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Saga of the Swamp Thing Book One Cover Image
By Alan Moore, Various (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781401220839
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Published: Vertigo - April 10th, 2012

"Alan Moore's 40+ issue run on Swamp Thing is an experience that is truly something to be cherished. With it, the author gives us the first mainstream title to toss aside the comics code. The book that gave birth to the Vertigo imprint (paving the way for titles like Sandman, Preacher, and Fables). The comic that introduced the world to John Constantine; and readers willing to give it a shot, will be treated to an impossibly epic tale that will take you to haunted houses, introduce you to were-women and aquatic vampires, pull you deep into the Earth itself, drag you through Hell and back, and then shoot you through the stars and across an entire universe. But the simple truth is that for all of its monsters, death and demons, this is a book about love and loyalty, pure and simple. Yes, comic books can give you nightmares. Yes, comic books can make you cry. Yes, comic books can achieve a certain type of profound beauty that is simply impossible for any other medium to duplicate. Mr. Moore's Saga of the Swamp Thing makes all of those things look easy." - Ray

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Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307745309
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Published: Vintage - November 5th, 2013

"Pulitzer Prize winning author Lawrence Wright's Going Clear is an addictively spooky, often outrageous and thoroughly in-depth look behind the Church of Scientology's dark and twisted curtain. Yet with so many secrets uncovered across the title's nearly 500 pages, somehow each revelation only helps to strengthen the mystery surrounding the organization. Spanning the entire history of L. Ron Hubbard's philosophy from the foundation laid down in Dianetics and up to a lasting courtship with various member's of Hollywood's elite (you know who), Going Clear is a read to marvel at simply due to the sheer audacity of it all. You may also often find yourself checking how many pages are left because you won't want it to end. The recent documentary is worth a look as well but should really be considered more of a companion piece to this wonderful work of journalism.

Fun Fact: I didn't know the 'L' stood for Lafayette, did you?" - Ray