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Black Hole by Charles Burns
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Sep 02, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, horror, romance, satire, sci-fi, graphic-novel
Recommended to Jennie by: co-worker
Recommended for: graphic novel fans, people into coming-of-age stories
Read from September 01 to 02, 2011 — I own a copy

Weird, horrific, and erotic, Burns expertly captures the alienation and angst of the sexually-budding teenager on the cusp of adulthood. I read it in one night, and feel like I need to read it again to understand, or at least attempt to, all the symbolism he packs into what would otherwise be a fairly bland story. The use of mutation and vile body-horror to capture the confusion of puberty was perhaps my favorite part. Don't read this at night -- you'll have really bizarre and disturbing nightmares, colored by the memories of horror we all share from those lost days of teenage "blossoming" and angst.

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