A quick read with a fast paced and creepy plot. Castely (Castella) Cresswell is one of the six Cresswell children, who all live in a rundown mansion aA quick read with a fast paced and creepy plot. Castely (Castella) Cresswell is one of the six Cresswell children, who all live in a rundown mansion at the edge of a forest. Everyone knows that the Cresswell’s practice some weird made-up religion and ever since the kids started school they’ve been treated like outcasts and freaks...though their status does give them a kind of appeal as well.
For a while now Castely has been questioning. Questioning herself, questioning her brothers and sisters, questioning her Father. Questioning God. What would really happen if she lived like the kids at school, would God really punish her? Is everyone else, in the entire world, really going to go to Hell, except for the eight people in her family? Is it really so bad to be normal? To have a friend, wear regular clothes, go to homecoming?
Castely has also been questioning what it means to be normal. She know that it’s not normal for her to be destined to marry her own brother, which is what her father says will happen one day when they all go to Heaven. She knows it’s not normal to read scripture out of a book handwritten by her father. She knows it’s not normal to wear old fashioned long shorts under the tent like dresses she and her sisters make themselves. But is it normal to live in fear of your father, to be frightened with tales of damnation, to be kept isolated from anyone who might help you?
A creepy, culty, thriller. I thought that more could have been made of Castely’s acting and how she interacted with classmates/teachers at school, I also thought that the bit we got of something going on between Delvive and Emily could have been added to as well (or left out altogether, since as it was Del didn’t have much of a role and her ‘thing’ with Emily didn’t make a difference to the plot one way or the other).
A lot of the book happened ‘off stage,’ Caspar’s relationship with Amity, the ending scene between Hannan, Father and Mother, those could have been epic scenes, why leave them out? Good, but left me with some questions....more
For those who read the War for the Oaks by Emma Bull and have been patiently awaiting another well thought out urban fantasy novel, the wait is ov3.5
For those who read the War for the Oaks by Emma Bull and have been patiently awaiting another well thought out urban fantasy novel, the wait is over. Roses and Rot takes place in a world very similar to War for the Oaks, the fae are out there and still influencing our world, for good and ill.
The story starts out with two sisters, reunited. Imogen left for boarding school in self defense, leaving Marin behind with their horrible abusive mother. Guilty for leaving Marin, Imogen is glad to have the chance to reconcile. While Marin received plenty of mental and emotional abuse from their mom, Imogen bore the brunt of her physical assaults. Now, reunited without their mother constantly trying to set them against each other, the two sisters can finally bond.
Or not. The exclusive artist’s program, Melente, that they both got accepted into, asks a lot of their artists, and even more from some than others. Both Marin and Imogen receive the honor of a chance for an extended stay at Melente and the promise of guaranteed success, the price a 7 year stay in Faerie as the “Tithe”. Some emerge from the seven years to become artists whose names go down in history, some don’t emerge at all. Now the two sisters must compete again, but at what price fame? How far will the sisters go to ensure their chances, even at the cost of each other?
It is a good novel, I liked the characters, for the most part the plot kept me engaged as a reader and the elements of magic worked well. There were a few points where I felt the story snagged a little on some details that didn’t quite add up and the ending felt a little rushed and anticlimactic. However, I do feel that it was worthy of Neil Gaiman’s blurb (which says a lot) and would look forward for more from this author. ...more
As a native Minnesotan I did feel it somewhat unfair that the Mall of America was given to the dead of NY to inhabit rather than dead who contributedAs a native Minnesotan I did feel it somewhat unfair that the Mall of America was given to the dead of NY to inhabit rather than dead who contributed tax dollars to its construction, but I can get over that.
The story itself was interesting and the characters were, though occasionally irritating, realistic and likable. I liked Sarah and even had almost the same answers as her when she fills out her death entrance survey. I liked the concept of needing to let go of your previous life and ‘mooove on’ in order to start a fresh life. For imagined afterlives it’s pretty nice, I wouldn’t mind it at all. Beats the hell out of ...purgatory (sorry couldn’t help the bad joke, it just had to be typed). I liked the humor of the novel, it didn’t take itself too seriously, even though there were some tough topics here, bullying, cancer, euthanasia, and rape just to name a few. It had a good balance between messages, humor, romance and drama.
