Lisa M. Schab LCSW does an excellent job explaining the facts about depression and clearly outlining strategies that teens (or anybody) can use to proLisa M. Schab LCSW does an excellent job explaining the facts about depression and clearly outlining strategies that teens (or anybody) can use to process their feelings and disrupt the cycles that tend to perpetuate depression. She provides plenty of simple activities that most teens can incorporate into daily life as they go through treatment. These activities involve engaging creativity, emotion, and reaching out to others as well as modifying personal thought patterns. My only concern, hence withholding one star, is that I believe this book really should be viewed as a supplement to professional help rather than, "If it gets really bad, see a professional." For example, suicide risk is not even seriously discussed until well into the book. While I don't think it helps teens or parents to freak out every time someone shows signs of depression, suicide is always a risk. In fact, with any mental illness, it's a risk, and depression is one of the most common mental illnesses.
This book is a terrific resource and I will definitely recommend it to clients. I think it's a wonderful adjunct to in-person therapy, and includes plenty of terrific suggestions in a user-friendly format. I'm just not sure I would want a teen turned-loose relying only on this. All that said, if a teen suffering from depression gets a hold of this book, maybe it will be enough to push them to get help and make the best of it when they do....more
Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicolson books are like magic: even when I’m in a rotten mood and I’m convinced my life as turned to “poo,” I just polish ofLouise Rennison’s Georgia Nicolson books are like magic: even when I’m in a rotten mood and I’m convinced my life as turned to “poo,” I just polish off another book in the series and I’m back to feeling fabbity fab. Anyway, enough about me. Let’s get to the book.
In this fourth installment of The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series, we find Georgia in her usual multifaceted state. She and the Sex God are reunited after his brief tour with The Stiff Dylans, and she begins her new life as a “celebrity widow.” She dutifully attends his rehearsals and bops her head to the music while applying nail polish. She dances in front of possible talent spotters---or, um, not to hilarious effect. She bops her head even when music isn’t playing and draws a lot of strange looks. She puts her foot through the bass drum and wonders if all this is a sign she may be the”Yoko Ono of the Stiff Dylans.” [Please don’t hate me if that isn’t the exact quote. I just want to make it clear that I didn’t come up with the brilliant metaphor. That was all Rennison.]
Angus is admiring his love, the now pregnant, Naomi from afar. Georgia insists he was snipped before Naomi got pregnant, but wonders if the kittens could bring another kind of Christmas Miracle.
As always, Georgia has doubts because she’s a very “empathetic and caring person.” She wonders if her relationship with the Sex God is meant to be. Can she really see herself as a celebrity widow for life even if it means following the Sex God everywhere and being seen in public with the Sex God? She’s also very concerned about the relationship between Ellen and Dave the Laugh. It’s so obvious they aren’t right for each other . . . just because.
If you’re feeling down, I definitely recommend adding some Georgia to your life. This series would be even more perfect if they created an app that generated a random Georgia-ism every ten minutes....more
Alice and Rachel are identical twins, at least on the outside. Of course, identical twins never are completely identical. Rachel is the good friend, tAlice and Rachel are identical twins, at least on the outside. Of course, identical twins never are completely identical. Rachel is the good friend, the good student, and the loyal girlfriend whereas Alice is the rebellious and scrappy survivor. When Rachel goes missing at the carnival, it is up to Alice to unravel the truth about why Rachel disappeared so she can find her before it's too late. Along the way, Alice realizes that in order to discover the truth about Rachel, she also needs to acknowledge a few truths about herself.
Initially, Beautiful Lies seems like an ESP twist on the supernatural themes in Warman's previous novel, Between, but much like the movie, Donnie Darko, the reader keeps guessing whether what is at work is a supernatural force or mental illness.
As always, Jessica Warman brings her impeccable skill at rendering the characters and dynamics of a small town. She gives enough detail to make everything real, but never gives too much away. This chilling mystery will keep you guessing until the last page....more
**Full disclosure--this review is based on a digital, uncorrected proof received from the publisher for review purposes. I didn't receive money, free**Full disclosure--this review is based on a digital, uncorrected proof received from the publisher for review purposes. I didn't receive money, free drinks or trips to alternate universes in exchange for this review.**
Don't You Wish reminds me of so many fun things, mainly movies. I would say it's sort of like a mash-up of Back To the Future, Somewhere In Time, Time After Time, and Mean Girls. In the interest of sounding like a sort of literate person, there's a little bit of Rival thrown in there too. Also Somewhere In Time was a book originally, but I'll admit I haven't read it. The movie with Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour is marginally watchable. By contrast, Don't You Wish is compulsively readable.
