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Courtney Crumrin's Monstrous Holiday (Courtney Crumrin #4)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  509 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Uncle Aloysius takes Courtney to Romania, where she encounters a tribe of nomadic gypsies with a dark secret, and a young woman in danger of losing her heart, or worse, her humanity, to a handsome gypsy violinist. Can Courtney save her? Should she even bother? After all, this is Courtney Crumrin we're talking about. It's old world monsters in new world style in this fourth ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Oni Press (first published October 16th 2008)
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colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±

I may have mentioned once or twice (or thrice) how much I love these new editions of the Crumrin books with color. The color really adds depth to Neifah's illustrations - even when the story itself is in the dark, so we're mostly dealing with various shades of greys and blues and purples.

Anyway -

This story was definitely on the sad side. It combines two short stories which are, as the title suggests, episodes which happen during the course of holidays that Courtney takes with Uncle A. But mo
Uh huh, yea well, I did not expect it to be a collection of the other two one-shots I just read. HAHAHAHA.

It's basically a compilation of The Fire Thief and The Prince of Nowhere. Now I have reviewed both stories separately. So if you're a bit more interested with that, check out the separate Goodreads pages for those one shots.

Anyhow, this volume though, it's a bit edgy than the first few one's. There's only two stories within it and the monsters you're being introduced aren't that unusual. So
Orrin Grey
As I've established before, I am completely in love with Ted Naifeh's Courtney Crumrin books. This fourth volume finds Courtney and her Uncle Aloysius traveling in Eastern Europe where they encounter werewolves and vampires. No need to roll your eyes, though, because Naifeh does with those tropes the same thing he's done throughout the Courtney Crumrin stories. Which is to say he makes them great.

While the werewolf story isn't quite on par with Mike Mignola's brilliant "The Wolves of St. August,
Wayne McCoy
Volume 4 of Courtney Crumrin collects 2 stories, The Fire Thief's Tale and The Prince of Nowhere. For the uninitiated (as I was), Courtney is a young girl who is sent to live with her uncle, a great wizard. As it turns out, Courtney has an aptitude like her uncle. She also has a boundless sense of curiosity that lands her in dangerous situations more often than not.

In the first story, Courtney finds herself amid two star-crossed lovers in Romania. She is a town girl and he is a gypsy. The proble
These books/comics had interesting, lovely character development. This was my favorite among them, but wouldn't have been possible without referencing things and experiences the characters had in previous stories. It is more serious than the others, I would say, because both the emotional involvement and the danger happens to rather than around the main characters. I look forward to finding the rest!

The plots repeat tales as old as time, but the details gift you with Naifeh's insights into peop
The fourth volume in the Courtney Crumrin series is much more melancholy than the previous ones. It's more emotionally dark. The two stories deal with werewolves and vampires, but they're really dealing with much more personal fears of abandonment. They explore the idea of people who are afraid to lose the people they love, so they choose instead to simply not love. There's a lot going on here, and it's really strong stuff. It's great work from Naifeh. The art, as always, is a blend of cute and ...more
Nicola Mansfield
This book is different that the others in that instead of being four small chapters this time, while remaining the same size, the book has been split into two long chapters which could almost be considered short stories. I think this book could be read as a stand alone as none of the content is dependent on the previous material except for the relationship the previous readers will have developed with Courtney by this time. Courtney has gone on a trip with Uncle Aloysius, mentioned at the end of ...more
Sara Thompson
I love the Courtney Crumrin graphic novels. These are very reader friendly. This is the fourth book of the series (in double checking I noticed that there are several versions of this book with different names and I don't know why but this one is the official vol 4 of the series).
Courtney Crumrin is a great character that should be loved by all. She's a young girl who is sent to live with her uncle who is a great "wizard" and she discovers she has magic as well. More importantly she has curiousi
This is the fourth (and final?) book in the Courtney Crumrin series. There is a follow up series called the Courtney Crumrin Tales, which is supposed to give more background on Courtney's uncle. This book was probably my least favorite of the series; it just had a lot of things happen in it that didn't make a whole lot of sense. The sudden inclusion of werewolves and vampires (and the loss of focus on Night Things) made me feel like Naifeh was trying to cater to the whole teenage girls with were ...more
I received this ARC from Netgalley
I've been a fan of Ted Naifeh ever since I read Courtney's first adventure.
Courtney Crumrin is that type of girl I think we can all relate to. She appears to be alone even though she's with her family. She has an awesome uncle who helps her to grow has a person and into her magic.
This graphic novel sees us go on more adventures with her. In some ways we see some of the old Courtney, her loneliness appears on her travels with her uncle. Even though she goes throu
Kelly V
May 05, 2009 Kelly V rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like dark and brooding graphic novels
Courtney gets to go traveling around Europe with her grand-uncle. It was never clear why he invited her, although most likely it was to get her away from her shallow parents. He knows she doesn't fit in with the at all. Aloysius takes them first to Romania to visit an old friend, and then to Germany (I think) for a different purpose altogether. Courtney manages to get herself in trouble on multiple occasions, and her uncle has to rescue her. There are only two chapters in this book, one dedicate ...more
A_TiffyFit's Review: I requested this at Netgalley because of the cover; it looked intriguing. And I must get the first three volumes and this one when it comes out because I found this totally enchanting.