Sarah is confused at first, she wasn’t murdered, everything in her life was going so well, her father was about to remarry a woman that was finally bringing joy into their lives again, after her mom’s tragic death. She just got really bad food poisoning...right? Wrong and it turns out her dad could be in danger too. Which makes it hard for Sarah to ‘move on,’ especially when she might finally have a boyfriend, it’s never too late for a little romance. IWUDM was a satisfying journey, the elements of the different characters coming to terms with their too short lives, the snarky comments of the main character, the progression of the plot flowed well to the end....more
I really enjoyed this story about a group of middle school aged friends, who’ve been friends since elementary school and made the vow to never fight.I really enjoyed this story about a group of middle school aged friends, who’ve been friends since elementary school and made the vow to never fight. Things become much more complicated in middle school when Em begins sharing photos with an eighth grader, Bridge begins wearing cat ears everyday and Tab gets more political when she finds a mentor in a feminist teacher. A nameless student considers her actions and mistakes as she takes a ‘mental health day’ without telling her mother and wanders around the city instead of going to school and Sherm writes letters to his grandfather, who left their family seemingly out of the blue, but he can’t send because that would be almost like forgiving him for leaving a gaping hole in their family that no one can fill.
Each character has flaws and strengths that have the potential to reach out to a diverse group of readers, which I really appreciated. I also like that none of the characters was set up as the ‘normal’ one, which often happens in coming-of-age books, the narrator is usually the normal one and their friends experiment with different identities, substances and experiences while the narrator looks on playing the role of the ‘good kid.’ Some of the characters in the book were more open to different experiences than others, but each of them had a rich background to pull from and none of them had experiences that would be typical of the ‘normal’ kid trope (which doesn’t really exist).
I appreciated the layered messages about friendship, sometimes friendships change and evolve into something else, sometimes friendships aren’t meant to last, sometimes as people change they are no longer friends, and that’s ok, sometimes friends were never friends at all.
I loved that the group of three friends, who were the main focus of the book, were (spoiler) able to keep their vow, even though sometimes it was hard for them, because they did make mistakes and they did sometimes do things that were hurtful to their friends, in the end they were able to forgive each other and themselves and in that way created stronger bonds together, which I think was a healthy message and was reiterated for both guys and girls in the story.
I also really liked that although Em and Patrick had a typical story starting out, where Patrick seemed guilty of betraying Em's confidence, but because she was still crushing on him, she believed he didn't do it. I liked that the story didn't just end there with the lesson of 'don't trust boys' but actually went on to reveal the complexity of the situation and lead Em and Patrick to actually get to know each other better as friends, with the possibility of more in the future.
That was another thing throughout the book that I enjoyed as well, that it represented different relationships that happen between girls and boys, men and women, than just romantic ones. The relationship between Bridge and her brother Jamie was really valuable, something that I love seeing in books, instead of siblings (especially brother and sister) always fighting, showing them as a united front, sharing similar experiences in their worldview and banding together to understand others and get through hardships. I also loved the friendship between Bridge and Sherm, with both of them wondering, are we more than friends, do I want to be more than friends, what does/should it feel like to want to be more than friends.' Their journey as they found the answers to those questions was atypical and to me more realistic for a certain set of kids.
I'd recommend this to kids who enjoy graphic novels by Raina Tegelmeier, The Crossover by Kwame Alexander or books by E.L. Konigsburg....more
Two kids are just starting fifth grade at Albert Einstein Middle School. They couldn’t be more different, and yet what they have in common could mean Two kids are just starting fifth grade at Albert Einstein Middle School. They couldn’t be more different, and yet what they have in common could mean their worst year of school might just become the best.
Joe’s first day goes about as terribly as he expected. His mom got a job as one of the lunch room monitors and breaks her promise to keep a low profile the first time she sees Joe by blowing him a kiss in front of everyone! It would be embarrassing enough if it weren’t for the fact that Joe’s already seen as some dumb mommies boy, because he has APD (audio processing disorder) and spends time in the Resource center developing techniques to focus on just one audiotory signal at a time (like only hearing his teacher’s voice giving him an assignment and not bully Dillon Samreen’s taunts or all of his friends giggles and laughter). If only he had a way to show his classmates that he wasn’t stupid, that he has many layers.
Ravi (pronounced rah-VEE, please) has just moved from his home in Bangladesh to New Jersey. He’s ready to make as many friends as he had back in India and is confident that he will, with his superior intelligence and athletic abilities he’s sure that he’ll soon be sitting with the most popular boys, like Dillon Samreen, eating lunch and joking together. Each day Ravi comes with a plan to impress, but each day something goes wrong, until he lands himself with the nickname Curryhead and wants to quit and go back to Bangladesh...but quitting isn’t an option.
