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That Hellbound Train 4 years 10 months ago #27603

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This week's designated host, our very own oraclexview seems to be unavailable these days. So, instead of him, here I am, back again with a 3 issue mini-series that I hope you'll like. This came out in 2011, and I don't know how many people actually read it. Its my suggestion to our reading club friends to try read all 3 issues back to back in one sitting.

Reading Club for Calendar week 51 (December 17 - December 31, 2012)
Book:That Hellbound Train
Host:600WPMPO
Publisher:IDW Publishing
Creators:Robert Bloch(story), Dave Wachter (art)
Genre:Fantasy, Horror
No of Issues:3
Age Rating:All
ISBN:978-1613770719
Read by:Calendar week 52 (December 31, 2012)
Host Rating:4/5
Community Rating:?/5
Published:June 2011 - August 2011
Host Review:...coming soon
Next Host:perezmu
Background:

"That Hell-Bound Train" is a fantasy short story by Robert Bloch from 1958 that won the Hugo Award in 1959. It was originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in September 1958.A comic book version of the story began publication on May 15, 2011. The adaptation was written by Joe Lansdale and John Lansdale, with art by Dave Wachter. It ran for 3 issues, and was published by IDW Comics.
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Jump onboard Robert Bloch's That Hellbound Train! Martin, an out-of-luck orphan, struggles to fulfill the American dream - but fate conspires against him at every turn. On the verge of giving up hope, our young protagonist is visited by a monstrous train, one whose conductor might just have a ticket to fame and riches... if Martin is willing to pay the price! Scribes Joe and John Lansdale (30 Days of Night: Night, Again) and artist Dave Wachter bring this unique tale of American folklore to life!
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Re: That Hellbound Train 4 years 10 months ago #27606

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This looks terrific. Can't wait to catch up. Good effort on keeping the reading club alive 600!
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Re: That Hellbound Train 4 years 10 months ago #27609

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Just finished reading this. Wow. I loved it.

I grew up reading Dylan Dog (probably one of the most popular Italian books), and this took me back to those stories. It has its own symbolism, its own little world of myth.

The story was really good (maybe cheesy in certain places? who cares.) and the characters were well written. The artwork was really nice, I appreciated the dark undertones and the "over-the-top" feeling certain panels, in contrast with the scaringly simplistic drawings in other parts.

Was it easy to anticipate the ending? If you've been reading Dylan Dog for years, probably. But does that make it any less of a good read? Hell no.

4.5 /5 for me. Thanks 600 for the suggestion!
I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!
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Re: That Hellbound Train 4 years 10 months ago #27612

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kenjio wrote:
Just finished reading this. Wow. I loved it.
Kenjio gets +1 karma for being the fastest reading club reader till date! :laugh:

And some screenshot motivation for other users to get on reading this nice book:

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Re: That Hellbound Train 4 years 10 months ago #27614

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haha, pure coincidence. My job is slowing down for the xmas holidays, so I have a bit more time to read.

Currently I have approx 100 issues of the DC new 52 Batman continuity to catch up with.. sigh
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Re: That Hellbound Train 4 years 10 months ago #27639

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kenjio wrote:
haha, pure coincidence. My job is slowing down for the xmas holidays, so I have a bit more time to read.
Hmm.... and i thought people would be busy with x-mas, so give them a 3-issue mini. I was earlier thinking about a 12-issue series. Should've given you that....:P
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Re: That Hellbound Train 4 years 10 months ago #27729

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In case anyone is interested, the host for the next reading club (beginning 31st December) is our very own perezmu! Had a chat with him yesterday on the Google plus network... :-)
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Re: That Hellbound Train 4 years 10 months ago #27833

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The reading club is weeping in its loneliness....:-(
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I'm coming! I just need to catch up.
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Re: That Hellbound Train 4 years 9 months ago #27913

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So, only 3 days to go before this fortnight's reading club gets locked, and we've got only 3 votes (out of which, one is mine & one is still to read).


Pathetic.
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