The storyline pulls you in quickly, even when you have no idea what is going on or the background story. You quickly get absorbed into this world with its lovely illustration and tale. My heart clenched as Courtney thinks that it was all for nothing at the end of Chapter One!

I scree
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Volume Four: Monstrous Holiday was a very different turn in the Crumrin series. We experience Courtney reverting back to her old ways of depression and loneliness like in the first volume. The only difference being, now she knows magic and can use it. I really enjoyed this volume. It is a little darker than the first three, since Courtney is depressed, but it also grows the character depth of both Courtney and Uncle A. I love Ted Naifeh and these books. Courtney is a fun little girl who stands u ...more
I love Courtney and her little witchy ways :-)

As Courtney embarks on some more adventures, away from her home & school, she quickly feels more alone then ever before. Wearwolves an vampires are the main theme to the two installments in this volume. This volume has a darker feel to it then the other as we see more of the old Courtney, but this time she has her magic. Yet again her rebellious nature gets her into a little bit of a pickle and Uncle A saves the day, especially when she is duped
This one focuses much more on Courtney and her Uncle A and their whole relationship. They're both so unused to caring and being cared for, I hope they can get better at it! On the whole I enjoyed this one it just didn't feel as original as the other stories - probably because it was delving into the whole werewolf/vampire myths. So, I found my low point. That said, this series's low point (so far) is still miles above other books I've read. So check it out!
Sep 29, 2010 Katri rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Katri by: Mikko Karvonen
Whoah and whoah and whoah. I thought I loved the previous Courtney Crumrin volumes, but this one impressed me even more. Or specifically, the second story did, the one about vampires. The first one about werewolves was also very good, but not outstanding - that alone would have gotten a four-star rating from me. But the second story was the only modern incarnation of vampire stories I've found besides the German musical Tanz der Vampire which actually gets vampires and what is fascinating and da ...more
Courtney leaves for the old country, interacting with some of the magic and monsters of Europe. Still very much enjoying this series, though it seems that either through enchantment or simple emotion, Courtney drops out of character a bit in this one. Her relationship with her uncle develops even more, then pulls back a bit before swooping in again to "reassure" the reader.
Apr 10, 2011 Gigi added it
The relationship between Uncle A and Courtney is taken to the next level in this volume. In this volume the adventure that Courtney took in this book uncover more of Uncle A's mystery background. The friends that Courtney befriended throughout this book turns out into something that is much more entertaining and builds one's curiosity of the relationship that she is/will have. The relationship between Courtney and Uncle A seems to progress into a better stage towards the ending of this book. In ...more
Courtney and Uncle A go on a trip to Europe! Altogether, it manages to turn out even more melancholy than the usual stories, including that of Skarrow. The ending of the book especially (oh Uncle A... T_T). The last panel kills.

Courtney's parents are not actually present in the story, but manage to be shown as even worst examples of human beings than they usually are.

