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Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 1: Orientation (Gunnerkrigg Court #1)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  3,613 ratings  ·  190 reviews
Antimony Carver is a precocious and preternaturally self-possessed young girl starting her first year of school at gloomy Gunnerkrigg Court, a very British boarding school that has robots running around along side body-snatching demons, forest gods, and the odd mythical creature. The opening volume in the series follows Antimony through her orientation year: the people she ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Archaia (first published 2007)
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Nov 21, 2010 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathryn by: Abigal A.
I don't usually read graphic novels, but I really liked the sound of this one and it received such a glowing review from one of my GoodReads friends that I couldn't resist, especially since parts of it fit in nicely around Halloween (the book has nothing to do with Halloween but a few of the characters and scenarios are a little spooky/mysterious). Unfortunately, I didn't have as much time to read this as I planned to and had to wait several weeks between reading the first half and the second ha ...more
Jul 15, 2013 Heidi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Heidi by: Flannery
This review was written as a series review for Gunnerkrigg Court:

Holy crap guys. You know when one of your reading buddies pushes something on you and you’re all: “Yeah, yeah, I’ll get to it when I get to it”? Because maybe, just maybe, sometimes you should get to it faster. Flannery of The Readventurer has been mentioning the web comic turned graphic novel series, Gunnerkrigg Court to me since the turn of the year, and while I think 6 months to actually pick something up and read it isn’t bad f
Michelle Witte
Originally posted at Libri Ago.

I've been fascinated for a while now with the fusion of text and graphics that comprise graphic novels. The problem I find is that most comics and graphic novels are geared toward a male audience. While it's great that there are books for the numerous guys who are reluctant readers, I wish there were more graphic novels that appealed to women—especially women who are strong, smart, and dress in actual clothes. So I was ecstatic when I found Gunnerkrigg Court, a cap
Dec 17, 2014 Mike rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mike by: Webcomic Wonderland Group
This volume collects the first fourteen chapters of the webcomic Gunnerkrigg Court.

Antimony Carver has just started school midway through first year at Gunnerkrigg Court, which feel more like an industrial complex run amuck with creatures and oddities of all sorts than a school per se. This volume follows her early school experiences, including finding a best friend, some potential enemies, and a lot of unanswered questions.

The comic gets off to a very odd start. The first chapter just kind of t
Jul 24, 2012 David rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Science! girls. Humorless! girls. Harry Potter fans
This is the first collected volume of the popular web comic Gunnerkrigg Court. I had never read the web comic before, and only picked this book up because I happened to see it sitting on a shelf in the library and I had heard of the web comic. Yeah, some of my reads are totally random like that.

Gunnerkrigg Court is a Hogwarts-like private school somewhere in Britain, surrounded by a mysterious forest that contains everything from robot parrots to ghosts and faeries to the trickster god Coyote. T
This is a collection of the first 14 chapters of the online comic Gunnerkrigg Court. I love online comics, they're about the only ones I read anymore. I don't remember now what brought the collected book to my attention, and what made me read the book instead of just going online and reading the comic itself, but I'm glad I did. It's a good presentation. As for the comic itself... Well, I'm working on catching up on it from chapter 15 onwards now. I really like the art style, which has always be ...more
Gorgeous colors! Fun characters! An interesting and very intriguing setting! Humor! Sarcasm! Free to read online as well! You have no excuse not to be reading Gunnerkrigg Court.

GK is one of my favorite webcomics ( and the first 14 chapters are compiled in this beautiful hardback. I hadn't read it for a while, but I love how this balances beautifully between having an overarching story and making individual chapters a little episodic.

I love art, and it was fun to watch Tom Si
You know how sometimes you read books, and you spend the entire time thinking to yourself, "Why am I not living this life right now? Why am I not best friends with the main character? Why am I not gallavanting around a haunted robot-infested boarding school with a demon-possessed stuffed animal and Muut, the Cahuilla messenger of death!? Why why why!?!?"

Or maybe you don't read books like that. Maybe it's just me. Regardless, that's how I was for the entirety of Gunnerkrigg Court, and how I'm sur
Jan 05, 2009 Trip rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is a print version of the webcomic, but it is still peculiar and awesome!
Gah, this is so god damn adorable. Two girls at a mysterious magic/science school, with both ghosts AND robots.
Antimony Carver is sent to Gunnerkrigg Court (a boarding school) after her mother dies. She’s had a pretty strange upbringing – spending most of her time in the hospital where her mother was bedridden – and she has some hidden talents. Antimony (Annie, to her best friend, Kat Donlan – daughter of the headmasters of the school) has a lot of adventures in her first year. She befriends a shadow person, talks to ghosts, is attacked by a demon that then possesses her stuffed animal and has to do her ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: A Cybils Award nominee.

Summary: Antimony's mother has recently died and her father has sent her to a remote British boarding school where she soon makes a best friend, Kat. Strange things happen right from beginning as she finds herself with a second shadow who asks for her help, she meets a friendly robot, finds a room that contains an entire outside meadow, meets up with demons, ghosts and the like all during her first year at Gunnerkrigg Court.

Comments: A delightful book!
First off, this book is wonderful if only for the art development. It's so subtle that it's hardly noticeable in even a quick read - never mind with triweekly updates on the author's website - but a flip from the beginning to the end shows astounding change. Though art begins quirkily, with funky shapes and basic background, it became quite beautiful and capable of showing dramatic scenery. The atmosphere is something Tom Siddell has had down pat from the start, and the art conveys the tone so w ...more
Deserves six stars! More than perfect!
(I read it online, and that's what I would recommend. It's free and convenient that way!)

