Above the Timberline

Above the Timberline

From renowned artist Gregory Manchess comes a lavishly painted novel about the son of a famed polar explorer searching for his stranded father, and a lost city buried under snow in an alternate future. When it started to snow, it didn?t stop for 1,500 years. The Pole Shift that ancient climatologists talked about finally came, the topography was ripped apart and the weather From renowned artist Gregory Manchess comes a lavishly painted novel about the son of a famed polar explorer search...

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Title:Above the Timberline
Author:Gregory Manchess
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Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:1481459236
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

Above the Timberline Reviews

  • Douglas Summers-Stay
    Feb 24, 2018
    This isn't a comic, though I shelved it as one. The only thing I can think of to compare it to is Dinotopia-- a short graphic novel with full page, painted illustrations of a journey with natural and mechanical wonders, illustrated by a National Geographic illustrator. While the plot i...
  • Ron
    Oct 01, 2018
    ?Ancient knowledge is still--more ancient than knowledge.? Mediocre short story; marvelous illustrations. ?When nothing is easy, everything is possible.? Steam punk, so presumably a different world. Given the tectonic and polar shifts, everyone should be dead, not just...
  • Rhonda
    Dec 26, 2017
    If I was only reviewing the story component of this book I'd be like, "Well, it's good but..." but this book is not just about the story. In fact, I'd say that it's not even mostly about the story. It's mostly about the art, and the art is amazing. This is self-contained but also po...
  • Wayne
    Nov 18, 2017
    As a fan of Greg Manchess' work, I knew this was a book to own. The artwork alone sold it, and I looked at it several times before settling down to read. And now, having read it, I have to say it was wonderful. While the narrative did not achieve the same level of pleasure as the visua...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Nov 12, 2017
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/11/20/... I?d never read a ?painted novel? before, but I think I like it?especially if it means getting to enjoy my stories with such jaw-droppingly stunning artwork. It certainly doesn?t get better than Abov...
  • Dakota Morgan
    Dec 05, 2017
    The cover screams "Dinotopia for a new generation." The interior illustrations echo James Gurney's fabulist dreams, minus dinosaurs, plus polar bears. The writing...the writing isn't great. Manchess is a thrilling artist and his illustrations make the book 100% worth picking up, if onl...
  • Angie
    Oct 02, 2017
    Synopsis: "From renowned artist Gregory Manchess comes a lavishly painted novel about the son of a famed polar explorer searching for his stranded father, and a lost city buried under snow in an alternate future. When it started to snow, it didn?t stop for 1,500 years. The Pole Sh...
  • Paul
    Jul 12, 2018
    The art in this book is amazing, I think I would have enjoyed it even if the story was so-so... but I would have actually enjoyed the story without the pictures as well. The sparse text combined with the art made the story "feel" Polar to me. After reading the book myself I actuall...
  • Sean Smart
    Dec 21, 2017
    A beautiful book (a graphic novel) and a good story. Would really appeal to any fans of Philip Reeve or Philip Pullman. Very original, deserves to be a best seller ...
  • Caitlin
    Sep 14, 2018
    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this is a worthy story. Describing a son finding his lost father, who is in turn hunting for a fabled lost city, it's mostly journal entries. The entries are terse, but they provide the backbone for the pictures and the plot. Don't skim over...
  • Zezee
    Nov 10, 2017
    It was a decent story and a good one considering that this is technically Manchess?s debut novel. Gregory Manchess both wrote and painted the pictures for this book. He is an award-winning painter and freelance illustrator whose paintings have appeared in several magazines, such as t...
  • Kend
    Dec 07, 2017
    I'M SO GLAD THIS BOOK EXISTS!! And I'm also so glad that I paid top dollar to buy it, because if there's anything I believe in it's supporting authors doing weird things with my cold hard cash, so that I can see more of it, and hopefully the kind of more which keeps all the best parts ...
  • Tanya
    Aug 23, 2018
    Overall, the concept is interesting. A frozen future, a young man seeking his father, deadly political Intrigue. I really really really wanted to like this book more than I did. I even upped my rating in that vein. The art is interesting, and the focal point of the book. I was...
  • books are love
    Nov 11, 2017