Annie Nutter is fed up with being one of the "invisibles" at school. Her father, a wannabe inventor, has practically driven his family out of the house with his "Nutter Clutter" encroaching on every flat surface in there home. (I'm not sure what my excuse is for doing the same thing since I'm not even trying to invent anything new--uh hem.) Annie is asked to the Homecoming dance by a popular guy only to have her heart broken when she realizes it was a joke. Still, she has a good relationship with her mom and a close family. On one trip to Walmart, her mom picks up a copy of Architectural Digest and finds out that her ex boyfriend's house is featured--her single ex boyfriend. Her mom starts fantasizing about the life she might have had, and even though Annie feels guilty about it, she kind of fantasizes too. Then, they come home to find yet another half-baked Nutter contraption waiting in the basement and instead of being impressed, Annie's mother goes ballistic. When Annie goes up to her room to drown out the family argument, she tries to salvage the remains of the laptop her father used for his latest invention when lightening strikes and transports her into an alternate universe where she is wealthy, beautiful and popular Ayla Monroe. Before long, she realizes that while being a queen bee has its perks, it's a tough spot to maintain and she wonders if it's worth the despicable things her friends expect from her. Ayla/Annie needs to grapple with the question of whether this other life is better or worse, and is going back to her old life even an option?
Annie Nutter is such a lovable character and Roxanne St. Claire is spot on with her observations of the bizarre things girls do for status in high school. Admittedly, some of the observations are probably more objective than the ones most of us could make when we were still in the thrall of high school and all the stupidity that goes with the social order of it, but I think people on both ends of the social spectrum will take comfort in Annie's story of transformation and interdimensional travel. Of course, all my husband would get out of this story is that the science (specifically physics) is bogus, but who asked him anyway? Nerd alert!...more
Review: Torn by Stephanie Guerra Published by Marshall Cavendish Pub Date May 15, 2012 263 pages **This review is based on an uncorrected digital proof reReview: Torn by Stephanie Guerra Published by Marshall Cavendish Pub Date May 15, 2012 263 pages **This review is based on an uncorrected digital proof received through NetGalley**
In her debut novel, Torn, Stephanie Guerra shares the story of an unlikely friendship between Ruby Caroline, a badass redhead out of Utah, and Stella Chavez, a soccer champ who has lived in South Bend, Indiana for all 17 years of her life. Stella is both terrified and fascinated by Ruby. She’s beautiful, brave, and more hip and “advanced” than just about anyone Stella has ever known. For Stella, Ruby is a lot like chocolate: tempting, addictive, and bad for your health in large quantities. After one lunch together, Stella and Ruby become inseparable. They go on what Ruby refers to as “adventures” that include things like trysts with the college boys from Notre Dame, and flirtations with an even older guy, aka the “Silver Fox.”
For Stella, Ruby is such a refreshing break from her normally structured and responsible life where she goes to several AP classes, dates the nice guys, and goes home to take care of the house and her siblings while her mother works double shifts as a waitress. However, as Ruby’s behavior becomes more erratic, Stella starts questioning her loyalty to an increasingly stressful friendship. Is Ruby fun or just a sociopath?
So, what did I think? Honestly, I didn’t think the writing in Torn was as strong as it could have been in spots, but so many of the observations were spot on, and I ended up reading the whole thing in one afternoon because I couldn’t put it down. Guerra’s snippets about the catty tactics of high school girls, and the sleazy older guys who try to pick them on kept making me laugh, and sigh in recognition.
I rarely comment on covers, but I’ve got to say that I don’t think the cover or title give a good idea of what the book is about. If I hadn’t read the summary on NetGalley, I don’t think I would have picked this up in the bookstore.
