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Gunnerkrigg Court, Volume 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
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Nov 21, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 26, 2015 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 17, 2014 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jubilation Lee
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 really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is a print version of the webcomic, but it is still peculiar and awesome!
Dec 31, 2012 Jenne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 16, 2009 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
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
Nov 21, 2011 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 05, 2014 Stewart Tame rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 21, 2010 Devi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shellie Rich
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
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Ryne Steinacker
Mar 26, 2015 Ryne Steinacker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy cow, what a surprise. I stumbled onto Gunnerkrigg Court through the "TV Tropes" website, and I'm so glad I did. What an engaging story, compelling characters, and great art. I love how the narrative seamlessly flows between 1) all of the compelling mysteries that underlie the world Siddell has crafted, and 2) all of the amazing jokes, sarcasm, etc. Great humor, great drama, and great writing. The art style is somewhat ho-hum at first but it evolves as the story progresses, and I'd like to p ...more
Jan 28, 2015 Joshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jan 14, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! )
Emma Rhyne
Mar 14, 2016 Emma Rhyne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So yeah. This book.
This is like my second comic to actually read, and it has encouraged me to read more like it.
It wasn't what I expected, but I definitely enjoyed it. The artistry was awe-inspiring, especially in later parts. I read the entire series, so far as the author has it on the website, and I can attest to the fact that there is enough action to keep the pages turning.
One of the things I thought deserved a little more fleshing out was Gunnerkrigg Court itself. I mean, I
Jun 21, 2015 Trini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy or sci-fi fans
I loved this webcomic. It was funny, it was exciting, it was heart-wrenching, it was gorgeous. Basically, everything that I look for in a book.

Gunnerkrigg Court would have been a 4 for me if it had been a regular graphic novel on paper. But, because it's a webcomic, the author is kind of allowed to insert comments into it. And it were these comments that Siddell put into the webcomic at times that earned the other star. The comments were humorous and just the kind of thing that I love.

So far, ap
Jul 23, 2010 Melody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jan 28, 2016 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
This is a collection of a web comic based in a special boarding school someplace in Great Briton where just about anything seems to happen.

I found the world the author created to be fascinating an enjoyable and I love how not everything is explained and characters and plot points may be dropped in and not dealt with till much later, if ever (this is an ongoing web comic so things may have been explained further on in the story than I am) and I love how not everything makes sense. There is just e
Jun 05, 2015 Valerie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, comics, sci-fi
Gunnerkrigg Court is sort of like if Daria went to Hogwarts. I'll admit that initially I was a little turned off from the series because the main characters look a little like Bratz dolls, but the recommendations kept pouring in and Neil Gaiman wrote the blurb, so I decided to give it a try. The world is interesting enough that I was eventually able to look beyond the style, and Siddell has a lot of fun integrating mythology from tons of cultures. This first volume is a lot of exposition and cha ...more
Eleanor With Cats
This is such an idiosyncratic basket of mysteries, I love it. Different parts are funny, sweet, mildly melancholy, surreal, and exciting. Antimony 'Annie' Carver is sent to a big, fancy boarding school in the UK after her mother dies. Ghosts, cute winged robots, giant dragonlike monsters, family secrets, birds that watch everything and go tic toc, crazy old professors who rush into other professors' classes and take all the students out for a simulated interstellar mission to save humanity, miss ...more
Tanya K
Jun 01, 2015 Tanya K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Siddell has a really good sense of visual storytelling and comedic timing, so I'm a bit baffled by people who think the art of early Gunnerkrigg is "bad" -- sure, the style is different from how it ends up, but the aim of comic art isn't straightforwardly 'realistic', 'detailed', 'as visually pleasing at possible', it is narrative utility, and Gunnerkrigg has that in spades. (I don't really feel I need to write a full review, pretty sure there are enough reviews of this comic on this Earth. Just ...more
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Very little is known of Tom, as he doesn't speak about himself much. He is English, resides in Birmingham, recently was employed as an animator at a video game company but in 2012 decided to leave to work on Gunnerkrigg Court full time.

There is also conjecture that he likes Cadbury Extra Thick Chocolate Cakes, but no suitable references were provided.
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