I loved this book, it was fun to read and really represented the two boys very well. I loved that Weeks included Bud, Not Buddy as something that united the two as they read and enjoyed the story, even though they didn’t even realize it at the time, the book was helping them both in their situations, and I think many other kids will be inspired to read it too.
For kids who liked the Terrible Two and Absolutely Almost....more
This is a stellar one-shot comic centering on the friendship between Marceline and Princess Bubblegum. When a strange energy source hits Marcy’s houseThis is a stellar one-shot comic centering on the friendship between Marceline and Princess Bubblegum. When a strange energy source hits Marcy’s house, knocking Finn out and causing Marceline to become a destructive force that could tear Ooo apart Princess Bubblegum makes a rash decision to shoot her into space.
Mourning the loss of Marceline takes a bizarre commercial bent on Ooo when Suspencer takes advantage of Marcy’s absence to howk all her junk and release her most private demo tapes. Meanwhile, Cinnamon Bun is imbued with strange energy that causes the denizens of Ooo to become glued to his body...craziness ensues. Finn wanders the world, the same energy causing him to be repelled from anyone he tries to help, he loses all sense of purpose. Ooo seems to be in the grip of total destruction when PB heads into space to rescue her bestie, leaving Peppermint Butler in charge of an Ooo gone mad.
I love love love this issue, heartwarming and so sweet, yet hilarious, it’s perfect. I loved all the backstory about Marcy and Pbubs starting out. The Leaflans poorly spelled insults are also great....more
This book really speaks to the youth of a generation that spends time practicing for intruder drills and bomb threats and perfecting their bubble sheeThis book really speaks to the youth of a generation that spends time practicing for intruder drills and bomb threats and perfecting their bubble sheet filling skills. Stanzi and Gustav are geniuses, Gustav is building a helicopter, which is invisible to most people, Stanzi doesn’t ever take off her lab coat, without it she doesn’t know if she’s Stanzi or the other part of her chromosome that she almost absorbed in the womb, but not quite. There’s an invisible place for geniuses, they found out about it from the Dangerous Bush Man, he lives in a bush and will give out letters for a price. Landsdale Cruise is a liar, whose hair grows for every lie she tells and China is a walking stomach, tongue or liver, she swallowed herself for a reason that everyone knows, but no one knows. It’s on social media, anyone can see.
Standardized tests taken out on the lawn because yet another bomb threat has been sent in, there’s been one every day. Stanzi is putting the clues together, she thinks she knows whose sending the threats, but she’s not quite sure yet, she’ll let you know when she is, Landsdale knows. If she hasn’t left on Gustav’s invisible helicopter yet. Gustav keeps working on his helicopter, he’ll get credit for it from Mrs. Physics if she can see if when it’s done. Some days Stanzi comes over and they watch Amadeus together, maybe someday he’ll know how to kiss her, but not yet. The story is told in chapters from each character’s perspective, each with a very distinct voice. There are poems and interviews.
As strange as this book seems, with it’s invisible helicopters and dissected frogs and lie grown hair and swallowed selves, it’s also very realistic, frighteningly so. The feelings of the teenage characters as they deal with the world, though depicted through a surrealist lens, are almost hard to listen to sometimes as rough and real as the writing is throughout the book.
Listening to this on audio added a lot to the strange surreal quality of the work. I think the audio version especially would be of interest to those who enjoy Welcome to Nightvale podcast.
I would highly recommend this to teenagers and adults who are interested in something that represents the current world and all it’s problems, dangers and opportunities, yet also want something that will totally blow their mind. I love the title and when I finally came to the realization with how it connected to the story (only in the last couple chapters) I felt rewarded and that’s what i take most from this book, it’s a harrowing read at times, but so rewarding at the end....more
For fans of Amulet, American Born Chinese and the Last Man series. The Nameless City actually has a thousand names, every time a new group of conquersFor fans of Amulet, American Born Chinese and the Last Man series. The Nameless City actually has a thousand names, every time a new group of conquers invade the city they re-name it. Kaidu has just arrived in the city with the newest wave of conquerors, the Dao. He’s part of a new group of recruits being trained to become fearsome Dao warriors. However, the Dao have held peace in the city for years and some feel that the Dao army is getting soft and the time is prime for another invasion.
