Tales from the Loop

In 1954, the Swedish government ordered the construction of the world s largest particle accelerator The facility was complete in 1969, located deep below the pastoral countryside of M lar arna The local population called this marvel of technology The Loop These are its strange tales.Simon St lenhag s paintings of Swedish 1980s suburbia, populated by fantastic machinesIn 1954, the Swedish government ordered the construction of the world s largest particle accelerator The facility was complete in 1969, located deep below the pastoral countryside of M lar arna The local population called this marvel of technology The Loop These are its strange tales.Simon St lenhag s paintings of Swedish 1980s suburbia, populated by fantastic machines and strange beasts, have spread like wildfire on the Internet The 2015 Kickstarter for the English version of the book raised over 320,000 St lenhag s portrayal of a childhood against a backdrop of old Volvo cars and coveralls, combined with strange and mystical machines, creates a unique atmosphere that is both instantly recognizable and utterly alien.In this top quality artbook, Simon St lenhag s first set of paintings are collected in book form together with texts that tell the stories of the youth who lived in the shadows of the machines In addition, three separate prints format 260 230 mm as well as a full color map format 520x340mm of the land of The Loop are included in the book.
Tales from the Loop In the Swedish government ordered the construction of the world s largest particle accelerator The facility was complete in located deep below the pastoral countryside of M lar arna The lo

  • Title: Tales from the Loop
  • Author: Simon Stålenhag
  • ISBN: 9789187222214
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. I'd like to think this book LOOKS like my novels FEEL. What do I mean by that? I'm not precisely sure. TALES FROM THE LOOP is an art book, a handsome matte collection of a dreamy alternate 80s. There's a bit of text, but the text is mostly besides the point. Really, TALES FROM THE LOOP is about the images: hyper-realistic paintings of Swedish life with decaying robots, inquisitive dinosaurs, rundown hovercraft, and well-worn androids. It feels like our world, but just a little strange. Sometimes [...]

    2. I got this on the strength of Stålenhag's paintings, which I'd seen online and made up a completely different backstory for (standard dystopian scifi). What he actually does is much more interesting: it's very much a young boy's fantasy but told well enough to be an engaging read as an adult. And of course the paintings are gorgeous: a very familiar 80s European suburbia made strange and unsettling.

    3. Simon Stålenhag never grew up. He kept his imagination and creativity from his childhood and created these beautiful and mysterious paintings about retro-futuristic Swedish landscapes. How about that for a niche? His paintings are collected in this book and have a short narrative which explains just as much as it fills you with new mystery. The book really takes you into Simon’s fantasy world and leaves you wishing you never grew up as well. This book is well worth the price and deserves a ni [...]

    4. Would give this a thousand stars if I could. Breathtaking. This is one the books that you can easily read in one sitting. There is not story as such, it is a series of paintings with explanatory notes about the author's childhood in Sweden around The Loop, with all of the bizarre sci-of machinery and peculiar dimensional disturbances associated with it. However, I fully expect to revisit this book countless times to pore over the images again and again. The depth and realism of such an alternati [...]

    5. In an alternate world, a huge particle accelerator has been created called the Loop. The author weaves in a crafty narrative along with compelling, out of this world artwork to tell a tale of weird technology and how the citizens interact with it. Huge ships running on magnetic waves, discarded robots, and even a dinosaur or too. Absolutely phenomenal!

    6. I loved both books in this series. I read them out of order but I don't necessarily think that affects the experience. Both books tell great stories about growing up and the mysteries inherent in that but book 2 (Things From the Flood) I found to hit me harder. Both emotionally and visually. But I'd recommend both books wholeheartedly.

    7. I Stålenhags bilder är det inte i första hand de spektakulära robotarna och maskinerna som ger mig svindel, utan istället är det enkelheten i det svenska landskapet: vassen som bryter upp genom tunn is, någonstans en röd ladugård med vita knutar, en kylig sol på väg ner i en alltför tidig vinterskymning. Tystnad. Stillhet. Trygghet. Och mitt i detta barnen, vittnen till kvarlevorna av ett magnifikt projekt som de vuxna misslyckats med. Upproriska och sturska pojkar och flickor konfro [...]

