egyénre gyakorolt hatására. Picit eltávolodóban van az eddigi, keményvonalas Stålenhag-stílustól, bár hasonlóságok természetesen vannak, úgy grafikailag mint tematikailag. A grafikák nagyon jók és nagyon sötétek, szó szerint. Minden szürke, minden ködbe-füstbe fúl. Egyáltalán: az egész könyv nagyon sötét, hangulatilag, tematikailag. Nem egy vidám történet, de hát az ember nem vár Stålenhag-tól vidám sztorikat. Az Istennek sem sikerült megfejtenem a cím és a tartalom összefüggését, merthogy nincs sok közük egymáshoz. Mármint akár lehetne is, ha nagyon megerőltetem magam, de ennyi erővel kötésmintát is bele lehet látni egy építészeti szakkönyvbe. Aztán jött L. és az orrom alá tolt egy interjút, amiből szerencsére kiderül, hogy nem is kell nagyon összefüggéseket keresni. Stålenhag beleszerelmesedett a címbe és kellett neki egy Stålenhag Labirintusa, így hát írt egyet. Végül is, miért ne? :))

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    I guess I should blame my brother for this one as he introduced me to the amazing art of Simon Stalenhag all those years ago. Ever since then I have been following his creations through role playing games (which I have recently added to my collection) to TV shows and even board games. So when a Kickstarter project appeared offering to get in at the launch of his latest book The Labyrinth I was both intrigued and up for it. Well today I received the reward of this project - a beautifully bound co I guess I should blame my brother for this one as he introduced me to the amazing art of Simon Stalenhag all those years ago. Ever since then I have been following his creations through role playing games (which I have recently added to my collection) to TV shows and even board games. So when a Kickstarter project appeared offering to get in at the launch of his latest book The Labyrinth I was both intrigued and up for it. Well today I received the reward of this project - a beautifully bound copy of The Labyrinth. Now even if was in to spoilers I would not here as this book I do believe is not out for general circulation yet (although I can see this being another one of his classic when it does) but I have to say that this is a departure from the world of the loop or even the electric state. Though the story and artwork as just as haunting and incredible. If you enjoyed the tales from the loop you will enjoy this book but bewaned it is a lot darker. This to me is an intriguing indication of the possibilities yet to be seen from Simon Stalenhag and I for one will be looking for any more such opportunities to back his work as I will recommend to others as well.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Håkan Carlsson

    Detta är Simon Stålenhags femte bok, det är som vanligt en blandning av konstbok och roman. Om jag förstår rätt så har denna inget att göra med hans tidigare böcker. Men jag känner att denna kan utspela sig i samma värld, då jag känner igen vissa saker från tidigare böcker. Man behöver alltså inte ha läst de tidigare böckerna för att kunna hänga med i denna. Nu är vi tillbaka i Sverige, i den förra så befann vi oss i USA. Vi befinner oss någonstans i framtiden och världen har mer eller mindre gått Detta är Simon Stålenhags femte bok, det är som vanligt en blandning av konstbok och roman. Om jag förstår rätt så har denna inget att göra med hans tidigare böcker. Men jag känner att denna kan utspela sig i samma värld, då jag känner igen vissa saker från tidigare böcker. Man behöver alltså inte ha läst de tidigare böckerna för att kunna hänga med i denna. Nu är vi tillbaka i Sverige, i den förra så befann vi oss i USA. Vi befinner oss någonstans i framtiden och världen har mer eller mindre gått under, de få överlevande befinner sig i stora anläggningar under jorden. Man gör expeditioner till ytan och gör vissa mätningar. Det är en av dessa som vi följer. Redan från första sidan så förstår vi att något inte har gått som det skulle. Handlingen berättas i olika trådar, vi som läsare får veta mer och mer om vad som hände. Det som målas upp är en mörk berättelse, skulle säga att denna bok är den mörkaste av Stålenhags böcker. Det är ett bra knep som berättare att hoppa mellan tidshändelserna, vi som läsare har inte hela bilden framför oss och det håller intresset uppe och nyfikenheten på tå. Vi som läsare vet att något hände med expeditionen, men vi får också aningar om att det är en större orsak bakom allt, vi får hintar om att något hände när mänskligheten flydde ner under jorden. Då det är en blandning av konstbok och roman så är den sparsam när det kommer till text, men den texten är exakt rätt mängd för att föra handlingen framåt. Tillsammans med bilderna utgör det en helhet. Och bilderna måste vi prata om, för det är kärnan i hela boken. Bilderna är så otroliga, det är en mörk hinna över alla bilder, varför får man reda på när man läser. Sällan har nog något så fruktansvärd som en ödelagd värld skildrats så snyggt som i denna bok. Stålenhag har även en förkärlek att lägga till nostalgisaker som tar oss läsare tillbaka till en annan tid, och detta saknas verkligen inte i denna. Det är små detaljer i bilderna som gör de så otroliga. Det kan vara en gammal hederlig telefon, eller till och med bara en vanlig stol som man brukar finna på offentliga ställen som på sjukhus. Man kan verkligen titta på bilderna och hitta mer och mer av dessa detaljer. Så Simon Stålenhag lyckas ännu en gång att leverera en bok som är ögongodis och en läsupplevelse som stannar kvar hos en. Uppskattar man hans tidigare böcker så kommer man absolut inte bli besviken på denna. Har man ännu inte läst något av honom så är det absolut dags att göra det om man gillar konstverk som rör sig i fantastikens värld men även i nostalgins värld, han har en unik stil i sina bilder som verkligen lyckas kombinera dessa två världar i samma bild. http://hakanshylla.blogspot.com

