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Ghost Stories is a graphic novel collection offering three haunting explorations. Granted the chance to meet three of her dead idols in "Ghost," the author’s cartoon-self embarks on a journey to remote and unanticipated landscapes, in a story of self-discovery and healing. In "Wallpaper," a child tells the story of a household move, remodel, and loss through the lens of fl ...more
Paperback, 157 pages
Published January 10th 2018 by Rosarium Publishing
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Amalia Gavea
Whoever thought that this little read would be about actual ghosts, excuse me, but sometimes you need to pay attention because the cover represents the whole tone of the written work. I mean, seriously….. 😦 So, this isn’t about ghosts in the literal sense of the word, but about the fears and hopes that haunt our lives throughout the years. These “ghosts” are everywhere, in our souls, in our families and they hurt and frighten us so much more than any spirits from beyond.

In three sweet and poigna
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Marnie  Krüger
I received this copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Not what I expected
Ghost

Whit Taylor takes a very different route to give her memoirs a whole different feel. She use three comics to portray three parts of her life that haunts her. Or at least that's what I've been told.

The thing is, the comics was really confusing. I had to read each one a few times to get what she was trying to say and I'm still not sure about the last one.
This one is definitely not for all - as I've seen some h
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Konstantin
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
"Ghosts", 4/5

Warm, funny at moments, fully perceptive, wonderfully accurate. Although somewhat confusing at whole (I still can't get over the fact that Mary's story isn't continuing), it all made sense in the end. Confronting yourself from the past was a nice adding, although I think she could have chosen better than Darwin and that mythologist (never heard of him before) - but, those were persons who changed her own perception of the surrounding and the world itself in a way, and I can apprecia
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Aya Hamza
This wasn't my cup of tea.

I liked the art style, however, I thought the stories would be creepy..
These are not actual ghost stories!
I was waiting for the ghost part, but there wasn't sadly.
But, I liked the message the collection gave overall.

My rating:
- Ghost: 2.5 stars.
- Wallpaper: 1 star.
- Markers: 3 stars.

*Thank you to NetGalley and Rosarium Publishing for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review*
kate
Nov 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This comic opens up to a young girl who is granted the ability to spend a day with three of her idols. The author’s cartoon-self first meets Charles Darwin, who describes to her the process of evolution. He explains that the concept of ‘survival of the fittest’ is unfair, to which the protagonist agrees. Through this comic the author includes detailed explanation of scientific expressions, and throws in wikipedia page explanation of terms and people. I liked the way everything was explained, and ...more
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
This was an okay graphic novel consisting of three shorter stories with common themes. The style of the art was quite engaging and the stories were quite snapshot in nature which made them a little disjointed but certainly didn't get dull. None of the stories had a very satisfying ending, but I guess that's a bit like life. Sometimes there isn't always an ending.

Like other readers, I thought this would be actual ghost stories, but I didn't mind when it turned out to be something different. The s
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Kelly Furniss
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved the concept of this graphic novel.
Our main character called ghost meets three people, three people who represent her past, past experiences and things she lost which in turn make her reflect and challenge her life perceptions. These experiences were illustrated well and the messages strong through the art work but the stories felt incomplete and could of been expanded on slightly more. However, I don't regret the few hours spent on following ghost's reflections and it made a nice change
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Charlotte Jones
*Disclaimer: I received this book for free on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I went into this with high hopes and was thoroughly disappointed. The idea of a short story collection in graphic novel form sounded like something I would really enjoy but unfortunately this was not executed well at all in my opinion. 

The illustration style itself wasn't the kind of art that I am particularly drawn to. It was the kind of drawing that I feel I could have done, which would have been fine if
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Jayne
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received an E-ARC of this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

These graphic novel features 3 individuals stories. The first 2 stories I really didn't enjoy and I did contemplate just not finishing as I was growing bored. But I do think the 3rd story was engaging enough to catch my attention again.