Exploring the city by himself is forbidden, but Kaidu just wants to try the delicious foods he had the day before with his dad, but soon finds himself lost in the huge city. With the reluctant help of a young girl, forced to live on the streets after her parents were killed by the Dao army, he makes it back home, but with a new understanding of the city that he’s supposed to call home. Does he really belong there?
The story follows Kaidu and Rat (the young girl) as they forge the bonds of friendship and realize that people are more than Dao, Nameless or other tribes. They might be realizing that they can be friends, but the rest of the city is another matter, will the two remain friends when Rat uncovers a resistance plot? There’s action, humor, and growth for the characters. I loved the message that anyone can make a difference in someone else’s life, no matter how old they are, where they’re from or who their parents are.
The first in a promising series, I can’t wait to see what happens next....more
I love this author. No matter what McIntosh always impresses me. I’m my opinion he is one of the most forward thinking and interesting writers in contI love this author. No matter what McIntosh always impresses me. I’m my opinion he is one of the most forward thinking and interesting writers in contemporary Science Fiction. Every book is not only entertaining and well written, but the story is peopled by characters who work against stereotypes and are believable and relatable and the worlds and plots he creates speak to current events, social and environmental issues and what it means to be human.
This book takes place in a very recognizable future. A plausible future, much like most of his other books. It has two story lines that switch each chapter and have connections that become more and more apparent and vital as the story continues. The first chapter puts readers right into the action, the main character, who doesn’t remember his own name, wakes up on the street, along with many other people who suffer the same memory loss. The first thing he notices is that the world is a chunk of cityscape, with edges that fall into the sky. He has no memories of before the moment he awoke on the street, but he along with everyone else, seem to remember things like the names of some landmarks, objects (like forks, baseballs, mailboxes, etc.) and feelings, but have a limited sense of their functions or reasons, such as knowing that a baseball was used in some kind of game, but not really remembering rules, or knowing that there is a word for what you’re forgetting, but not being able to remember the word.
The second narrative is much more similar to our current world. Peter is a scientist working towards figuring out how to create replicated tissue for organ transplantation, especially creating new healthy organs from infected tissue. The world is on the brink of war with several other countries, and a new disease Pearson-Jantz is affecting many people. Peter is hopeful that he and his boss Ugo (who is also married to his Sister-in-law) will help find a cure when his sister-in-law becomes infected with the deadly disease (and World War III breaks out), which has a prognosis of a short and painful life, he get’s asked an impossible question. Izabella wants him to duplicate her. He recently had success in duplicating a mouse, free from disease, using his machine, but he has no idea what the machine would do with a complex organism like a human. Like Izabella. But her time is running short and ultimately it’s her body, right? She should be the one to decide what happens to it. The decision Peter makes could lead to a scientific breakthrough...or it could lead to the death and murder.
As the reader progresses through the two timelines it becomes apparent that something with Peter’s machine has gone horribly wrong, but not exactly what, and the suspense created between the two narratives gives this novel one of the fastest paces of all McIntosh’s work I’ve read, it was an epic page-turner, in fact I had to put my cell phone out of reach when I needed to concentrate on something else, otherwise it was too much of a temptation to read ‘just one more chapter.’ The great thing about his books, including this one, is that his stories always make me think about the world and the issues humanity is already facing, such as wars over diminishing resources.
This is a must read for any science fiction fan. Those who enjoyed Scalzi’s Lock-in will find this a similarly toothsome mystery with characters who really speak to what it means to be human, especially in a world where technology gives us greater opportunities to bring both good and ill worldwide....more
It was interesting reading this after starting my journey with Agatha at the beginning of her career as a PR consultant and casual crime solver. Now,It was interesting reading this after starting my journey with Agatha at the beginning of her career as a PR consultant and casual crime solver. Now, in the first book of the series, Agatha is taking early retirement from her firm. In her 50s she’s finally realizing her childhood dream of moving to the Cotswolds. She finds herself at a bit of a loss of what to do when she first arrives in the quiet, polite and distant village of Carsely. This soon changes however when she becomes the center of a murder investigation when the quiche she enters in a village contest ends up killing the judge. Despite being in the cozy realm of detective fiction Agatha Raisin is no Miss Marple or Father Brown, she’s a feisty woman and as an outsider to the village scene often finds herself at odds with the locals rather than being a confidant like Marple or Brown. Her rather abrupt attitude doesn’t win her many friends at first, but her amazing organizational abilities do prove to be an asset during a village charity drive. I like Agatha Raisin, I like that sometimes she’s not very likeable, I like that she doesn’t take milk or sugar in her tea and I like that she’s independent and decisive. The fact that she won’t back down, even from confronting someone she believes is a murderer creates a good amount of drama and action in this cozy series. (view spoiler)[Lesson learned: Never accept tea from a suspected poisoner. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I really enjoyed this glimpse into the psychology and science of eating and diets. It came as no surprise to me that diets don’t work, but it was astoI really enjoyed this glimpse into the psychology and science of eating and diets. It came as no surprise to me that diets don’t work, but it was astounding to hear just how badly they fail. Finding out about the twin studies indicating that all of us have a genetically determined weight range that is nearly impossible to change will be a revelation for many people.
