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Lost Girls ★ Lost Girls PDF / Epub ✪ Author Alan Moore – Thomashillier.co.uk For than a century, Alice, Wendy and Dorothy have been our guides through the Wonderland, Neverland and Land of Oz of our childhoods Now like us, these three lost girls have grown up and are ready to For than a century, Alice, Wendy and Dorothy have been our guides through the Wonderland, Neverland and Land of Oz of our childhoods Now like us, these three Lost Girls have grown up and are ready to guide us again, this time through the realms of our sexual awakening and fulfillment Through their familiar fairytales they share with us their most intimate revelations of desire in its many forms, revelations that shine out radiantly through the dark clouds of war gathering around a luxury Austrian hotel Drawing on the rich heritage of erotica, Lost Girls is the rediscovery of the power of ecstatic writing and art in a sublime union that only the medium of comics can achieve Exquisite, thoughtful, and human, Lost Girls is a work of breathtaking scope that challenges the very notion of art fettered by convention This is erotic fiction at its finest Similar to DC s Absolute editions of Watchmen and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Lost Girls will be published as three,page, super deluxe, oversized hardcover volumes, all sealed in a gorgeous slipcase It will truly be an edition for the ages.


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  1. Arthur Graham Arthur Graham says:

    Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie, filthy pornographers This graphic novel puts the graphic into pornographic, make no mistake about it Sex acts of every imaginable configuration are rendered in vivid color and explicit detail, all across an extended narrative that is guaranteed to challenge the reader s interpretation of at least several classic works However, despite the fact that it s been lauded by multitudes of readers and well respected authors alike, with Neil Fucking Gaiman himself ca Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie, filthy pornographers This graphic novel puts the graphic into pornographic, make no mistake about it Sex acts of every imaginable configuration are rendered in vivid color and explicit detail, all across an extended narrative that is guaranteed to challenge the reader s interpretation of at least several classic works However, despite the fact that it s been lauded by multitudes of readers and well respected authors alike, with Neil Fucking Gaiman himself calling it a master class in comics technique, there remains the tendency to view such work as, at best, smut with a story In a 2006 interview, Moore was willing to share his views on pornography in general, offering the following explanation for the stigma that remains permanently attached to the genre Pornography is an area where there are absolutely no standards, so most of it is ugly, brainless shit Therefore people look at it and say, well, most of the pornography that I can see is ugly, brainless, and perhaps sometimes immoral or degrading shit, therefore all pornography that can be conceived of must be in the same category.When Moore and Gebbie first began working on Lost Girls in 1991, it was a different kind of pornography they had in mind Recognizing it as an art form with much untapped potential, they set out to create ahuman form of pornography that doesn t necessarily sacrifice any of its erotic power, but which functions in the way that art should In its far reaching exploration of the diverse issues arising from both sexual repression and liberation, Lost Girls accomplishes precisely that, prompting readers to actually think about sex above the base level It is one of the tropes of pure pornography that events are without consequence, explains Gaiman No babies, no STDs, no trauma, no memories best left unexamined Lost Girls, however, is all about consequences Gebbie, Moore s wife and long time collaborator, had the following to say about their sixteen year study of human sexuality When I was about 10, and I first started thinking about sex officially, I thought, There must be a beautiful book somewhere, that will tell me everything I want to know, and it will be beautiful, and everything will be explained, and once I see it, I will know everything there is to know about sex And of course, there was no such book There never has been a book With Lost Girls, I finally got a chance to do one.The story is set in Switzerland on the eve of the First World War By sheer coincidence or so it seems , three women from radically different walks of life converge upon the luxurious Hotel Himmelgarten women who, through their subsequent exchange of stories and sexual encounters, discover that they have muchin common than is first expected Besides their each being the grown up incarnations of the three most beloved characters from classic children s literature Dorothy Gale, Wendy Darling, and Alice Liddell , they are each dealing with their own sexual issues as well It is from this basic premise that the authors begin their narrative, deconstructing and commenting on these classic children s stories, reconstituting them as overtly pornographic allegories about adolescent sexual awakening, the power of fantasy, sex as power, sex as a means of coping with trauma, and sex as a means to heal Though none of the works from which Moore and Gebbie draw their heroines are overtly sexual, each of them abounds with hints of glossed over sexuality For example, though we could easily read the Wicked Witch of the West as a predatory lesbian, cackling with glee as she pursues Dorothy, the chaste object of her desire I ll get you, my pretty , most of the characters from The Wizard of Oz are splendidly simplified, defined only in terms of what they lack heart, courage, and brain, respectively Dorothy, on the other hand, seems only to be lacking that which would be most natural in a girl her age budding sexuality In Moore and Gebbie s treatment of her character, however, the long kept secrets of her sex life are finally revealed Not surprisingly, they put a whole new spin on the Land of Oz and its supposedly sexless inhabitantsSee, what it is, I wanted to be doin it with somebody who had real thoughts an feelin s just like me, but sometimes I d hold him an there wasn t nothin there I