  4. 4 out of 5

    Harrison

    "It was painful to have to see the world collapse as the politicians and the public spent all their time trying to assign blame to someone." The Labyrinth is the science-fiction brilliance that we have come to expect from Simon Stålenhag. It offers a slice of a large-scale dystopian event, focusing on just a couple people in this changed world in a manner similar to The Electric State, as an event propelled by an unexplainable otherworldly phenomenon occurs, not unlike the titular Loop in Tales f "It was painful to have to see the world collapse as the politicians and the public spent all their time trying to assign blame to someone." The Labyrinth is the science-fiction brilliance that we have come to expect from Simon Stålenhag. It offers a slice of a large-scale dystopian event, focusing on just a couple people in this changed world in a manner similar to The Electric State, as an event propelled by an unexplainable otherworldly phenomenon occurs, not unlike the titular Loop in Tales from the Loop. In terms of tone, this book is closer to Stålenhag's previous effort (The Electric State) than his first two books. On the surface level, The Labyrinth is arguably more dark and gruesome than anything he has put out before, as The Electric State is more upsetting on a psychological level and the previous two books are a bit lighter. Regardless, Stålenhag cements the brilliance of his mind with every book he puts out, and this is something I'll have to sit with for a while and re-read a few times. Stålenhag's style of worldbuilding as seen in this and his previous book is remarkable. These two books are more narratively driven than his first two, and implicitly build out their worlds in a way that makes the book seem properly like a keyhole into another reality. Now that I've sat with the book for a bit longer, I wrote something a bit longer (but still spoiler-free) here.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marcel

