Sunday, May 24, 2015

In Search of Lost Dragons

In Search of Lost Dragons
author: Élian Black'mor
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.15
book published: 2011
rating: 4
read at: 2015/05/24
date added: 2015/05/24
shelves: graphic-novels
'In Search of Lost Dragons' is part art book, and part travel journal, and, I think, it is completely successful.

An explorer who is both illustrator and explorer goes in search of elusive dragons. Tracking them throughout Europe and into Asia, he has the gift of seeing the unusual and capturing it in beautiful illustrations. Whether it is in the mountains, or caves, or snow or swamps, the traveler stalks his prey. Along the way, he finds unusual customs that surround the beasts, like unusual sideshows. He has detractors at home who want to discredit his work, but still he plows on.

The book is full of illustrations, sketches, product labels, train tickets, playbills for unusual shows, and ticket stubs. I loved the layout and idea of this book. The pictures are beautiful, and might not be as interesting on their own without the travelogue to go with them. The journal makes it feel like an exotic trip that you've been invited on. The playbills, ticket stubs, etc. are presented as if they are taped inside the journal as mementos from the trip. While the journey doesn't reach a definite end, it seems that it's the journey and not the destination that makes this a memorable read.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Diamond Book Distributors, Dynamite Entertainment, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review such a gorgeous ebook.

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