might as well have humped a rag doll, or somethin you stick out in a field to scare the birds I didn t come but once or twice He d sigh, and all I d hear was wind between the cornPeter Pan is slightlyrealistic sexually, as Wendy enters motherhood in the end, but to define her sexuality solely in terms of its biological consequence is to deny everything leading up to it In addition to this, there are the unresolved sexual tensions submerged within the love triangle between Peter, Wendy, and Tinker Bell a quadrangle if we include Captain Hook Add to this the homoeroticism inherent in the notion of Lost Boys cavorting freely forever in a land far removed from adult judgments, and Peter Pan is simply rife with sexual undertones just waiting to be brought to the surface As a middle aged, painfully repressed English housewife, Moore and Gebbie s Wendy proves to be the perfect vehicle for dredging them upShadow play It is perhaps difficult to deny that the authors of Lost Girls tookliberties with Alice from Alice in Wonderland, portraying the young, seemingly innocent girl as an aging lesbian libertine, but, in all fairness, there is nothing in the original work to expressly eliminate this possibility from her future either In fact, to assume that she d become the well behaved wife of a respectable man like Wendy constitutes the most blatant kind of heterocentricism, and the themes of madness coloring her childhood could arguably foreshadow much future deviancy sic as well.Through the looking glassDoubtless there will be those who insist the authors have gone too far in their reimagining of these characters, but in actuality they ve done nothingthan reappropriate their lost sexualities from the dustbin of literary history In this sense, the only liberties they ve taken with them have been in doing justice to their impossibly repressed libidos L Frank Baum, J M Barrie, and Lewis Carroll may be rolling in their respective graves, but that shouldn t dissuade us from finally admitting that their characters did indeed possess genitals beneath their billowing bloomers and constricting corsets, and, perhaps, the desire and willingness to use them.This admittance is not made solely for the sake of titillation, however As we follow Alice, not down the Rabbit Hole, but down into the decadence of the Victorian lesbian underground as we follow Wendy, not to Neverland, but to the dense thicket of underbrush where her and her brothers first discovered sex and as we follow Dorothy, not along the Yellow Brick Road, but along a string of rustic romps across her Uncle s Kansas farm several core theses regarding sex and sexuality are suggested and explored one, that sexual desire defies all logic, and is often the pathway to madness two, that sexuality is a part of growing up, a passage from childhood to adulthood and three, that sex is something which, if denied, can lead to the development of an incomplete identity We didn t want to do something that was a sniggering parody of these works, explains Moore We really wanted to be faithful to the original books We did not want to travesty them So we have these girls all grown up and having sexual adventures what human beings actually do In all three of the original stories it is suggested that the girls would grow up, after all, and therefore it only follows that they would develop sexual identities as well It was with this natural development in mind that the authors set out to extrapolate the girls into a future sexual, adult life The premier of Stravinsky s Rite of SpringAs the current owners of Peter Pan have already resolved their objections to Lost Girls with Top Shelf Publishing, and both The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland have been within the public domain for quite some time now, whatever lingering concerns there are over the use or misuse of the characters constitutes a minor point of contention The real controversy surrounding Lost Girls centers on the book s graphic sexual illustrations Rare is the page where there is no sex or sexuality depicted, and rarer still are the pages depicting sex acts one might consider to be vanilla in flavor Although there are many instances of one on one couplings between young, conventionally attractive men and women, their inclinations toward promiscuity, sodomy, and unusual fetishes serve to make them every bit as potentially taboo as the many instances of group, gay, lesbian, interracial, and intergenerational sex to grace the book s pages Add to this a healthy dose of incest, sex between minors, and ephebophilia, with a pinch of rape and bestiality thrown in for good measure, and there are enough transgressive images between these covers to make even the most sexually adventurous reader blush or pale, or perhaps both alternatively Any furor that might erupt over Lost Girls is down to the fact that it has pictures, argues Moore After all, farviolent and brutal pornographic prose novels, like those by the Marquis de Sade, are still in print, and no one is currently trying to prosecute them in court And though Lost Girls did manage to overcome its initial legal difficulties, it was still refused by several book sellers on the grounds that its visual content was too offensive This tendency to censor imagesstrictly than words has been a characteristic of our culture ever since Moses supposedly stepped down from Mt Sinai with the Second Commandment, which, when taken literally, seems to prohibit images of any kind In the realm of the sexual image, however, censorship has been evenvirulent.As one example Moore cites William Blake, whose well meaning followers, upon his death, completely excised all of the erotic work that he d done, because they didn t want people to get the wrong idea of him Illustrating the tendency towards self censorship, Moore reminds us that even Aubrey Beardsley, one of the finest British artists of the late Victorian era, requested on his deathbed that his beautiful illustrations of Aristophanes Lysistrata be committed to the flames, along with his many other obscene works In both cases, however, the motivating force behind the censorship was essentially the same moral pressures of the time simply did not foster a very high tolerance for sex or sexual imagery And, according to Moore the moral pressures of Beardsley s time, looked back on from aenlightened future, were simply wrong The moral