    Received in exchange for a honest review. Gregory Manchess as an artist is amazing. The illustrations are so detailed and just gorgeous. The artwork alone tells a story and sometimes that is a wonderful thing. It is here because it helps to enhance the tale that is being written abo...
  • Aaron
    Dec 07, 2017
    Reading this book gave me the same kind of warm fuzzies that the Dinotopia books did. I enjoyed the setting and story and the art is wonderful. I look forward the next one (please). ...
  • Carl
    Dec 20, 2017
    Not quite a graphic novel( no text blocks or dialog bubbles) or an Illustrated Novel ( far too many illustrations), Above the Timberline is instead a painted novel or better still- a novel in Paint. Artist/Writer Gregory Manchess has given us a feast of a book filled with sumptuous ...
  • John Robertson
    Apr 26, 2018
    Graphically very beautiful, some great images, but overall lack spark and magic, the "real-life" style of the art didn't help, and although the story wasn't bad, it wasn't great. Half book, half graphic novels really don't work for me; the pictures prevent your imagination from providi...
  • Nancy
    May 16, 2018
    Above The Timberline by Gregory Manchess is a unique book, that isn't quite a graphic novel, instead it is a highly illustrated book, a so-called "painted novel". Very reminiscent of the Dinotopia  book series (minus the dinosaurs but add polar bears) by James Gurney, this large si...
  • Chris
    Apr 11, 2017
    I'd really been looking forward to this book since I first saw some of the first few paintings, I believe when it popped up on Tor.com. Several months later, one of my friends let me borrow her copy and I'm away on the adventure! First off, the art in this book is beautiful, absolutely...
  • Graydon Panzica
    Oct 24, 2017
    This book is absolutely STUNNING. So gorgeous. I WISH there was an ice blue ribbon bookmark, that would have just made this all the better, but the artwork was gorgeous and the cover and the book itse;f was just amazing. The story disappointed me a little bit. It felt like reading a mo...
  • Danish Meman
    Feb 21, 2018
    A very different kind of novel. The paintings are wonderful and the book is a work of art. The overall story of exploration and discovery is serviceable but doesn't really go anywhere by the end which is disappointing (unless there is a sequel planned). In fact, it veers off into a...
  • Anne
    Dec 07, 2017
    The art in this book is stunning! And I love the idea of combining story with glossy pictures! Also love the steampunk themes and polar bear magic. Unfortunately, the story itself was pretty thin and hard to follow. Also the text was printed almost too small to read. I actually didn't ...
  • Kaitlin
    May 07, 2018
    I really enjoyed this graphic novel as the full page spreads were beautiful and it tells a great story about a man going into the futuristic Arctic to hunt for his lost father. The pages are stunning and the polar bears were my favourites. I found it a great adventure, and would give...
  • Janelle
    Nov 28, 2017
    Thank you so much to Wunderkind PR and Saga Press for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. This book is GORGEOUS!! ABOVE THE TIMBERLINE by Gregory Manchess is a STUNNING and cinematic combination of art and novel. Fully illustrated with over 120 pieces of artwork along...
  • Mary Catelli
    Jan 04, 2018
    A tale of a young man's quest for his archeologist father in another, polar world. The clues that this is post-apocalyptic are light, because that it is our world is not that important. What is important that when the father's expedition to find a city is lost, and his message retur...
  • Alex Katz
    Oct 24, 2017
    This book was a masterpiece of art and storytelling through both illustration and the written word in the vein of James Gurney. Gregory has found the fine balance between using his paintings to show what words find trouble describing and leaving his writing to bring to life the smells ...
  • Monika Spancheska
    May 16, 2018
    Above the Timberline is a science-fiction, alternate reality novel, written and illustrated by Gregory Manchess. It follows Wes Singleton, a 17 year old boy who goes on a quest to retrieve his father, Galen Singleton, an archaeologist for the PGS who disappeared on his latest adventure...
  • Roxanne's Reads
    Nov 25, 2017
    The artwork is beautiful. The artic landscape, the ships, everything was wonderful to look at. A steampunk world after an ice age trying to reconnect with the past by finding buried cities was intriguing. The story itself was interesting- a boy out to prove himself, various shady t...
  • Meaghan Ethier
    Aug 02, 2018
    Beautiful artwork! ...
  • Melania 🍒
    Feb 11, 2018
    3/5 Amazing art . One of the most beautiful that I?ve ever seen . The setting was right down my alley : snow , snow and some more snow combined with huge polar bears and some steampunk elements . Unfortunately the story itself was a bit predictable and the characters one-dimension...