As a lover of psychological studies I was excited to hear about the many studies Mann held, studying the effect eating with friends had on food choice, effects of stress and comfort foods and distraction leading to overeating was interesting, but what struck me most came near the end of the book and focused on the discrimination faced by people who are overweight.
This book is not dry at all, Mann has many humorous asides and anecdotes from her own life that give the book a friendliness and readability, which so many books about weight lack, most openly mocking their readers and blaming individuals for their ‘lack of control’ over their weight.
Despite the fact that the book starts out by saying diets don’t work, Mann does go into how people can reach the low end of their natural weight range, advice for maintaining healthy eating and exercising habits which don’t rely on a superhuman willpower. During the book she writes about studies she conducted where she found that willpower had an effect in other areas of life, and while there were people with higher and lower scores, no one had much willpower when it came to food.
I loved the way that Mann deconstructed weight stereotypes, such as the common stereotypes people hold that overweight people just lack the willpower to lose weight, or are lazy, or are less intelligent than thin people. Weight discrimination has been something that I’ve witnessed all my life. My mom has struggled with her weight for years, and I have often been witness to dismissive comments made to her by both perfect strangers as well as our own family members, which has always fueled my anger towards any comments made based on weight or appearance, since I know that weight has nothing to do with intelligence, willpower, character or anything else. Yet, just as Mann points out, while most people avoid making comments based on race, lest they be pegged as a racist, very few people even realize they engage in weight discrimination, let alone call anyone out on it. It was shocking to hear about her studies proving that even doctors were less likely to listen to or feel empathy for overweight patients, especially women.
This should be required reading for everybody. It went especially well with another non-fiction book I read recently, Undeniable by Bill Nye (I think Nye would enjoy reading this book as well). They seemed to have similar themes of looking at our human condition from an evolutionary point of view, our bodies are not perfect, they aren’t temples, our bodies came to be from being “good enough” to survive to the next evolutionary step. ...more
Don’t miss the newest book in Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series, the characters he talks about here are larger than life, such as Jim Bowie and DavDon’t miss the newest book in Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series, the characters he talks about here are larger than life, such as Jim Bowie and David (Davy) Crockett. This is the story of the Alamo and to help him tell it Hale (the Spy, not the author) invites Vicente Guerrero (insurgent and former president who was executed basically because other powerful figures feared he would become more powerful than them with his appeal to minorities within Mexico.
This is the story of the Alamo, so of course it has plenty of action. I also loved that Hale includes many quotes taken from historical sources, sometimes presenting them as conversations between the figures rather than the letter sources they were taken from (but each time he does change a small aspect for better presentation within the story/graphic novel he explains what he changes).
American History was always one of my least favorite subjects in school. I found it boring at best and frustrating at worst, especially when some subjects are presented as if the problems we once faced are solved.
That said, all of these graphic novels focus (at least in part) on American History and I find them enthralling. I won’t say that I don’t realize I’m learning, in fact, often after reading these books I want to go to my friends and say, did you know that Jim Bowie was shot, stabbed through the thigh and the hand, and shot again in the back, but still survived to lay in his death bed with influenza during the battle of the Alamo? Or did you know that the ‘Come and Take It’ flag from the Gonzales battle was made out of a wedding dress?
Hand these books out to the youngsters like candy and you might be regaled with historical facts that won’t put you to sleep....more
Do you have an inner monster? The kids at Camp Midnight certainly do! And when Skye ends up spending her summer there instead of with her dad, she’3.5
Do you have an inner monster? The kids at Camp Midnight certainly do! And when Skye ends up spending her summer there instead of with her dad, she’s not happy about it. She doesn’t get to spend much time with her Dad since her parents divorced and now that Gayle, her Dad’s new girlfriend, has entered the picture it seems like Skye is just in the way.