pressures of his time were what destroyed Oscar Wilde and everybody and every publication that Oscar Wilde had been associated with I can see why Beardsley was nervous, but he shouldn t have been, because he d done nothing wrong And if that applies to 1820, it certainly applies today.The prohibitions against sex and sexual imagery, though certainly relaxed two centuries later, nevertheless continue to contribute to the denigration of pornography as inherently dirty, shameful, and generally undeserving of the status accorded to most other forms of art and literature In response to this, Moore asks, Why must these often very tender pieces of artwork be damned, consigned to this grubby under the counter genre, where there is a miasma hanging over the very word That is another reason for stubbornly calling Lost Girls pornography , because I wanted to reclaim the word Given Moore s views on sex and censorship, it is not surprising that he chose the pornographic medium to get those views across The ability of sexually explicit images to shock and offend or simply intrigue and arouse , rather than constituting a demerit, is actually one of the main virtues of the form For while the imagery on any given page may be what draws the reader s initial attention and reaction positive or negative , if the eye is held long enough to take in the contents of the captions and word balloons as well, then the reader s initial voyeuristic curiosity may be transformed into an actual consideration of what the images are being used to say It may be hard to find a single image in all three volumes of Lost Girls that isn t being used to explore deeper sexual themes and issues, but for the reader who finds sex and sexuality inherently offensive, this may not be enough to affect a pardon If we couldn t offend anybody, jokes Moore, then how could it be a transgressive work of pornography We would have been rightly accused of having done something that was a literary work, which dodged the real issues that it set out to address However, before judging the book s content or presentation, it is important to remember that the authors aren t necessarily condoning or advocating all or even any of the sex acts they portray, anyso than the writer of a murder mystery is necessarily advocating the act of murder As a work of pornography, Moore explains, Lost Girls follows a basic tenet of the genre, which is the thrill of vicariously experiencing something taboo or transgressive He continues We don t seem to have much of a problem in distinguishing between fact and fantasy except for when it comes to sex, and I m not entirely sure why that is, why we make a special case for sexuality It s okay to show murders in most of our great art, it s perfectly okay to show how life can be ended, but there is something suspect in showing the ways in which life can be begun, or just showing people enjoying themselves.This observation is particularly telling when we consider that the sexual breakthroughs experienced by the story s three heroines are only interrupted by the outbreak of World War I Even after all of the other guests and most of its staff have fled the Hotel Himmelgarten, Dorothy, Wendy, and Alice continue to engage each other s sexual imaginations, defying the impending death and destruction that will soon reach its front door Moore postulates that t he stories they are telling, and the fact that they are telling them, is somehowimportant than this terrible storm that is breaking over Europe to destroy everything He continues Somehow, this romance, this narrative, their narratives, areimportant because they are actually about life they are about imagination and possibilities, whereas what is bearing down upon Europe is the exact opposite of that War is about limiting the possibilities of everything, destroying our imaginations in the same way it destroys the physical landscape by leveling it to just a flat, barren stretch of mud.This is what sets Lost Girls apart from the vast majority of pornography available today, which is most often based upon a gross simplification of the sexual experience, its participants, and the world they inhabit The sexual imagination, which is the biggest part of sexuality, is not well served in our culture, explains Moore, and I really don t understand why that should be It is this lack of sexual imagination, according to Moore, that limits the ways in which we re allowed to view, think about, and practice sex However, if the millennia of erotic art between the Venus of Villendorf and Lost Girls is any indication, Pornography has always been with us and always will be with us, and nothing s going to change that The only question is, Is it going to be good pornography or is it going to be bad pornography And given that most pornography today is very bad indeed, it s probably about time that people make a serious effort to reclaim this despised genre If bad pornography limits and constricts sex into a very narrow, ultimately hollow commodity, then good pornography should enlarge and challenge our ideas concerning sex and sexuality, finally doing justice to the rich sexual universe we live in By refusing to cater exclusively to any one sex, gender, or orientation, by refusing to portray the sex act as separate from the deepest self, and by refusing the bounds of physical reality their puritanical reign over the limitless sexual imagination, Lost Girls has done precisely this Even if it breaks a thousand taboos along the way, so be it as a work of pure fiction, it could break every sexual taboo known to man and never hurt a thing.Perhaps this is the most important thing for us to remember in our estimation of this work, as exemplified by the speech delivered by Monsieur Rougeur during the hotel wide orgy taking place in Chapter 22 Declaring our sexual imaginings to be the palaces of luxury that all the policies and armies of the outer world can never spoil, can never bring to rubble, he affirms the power of fantasy in the face of our most dire reality Where the world of fact so often fails us, the possibilities embodied by fantasy remain, perhaps to guide our energies into a healthier, potentially cathartic future It is possible to imagine a world where people are comfortable enough with themselves and each other to make love and not war, after all, but only if they are equipped to consider the possibility.Sources


