Internet reads, 1 of 2: an extremely creepy tale of horror in graphic (mini-)novel form. The characters are drawn to Amigara Mountain, where holes shaInternet reads, 1 of 2: an extremely creepy tale of horror in graphic (mini-)novel form. The characters are drawn to Amigara Mountain, where holes shaped like people have inexplicably appeared in the mountainside rock. Like many who have reviewed this, I would've liked some more explanation; the idea of the holes being an exact fit for certain people - and indeed, how people recognise these holes are 'theirs' when an individual's specific outline is surely not so distinctive anyone'd spot it immediately in this context - is somewhat glossed over, but the ending wraps up the gruesomeness of the premise so completely it doesn't really matter much.
Found via Morgan's review, because if you mention the word 'creepypasta' it instantly summons me. I want to read more ghost story/horror graphic novels and I'll be investigating more of Junji Ito's work....more
I spent part of a sunny afternoon reading this in a cafe, and it was glorious. Think Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber as a comic book. The illustrI spent part of a sunny afternoon reading this in a cafe, and it was glorious. Think Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber as a comic book. The illustrations and colours are beautiful, the stories just the right level of creepy and ambiguous with the odd shock thrown in (THAT page in 'The Nesting Place').
There are five stories - bookended by an introduction and the bright, visually arresting Red Riding Hood-inspired 'In Conclusion' - and they each use slightly different storytelling methods and styles of illustration. 'Our Neighbour's House' has a traditional fairytale narrative and uses bold images in shades of black, white and red. 'A Lady's Hands are Cold' has a similar format, but adds more colour and gruesomeness to the illustrations. 'His Face All Red' is told in first person, and uses a natural, outdoorsy sort of colour palette, switching to darker colours and wordless panels for the scary moments. 'My Friend Janna' is first person again, but it tells a fuller story than the others, less a fairytale and more a novel in miniature. It mixes lots of different styles, colours, etc, pictures bleeding into one another, panels of Janna's notebook sketches and nonsensical poetry making up part of the story. Much of 'The Nesting Place', meanwhile, is told through dialogue. As indicated above, it also comes with a reveal that genuinely made me jump. It is, again, far more detailed and rounded than what has come before. The earlier, shorter stories are slightly weaker and more derivative; the last two are just brilliant, with all the power and magic of established classics.
Through the Woods was simply pure enjoyment, and so gorgeous. Highly recommended. (And for further reading, there are more comics on Carroll's website.)...more
Enjoyable adaptation of the Divine Comedy, but one that made me feel that I needed to read the real thing (or a more detailed summary) to understand aEnjoyable adaptation of the Divine Comedy, but one that made me feel that I needed to read the real thing (or a more detailed summary) to understand a lot of it. It felt more like a fun read for those who are already familiar with Dante's work than a guide for the perplexed. I enjoyed the bold, noir-ish illustrations although I did really want to colour them in. I might keep it as a colouring book. ...more
I only took this out of the library because I've heard several times that it's absolutely terrible, and I was curious. I quite like Alexa Chung, largeI only took this out of the library because I've heard several times that it's absolutely terrible, and I was curious. I quite like Alexa Chung, largely based on her style - I don't think I've ever seen her presenting anything - but that's probably the way most people think about her, hence the publication of this scrapbook-cum-style-guide rather than an autobiography. It is a combination of irreverent commentary, fashion advice, photography and illustrations, mixed with autobiographical anecdotes. And... it's quite a nice, enjoyable, amusing book. I don't know exactly what it is people were expecting that's made so many so irritated with this - did they think Chung was going to write a detailed step-by-step guide on how to replicate her life and wardrobe? It's exactly what I would have expected it to be, and although it is a very quick read and probably more something you'd buy as a gift than get yourself, I didn't think it was disappointing (although, to be fair, my expectations were low). It may indeed be quite pointless, but there's nothing wrong with that now and again, and if I'm reading a style book by a celebrity then I don't want it to be challenging anyway....more
Hilarious - properly laugh-out-loud funny. I'd read a number of these stories before on Brosh's website, but found it easier to read them in book formHilarious - properly laugh-out-loud funny. I'd read a number of these stories before on Brosh's website, but found it easier to read them in book format anyway, so this didn't spoil the experience. The chapters about depression are funny, touching and painfully accurate: the dog and childhood stories (particularly the 'letter to my future self' anecdote that opens the book... and the GOOSE STORY) are just downright hysterical. I'm only giving it 4 stars rather than 5 because it's an extremely quick read - it can't have taken more than an hour for me to finish and I didn't even read it straight through - and I might have felt a bit short-changed had I paid for it rather than receiving the ARC. I would definitely buy this as a gift, though....more
A beautiful book filled with glorious photographs of Manchester and its most famous musical denizens. Kevin Cummins' photographs seem to capture the sA beautiful book filled with glorious photographs of Manchester and its most famous musical denizens. Kevin Cummins' photographs seem to capture the strange allure of Manchester perfectly; the industrial cityscapes, brutalist architecture and red-brick terraces forming the perfect background for stunning portraits of the likes of the Smiths, Joy Division, the Stone Roses and Oasis. As an ex-resident of Manchester and a lover of many of the featured artists (particularly the Smiths and Morrissey, subjects of some of Cummins' best images) this book makes my heart swell with nostalgia and Northern pride every time I flick through it....more
Posy Simmonds' graphic novel, originally serialised in the Guardian's Review supplement, follows the chain of events that unfolds when the eponymous TPosy Simmonds' graphic novel, originally serialised in the Guardian's Review supplement, follows the chain of events that unfolds when the eponymous Tamara Drewe - a former wallflower who, via plastic surgery and increased confidence, has transformed herself into a stunning and much-desired woman - returns to her parents' country home. There, her life fatefully intersects with a number of local residents, most significantly the inhabitants of a nearby literary retreat; its married owners, Nicholas and Beth Hardiman; and a pair of bored teenage girls, Jody and Casey.
I devoured this every week in its original comic-strip format, and loved it even more second time round - I literally couldn't put the book down until I'd finished reading. The plot unfolds in both words and pictures, with the author using a number of different narrative voices to tell the story from different angles. The combination of styles makes for fantastic storytelling; Simmonds captures body language and facial expressions perfectly in her illustrations, and her narration is never anything less than totally convincing (the way she skips between fiftysomething, middle-class Beth Hardiman and fifteen-year-old, working-class Casey, without ever losing a trace of authenticity, is particularly impressive). The fact that this is a graphic novel takes nothing away from the fact that it is also a brilliant, compelling, always believable story. I would recommend it to everyone; it's a book I know I will enjoy over and over again. ...more
A beautiful, inspiring and uplifting book, full of glorious watercolour illustrations, that made me want to a) acquire a garden of my own and b) startA beautiful, inspiring and uplifting book, full of glorious watercolour illustrations, that made me want to a) acquire a garden of my own and b) start drawing and painting flowers. My only complaint is that the handwriting-style font was sometimes hard to read....more