What really hooked me was the main character, Stella Chavez. She’s so strong, thoughtful, spunky and all around amazing, it’s impossible not to fall in love with her. Don’t be put off by the generic title and the wimpy-looking girl on the cover. ...more
Dying apparently was not the hardest part for Kate Winters. Aimee Carter's Goddess Interrupted, the sequel to The Goddess Test, begins with Kate arrivDying apparently was not the hardest part for Kate Winters. Aimee Carter's Goddess Interrupted, the sequel to The Goddess Test, begins with Kate arriving in her future kingdom, The Underworld, filled with doubts about her ability fulfill her duties as queen, and about her husband's feelings for her. Henry (aka Hades), clearly still has feelings for Persephone even though she walked out on him to frolic with Adonis in the afterlife. To make matters worse, before the coronation ceremony can be completed, the Titans decide it's time to try wreak havoc on The Underworld. Henry and the other members of his Council have to go to war against the Titans while Kate is fighting an internal war with self doubt.
As a huge fan of Greek mythology, the premise behind this series is compelling, and Aimee Carter explores her updated version of The Underworld in a playful way that keeps it true to the original material without it reading like a Classics textbook. Overall, the characters are well-developed. James (Hermes) is a lot of fun as the wannabe Casanova who is always trying to steal the girls out from under Hades' nose. Then, there's Ava (Aphrodite), who enjoys making Kate squirm whenever she gets too up front about sex or just too girly. Kate is a low maintenance kind of gal, and Ava loves her hot pink way too much.
One thing Kate really has going for her is she's scrappy, and I really admire that. Clearly, she believes she's in love with Henry and will do anything to be with him, and when she says anything, she means it. She travels all the way to the gates of The Underworld and survives being eaten by Cronus. That's impressive stuff.
Kate's relationship with Henry is less satisfying. Of course, she's not satisfied with the relationship herself, but it's almost impossible to see why she stays with him or even why she believes that this mysterious "man" she spent one night with is the one for her.
Overall, this was an entertaining read. I enjoyed the vivid depiction of The Underworld, and the cliff-hanger endings kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. Fans of The Goddess Test shouldn't hesitate to read on....more
Georgia and her huge cat, Angus, are back again for more fabbity fab fab fun. The Sex God aka Robbie and Georgia are still going strong, but Georgia sGeorgia and her huge cat, Angus, are back again for more fabbity fab fab fun. The Sex God aka Robbie and Georgia are still going strong, but Georgia still feels a bit awkward in her new role of GF of a sex god. So many questions still need answers: to lippy or not to lippy? What do you do when your bf's band is playing and you're by the stage? Is it ok to randomly kiss your ex? Uh oh.
No mysteries of life here, but for Georgia's fans, this third installment will not disappoint....more
It probably seems grossly inappropriate to admit to this going into a review of this book, but I need to get it off my chest: I am a huge fan of PrettIt probably seems grossly inappropriate to admit to this going into a review of this book, but I need to get it off my chest: I am a huge fan of Pretty Maids All in a Row, a movie featuring a guidance counselor who is getting overly friendly with the cheer leaders. So, Teach Me appealed to my love of dark humor and naughty educators. In case you have doubts in your mind about the story line, Teach Me is about a 17-year old high school senior, Carolina aka "Nine" who falls in love with her English teacher. The twisted part: he falls for her too, or at least has an affair with her (eeeeew!) The really twisted part: he dumps her and gets married. During and after her teacher's marriage, Nine proceeds on a rampage a la Glen Close in Fatal Attraction sans boiled bunnies. At times, the novel got a bit melodramatic. How many times can you hear a character say, "How could he do this to me? Why did he do this to me? It's so wrong. It's so unfair." Most of the time though, I really enjoyed R.A. Nelson's twisted sense of humor. If you're looking for some naughty dark humor, this is definitely one for you....more
This is one of those books that I wanted to like, and while I enjoyed reading it, I didn't find it to be a very satisfying read. Our story begins withThis is one of those books that I wanted to like, and while I enjoyed reading it, I didn't find it to be a very satisfying read. Our story begins with the main character, Mary, dealing with the loneliness of her best friend moving away. Her mother, Scarlett, has her own challenges; her mother, Emer, is in the hospital and she knows Emer isn't getting any better. Doyle weaves in flashbacks of Scarlett growing up, as well as Emer's memories of her mother, Anastasia, aka, Tansey. As you might imagine, with all of these female characters from different generations, it doesn't take long for this book to get confusing.
When Mary tells her mother that she made a new friend, Scarlett is delighted until she finds out that Mary's new friend is named Tansey. When she discovers that Tansey isn't just any Tansey, but her great great grandmother, she and Mary become very interested in why Tansey is back from the grave.