    I'm torn, maybe this should have been 4 stars? While I'm a massive Stålenhag fan, I prefer his previous books to this. While this, maybe, has more of a story arch, I find the paintings - while still very well executed - in terms of their subject less interesting. Stålenhag still captures the usual 70s eeriness we have come to expect and love from him, but there is less in terms of surrealism/fantasy/future in these... In effect it's less cyberpunk than his previous works. In fact, in part I felt th I'm torn, maybe this should have been 4 stars? While I'm a massive Stålenhag fan, I prefer his previous books to this. While this, maybe, has more of a story arch, I find the paintings - while still very well executed - in terms of their subject less interesting. Stålenhag still captures the usual 70s eeriness we have come to expect and love from him, but there is less in terms of surrealism/fantasy/future in these... In effect it's less cyberpunk than his previous works. In fact, in part I felt that some drones of previous books had made it by error into this one, and some of the paintings feel like he's duplicated the same frame multiple times with minor differences... In any case, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, this book feels much darker than his previous ones. I'd buy this again, to support an amazing artist, and it was a good read for a couple of hours, but I'm not sure I will look at this book again soon... So I'd say, if you are a Stålenhag fan get, it, but don't make it your first book you read of his...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    This is Simon Stalenhag. In some ways I need say no more. Firstly, there's the artwork which is more than visually stunning. The artist is somehow able to evoke emotions from a simple view of a sink or a row of chairs. The art transports you into the dystopian, yet almost familiar worlds of the artist's creation. This one is perhaps Earth as it could be many decades since the events portrayed in Tales from the Loop; or it could simply be another world. Secondly, and this might come as a surprise This is Simon Stalenhag. In some ways I need say no more. Firstly, there's the artwork which is more than visually stunning. The artist is somehow able to evoke emotions from a simple view of a sink or a row of chairs. The art transports you into the dystopian, yet almost familiar worlds of the artist's creation. This one is perhaps Earth as it could be many decades since the events portrayed in Tales from the Loop; or it could simply be another world. Secondly, and this might come as a surprise, we have the storytelling capabilities of Mr Stalenhag. Simply put, he is a master of the short story. The text is quite terse and minimalist, providing just enough detail to immerse you in the scenes he depicts. Of course, the artwork helps immensely with this, sometimes taking over from the prose to further the story with many pages devoid of text. This is a quick read, but also a book you'll return to again and again.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Great art and a grim story, but essentially a dystopian science fiction short story told in graphic novel form, though that's not exactly it either. All the art is full-size panels or sometimes even two-page spreads. And there's rarely text in the panel. It's alongside. So maybe there's a different name for this type of thing, but it's worth your time. I read the Swedish version, but there is an English translation available as well. Great art and a grim story, but essentially a dystopian science fiction short story told in graphic novel form, though that's not exactly it either. All the art is full-size panels or sometimes even two-page spreads. And there's rarely text in the panel. It's alongside. So maybe there's a different name for this type of thing, but it's worth your time. I read the Swedish version, but there is an English translation available as well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    Recent Reads: The Labyrinth. Simon Stalenhag's latest illustrated novel is his bleakest and saddest yet. In a shelter under the ruins of a broken Earth a handful of survivors struggles to hide the guilt of what they did to survive. But sometimes things return to haunt us. Recent Reads: The Labyrinth. Simon Stalenhag's latest illustrated novel is his bleakest and saddest yet. In a shelter under the ruins of a broken Earth a handful of survivors struggles to hide the guilt of what they did to survive. But sometimes things return to haunt us.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Giulia Gubellini

    La commistione fra le illustrazioni e la storia è magnifica. Mi sono ritrovata a trattenere il respiro, intimorita all'idea di girare pagina e allo stesso tempo incapace di distogliere lo sguardo da quella finestra su un mondo invaso e velenoso; e un'umanità persa, danneggiata, violenta. La commistione fra le illustrazioni e la storia è magnifica. Mi sono ritrovata a trattenere il respiro, intimorita all'idea di girare pagina e allo stesso tempo incapace di distogliere lo sguardo da quella finestra su un mondo invaso e velenoso; e un'umanità persa, danneggiata, violenta.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dom Mooney

    The latest Simon Stålenhag artbook tells the tale of Earth after alien spheres arrive and start to change the atmosphere. The protagonists are survivors, recruited into the military project set in the Kungshall bunker with the aim of preserving civilisation. They're sent out on a scientific mission some years later, and it all goes wrong. This is very dark, both as a story and in the art. All the exterior artwork is deep green in colour, reflecting the changed atmosphere that the world is suffer The latest Simon Stålenhag artbook tells the tale of Earth after alien spheres arrive and start to change the atmosphere. The protagonists are survivors, recruited into the military project set in the Kungshall bunker with the aim of preserving civilisation. They're sent out on a scientific mission some years later, and it all goes wrong. This is very dark, both as a story and in the art. All the exterior artwork is deep green in colour, reflecting the changed atmosphere that the world is suffering from. You have to look at it carefully to draw the details out, but it's worth taking the time. It's a good book and (once again) could easily be used for a gaming setting.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alison Turner

    Brilliantly imagined and depicted, a dark story exploring what it takes to survive in a dystopian future.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Simão Freitas

    Beautiful art and a story that makes you wonder. I loved that it leaves so much unexplained and your mind just wants to fill in the gaps.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Scott Wood

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pablo Saldaña Gutiérrez

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jack Kelley

  16. 4 out of 5

    Niclas Jareborg

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alexander

  18. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Arildsen

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rawdon Smith

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joakim Andersson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Madelyn

  23. 5 out of 5

    tárnics

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eliezer Valtierra

  25. 4 out of 5

    Niclas Ericsson

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marina

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Shultz

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dietmar

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  30. 5 out of 5

    Louise Glader

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