Personally, I'm really hoping that things go better in the next book - everything's just going down sh*t creek without a paddle f
Vampires and Werewolves. I'm already rolling my eyes. But I'm definitely giving Naifeh some credit, its not your typical vampire/werewolf story. And the dark humor continues a bit, theres more backstory with the uncle, and even gypsies. Granted I apparently may have missed volumes 2 & 3 before reading this one, its still easy enough to follow. These books are very quick reads, not sure if they are worth buying but I'm already sucked into the plot. This one I thankfully read in the bookstore, ...more
Somewhat more disjointed that the previous collections, this volume follows Courtney on her holiday with her great-uncle as they encounter the monsters, in man and beast form alike, in a fictional Eastern European setting. While Courtney’s constant curiosity and adventurous spirit are on full display as she confronts evils in all forms, the focus is closed in on her changing relationship with Uncle Aloysius and her own struggle to maintain her hope and humanity in the face of such terror and hea ...more
It's been a few years since we've had a new Courtney Crumrin, but Naifeh doesn't miss a beat with this latest addition to the canon. This one's a little darker than the others admittedly, but it is painfully realistic in its depiction of the relationship between Courtney and her uncle. They have a deep love for each other, but are beset by misunderstandings and missed attempts to connect with each other. This actually seems to me to be more the focal point of the book than the actual events, whi ...more
Courtney and her uncle are traveling through Europe where they run into werewolves and vampires.

I enjoyed this graphic novel and I liked that while it was in color it had a darker undertone that made the pictures dreary (in a good way) and wonderful to read and look at. The illustrations were beautifully done and the story was divided into two longer chapters each focusing on an individual story but are connected as well. I would recommend this book for all that like graphic novels, the dark and
Great stuff. Courtney's innate valor and selfishness both take their toll in these stories involving vampires and werewolves. It's far too easy to give too much away here, but romance and heartbreak are prominent themes. Made cynical by seeing love fail too often, Courtney is in danger of choosing a kind of romantic oblivion. Her Uncle A isn't very good at expressing emotion, but only an act of love from the old man can save her.

It's the first time Courtney's actually been saved in the series. R
Courtney is on vacation with her uncle, and of course they are somewhere dark and creepy, and he tells her sad and scary tales, and everyone around them is suspicious and there are gypsys and rumors of werewolves, nuff said, if you like naifeh then you've already read this and if you don't know naifeh go ahead and read this and then to not read anything by him you can find...
In the middle of the night some people find themselves googling an old boyfriend or girlfriend. Whatever happened to them? Did they get a great job? Buy a motorcycle? Find true love?

In my case, I google Courtney Crumrin. I will be up at midnight feeling a little lonely and wonder if Courtney's latest acquaintances have been eaten by goblins.

It is was with great excitement that I saw a Courtney book is being released in October: It's the same wonderful mix of wonder, angst and crankiness that mak
I can't... My feelings!

I'm a bit scared to read the last two books. ;_;
Werewolves and vampires. All the reasons for travelling.
Werewolves and vampires! Oh, my!

I appreciated how flawed the adult humans that inhabit Courtney���s world are and thought the ways in which they disappoint her were really interesting. However, the problems I had with previous volumes of the series were still present in this one. As usual, there were a few times when got ripped out of the story and thought ���Wait, where did that come from?��� and had to go back and make sure I hadn���t skipped a page or two.

Overall conclusion: Flawed but intere
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
This book is a combination of two previously released short stories, which are connected in that they both happen while Courtney is on holiday with Uncle A.

Ted Naifeh brings his usual style and fun creepiness to the stories, and I was glad to see some more inner thoughts of Courtney as she's getting older, but the stories themselves seemed a little rushed and disjointed. Perhaps they could each have been complete tales in their own rights, and we could've seen even more development of the two ma
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Ted Naifeh is an American comic book writer and artist who gained notoriety for his illustrations in the goth romance comic Gloomcookie. Naifeh has since become most known as the creator of the Eisner-Award-nominated series Courtney Crumrin, published by Oni Press.
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