For me, this felt a lot like The Monsters Of Templeton minus the strange family pictures and sexual tension. What piqued my interest in A Greyhound of a Girl was the ghost story part of it, but it's more of an intergenerational novel. Doyle was just extra thorough in bringing in a generation that had already passed on. For readers who are into feel-good, low-stakes stories with a lot of female bonding, this one might be good, but for that, I usually prefer Maeve Binchy....more
When I started Chomp, I had reservations. The description mentioned other installments in Carl Hiaasen's foray into young adult literature that have aWhen I started Chomp, I had reservations. The description mentioned other installments in Carl Hiaasen's foray into young adult literature that have a humorous and environmentalist slant. The humorous part sounded good. The environmentalist bit gave me pause. Don't get me wrong: I love Mother Earth and all that jazz. I recycle as long as our program allows, I compost in my backyard and I never release reptiles from the pet store into the wild. I just don't consider reading a sermon entertainment. Fortunately, Chomp is not a sermon on eco-friendly living.
Our hero, Wahoo, is trying to help his family get back on its feet financially. His father, Mickey Cray, is a well-known animal wrangler for nature programs, but he has been laid-up for a while due to a concussion. A frozen iguana fell out of a tree and hit him on the head. Apparently a lot of pet lovers have turned way too many iguanas loose over the years, and they don't mix well with Florida's ecosystem. (Oh yes, you got your dose of environmentalism there now didn't cha?) Wahoo's mom is so concerned about the family finances that she has run off to China to teach and send some money home. Her absence only makes Mickey's condition deteriorate further. Wahoo finds out about a job opportunity with Derek Badger's reality TV program, Operation Survival!, and even though he still has doubts about his father's condition, he knows his family can't afford to pass-up the job.
Unfortunately, once Wahoo and Mickey meet Derek Badger, they realize that Derek needs more wrangling than the animals. At least the animals were born with some natural sense. Derek on the other hand doesn't have any. He just wants crazy stunts that look cool on camera and he's a monumental klutz.
It's tempting to give Chomp a five star rating because as I think about it, it's hard to imagine what anyone might need that this book doesn't have in it: critters with big sharp teeth, the Florida Everglades, a crazy TV star, and references to a terrible vampire series---no, it's not what you think....more
I wanted to love this book. The title is awesome, and I'm a huge fan of procedural crime dramas so anything involving humor and forensics has to be faI wanted to love this book. The title is awesome, and I'm a huge fan of procedural crime dramas so anything involving humor and forensics has to be fabulous, right? In the case of Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator, the uneven quality of the writing brought it down. When Guy is describing situations in the present and in his own voice, he's funny and quirky, but the sentimental slumps into memories about things his dad used to say.
Guy is still recovering from his father's recent death, and parts of the book are entries in a journal Guy's therapist asked him to keep to process his feelings as he goes through the five stages of grief. Meanwhile, Guy joins Forensics Club because his best friend, Anoop, tells him this girl Guy has a crush on will be there. Through the nifty tricks he learns in Forensics Club, Guy figures out that he has a brother from his father's previous marriage. He also thinks said brother might be a suspect when a box of valuable coins goes missing from Langman Manor. Did I mention that it takes about 100 pages for anything to actually happen in this book?
I think Josh Berk has a lot of potential as a writer and this cast of characters could turn into something cool if it becomes a series, but as is, this book seems to be having an identity crisis. It's not plot-driven enough to be a mystery and it isn't deep enough to be realistic YA which means readers looking for either in this book will be disappointed....more
If you are looking for a book that isn't quite like anything else, Wuftoomis an excellent choice. I have seen other reviewers compare it to Kafka's MeIf you are looking for a book that isn't quite like anything else, Wuftoomis an excellent choice. I have seen other reviewers compare it to Kafka's Metamorphosis, and it is similar in that the main character, Evan, transforms from a sixth grader into a giant worm---a Wuftoom. Another shared trait between Wuftoom and Metamorphosis: the ick factor. Readers with weak stomachs, consider yourselves warned. Evan's transformation is chronicled in painstaking detail complete with sights, sounds, textures, scents, and tastes. It gets really gross. While this may be a turn-off for some adult readers, the good news is this book should be a hit with the age 10 and up crowd.
