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

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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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Rebecca McNutt
With themes similar to the Harry Potter book series, Gunnerkrigg Court is a spectacular graphic novel with everything from friendship to fantastic mythical creatures. The author's art style is amazing, too. :)
Oct 18, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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
Mar 05, 2013 Heidi rated it liked it
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
Oct 03, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Jul 24, 2012 David rated it liked it
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
Mar 19, 2012 Kayt rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 09, 2009 Raina rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, graphicnovel
Very smartly written webcomic. Annie and Kat's adventures are very episodic, yet connect and weave and do tell one long story. Basically it's the cartoon-style story of two girls living in a mythical boarding school, rife with dragons, demons, mechanical birds, illusions, and talking shadows. It's a great hodgepodge of things that this author thinks are cool, which roughly correspond to current hot topics. Accessible illustration style, accessible characters, accessible format - they all come to ...more
Feb 25, 2017 kels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gunnerkrigg Court is a collection of the webcomic of the same name (which I did not know until I was purchasing from my local comic shop, so there you go!), and it's pretty fantastic. I love the art style, and the story is intriguing. Antimony is a bit of a Mary Sue, but hey - nobody badmouthed Harry Potter for being a Larry Stu. And speaking of Harry Potter, man there are more than a few nods in this comic. It almost feels like fanfiction (which is in no way meant as a disparagement - I love fa ...more
Oct 21, 2016 Aydan rated it really liked it
This graphic novel is wonderful. It's all about a girl who went to a boarding school. At this boarding school she discovered hundreds of cool, mysterious things. One night she meets a spirit named Reynarodine. I can't tell you anymore because I will spoil it. This book has a balanced mix of mild humor, scary parts, and fantasy. I recommend this book to anyone who like mystery and fantasy. I liked this book over all but I think it need jumps around to much. It seems to have more than one plot lin ...more
Jan 05, 2009 Trip rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is a print version of the webcomic, but it is still peculiar and awesome!
This was an adorable little graphic novel. I'll admit the art at first was annoying and weird but it got better as I read.
Dec 31, 2012 Jenne rated it really liked it
Gah, this is so god damn adorable. Two girls at a mysterious magic/science school, with both ghosts AND robots.
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Mar 18, 2017 Rachel Snyder rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, graphic-novels
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Dec 16, 2009 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it
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!
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
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
Gunnerkrigg Court... just seriously, if you can handle reading books with pictures as an adult and like cute stories and science vs magic and humor and a really adorable friendship and having feels, then this is a book you probably owe it to yourself to check out.

the first few chapters are a little rough - not bad, but rough - as the comic seems to be shaking out what it wants to be. The art is a lot wilder and... harsher? That's not quite the right word but it works. We get to meet Annie and he
Stewart Tame
Mar 30, 2013 Stewart Tame rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 13, 2011 Molly rated it it was amazing
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,
Aug 24, 2013 Sarri rated it it was amazing
Vahva neljä ja puoli tähteä, melkein viisi. Äh, annetaan viisi, menköön!

Antimony Carver on teini-ikäinen tyttö, joka äitinsä kuoltua lähetetään sisäoppilaitokseen, Gunnerkrigg Courtiin. Koulu ei ole aivan tavallisimmasta päästä, vaan siellä tapahtuu kaikenlaista erikoista ja yliluonnollista. Tunnelma koulussa on lukijan kannalta painostava, erikoinen ja pelottavakin, mutta Antimony on varsin "cool" tyyppi, järkevä ja peloton jotensakin hieman lakonisella ja introvertillä tavalla. Koulussa opitaa
Nov 21, 2010 Devi rated it really liked it
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Shellie Rich
Mar 01, 2010 Shellie Rich rated it it was amazing
I just gave this book another star. Heck, if I read it again, maybe I'd end up trying to give it six stars. I had read it before, but only online. This time, I got the library's copy and read it with my eight-year-old. It was even better and the kids LOVES this world and these characters, to the point of dwarfing the Potterverse and Narnia. I can't blame her. I love the supernatural and scientific intersections, like the robot and the shadow and the demon-possessed plush lovey where Antimony hid ...more
Apr 03, 2009 Rosa rated it really liked it
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Jul 20, 2010 Melody rated it really liked it
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!
Magic vs. technology/science in and around a boarding school. How can you go wrong with such a duality as that? This looks like a very promising new series to read, a collection of the online comic that I'm shocked I wasn't aware of before now. I'm looking forward to continuing this series soon.
Apr 03, 2016 Griffin rated it it was amazing
This has long been one of my favorite series. I love the pacing, the characters, the artistic development, and the rampant symbolism. Would recommend to anyone who likes anything by Neil Gaiman or any of the Dresden Files series.
Jan 14, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
The book to this date is still going and is being updated on an online web comic series. This is my favorite graphic novel; and everything in this you can tell took time.
Alexis U
Oct 25, 2016 Alexis U added it
Recommended to Alexis by: Griffin
I read this as a webcomic so idk how far this first volume goes but I read this for YEARS and now that I've been reminded of it I think I'll go back and read it again because it's 100% perfection.

(I don't want to give it a rating until I re-read it though so)
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