Camp will be an opportunity for Skye to ‘spread her wings,’ make friends and become an independent young lady. Yeah right. Skye doesn’t want to make new friends or have fun. She’s determined to have a bad time just to show her Dad, Mom and Gayle. But, those regular concerns fly out the window when Skye realizes what kind of camp Midnight is...a camp for Monsters!
What a great kids graphic novel. It’s coming-of-age, making friends, realizing that the world isn’t just black and white, good and evil, monster and human. I especially loved the scene where Skye and camp crush, Griffin, talk about what it the term ‘monster’ means to Griffin and I liked that Skye really had to work to change her ways, she wasn’t just immediately perfect, but had to keep correcting herself, which helped her to really look at the kids (and adults) around her and learn.
Also the style fits the story perfectly and is adorable.
Similar to Oddly Normal graphic novel series, Baba Yaga’s Apprentice, and Brain Camp....more
Dumped by his mom who’s untreated mental condition leads her to make impulsive decisions young Jack has to figure out where his mom went and survive wDumped by his mom who’s untreated mental condition leads her to make impulsive decisions young Jack has to figure out where his mom went and survive without her. Their camping vacation over Labor Day weekend takes a turn for the worst when Jack argues with his mom over visiting a nearby circus to see an elephant. When Jack wakes up in the morning he realizes that he’s the only one in the tent. And his mom’s car is gone. Where is she & when will she be back?
After searching the beach and waiting Jack realizes that staying alone at the campsite will call attention to the fact that his mom left. So Jack decides to search for his mom and if he can’t find her to make his own way home from Maine to Boston. If he gets caught DSS will take him away from his mom and the life he cherishes.
I liked how the novel didn’t pull punches or either vilify or give excuses to the mother, instead the author focused on what was happening with Jack’s mom, that her actions were not completely under her own control, but that what she was doing (by not seeking help or maintaining healthy habits, like taking medication, counseling etc.) was still endangering Jack just the same. It’s a story that I think adults can get a lot out of as well, especially the notion that every decision they make, whether it be to take their medication or what type of groceries they stock in their house, will affect their children. Also, to remember the frustration of being a kid and unable to control their environment, being at the mercy of decisions made by adults.
I liked that the author’s message of adults sometimes not being able to take care of themselves, but that kids shouldn’t then have to take on the burden of responsibility. That there will always be helpful adults around and to seek help from others. Jack had a lot of great qualities to admire, his determination and strength of character, but there are times when he made choices that led him into trouble.
Even as capable as Jack proves himself to be (and ethical for the most part), he isn’t able to survive without the help of others (adults and kids). This would be a good choice for a book club, with activities like looking at Google Maps to follow Jack’s route and see the types of places he stayed and walked through, imagining what it might have been like for him....more
I think we all have gone through a time in our life where we suddenly feel like we are on a different plane of existence than we previously inhabited.I think we all have gone through a time in our life where we suddenly feel like we are on a different plane of existence than we previously inhabited. This might happen more than once as we mature, suddenly friends who were once the center of our world seem distant, former interests are no longer exciting, our goals change and our perception of the world morphs. In Big Kids DeForge shows us that world from the eyes of a teenage boy. After a break-up he finds himself transformed, into a ‘tree.’ Everything looks different and the things that he used to focus on, obsess over, no longer hold any sway. Some people, including his ex-boyfriend, are twigs, they aren’t able to perceive the greater world the way trees do, they remain in a more fixed, simple reality.
The whole graphic novel, from the story, dialogue and action, to the style and art throughout really resonated with me. The main character tried and failed to fit in with his peers even at the beginning of the story (when he was a ‘twig’), but once he transforms into a tree he’s even more alienated from his peers. One of the most interesting aspects to me was when Tyson, who also recently became a twig, latches onto him, wanting to share in a communal understanding of their recent transformation, but he is already beyond that, though they are both trees he doesn’t want or need Tyson’s reassurance or company and ends up breaking Tyson down, until he is a twig again, and Tyson doesn’t even seem to realize what is happening. I was also fascinated by his parents, his dad was still a twig and his mom a tree, she obviously unhappy with the situation. At the end, somehow, she’d regressed back to twig status as well.
Sometimes I feel like a twig, sometimes I feel like a tree, but universally I feel like whomever I’m trying to communicate with is on the other side of the equation....more