While my husband wouldn't be suprised if I gave a book five stars on gross-out factor alone, the reality is, I just wouldn't do that. Sure, Wuftoom has some wonderful passages you can use to antagonize the ninnies in your household, but the story raises some interesting questions about what it means to belong, to be human, and to be a friend.
After Evan's transformation, two different night creatures propose offers to him in exchange for his loyalty. The viscious Vitflies promise not to harm his mother if he helps them defeat the Wuftoom. The Wuftoom can promise Evan long life and companionship even though he knows he will never completely fit in with them, and joining them means giving up life on the surface and living in the dark forever.
This is a terrific book, but be warned: once you start reading, it will be hard to stop....more
This intriguing collection of short backstories for members of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (aka Hellboy's employer), is sure to delThis intriguing collection of short backstories for members of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (aka Hellboy's employer), is sure to delight Mike Mignola's loyal fans, and possibly, earn him new ones. Johann, the medium, and Liz, the firestarter steal the show in this collection which isn't a problem for me, but fans of Abe and Roger might be disappointed as they spend most of their time off the page.
Fans of Roger probably won't be too disappointed though since his story, which also happens to be called Being Human, is about an investigation he goes on with Hellboy to see why a southern family that has been dead for decades has suddenly resumed gathering in their abandoned house for family dinners. You know what that means? Zombies!
That brings me to another way this collection is awesome. If you're a ghoul like me, you will delight in the variety of gruesome creatures in its pages. This has everything except for vampires, and really, who needs them anyway?
Of course, what prequel collection would be complete without a sketchbook at the end? Being Human has that too. No cool fungus zombie like Baltimore: The Plague Ships, but plenty of awesome none the less....more
I loved Blink & Caution from the first page. Some reviewers say that Tim Wynne-Jones' command of second person gave him an easy ace, but that wasnI loved Blink & Caution from the first page. Some reviewers say that Tim Wynne-Jones' command of second person gave him an easy ace, but that wasn't what did it for me. The prose flows perfectly from word to word, sentence to sentence, and the voice and point-of-view are completely appropriate given the psychological state of Blink's character. But, that's my analysis. I'm getting ahead of myself. If you want an endorsement beyond, read this book because you will like it, keep going.
Blink & Caution is a psychological thriller that follows the parallel lives of two runaways. Blink is a boy running from a broken home where his stepfather gets drunk and beats on his mother when he gets bored. Caution aka Kitty is running from her guilt over her brother's death. Our story begins when Blink accidentally stumbles upon what appears to be a kidnapping in progress and Caution realizes that the man she has shacked up with is even worse than she first thought.
As Blink tries to figure out what happened with the man he saw spirited away from the hotel that morning and Caution runs from her ex, their paths cross and they form an unlikely partnership to find truth and absolution....more
House of the Living Dead seemed promising. I love the references to Mexican wrestling, but I'm just not into the vampires. Also, okay, I know it's a cHouse of the Living Dead seemed promising. I love the references to Mexican wrestling, but I'm just not into the vampires. Also, okay, I know it's a comic book, but it would have been a more compelling story if Hellboy's friend was more developed. As it is, I wasn't invested enough in the characters for there to be much drama. Still, the art is terrific, and Hellboy is awesome no matter what....more
Just after an evening she spent with her best friend, Ingrid, planning where they would go to college, Caitlin wakes up to find out that Ingrid commitJust after an evening she spent with her best friend, Ingrid, planning where they would go to college, Caitlin wakes up to find out that Ingrid committed suicide. No note. No explanation. Ingrid was there and suddenly, she wasn't there anymore.
Hold Still begins at the point where Caitlin has to go back to school and try to piece her life back together without Ingrid. Everyone seems to want her to move on and get over her friends death. For some, like her photography teacher, it seems like their investment has more to do with their own desire to not have to think about Ingrid's death and less with Caitlin's recovery.
In spite of her desire to hold on to the past so she can keep Ingrid close in some form, Caitlin befriends a new cool girl at school, and starts dating a boy she's had her eye on for a while. She also finds Ingrid's journal. For Caitlin, the journal is a mixed blessing. The pages make her feel closer to Ingrid than she has in a long time, but reading them also means experiencing all the pain Ingrid tried to hide from everyone for so long.