Frankly, the art sucks at first, but rapidly evolves into a gorgeous style that beautifully ties in with the story themes, mainly those of duality, symbolism, alchemy, mythology, and more. The symbolism in everything is dazzlingly perfect, and nearly everything embodies a classical duality- light/dark, magic/science, life/death, male/female, sun/moon, nature/technology,
Stewart Tame
Oh yes! This is an amazingly good series. Excellent fantasy, but not the typical dragons and swords stuff that most people think of when they hear the term. Reading this, I get the same thrill of discovery that I got reading Neil Gaiman for the first time. Antimony Carver is a student at Gunnerkrigg Court, a school seemingly devoted to the sciences, but with some hidden secrets. Make that a LOT of hidden secrets. The school is a sprawling, maze-like building seemingly surrounded by a vast forest ...more
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Marcelo Sanchez
¿Que podría haberme motivado a comprar un comic que está gratis en internet y al cual ya estoy apoyando en Patreon? El simple hecho de que me encanta.
Gunnerkrigg Court ofrece uno de los mejores universos que he visto en el medio. Mezclando y separando magistralmente la fantasia con la ciencia ficción. Y revelando en dosis pequeñas, pero no tan pequeñas, toda la mecánica de este universo. El cual vale decir, es lo suficientemente profundo para tener cuatro volumenes de revelaciones sin que se vea
IT WAS SOOOOO AWESOME!!! GREATEST GRAPHIC NOVEL IN THE WORLD! if you love books, and love mythology or things like that... This is definitely the book for you! ( This is the book of awesomeness! read if your cool enough! )
At first, I was reluctant to read this series because it's about two girls who attend a goth boarding school, so I was anticipating an obnoxious angsty paranormal love story. Also, I found the art reminiscent of Bratz dolls. However, this series isn't like that at all, and one of the things that I like is that the main girl characters are blessedly...normal (minus all the weird stuff because of the fantasy setting, of course). Anne is relatively quiet and reserved with good common sense, and, th ...more
Jul 23, 2010 Melody rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Melody by: Abigail A.
Surreal, delightful, dark and twisted. Just the kind of boarding school story I adore- plus it's a beautiful graphic novel to boot. I wasn't sure about the illustrations for the first couple of pages, but I'm a convert. The story is at least 30% total randomness but the other 70% reeled me in with the hook firmly in my throat. More, right away, please!
Melissa Chung
This graphic novel was so interesting! I loved it!!

Antimony is a sort of medium and after her mother Surma died she was placed at a new school, Gunnerkrigg Court. From what I can tell all the kids at this school have some kind of talent. We meet a handful of students in this book and learn a very bizarre school schedule that I'm sure I won't understand even after reading the rest of the series.

The drawings are all so gorgeous and I just love the technology/mythological aspects of the entire stor
Terry Price
Wonderful, I'd start kids off in 4th or 5th grade with it though.

It is commonly said by followers of this comic that Tom Siddell (the artist and illustrator) knows everything because of all the little hints and details he hides in the backdrop and scenery of the illustrations. Lovable characters, a quirky set, a distinctive art style and an extremely intelligent person behind it all make this story well worth reading. And yes, I do read the webcomic.

5/5 for what should be at least a 6/5.
Gunnerkrigg Court is unlike anything Antimony has seen before. Strange things are always happening, like the time when she discovered she had a second shadow and helped it to escape, or when she went to research Greek myths in the library and ended up finding the actual Minotaur. Gunnerkrigg Court can be a dangerous place, but it was her mother's dying wish that she go there. When she discovers that her parents met at this strange institution, Antimony becomes determined to get to the bottom of ...more
Antimony Carver's mother is dead; her father is MIA. With no home to call her own, she must settle in at Gunnerkrigg Court, a mysterious school that holds a lot more than teachers and students. With no blood relations to support her, she is fortunate to befriend Kat, a gregarious science geek, whose parents (both teachers at the school) welcome Antimony into their family. Together, these best friends/almost-sisters
experience and try to unravel the bizarre occurrences at Gunnerkrigg Court.

My fav
My best friend has been bugging me to read Gunnerkrig Court for years, but until now I'd never taken her up on the offer. Not because I wasn't intrigued or that I didn't think I would like it, but simply because I have serious trouble with reading things on computers; I like to be able to hold what I'm reading in my hand. So I was really pleased when I went round her house recently and learned that she had three volumes in lovely hardback book form. She very kindly let me borrow it.

The artwork i
Here's one I'd meant to read for years, and am so happy I picked it up at last. You can read all of these collected comics on the website, but even though it was recommended to me a long time ago, I am strangely bad at web comics. I just never get them done. I don't know. For now, this was primarily a bedtime book. On the one day I brought it out in the world to read, the one-page with Kat's dream of Fox Mulder just slayed me with laughter on the subway til I died. That is what I get.

This is a g
What a delightful comic! Spunky, likeable heroines, quirky robots, possessed toys, hot gym teachers... There's a little something for everyone in this unique story. The giggles and action never stop except to interject the occasional sobering note of tragedy when the heroine recalls her mother or bitterness when anyone brings up her absent father. Still, she never gets maudlin or whines but shoulders on with sarcasm and practicality. The supporting cast are hilarious and mysterious by turns, and ...more
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There is also conjecture that he likes Cadbury Extra Thick Chocolate Cakes, but no suitable references were provided.
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