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

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  766 Ratings  ·  71 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, 128 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Oni Press (first published October 16th 2008)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Courtney goes with her great-uncle Aloysius on a trip to Eastern Europe. Of course, she manages to get herself in trouble, fighting for the underdog, including a patch of Gypsy werewolves, one of which is in love with a landowner's daughter. Oh, did I mention that Courtney has a boyfriend! But it's not as good as it sounds. Because her boyfriend is a vampire, and he's draining Courtney of her lifeforce and humanity. Courtney feels so disconnected and apathetic, this isn't sounding so bad to her. ...more
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
3.5

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
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Daniel
Sep 04, 2015 Daniel rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
E prica najzad uzima nekako svoj pravi zamah. Puno razmisljanja i teskih pitanja na koji ne postoje odgovori.
Orrin Grey
Jun 03, 2009 Orrin Grey rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, favorites
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,
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Wayne McCoy
Dec 12, 2013 Wayne McCoy rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
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Tays
Feb 03, 2015 Tays rated it liked it
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
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Ren Rabbit
I am a huge fan of the Courtney Crumrin series. And there are a lot of great elements in this volume as well, save for the fact that it becomes pretty racist halfway through, which completely ruined the entire book for me.
Whereas Romanians apparently have no trouble speaking English without a ridiculous accent of course the same can not be said about Germans, who are next to impossible to understand and wear nothing but Lederhosen and other ridiculous garb. (Lederhosen are a typically *Southern
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Emily
Jan 03, 2017 Emily rated it it was amazing
This was really good! I'm really glad that Courtney and Uncle A are building more of a relationship, so much better than Courtney's parents.
Katbyrdie
Freaking LOVE Naifeh's take on vampires. This volume is shorter than the other two, but added more to the characters than other volumes. This series keeps getting stronger and stronger.
DelAnne Frazee
Dec 21, 2016 DelAnne Frazee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Courtney Crumrin Volume 4: Monstrous Holiday Special Edition
Author: Ted Naifeh
Illustrator: Warren Wucinich
Published: 10-9-2013
Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors/Oni Press
Pages: 128
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
Sub Genre: Fantasy; Fiction
ISBN: 13-9781934964927
ASIN: B00NYE45ZU
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Rating: 4.5 Stars

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Courtney Crumrin Volume 4: Monstrous Holiday Special Edition actualley contains two stories; "Courtney Crumrin and the Fire Thief's Tale" and
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Zach Zurkowsky-Simpson
Sep 22, 2016 Zach Zurkowsky-Simpson rated it it was amazing
The series just keeps getting better and better!!! Loved this book!
Karissa
Mar 18, 2012 Karissa rated it liked it
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
a_tiffyfit
A_TiffyFit's Review: I requested this at Netgalley because of the cover; it looked intriguing. And now...now 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
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Virginia
Jan 04, 2015 Virginia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-gn
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
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Sara Thompson
Jul 06, 2011 Sara Thompson rated it it was amazing
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
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Nicola Mansfield
Nov 27, 2009 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it
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
Natalie
Oct 02, 2013 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Deborah Ideiosepius  omnivorous reader
I have loved all of the Courtney Crumrin books, this one took me by surprise; I did not know there was another one out.

This graphic novel was a little more dark, unhappy and angst ridden than the previous ones, I also got a sense of dissociation from Courtney's character that was missing from the self assured Courtney of previous books. At first this rocked me and I did not like it but then I realised that of course, Courtney is heading toward teenage-hood so it is quite appropriate. Also, this
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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
Katri
Sep 29, 2010 Katri rated it it was amazing
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
Gigi
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
Jul 29, 2012 Courtney rated it it was amazing
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
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Mmmhhmm
Jul 07, 2016 Mmmhhmm rated it liked it
The book is still fun, the art is still wonderful, but Courtney's emo side really got to me. By the time we get to the vampire arc, listening and watching her brood while her uncle is literally fighting tooth and nail to keep her safe is aggravating as hell.

In this story Courtney finds out her beloved uncle Aloysius is slowly dying and will be dead in a matter of months, if not sooner. Courtney, who has always shown to be aggressive and never backing down, does nothing with this information. We
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Laura
Feb 19, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok
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
Matt
Mar 30, 2009 Matt rated it really liked it
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
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Sarah
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
Jason
Oct 05, 2009 Jason rated it really liked it
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
Aleece
Sep 11, 2016 Aleece rated it really liked it
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
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Diana
Courtney Crumrin's adventures continue. In this volume Courtney travels with her great uncle to Eastern Europe. Being overseas doesn't stop Courtney from getting into trouble, or more to the point - letting trouble find her. Through these adventures she finds herself growing more distant with her uncle and has more difficultly trusting anyone. This leads to her feeling lonely and easily substitutable to falling in love with someone that is manipulating her need for companionship...which (obvious ...more
Susannah
Jun 06, 2016 Susannah rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Courtney's story continues in a narrative divided into 2 parts. On holiday with her Uncle, the first story involves werewolves, and the second involves vampires. What ties them together though is Courtney's continued sadness over the death of the fairy boy, and her uncle's inability to help her. This causes her to lash out in adolescent ways, and to seek solutions, and validations, in the actions of those around her. However, the motives of those involved inevitably cause Courtney trouble when t ...more
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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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