The stories are not ghost stories as the name suggests but rather a small collection of stories focusing on different aspects of loss in my opinion.

I didn't particularly like the art style in this
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Shauna
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked these graphic novel short stories. I especially liked "Makers," about how two friends can grow close and then slowly grow apart. These stories didn't necessarily "go" anywhere; a couple of them felt like little glimpses, and I like little glimpses.
Robert
What a lovely book. The first of the three stories here, "Ghost," is one of the best short-form autobio comics I've read in the last few years: a deeply personal tale involving a terrible trauma Taylor suffered, told quite creatively—and complete with guest appearances by Charles Darwin and Joseph Campbell(!). Without giving too much away, the story starts out in a very different fashion from where it ends up for a reason, with Taylor's ultimate reveal being poignant & moving. "Ghost" has a ...more
Katrina Southern
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Yikes. I am so unbelievably confused by what I just read! Moving past the title 'Ghost Stories' as being a bit misleading, I had so many issues with this book! Firstly the stories themselves. I'm so confused as to what they were about and what they actually mean. They felt more like a stream of consciousness than a well-structured, thought-out storyline. Especially in 'Wallpapers'. I didn't much like 'Ghost' because I
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Cande
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Three different stories;

in the first one, the protagonist, a black woman, has the chance to talk with three ghosts. I really liked this story. We get some information about the ghosts, who they were and what their work was about. MC finds connections between her own story and the ghosts. The story has some very sweets moments but also there are discussions about sexual assault, PTSD, and recovery.

the second story is a poem. I didn't particularly like it, probably I didn't get it. And that's okay
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Jessica
Certainly not 'ghost stories' in the traditional sense, these three illustrated stories all look at how people and experiences can become ghosts to us in some way or another. The art isn't really my style, and I didn't enjoy the first story, which I found to be quite confusing. However I really enjoyed the other two stories and found them to be heartfelt and memorable.

Thank you to Netgalley and Rosarium Publishing for providing an eBook of this for review.
Erica
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
This wasn’t my kind of book. First of all this was marketed as a book about ghost stories , not just in the title but in the description. And that’s not why this is at all. In fact it was boring and I really did not enjoy this. Although the art style was beautiful I dealt did not enjoy this. 1.5/5 stars

Thank you to Netgalley for this EBook in exchange for an honest review !
Nissa
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Whit Taylor's collection of three short graphic stories is haunting, but only in that it's stuck with me. The ghosts that appear in these stories are more metaphorical, those of past selves, past experiences, things which have been lost, a feeling of not living up to one's own potential. In the first story, Ghost, our main character is allowed to meet three of her idols. Her first two idols are scientific heroes who have challenged her perception of the world. Her third is not who she was expect ...more
Lör K.
I received a free copy of this ARC thanks to Netgalley and Rosarium Publishing. This in no way affected my review.

Publication Date: 10th January 2018
Review Date: 01st November 2017

Looking through Netgalley for some short reads I could use to up my review count and also up my reading challenge, I came across Ghost Stories in the comics, graphic novel read now section and my interest perked up. Although this was tagged as Woman’s Fiction, and that really isn’t one of my favourite genres, I decid
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Rhianna
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the soft style of this. They all ended abruptly without resolution, which I feel worked best for the 2nd and 3rd stories.
Rogene Carter
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I loved the narrative arc of this series and the illustrations but I agree with many other reviewers that most stories felt incomplete.
Laura
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
It isn't that I don't like semi-autobiographic stories. I do. It isn't that I don't like art that is rough, I can get around that as well.

My problem with this book, a series of three stories is that there is so much left unexplained, and unfinished.

The first one, for which the book is named, is about a woman who can meet three people from the past, for one day. She meets two people from the past, who have long since died, and the third, which I won't spoil for you...yes I will, she meets hersel
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Manon
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t know what to think of this… It just wasn’t for me. I was just in WTF mode the entire time…

I really didn’t like the drawings and the stories made little sense to me.

