The Moon Moth (Graphic Novel)

The Moon Moth Graphic Novel A classic science fiction tale finds new life in this graphic novel adaptation A fascinating blend of murder mystery and high concept science fiction The Moon Moth has long been hailed as one of Jack

  • Title: The Moon Moth (Graphic Novel)
  • Author: Jack Vance Humayoun Ibrahim
  • ISBN: 9781596433670
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback
  • A classic science fiction tale finds new life in this graphic novel adaptation A fascinating blend of murder mystery and high concept science fiction, The Moon Moth has long been hailed as one of Jack Vance s greatest works And now this intricately crafted tale is available in glorious full color as a new graphic novel Edwer Thissell, the new consul from Earth to the plA classic science fiction tale finds new life in this graphic novel adaptation A fascinating blend of murder mystery and high concept science fiction, The Moon Moth has long been hailed as one of Jack Vance s greatest works And now this intricately crafted tale is available in glorious full color as a new graphic novel Edwer Thissell, the new consul from Earth to the planet Sirene, is having all kinds of trouble adjusting to the local culture The Sirenese cover their faces with exquisitely crafted masks that indicate their social status Thissell, a bumbling foreigner, wears a mask of very low status the Moon Moth Shortly after Thissell arrives on Sirene, he finds himself embroiled in a an unsolved murder case made all the mysterious by the fact that since everyone must always wear a mask, you can never be sure who you re dealing with.

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    1. [On Sirene, everyone who's anyone drives their own Noah's ark(minus the two-by-twos of course)]Generally, the purpose of setting a story in a science fiction world meanders down one of two lanes. On the one hand, an author may hope to introduce in the reader's mind a critique of contemporary society, culture, or history by forcing a comparison of analogy. A Brave New World, 1984, Gattaca, Solaris, even Alien—these are stories whose goals are above and beyond the simple entertainment of the rea [...]

    2. Vance's "The Moon Moth" was an interesting choice for a graphic novel adaptation. The story hinges on concepts that lend themselves to the graphical format, such as the masks that all the characters wear, and ideas that don't - namely the music that permeates all Sirenese conversation. That Ibrahim managed to pull the latter trick off is no small feat. His art style leans more toward Spiegelman or McCloud than that of mainstream comics, which is appropriate for a story heavy on personal interact [...]

    3. Vance is one brainy guy. The language and concepts here are amazing. Basically, it's a space future, and there's this planet where everyone wears masks, 24/7. Masks denote status and there are strict, potentially lethal consequences of getting the etiquette wrong. As if that wasn't enough, all speech on this world is accompanied by instrumental music, played by the speaker on hand instruments carried around on everyone's belts. Add to all this a government agent trying to catch a fugitive withou [...]

    4. I initially read Jack Vance's short story 'The Moon Moth' when I was in high school; in talking to our editorial director about books we had read in childhood, it was great to find that he also remembered this story vividly. Jack Vance is a spectacular world-builder; we're so pleased to be able to publish this book and give readers another way to come to his work.

    5. What can I say about Jack Vance? Not a thing. The forward to this graphic novel by Carlo Rotella entitled “The Genre Artist” (originally published in Time magazine in 2009) extols the virtues of a Jack Vance story because of his way of creating an occasion and opulent speech in what some might consider just lowly genre fiction. I could not attest to any of this having never read a Jack Vance novel. Then out of the blue comes “The Moon Moth” a graphic novel adaptation “Based on the Clas [...]

    6. [disclosure: I won this in a First Reads Contest]So that's how you write a mystery short story!Actually, I still don't know (well, from this book anyway. I have other examples if I decide to read them). And that's the only real problem with this adaptation. Too many of the clues are glossed over in a couple of panels. The musical instruments used with dialogue (a cool SF trick that added lots of flavor to the tale and worked really well in the graphic novel format) were not all included in the [...]

    7. Summary of The Moon Moth: The new consul for Earth, Edwer Thissel, gos to the planet Sirene and has difficulty adapting to the culture there. It is class based, where diffrent classes have diffrent masks they have to wear, and diffrent instruments they used to communicate with.Edwer then learns of an assassin that has landed on Sirene, but he is unable to find out who it is due to the masks. He manages to find the assassin, but the assassin unmasks Edwer. Edwer turns it around to his advantage, [...]