  2. Alejandro Alejandro says:

    A very complicated review to make Warning This book is for adults only This hardcover edition collects the entire graphic novel Lost Girls , presenting the three volumes, with its thirty chaptersCreative Team Writer Alan MooreIllustrator Melinda GebbieLetterer Todd Klein WE RE ALL MAD HERE I m Alice. Oh, well M my name s Wendy. And I m Dorothy Y know, ain t it just perfect we should all be friendsAlan Moore is the writer withballs in the comic books business and th A very complicated review to make Warning This book is for adults only This hardcover edition collects the entire graphic novel Lost Girls , presenting the three volumes, with its thirty chaptersCreative Team Writer Alan MooreIllustrator Melinda GebbieLetterer Todd Klein WE RE ALL MAD HERE I m Alice. Oh, well M my name s Wendy. And I m Dorothy Y know, ain t it just perfect we should all be friendsAlan Moore is the writer withballs in the comic books business and the only comic book writer that can come out with such polemic book and not being attacked as a dirty pornographer but a witty artist.Alan Moore, only Alan Moore.Because after reading Lost Girls with all its greatness but also all its controversy, you can t deny its artistic virtues.There are chapters, such like, The Mirror Shaking and Waking , that they are indeed crafty pieces of art, merging narrative with drawing Also, the book has a faultless format with chapters where each is made of exactly 8 pages, with 10 chapters per volume, in 3 volumes I always like symmetry in a work And talking about the materials of the the book hardcover, paper, size, inks, etc I have to admit that it s easily one of the most gorgeous books ever published, in the genre of comic books no wonder why it s 45, but the resulted presentation is worthy Lost Girls initially was serialized in the comic book Taboo edited by Stephen R Bissette old friend of Moore since their days in Swamp Thing and where, in that title, From Hell also by Alan Moore was serialized too However, Lost Girls never was completed in Taboo and the collaborative team of Moore and Gebbie to finish Lost Girls was prolonged for 16 years and resulted in the marriage of Moore and Gebbie, after he was left by his first wife and their mutual lover yes, a complicated life So, you can say that Lost Girls wasn t just a work of sex, but also a work of love.Lady Alice Fairchild adult version of Alice in Wonderland s Alice, in her 50s , Dorothy Gale adult version of Wizard of Oz s Dorothy, in her 20s and Wendy Darling adult version of Peter Pan s Wendy, in her 30s meet in a hotel at Austria, a year before World War I The three women recognized themselves as soulmates, having experienced unusual experiences in their teenage years, so they open themselves with each other in these threesome, to know everything about them.I think that my major complains about Lost Girls is its lack of point beside the basic concept of portraiting classic children s books characters from different tales, in their adult age, and interacting with each other and its unnecesary lenght You know, I read that Watchmen supposed to be only 6 issues I figuredcentered in the investigation of Rorschach my favorite character there but DC wanted a maxi series, so Moore had to include the heroes origins to be to expand the work to 12 issues, and while, obviously Watchmen is a masterpiece, I think that it s felt that it s longer that initially intended And while Lost Girls may be possess its intended extension, I don t think that it was needed so many chapters to point out such basic concept, since beyond that, the narrative hasn t any other purpose, goal or ironically climax In fact, there is a moment where this turned to be just uneventful chapters filled with sex scenes, unlike the initial chapters where you feelingenious interaction between the characters And, of course, the main reason of all the controversy about this graphic novel, is due that the three main characters tell their own sex experiences while they are still teenagers Everybody discover sex in his her teenage years, but I guess that presenting that in such open way in an illustrated story, is one heck of fuzz And playing Devil s Advocate, I can t blame those who may find awful those parts of the narrative, since after all, some of those scenes aren t free of abhorrent acts that they are clearly legal offenses, and that s not good, not matter the reason, if there is any PIXIE DUST Like shoes, we try our fantasies on, yes Sometimes they are too big for us, sometimes we outgrow them they become too small Too confining Or perhaps they wear out become dull, familiar, merely comfortable. I guess that while there are a lot of scholar studies analyzing the sexual allegories in classic children s tales, one thing is reading about those hidden devices, in hypothetical scenarios and quite other to have them in open way, without subterfuges, and with illustrations included.We read the tales when we were kids, and when we grow up, we want to get back to those stories, and that s why those re tellings are so popular since you can read about your favorite characters but with an adult oriented angle However, when the story turned to be too real, when the pixie dust is depleted, when the characters turned to be too adult, with needs too adult, well, no one can be blame if they feel that it was just a little too much.We want to know what happened with the characters after their original books ended, when the characters got older, beyond the yellow brick roads, but sometimes you aren t prepared for what you may find there.They are fiction characters for a reason They aren t real people Characters are idealized, to the point to be put in pedestals They became perfect in our minds However, when fiction characters got too real, too human, they stopped to be characters and become people And people aren t perfect You aren t watching a reflection in a mirror any, but the true nature of people So, you have to ask yourself if you really want to read about people or fiction characters That s why fantasy is such appealing, while reality can be awful sometimes NOT KANSAS ANYMORE War s such a frightful perversion It turns everything contrariwise. Make love, not war If there is some way to simplify this massive work of Lost Girls, I think that s that.Maybe you find having promiscuous sex like something dirty or wrong, we aren t here to judge anyone that s God s job , but definitely having war is far, far worse And since this review has been quite challenging to write, I think that it s better to leave it here