Nina LaCour's writing is so lovely and insightful that Caitlin's pain and sense of abandonment are palpable without being cloying and sentimental. When I first picked this book up, I knew it was either going to be wonderful or really bad. The other reviews were good, so I decided to go for it and I'm so glad I did. Hold Still isn't just another teen suicide novel. Like the title suggests, it's about trying to move on when doing so seems overwhelming....more
Anna Sheehan's futuristic take on Sleeping Beauty has all the soporific qualities of a fairy tale without any of the fun or excitement. The end resultAnna Sheehan's futuristic take on Sleeping Beauty has all the soporific qualities of a fairy tale without any of the fun or excitement. The end result is a lot like a bottle of Perrier that has been left in the sun with a loose cap: funky yet flat.
Rosalinda Samantha Fitzeroy aka "Briar Rose" has been "stassed" (future-speak for artificial hibernation) for decades. When Bren, a handsome young man kisses her and wakes her from her slumber, Rose is in a new world with unfamiliar technology and slang, and none of her family or friends. Oh yeah, and this robot keeps showing up to chase her around. I hope I'm not giving too much away there.
Superficially, this is an interesting idea. In fact, I was excited to read this. I love retellings of fairy tales. Admittedly, The Sleeping Beauty never has been one of my favorites, and even at that, I think Sheehan might have missed the point of the original story by focusing only on the science fiction potential that comes with a story about someone who, like Rip Van Winkle, has been asleep for a long time and wakes up in a world that is the same and yet also dramatically different than the previous one. Where A Long, Long Sleep misses is the psychological underpinnings that have made Sleeping Beauty a classic story. On one level, we have the Freudian idea that girls go from having all kinds of romantic ideas about their future lives with a husband, children and a home of their own followed by a "latency period" during which those fantasies are put on the back burner while girls form their own identities as part of the peer group within their own gender. Then, there's this sexual awakening that takes place in adolescence. Since I was a psychology major, that's the first place I go. Sheehan does start to explore Rose's psyche a bit more deeply when she reveals that Rose's family tended to put her to sleep instead of involving her in family discussions whenever anything awkward came up. Interesting, but it didn't work for me. If that resonates with you, maybe you'll like this one....more
Zara's mother sends her to live with her grandma in Maine in the hope that grandma time will help her recover from grief over her stepfather's suddenZara's mother sends her to live with her grandma in Maine in the hope that grandma time will help her recover from grief over her stepfather's sudden death. She has her doubts about leaving temperate Charleston for a tiny, snowy town in Maine, but Zara isn't in the mood to argue. On her first day at her new high school, Zara falls for a muscular, handsome guy named Nick. He also is immediately drawn to Zara. Suddenly, Maine doesn't seem like such a bad place to be. Zara even meets a few new friends and starts a school chapter of Amnesty International, but the more she learns about the local lore, the more she realizes there's something off about the residents of this town. Something dark and evil is at work and it's making boys disappear. Based on warnings from her grandma to stay off the roads and trails at night, Zara suspects that there's a chance that the same evil could make her disappear too.
Carrie Jones's writing in Need was much stronger than I expected it to be; at least for the first 2/3rds of the book. The tension and mystery of what troubles the residents of the town, and voices in the woods kept me reading late into the night, but the ending seemed to play more on shock value than story value. Still, if you're curious about dipping your toes in YA fiction with fairies/pixies that doesn't read like it's in a foreign language, this is a good book to start with. The characters are likable and it's pretty solid up to the last 50 pages or so....more
Mike Mignola, author of the Hellboy series brings us the first installment in a series of graphic novels about a plague spreading through port towns eMike Mignola, author of the Hellboy series brings us the first installment in a series of graphic novels about a plague spreading through port towns everywhere. This plague turns people into zombies/vampires (I'm not sure where that combo comes from, but there you have it.) The plague is so powerful, it brings World War I to an abrupt end, and Lord Baltimore leaves the traditional battlefield to defend survivors against the hybrid undead.
Once you get past the whole premise being kind of silly, Baltimore is a lot of fun; full of plenty of good zombie violence, gore, and (my favorite) the fungus zombie! There's also some pure gross fungus in a few parts, but it's much more fun when it's growing on zombies. Also, Dark Horse has tons of fun interactive features related to this series on their website, and this hardcover edition includes a sketchbook with variations on Baltimore's wooden leg, practice sketches that led up to the perfect sinister jelly fish, and extra fungus zombies because, you know, you just can't have too many of those.