    8. A collection of beautiful digital paintings of rural Sweden in the eighties, crossed with science fiction buildings, robots, vehicles, and the occasional dinosaur. A past that never was.The paintings themselves are stunning, and evoke a peculiar feeling of a nostalgia and awe.Some of the paintings are accompanied with short text vignettes. When I first heard of that concept, I was a bit apprehensive, as I was worried that the text would remove the mystic feeling of the pictures. Fortunately, the [...]

    9. This makes me feel nostalgic for a childhood I never had- but at the same time it's the childhood all of us had, in a way.

    10. Seguo da alcuni anni il lavoro di Simon Stålenhag su internet, dove condivide generosamente la maggior parte delle sue illustrazioni. Qual è dunque il senso di investire nell'edizione a stampa (anche se non mancano comunque le immagini inedite)? Il senso sta nel fatto che Loop non è solo una raccolta di ottimi dipinti digitali, è il racconto di un'infanzia immaginaria narrato attraverso frammenti di ricordi, come pagine di un diario scritte a posteriori. Se lo Stålenhag illustratore ormai h [...]

    11. A nice artbook with good flavor text describing the authors childhood growing up in the 80s near the Loop. Of course, it's all fictionalized set in an alternate reality with robots, dinosaurs, and fantastic machinery existing alongside mundane 80s sedans and station wagons.I got this after reading the RPG based on it, and there's really nothing major new here that's not in the RPG book. The background is the same as presented in the book, but personalized to be from the authors point of view. A [...]

    12. Being myself an Art Director, I can say it's hard to find concept artists with a voice of their own. Of course there's a lot of talented people with amazing skills for drawing, for carrying the tiniest ideas to huge baroque worlds full of detail and intrinsic logic, but Simon Stålenhag takes those skills to new heights of artistic work.His illustrated short stories display a great power of synthesis, a masterful, pictoric use of color, composition and space. But most of all, they show a precise [...]

    13. Basically an art book, Stalenhag imagines growing up near an industrial / research area in Sweden where an enormous particular accelerator, called the Loop, was installed. The author imagines a variety of discarded and current machinery, including robots, that would be encountered by a young man as he grows up. Each painting is accompanied by text putting the image into the context of living in the region. Stalenhag even invokes the idea of a time warp to bring dinosaurs, which he loves to portr [...]

    14. An in- depth review can be foundhere! This is so epic. I remember seeing Stålenhag's work on Reddit before and even had one of the illustrations in this book as my desktop wallpaper for a while. His work is so atmospheric and even without the text each page tells its own unique story. The 80's backdrop and gorgeous mix of machine and environment blend together seamlessly. This is definitely on my To Buy list.

    15. I discovered the art of Simon Stålenhag by happy accident, like a lot of things one stumbles across on the internet. And now I am a fan. This over-sized collection of his trippy 1990s-Swedish-countryside-meets-the-robotic-future is both chilling and idyllic, and here it is supported by wonderfully vague descriptions and recollections. The underlying theme of the world's largest particle accelerator and the massive changes it brings are the stuff of real beauty.

    16. I first encountered Stålenhag's art online and was immediately mesmerized by it. This book is a great collection of images with many of the features I first loved about his art--brooding atmospheres and bleak landscapes mingling the fantastic and the mundane, retro-futuristic robots, and dinosaurs. Plus particle accelerators. The art is stronger than the text and could stand on its own perfectly well, but the text adds some nice backstory to the images.

    17. Fun read. Stalenhag illustrations create a wonderful vision of alternative 80s in Sweden. Robots, magnets, growing up in the periphery where factories create a landscape of doomed, hopeless childhood. The world is compelling and believable, mostly due to the talented hand of Stalenhag as illustrator, rather than writer.

    18. I came across Stalenhag's pictures for a while on the Internet, but the book still got me by surprise. It has a strange feel of familiarity spiced with the outlandish. The art is certainly great, exactly for this reason, the commentary then feels strangely honest and personal. A good book find calm and child-like awe.

    19. a solid piece of concept art that works well in book format. i like the way the author/artist wove a story throughout his work using a sort of journaling approach. i’ll definitely pick up his other work

    20. Beautiful paintings and moderately engaging text to accompany them. I look forward to reading the next in the series.

    21. One of the most unique and creative illustrated works I've ever come across. The various and loosely connected anecdotes does leave you wanting more, though.

    22. Exquisite bit of speculative art. It makes you want to walk around the places you grew up and think about what could exist.

    23. I wanted a deeper written narrative, but the pictures are absolutely gorgeous. I'll be tracking down the next one.

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