  3. Warwick Warwick says:

    Pornography, according to John Soltenberg, tells lies about women but the truth about men But is that because the genre s inherently flawed, or just because everyone who makes it is so mediocre Lost Girls is certainly an effort to say something truthful about women as well as about men, adolescence, fantasy, freedom and common sense but it takes you a fair while to get over the sheer chutzpah of using porn to do it Is it brave Is it justified Is it is it sexy The premise is an interesting Pornography, according to John Soltenberg, tells lies about women but the truth about men But is that because the genre s inherently flawed, or just because everyone who makes it is so mediocre Lost Girls is certainly an effort to say something truthful about women as well as about men, adolescence, fantasy, freedom and common sense but it takes you a fair while to get over the sheer chutzpah of using porn to do it Is it brave Is it justified Is it is it sexy The premise is an interesting, almost Stoppardian, one Three girls from classic children s stories Wendy from Peter Pan, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, and Alice, of Wonderland fame meet by chance as grown women, in a Vienna hotel in 1914 As they tell each other their stories, their childhood adventures are re imagined as sexual coming of age tales, which all three of them find they still have to come to terms with in some way.Uncharitably, you could say this is a relatively flimsy excuse for three volumes of hardcore sex Or you could find yourself wanting to cheer about the fact that someone s taking pornography and trying to do something interesting with it And if this does have artistic merit which it does by the way in spades , does that make it somehow not porn Moore and Gebbie seem to have tried to stop anyone thinking of this as anything less this can t be classified reassuringly as erotica They aren t just dipping their toes in here, playing with some of the conventions This is out and out porn It s like they ve rolled their sleeves up, and taken on every stereotype they could think of.We have boy girl sex, boy boy sex, girl girl girl girl girl sex sex with children, sex with parents and siblings, sex with animals consensual sex and rape sex oral, anal and vaginal sex with toys Sex in vast, pullulating groups Sex alone.How much any of this turns you on will depend on where your tastes lie, but anyway turning you on isn t necessarily a high priority of Lost Girls Working out what the priority is exactly is one of the many pleasures to be had here The systematic way all of these set ups are worked through in the book makes it seem almost parodic at times but some serious effort is also being made to work out what artistic effect can be drawn out of a famously un artistic genre.Visually, it looks stunning Gebbie has gone to town in the most incredible way with the period, creating sexy Matisse take offs, Victorian erotica imitations, parodies of Schiele and Beardsley, and erotic references to the original illustrations associated with these characters All of this works well with Moore s approach to the material, which is to reinterpret the fairy tales as parables for adolescent sexuality So the Lost Boys from Peter Pan represent a rich girl s view of the unbridled lust of the working classes the wonderful wizard of Oz who of course turned out to be a foolish old man here becomes an examination of how a daughter outgrows her psychological attraction to her father.The wish to make all this fucking somehowmeaningful sometimes leads to some fairly ridiculous prose Here s Alice describing an encounter during the famous first night of Stravinsky s Rite of Spring I lanced my tongue in Mrs Potter s anus, up and fast between the tropic lips into her beast peach hole Crowned hot with bronze, American girl heat rubbed shameless as a cat against my thigh The smash of wet cymbals inside me as the maid surrendered to the sacrifice I m weeping.It s like a letter to Penthouse written by Sir Walter Scott And the sex itself, however beautifully drawn, can get a bit fatiguing after three volumes of it.But that aside, you have to give Lost Girls full marks for ambition Time and again it deliberately throws up challenges to you as a reader, prompting you to question every response you have to the material Wendy, for instance, worries about the incest which characterises a book they re reading isn t it wrong to be turned on by stuff which is legally and morally reprehensible It s an unngh exciting story, but the children, doing things with ungh with their own MotherI mean, I have unngh a son myself, and I d never dream unngh never dream of But of course you would not, dear Madam, interrupts the hotelier Your child is real This book is in part a defence of sexual fantasy, in whatever forms it comes Perhaps some people might find that disingenuous, but I thought for the most part it was a rare blast of common sense.Moore also makes the most of the historical context As well as Stravinsky, we have references to Freud whose ideas are important to the book , and the imminent war is also significant At the end of volume three, Moore shows us the trenches, and the stupidity of vilifying sex as compared to violence is left hanging with devastating effect.Particularly notable is the absence, or at any rate the dismissal, of the guilt which is such a conspicuous aspect of American treatments of sexuality these days Wendy s story is particularly satisfying from this point of view She has guilty fantasies about being kidnapped and raped by a strange claw handed man who preys on local children the Captain Hook figure When he finally confronts her in reality, she s initially terrified But the downfall of Hook in the original story is here transformed into a kind of triumphant moment of self acceptance on the part of his intended victim, as she stops running and turns on him There was a moment when I suddenly saw everything, myself, the whole terrible situation, with perfect clarity I could think about what I liked That didn t mean I wanted it to really happen to me That didn t mean that anyone could force it on me The worries, the excitement, the moral questioning, the confrontation with guilt all of these things are experienced as much by you when you read Lost Girls as by the characters you re reading about The Soltenberg quote I opened with has the following subtext if you find porn sexy you ought to be ashamed of yourself This is also the subtext of everything else anyone ever says about it Isn t it nice for a change to read something whose message is fuck guilt And if the subject matter bothers you, just remember it s only a story Fact and fiction, reflects M Rougeur, as he s being acrobatically fellated only madmen and magistrates cannot discriminate between them


