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This out-of-print English translation collects Shore Leave on Pharagonesia, Absoluten Calfeutrail, The Hunt for the Vacationing Frenchman, White Nightmare, The Apple Pie, Double Escape, and Rock City by Jean "Moebius" Giraud.


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This out-of-print English translation collects Shore Leave on Pharagonesia, Absoluten Calfeutrail, The Hunt for the Vacationing Frenchman, White Nightmare, The Apple Pie, Double Escape, and Rock City by Jean "Moebius" Giraud.

30 review for The Collected Fantasies, Vol. 6: Pharagonesia and Other Strange Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    Like volume 4, this volume would also make a great introduction to Moebius’ work. The stories are a bit more on the experimental side, but not so far gone into dream imagery and symbolism as to be incomprehensible. Okay, perhaps “incomprehensible” is an overstatement. Even at his weirdest, Moebius is still fascinating and worth reading. But some stories are definitely more easily accessible than others. “Pharagonesia” is a lovely tale. A human goes on shore leave on an alien world and gets more t Like volume 4, this volume would also make a great introduction to Moebius’ work. The stories are a bit more on the experimental side, but not so far gone into dream imagery and symbolism as to be incomprehensible. Okay, perhaps “incomprehensible” is an overstatement. Even at his weirdest, Moebius is still fascinating and worth reading. But some stories are definitely more easily accessible than others. “Pharagonesia” is a lovely tale. A human goes on shore leave on an alien world and gets more than he bargained for. It's funny and weird and wonderful in all the right ways. Moebius mentions Robert Sheckley and Jack Vance as embodying the tone he was going for. I can definitely see Vance. Not familiar enough with Sheckley’s work (to my shame. I’m sure Bryan will eagerly recommend some) to tell. Above all else, the story illustrates the importance of frapping your koks before drinking it. “The Hunt for the Vacationing Frenchman” seems like something out of Mad magazine, and I possibly detect a bit of a Will Elder influence on the art. Fun story! Another personal favorite is “White Nightmare,” a story that, sadly, will probably continue to be relevant for longer than I care to imagine. Those three are, I think, my favorites, but the entire volume is absolutely stellar. Highly recommended!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Another beautiful collection of stories by the european master of sci-fi. Can't give anything less than 5/5 to Moebius. The philosophy behind his writtings is simple and mind-blowing all together. Double Escape, White Nightmare, rock city and absoluten calfeurtrail were the stories that'll stick to me. Especially White Nightmare, a pure anti-racist story writen in the '70s that unfortunately still applies in it's whole. He truly is on a different unique level and shall remain there throughout th Another beautiful collection of stories by the european master of sci-fi. Can't give anything less than 5/5 to Moebius. The philosophy behind his writtings is simple and mind-blowing all together. Double Escape, White Nightmare, rock city and absoluten calfeurtrail were the stories that'll stick to me. Especially White Nightmare, a pure anti-racist story writen in the '70s that unfortunately still applies in it's whole. He truly is on a different unique level and shall remain there throughout the history of the 9th art.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    The weakest volume of Moebius I've read yet. It contained a bunch of stream-of-consciousness type story telling, but unfortunately the plots were very normal and dull. I would like to see Moebius execute more stories like Arzach, where the plot doesn't so much matter and the emphasis is on the art, the environment, and the atmosphere.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jemppu