    8. I bought Moon Moth through bookoutlet for a crazy cheap price. I enjoyed most titles from :01 (First Second) and the price was too good to pass up, so I feel pretty forgiving right from the start. Moon Moth was good, but not great.Adapted from a short story by Jack Vance, Humayoun Ibrahim does his best to translate a rather complicated story into a more visual format. I instantly loved the thick lines and solid colours of his illustrations. The clumsy panel transitions, inconsistent pacing and i [...]

    9. This is the first time I have read Jack Vance (I realize this is an adaptation of his short story into a graphic novel) but I really enjoyed it. The world he created was so unique with a population that had such a distinct culture, and it was pretty miraculous how the artist was able to pull off how this society communicates exclusively through music. The art is pretty cool as well, not like mainstream comics at all. The plot itself was solid too, no complaints on that. Perhaps my one complaint [...]

    10. I enjoyed the creativity of this piece, and the artwork. It put forth the kind of imagery that is likely to stay with me. I was a bit distracted by the singing speech, as it was set up to convey subtlety of power differences between characters, and I knew I was missing out on the conveyance of this, because I didn't have a handle on what all of the instruments meant. Use of the clapping blocks for talking to servants was the only one that stuck - I can imagine lots of people from my past who wou [...]

    11. This is not Jack Vance's great short story, "The Moon Moth." It is an adaptation by Humayoun Ibrahim. Excerpts from Vance's short story are included in this graphically illustrated book. If you have read and love the short story, then you might want to read this adaptation. I do not recommend it by itself, however, and doubt that it was intended for those who are not already familiar with the short story. The illustrations are cartoon like but seem fine, although I already had my own imagined im [...]

    12. this book was a very interesting book I can't really explain this book it is weird. but I did enjoy it you have to read it to try to understand it. I liked it thoI gave it a 3 stars because it was hard to follow nut it was still good it is about this other life on a different planet made of people with masks on. I would recommend this book to someone who likes a weird story.

    13. Some parts were too simplified and glossed over - it lost some of the effect from the story. Beautiful pictures and lovely illustrations of the masks, the dialogue boxes also were used creatively. I wish more emphasis was put on the instruments, though, and explained a bit more throughout the story as the narrator makes his faux-pas.

    14. A murder mystery with some sci-fi and musical twists. Vance's imagination is only matched by his master of the English language. Read his stuff. Great artwork brings out the oddities of this story and the methods of communication of this story.

    15. Disclaimer: I've not read the short story this was adapted from. On its own, the graphic novel was nicely drawn and had interesting concepts, but never really sucked me in. I felt detached from the narrative. In the end it made me want to read the source material.

    16. A gorgeous adaptation of a sci-fi short story about a man struggling to live in and understand a culture and planet so different from what he's used to while attempting to seek justice based on the terms of his own culture.

    17. I loved the concept more so than the story and I feel the art elevated these to great effect. The verbose, sing-songy communication and the law of masks certainly left an impression!

    18. The only Jack Vance work I have read to date is The Last Castle, which to be honest I don't remember all that well, so it must not have made a huge impression on me. I have Songs of the Dying Earth on my shelf to read, but have not yet read it. I guess the point I am trying to make is that I think I could have written a better review for this if I was familiar with the original short story in more depth. This graphic novel feels like a sketch of what the full story probably was.Edwer Thissell, t [...]

    19. The Moon Moth (adapted by Humayoun Ibrahim) by Jack Vance was originally printed in 1961 and Vance is considered to be one of the most under-appreciated important authors of the science fiction genre. Although he has been graced with numerous awards he never received the big paydays or name recognition as other perhaps less deserving authors in the genre. In the intro essay: The Genre Artist by Carlo Rotella, author Michael Chabon says: "Jack Vance is the most painful case of all the writers I l [...]