  4. James James says:

    wow um, justwow i don t really know what i was expecting with this book when i first got it i knew that it was by alan moore, the genius behind the comics graphic novelswatchmen , v for vendetta, from hell, the league of extraordinary gentleman, and many others, and i knew that it was a deconstruction of a genre like most of moore s work in this case however, put bluntly as moore has in interviews requested it be done, that genre is pornography, and lost girls is moore s attempt to wow um, justwow i don t really know what i was expecting with this book when i first got it i knew that it was by alan moore, the genius behind the comics graphic novelswatchmen , v for vendetta, from hell, the league of extraordinary gentleman, and many others, and i knew that it was a deconstruction of a genre like most of moore s work in this case however, put bluntly as moore has in interviews requested it be done, that genre is pornography, and lost girls is moore s attempt to take it back, and to all kinds of intellectual places that aren t normally associated with works of that type i guess i just wasn t expecting something quite so..explicit distressing layered to be honest, flipping through it put me off of reading it for a long time when, recently, i read an interview in rue morgue magazine a publication devoted to horror in culture and entertainment with moore, in which he discussed his intentions with the book, i decided to give it another shot.moore says that he really views the work as having very horrific undertones which it does and that in a way, it and its subject matter is based on fear, fear of strange creatures alternately wonderful and scary, and the worst and most ridiculous fears one gender might hold toward the other.so, what on the surface appears to be smutty parodies what moore says he specifically didn t want to do , really turns out to be the stories of peter pan, alice in wonderland, and the wizard of oz or rather, of their primary female protagonists retold in an enlightening, frightening, disgusting, disturbing, and deeply metaphoric and layered manner the parallels running through each of the stories, through humankind s story of maturation, through everyone s personal stories of maturaion, as well as through the era the stories are re told in all of it surrounds the opening shots of world war 1 are fascinating and rewarding moore succeeds in making this book highly literary, intelligent, and challenging.the biggest issue to take with it, of course, is how graphic it is, i could make a graphic novel joke here, but instead, i ll let it pass as best i can , which definitely makes the book not for everyone, and arguably not for most but, when asked if the story could have been done in a kinder, gentler manner, moore s response, a perfect one to end on as the interview in rue morgue did , is thus life can t be compartmentalized into genres it s messy, it can t be separated, it s all going on at once if we are well balanced, then horror, sexuality, comedy, heroism and villainy we are all these things at once, and that s what makes us human


  5. Alex Alex says:

    We get it, Alan You re a total radical WooOOOoooOOOoooOO I m not shocked by this book, I m just sortof bored by it.In case you don t know what this is it s kiddie porn featuring lesbian sex between Alice of Wonderland and Dorothy of Oz See You were surprised, consternated and a little curious, right That s what Moore wants you to feel That s why he did it He s just fucking with you You know who writes lesbian sex scenes between Alice and Dorothy Ninth grade boys Because ninth gr We get it, Alan You re a total radical WooOOOoooOOOoooOO I m not shocked by this book, I m just sortof bored by it.In case you don t know what this is it s kiddie porn featuring lesbian sex between Alice of Wonderland and Dorothy of Oz See You were surprised, consternated and a little curious, right That s what Moore wants you to feel That s why he did it He s just fucking with you You know who writes lesbian sex scenes between Alice and Dorothy Ninth grade boys Because ninth grade boys are lame


  6. Grace Grace says:

    I am no shrinking violet or prude And I love a good comic book as well as a well written spin on a fairy tale Therefore when I heard that Alan Moore had written erotica comics with Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy from Oz, and Wendy Darling from Peter Pan as the 3 main characters, I was enthusiastic What a fascinating idea Sadly, the reality did not live up to my expectations I received all 3 volumes via Inter library loan, and read the first one in its entirety By the time I got halfway throu I am no shrinking violet or prude And I love a good comic book as well as a well written spin on a fairy tale Therefore when I heard that Alan Moore had written erotica comics with Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy from Oz, and Wendy Darling from Peter Pan as the 3 main characters, I was enthusiastic What a fascinating idea Sadly, the reality did not live up to my expectations I received all 3 volumes via Inter library loan, and read the first one in its entirety By the time I got halfway through the second volume, I had to close the book and quit There are only so many ways one can have sex in a plotline before it gets repetitive Not to mention that it seemed like all 3 of the women s first sexual experiences their supernatural experiences were all explained as being their first sexual experience instead.Dorothy going to Oz was actually her first time masturbating, etc were deviant or scarring I won t go into details Yes, naughty sex can be arousing, but it seemed like everything was in there for mere shock value.This book avoids receiving a rating of 1 because it WAS rather creative the ways in which Moore changed the original stories to make them sexual And the illustration styles, especially the segments showing the book of erotica that the characters in the story are reading, can be delightful But I definitely don t recommend it