    This volume has a fine collection of stories, all great for their separate reasons. Top for me (in order they appear on the pages): "Shore Leave on Pharagonesia" - Amusing run of imagination, enforced by the sheer casualness of the events. "Absoluten Calfeutrail" - Completely visual narration. The lone traveler free-falling across universes, the appearance of scheduled time, and the apparent worshipping/monitoring of designated spots... Re-viewing this now, having recently read James Tiptree Jr.'s This volume has a fine collection of stories, all great for their separate reasons. Top for me (in order they appear on the pages): "Shore Leave on Pharagonesia" - Amusing run of imagination, enforced by the sheer casualness of the events. "Absoluten Calfeutrail" - Completely visual narration. The lone traveler free-falling across universes, the appearance of scheduled time, and the apparent worshipping/monitoring of designated spots... Re-viewing this now, having recently read James Tiptree Jr.'s short, "Man Who Walked Home" I'm struck by the combined similarities. Although unlikely connected, I had to go check which came first (Tiptree, by five years). And though quite unlikely the case either, it's still an enticing thought-play too, to imagine if my fondness for "The Man Who Walked Home" could've perhaps subconsciously been affected by a comic I 'read' over two decades before. Gorgeously atmospheric pieces both. "White Nightmare" - poignant commentary on anti-immigration sentiments, not missing the opportunity to poke fun.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    The sixth volume of this excellent series is a grab bag of shorter pieces from Jean Giraud. Most of them are only of interest for the Moebius completist, but "Shore Leave on Pharagonesia" is the clear exception. This humorous (but somewhat dark) piece is an outstanding example of the artist's highly evolved sense of the absurd, and it features some of his very best artwork. Even if the other pieces in this volume are a bit underwhelming, "Shore Leave on Pharagonesia" is worth the price of admiss The sixth volume of this excellent series is a grab bag of shorter pieces from Jean Giraud. Most of them are only of interest for the Moebius completist, but "Shore Leave on Pharagonesia" is the clear exception. This humorous (but somewhat dark) piece is an outstanding example of the artist's highly evolved sense of the absurd, and it features some of his very best artwork. Even if the other pieces in this volume are a bit underwhelming, "Shore Leave on Pharagonesia" is worth the price of admission all by itself.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Another volume of short stories presented in the many styles of Moebius. Brief, smart, imaginative and very original stories, they are a window in Gireaud's fantasies.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Duncan

    My head is spinning.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Lisovsky

    Сборник новелл и коротких зарисовок Мёбиуса, одни мне понравились больше, другие меньше (прослеживалась корелляция с наличием внятного сюжета). Рискну предположить, что заглавная новелла рифмуется с "фантасмагорией", бредовым видением. Впрочем, у неё как раз есть чёткий сюжет и ловко реализованная идея. В целом неплохо, для общего развития стоит ознакомиться. Fun fact of the day: В комментариях Жан Жиро говорит, что истории без слов мысленно отсылают к его собственному детству, где он листал амер Сборник новелл и коротких зарисовок Мёбиуса, одни мне понравились больше, другие меньше (прослеживалась корелляция с наличием внятного сюжета). Рискну предположить, что заглавная новелла рифмуется с "фантасмагорией", бредовым видением. Впрочем, у неё как раз есть чёткий сюжет и ловко реализованная идея. В целом неплохо, для общего развития стоит ознакомиться. Fun fact of the day: В комментариях Жан Жиро говорит, что истории без слов мысленно отсылают к его собственному детству, где он листал американские комиксы, не зная ни слова по-английски. Комикс таким образом наполнялся мощным сюрреалистичным смыслом. Данный эффект Мёбиус и пытается воспроизвести в своих "немых" зарисовках. Отсюда же проистекает и фрагмент с псевдо-вестерном из "Герметического гаража", где ковбои разговаривают между собой на несуществующем языке, и читатель автоматически становится маленьким Мёбиусом.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jamil

    liked "Absoluten Calfeutrail", "Double Escape" & "Rock City". liked "Absoluten Calfeutrail", "Double Escape" & "Rock City".

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stefano

  11. 4 out of 5

    Indy

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alexander

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lucile Klein

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jorge Cid

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mimesis

  16. 4 out of 5

    Francesco

  17. 4 out of 5

    Georgia

  18. 4 out of 5

    Avi Rozen

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ivica

  20. 5 out of 5

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  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

    Eli

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vincent Saint-Cyr

  26. 5 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

    Paul Grimsley

  28. 4 out of 5

    Opie Double You

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michele Pittalis

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jocke

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