    20. The Moon MothWill McLeanThis story takes place in the future, and is about Edwer Thissell. One day Edwer receives a letter telling him he has to arrest an assassin named Haxo Angmark. Thissell makes the conclusion that Angmark must have killed and taken the place of one of the other three expatriates on the planet. But on the planet he is on, everyone must wear a mask, so how is he to know where Angmark is? I would say this book is for kids in grades 7 and up because of some violence, scary imag [...]

    21. Reason for Reading: I love science fiction short stories.This is the adaptation of a short story by Jack Vance and since I had not read the story in question I first did so before reading this graphic novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was quite pleased to find it such a clever murder mystery set in a foreign, alien atmosphere. This novel starts with the reproduction of an article from "The New York Times" magazine written about Vance and his being a genre writer and how it affected his success [...]

    22. This was my first introduction to the writing of Jack Vance. He's definitely got a distinctive voice. I loved this graphic adaptation of his short story, The Moon Moth It's a story that benefits greatly from a little illustration (it's a little difficult to keep the masks and musical instruments separate otherwise). The text and images work together to accomplish a common goal, which is not always the case when it comes to graphic adaptations of texts.The setting is exotic, but the plot is relat [...]

    23. The Moon Moth is a brilliant story that involves a mystery as well as a lot of odd cultural interactions. It had its flaws, though, and this graphic version accentuates those. While the solution to the mystery that is offered certainly did work, it only did so because the villain got sloppy. That's never good, in a mystery. Also, the resolution involved is awfully close to being a deux ex machina event. Yes, there's a setup for it, but it requires there being only one Moon Moth mask in the city, [...]

    24. I have not read the original Jack Vance short story upon which this graphic novel is based. The comic* concerns a governmental official assigned to a very alien planet whose citizens accompany their dialogue with music from instruments selected for emotional tone and social prestige. The official must navigate this perilous society with little training, hoping that his ingenuity can rescue him from the many faux pas he commits. Pros and Cons: The art is interesting and colorful but rarely astoun [...]

    25. This lovely little graphic novel, based on a classic short story by Jack Vance, tells the story of a consul sent to a remote planet to capture a dangerous criminal. There are no aliens in this story, but the culture of Sirene is intricate and unique. Everyone wears a mask, and may change masks according to their status and mood. Also, all communications involve a large variety of musical instruments, which also vary according to the relative status of the people speaking (singing, actually); usi [...]

    26. No AwardsSummary: A science fiction based on a famous short story is about a planet called, Sirene and how the people living there interact with people from Earth. The people of Sirene wear masks which comes to be a problem later in the story where they have to find someone from Sirene who may be a potential threat. This exciting book will draw in many science fiction fans to read this exciting story.Review: I recommend this graphic novel to children/teenagers who have a love for science fiction [...]

    27. I received this book free through First Reads. I was a little lost at the beginning of The Moon Moth. I didn't really know what I was supposed to be getting out of the first couple of pages- with no words, just the art. However, after getting the background information, through a flashback of the main character, understanding the story and art became much easier.I would recommend re-reading The Moon Moth to get the full affect of the story and art. I found the re-read to be so much more enjoyab [...]

    28. Surprisingly effective translation of a Jack Vance story into graphic format. The story itself is classic Vance, who was uniquely creative in portraying human derived cultures that were complex and quite different from our own. Here is a society built on status and face with complex cultural rules including playing a variety of musical instruments while you talk, each depending on the kind of communication and where everyone wears masks in public whose qualities depend on your status. This works [...]

    29. I haven't read that much of the enormous Jack Vance output, but I can say, echoing Carlo Rotella's introduction, that there's no one else like Vance. That's part of what makes this tale so compelling. The story is that of Edwer Thissell, a man sent to a land where everyone wears masks all the time, making identifying people very difficult. Add to that the fact that, in order to communicate with the locals, you have to communicate through various musical instruments, the misplaying of which could [...]

    30. "The Moon Moth" is about a world that is more like an alien world. Edwer Thissell is the main character. Thissell has been asked to be the head person of a planet called Sirene. Sirene is a different world where everyone wears masks. The community members living in Sirene switch what mask they want to wear by their change in moods.They communicate with each other by singing with different instruments. By knowing what mask the person wears and what instrument they are communicating with tells the [...]

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