  7. Brian Brian says:

    I really wanted to like Lost Girls, in no small part because I love Alan Moore s superhero deconstruction and I m an admirer of the comic world s ballsiest writer But in truth, these books are filth, and no amount of sacrificing to Glycon is going to change thatNow hold onto your horse bestiality I m not one to blush I m not saying that these books are garbage because they includegenitalia per page than words I m fine with that, so long as the works stands. erect on its merits But I really wanted to like Lost Girls, in no small part because I love Alan Moore s superhero deconstruction and I m an admirer of the comic world s ballsiest writer But in truth, these books are filth, and no amount of sacrificing to Glycon is going to change thatNow hold onto your horse bestiality I m not one to blush I m not saying that these books are garbage because they includegenitalia per page than words I m fine with that, so long as the works stands. erect on its merits But it doesn t.At it s core, Lost Girls re examines the Big Three of the childhood fantasies from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries Baum, Barrie, and Carroll if ever there was ainteresting group to trade dirty jokes with, I doubt you d find it Nobody could find sturdy ground from which to argue that these works are not laden with beaucoup sexual undertones, and for Moore to go the distance is an interesting and welcome take on the source material But here s where it all goes Humpty Dumpty Moore and Gebbie are so intent on their re envisioning that they commit the unforgivable sin of adaptation you cannot forsake the heart of your source.And the heart of these works is fantasy It s escapism and adventure, magic and mystery Are there all sorts of ways you could draw in parallels between these elements and the sexual awakenings of the characters You bet Would that make an awesome story Probably Do Moore Gebbie do it successfully Nope Instead, the sex supplants the fantasy, and in doing so destroys 90% of what is great about the Big Three All that s left are some clever associations and unexpected twists on familiar personages Captain Hook, Tinker Bell, Scarecrow, etc It s ironic, because Moore is a ceremonial magician whatever that means and so he should have enough respect for magic to leave it in when it works He should have some inkling that to remove the wuzzy line between fantasy and sex and attribute the entirety of the exotic adventure in these wonderful stories to puberty flamed dreaming is just not doing your predecessors justice Yes, sex and fantasy are eager bedfellows Yes, you can talk about sex fueling fantasy No, they are not totally interchangeable.The art earns my particular scorn, mostly because it needed to be something extraordinary, a perfect blend of styles that left you unsure where the fantasy was going to take you Ya know, like a sexual awakening How about letting the art inform the themes I found it offensive, not because of what it depicted, but of how and why I do agree with some of the opinions of other reviewers that there was too much porn I think Moore could have nailed this with a littlerestraint a littlecare for when a scene calls for a phallus, and when it doesn t.I was disappointed with this series Moore has been very vocal about elevating pornography in the public estimation moving into an era when porn is a legitimate art I m willing to entertain that notion, but Lost Girls is an argument in the wrong direction It leaves porn right where it found it, which is to say the Victorian gutter


  8. Sophia Sophia says:

    Sadly, a bit of a disappointment some of the art is beautiful, and I enjoyed some of the story, but overall it s a too much porn, b porn which doesn t really appeal to my sensibilities for the most part, and c kind of sad to see all the magic of these girls stories taken out and replaced with sex I initially thought that sex would just be included, but, despite the cleverness of some of the shifts Captain Hook is a dirty old man who spies on the Lost Boys debauchery in the park nice , Sadly, a bit of a disappointment some of the art is beautiful, and I enjoyed some of the story, but overall it s a too much porn, b porn which doesn t really appeal to my sensibilities for the most part, and c kind of sad to see all the magic of these girls stories taken out and replaced with sex I initially thought that sex would just be included, but, despite the cleverness of some of the shifts Captain Hook is a dirty old man who spies on the Lost Boys debauchery in the park nice , I was left feeling sad, like something important had been taken away Recognizing the thread of sexuality interwoven with these classic stories of lifechanging adventures for innocent girls on the cusp of adolescence is one thing, but taking away all the magic just sort of make the stories ordinary and uninteresting


