I’ve enjoyed Stålenhag’s paintings for years, and part of that enjoyment consists of trying to figure out “just what the heck is going on here?” In his previous two books, he offers fragmentary answers to the questions elicited by some of his works. “The Electric State” provides a more cohesive - but still tantalizingly incomplete - explanation for some of his as-yet-unexplained, still enigmatic works.
It’s not the explanation I expected. It is dark, very dark. And it is sad, and chilling, and very, very beautiful.
I’ll be blunt: this is Hugo Award material. I’m going to resist the urge to describe the storyline, because I don’t want to spoil the experience of reading the book and unraveling the story and coming to understand the world Stålenhag has painstakingly portrayed.
I understand that it can be unsatisfying to read a review that says “you’ll enjoy this more if you start out knowing nothing”, but given the nature of this book - it straddles the line between ‘short story’ and ‘graphic novel’, and also there’s a reasonable chance that you’ve already seen and wondered at some of the artwork - I’m going to recommend that you do the unthinkable and Trust A Stranger On The Internet: buy this book and read it, cold. You will not be disappointed.
- Hardcover: 133 pages
- Publisher: Skybound Books (25 September 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501181416
- ISBN-13: 978-1501181412
- Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 2 x 25.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)