It was a real miss for me but it might not be with others, I guess...
Lisa Pirie
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an eArc of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in anyway. 

Synopsis: Ghost Stories is a graphic novel collection offering three haunting explorations. Granted the chance to meet three of her dead idols in "Ghost," the author’s cartoon-self embarks on a journey to remote and unanticipated landscapes, in a story of self-discovery and healing. In "Wallpaper," a child tells the story of a household move, remodel, and loss through the l
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Rebecca Reviews
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Whit Taylor’s Ghost Stories is a graphic novel collection which is interesting and poignant, but it suffers from disjointed and wandering plots.

The first piece “Ghost” follows the author’s cartoon-self as she is given the opportunity to meet three of her dead idols. I found the art to be simple but different and cute. This piece is moving, relatable and makes you think. It’s an interesting concept but it’s also very fragmented and meandering and, therefore, the story is difficult to follow. Some
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Nicole(Newbookcats)
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, e-galleys
3/5 stars

If you are looking for a spooky story to scare the socks off of your's and everyone else's feet, put down this book, get some tissues and cookies, and then sit yourself back down and reopen this book as this is not a book of scary ghost stories. Instead, this is a book full of stories that tell of the ghosts that are part of one person's life.

As I wrote before, this was not the book I was expecting as I thought it was going to be literal ghost stories; however, I was wrong. I was so wr
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Blue
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ghost Stories is a graphic short collection. The first story, Ghost, didn't really grab me. The transitions were jerky and, though I liked the science bits, there wasn't much I didn't know before. The second story, Wallpaper, was very enjoyable. Alternating pages of fantastic(ly gaudy) wallpaper designs with snippets from a family's life from the point of view of the daughter were spot on. The last story, Makers, was also great. Two friends who bond over their love for making artful things like ...more
Jim
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whit Taylor self-publishes some of her stuff, but this was published by up-and-coming company Rosarium who is dedicated to publishing multicultural stories. This comics looks self-published - it doesn’t have all the fanciness of professional publishing you might be used to, but the comic was entirely fascinating.

I’m going to pre-order it on Amazon just for the first story. And the first story is why I’m giving it 5 stars.

What if the history of life parallels our life history.

Mind. Blown.

I ha
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Amy Layton
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Told with a relatable and accessible art-style and various narratives, Ghost Stories offers three stories as to what a ghost can be and how it affects us.  In the first tale, three figures impart their wisdom to the main character.  In the second, the main character contemplates housing through a series of diary-style entries and wallpaper.  In the third, the main character tells the story of a best friendship that ultimately falls apart through distance.  All three tales are haunting in unexpec ...more
Annette Jordan
An interesting piece of work, with lots of appeal, I really enjoyed this graphic novel. which is made up of a collection of three stories about hauntings of various kinds. In the first story we travel great distances in time and space and learn about healing, there is a clever little twist in this tale that made it particularly enjoyable. However the second story, Wallpaper was probably my favourite and featured some beautiful illustrations of patterns, from the obvious wallpaper of the title , ...more
Emily
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

This book had a really cute art style and that cover is absolutely stunning, however if you are thinking about picking it up to satisfy your craving for something bone-chillingly scary this is not the book for you.

As opposed to nightmare inducing ghosts, the three stories that make up this book delve into more metaphorical ghosts; those of our past relationships and traumas as well as those pesky skeletons in the closet. The message of one story in particular, Ghost, is
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Lily
Dec 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
When I asked for this book in Netgalley I was expecting something totally different. I was expecting creepy, mysterious, dark stories, but no. Don't get me wrong, it talks about anxiety, sadness, the pain of letting someone go... but, wrong title, I guess.
The first story, "Ghosts" I think is my favourite of all the three that are here, and the second one, "Wallpapers" was just all over the place. It didn't make me think, cry,... feel absolutely anything. And the third one had potential, but... m
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