  9. Selkie ✦ Queen Selkie ✦ Queen says:

    I don t always find my life story within the pages of fiction but there are three occasions when I did, and Alan Moore s graphic novel erotica Lost Girls was one of them.This was quite a peculiar work as a whole, considering Melinda Gebbie s candy colored illustrations could easily be a part of a children s book but I suppose this choice of art style was deliberate because Moore s sensuous writings on sexuality and hedonism were deeply contrasted yet incredibly enhanced by Gebbie s art It also I don t always find my life story within the pages of fiction but there are three occasions when I did, and Alan Moore s graphic novel erotica Lost Girls was one of them.This was quite a peculiar work as a whole, considering Melinda Gebbie s candy colored illustrations could easily be a part of a children s book but I suppose this choice of art style was deliberate because Moore s sensuous writings on sexuality and hedonism were deeply contrasted yet incredibly enhanced by Gebbie s art It also seemed only appropriate to use such an art style, considering Moore used three of the most famous and well loved child heroines in fiction Alice of Alice in Wonderland Through the Looking Glass, Wendy of Peter Pan, and Dorothy of The Wizard of Oz With these recognizable characters, Moore weaved a trinity of intricate expositions where each of his heroine shares her most heated encounters, most depraved indulgences and most mournful losses in the course of their childhood, adolescence and adulthood.There have been analyses on the thematic and psychological aspects of Lost Girls that I ve read online One discussed the Freudian concepts of Id, Ego, and Super Ego that these three women represent Another drew comparisons between Dionysian and Apollonian and its dichotomy present in the characters But my review will not touch upon that because I can t claim that I have an expert knowledge on such subjects but I amthan willing to write an academic paper about Lost Girls someday.Like most of Moore s work, Lost Girls is intellectually stimulating and written with layers of symbols and interpretations which makes it an irresistible literary piece to analyze for someone like me, and an enjoyable if not quite arousing read for a casual reader The idea that child heroines from stories we grew up in are interpreted and portrayed as sexually engrossing vixens who engage in various roleplays as freely as they wish sounds like a bad fanfiction for deviants and perverts, but Moore s caliber as a writer makes his versions of Alice, Wendy and Dorothythan just desirable in flesh He used their sexual escapades as a piercing examination of their damaged or repressed psyches Therein lies the eroticism of Lost Girls It not only engages our senses but also our minds and spirits The story was set in a hotel where these three women are staying in The deliberate depiction of the place that somewhat resembles a doll house is yet another symbolic visual that emphasizes Dorothy, Wendy and Alice s youth as readers are taken into their respective accounts of their very early sexual awakenings We get to know Dorothy first, in all her fiery, passionate and self indulgent encounters with suitors and her own kin, and we cannot look away because they are exciting tales of lust and taboo relations Truly, Dorothy s ready availability and omnisexual inclinations are the most obvious depictions of graphic sex Her purpose in the narrative is to embody raw and unadulterated sexual energy Her panels are sunny and wide in length, emphasizing her larger than life personality and the warmth of her supposedly normal home life.Meanwhile, as a grown woman, Wendy s repressed sexuality represent her stifling Victorian upbringing But long ago, she encountered the boy prostitute Peter and his sister Tinkerbell when she was only twelve years old and was fascinated by his exploits and he then invited her and her brothers to play with them While indulging in their afternoon delights, they are stalked by the deviant Hook who forcibly tries to take Wendy for himself but fails She and Peter drifted away afterwards, and Wendy then learned to suppress her carnal desires, seemingly cold and aloof with her husband who is at least ten years her senior Wendy s secrets are revealed when she stumbled upon a tryst between two women One of them was Dorothy, and the other was a woman in her fifties but a shrewd and imposing elegant figure Her name is Alice Fairchild, and she easily seduced the vibrant Dorothy as she also challenged Wendy to come out of her shell.Alice was molested by a man she called the White Rabbit, and to recover from the trauma of that abuse, she began to disassociate her sexual core with that of her rational mind, dividing herself into who she is as a person of flesh and the girl she sees in mirrors her darker reflections Alice attended an all girls boarding schools and started engaging with other girls until she met an older woman who emulates the Queen of Hearts and under her tutelage, Alice embarked on orgies among several types of women Her lesbianism might be a by product of her sexual abuse in the hands of a man, but Alice s orientation and preference towards the fairer sex is a narcissistic release she loved herself above anything else but could not heal properly because of the trauma of her earlier sexual experience She began to see men as creatures to fear and be disgusted with, all the while being oppressed by women who have used her in terrifying ways.Once Alice freed herself from these clutches, she in return and with Dorothy s assistance was able to set Wendy free from her own prison As a queer woman myself, I related very strongly to Alice Her sexual exploration was the most intimate and self centered, and I find myself both heartbroken and aroused by her experiences Her panels are oval mirrors you can gaze into an echo to the original Caroll stories and they reflect nothing but the ugly truth.It s easy to see why the concept of Id, Ego and Super Ego was written in the analyses among the dynamics of Dorothy, Wendy and Alice The last few pages of the three of them finally able to embrace and recover from the mistakes of their girlhood were astounding Once the afterglow spell was broken, the three women have transformed into transcendental beings Dorothy can go back to enjoying the pleasures of her future encounters with men, Wendy will now be able to fully give herself to someone who deserves her passions, and Alice can continue experimenting without losing portions of herself in the process This ending is my own interpretation for Lost Girls remains ambiguous to the very end Nevertheless, it is a searing look at female consciousness and sexuality, and I highly recommend this because it s also an eye opener and a decadent story that will surely stimulate your other parts as well.RECOMMENDED 10 10Exquisitely intellectual despite being visceral in presentation


  10. Rod Brown Rod Brown says:

    I started reading Lost Girls back in the early 1990s when it was serialized in the Taboo 1 anthology, and have revisited the collected version a few times now, with the new expanded edition and it s 32 pages of Gallery Art showing up at the library being excuse enough this time as Gebbie s art is a big draw for the book.Far from Moore s best work, it is still probably the most literary Tijuana bible ever created He pulls out plenty of clever storytelling tricks as he draws you down a rabbit I started reading Lost Girls back in the early 1990s when it was serialized in the Taboo 1 anthology, and have revisited the collected version a few times now, with the new expanded edition and it s 32 pages of Gallery Art showing up at the library being excuse enough this time as Gebbie s art is a big draw for the book.Far from Moore s best work, it is still probably the most literary Tijuana bible ever created He pulls out plenty of clever storytelling tricks as he draws you down a rabbit hole of erotica with Alice Liddell, Dorothy Gale and Wendy Darling, passing through a Wonderland of pornography, only to land you in a Michael Jackson Neverland Ranch of the darkest and most taboo sexual fantasies.For adults only, and probably not for most of them either I recommend Andy Weir s new Cheshire Crossing for apalatable take on a meeting of the same three heroines


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