Seven Soldiers Book Now Out!

Cover for An Incomprehensible Condition

My new book, An Incomprehensible Condition: An Unauthorised Guide To Grant Morrison’s Seven Soldiers is now available in paperback or PDF and hardback from . The various ebook formats should be uploaded tomorrow night.

Here’s the blurb:

In An Incomprehensible Condition, Andrew Hickey examines Grant Morrison’s 2005 comic series Seven Soldiers of Victory, and traces the history of the ideas used.

From Greek myth to hip-hop, from John Bunyan to Alan Turing, from Arius of Alexandria to Isaac Newton, we see how Frankenstein connects to Robert Johnson, what George Bernard Shaw had to say about Bulleteer, and what G.K. Chesterton thinks of I, Spider.

As always with my print books, I don’t yet have a paper proof copy, so caveat emptor.

It’s only a short book, but it’s very dense. Please don’t let the low page count fool you – this is a book that will take time to read.

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13 Responses to Seven Soldiers Book Now Out!

  1. TAD says:

    Wait a minute……I was expecting a Beach Boys review. This has nothing to with the Beach Boys. Although knowing you, I suspect you found a way to mention them in the book some how, in some far-reaching comparison. :P

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      Page 127 – ” Chuck Berry is, of course, known for suing artists such as the Beatles and the Beach Boys”

      But it’s OK, because I’m reading Grant Morrison’s Supergods and *he* mentions them too

      I’ll be doing the Beach Boys review tomorrow, with luck. Spent Saturday and Sunday proofreading and re-writing this book. Today am finishing proofing my uncle’s book and finishing an interview with Plok for his blog. Tomorrow writing a post about the Monkees (also referenced in both my book and Morrison’s) for Liberal England, the Beach Boys post for here and uploading the ebook versions of my new book.

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  3. plok says:

    Interview’s up at my place!

  4. Mike Taylor says:

    I can’t remember whether you ever said anything about the title of this book?

  5. Mike Taylor says:

    Where it’s taken from, what it means.

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      I used the quote, from Chesterton — “In the fairy tale, an incomprehensible happiness rests upon an incomprehensible condition. A box is opened and all evils fly out. A word is forgotten and cities perish. A lamp is lit and love flies away. An apple is eaten and the hope of God is gone.” — as the book’s epigraph.

      • Mike Taylor says:

        OK, good, that’s what I’d forgotten. I ask because I’m re-reading Orthodoxy and the title-phrase took me by surprise when I stumbled across it. Odd — I’d always thought of “condition” in your title meaning “state of things”; now I realise it means “requirement”.

        • Andrew Hickey says:

          I liked the fact that, out of context, it could mean both.
          I talk a fair bit about the “Ethics of Fairyland” section of Orthodoxy in, I think, the essay on Shining Knight. It’s a magnificent piece of writing, even though I disagree with much of the anti-science parts…

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