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3.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,224 ratings  ·  262 reviews
Gloria, Laura y Cristina quieren montar una banda de aires punk llamada The Black Holes. Tienen todo lo que se precisa: actitud, presencia, instinto... y una debilísima formación musical. Apenas empiezan con los ensayos, un aura extraña invade su día a día: la reminiscencia de algo que ocurrió 160 años atrás y persigue a una de ellas.

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Hardcover, 128 pages
Published June 14th 2018 by Reservoir Books
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Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i really enjoyed the art n the surrealism but it should have been longer to improve n expand on the plot
Rod Brown
In 1856 a quirky girl is rejected by her sisters for telling odd stories about Marvel's Ghost Rider and an invasion of alien plants. In 2016, a quirky girl tries to keep her band together while cosplaying and offering up inscrutably gothic lyrics for their songs. The author manages to tie it together so it makes sense in its own way, but he never makes a point. I'm sure it is all just too symbolic for me to see or to really give a damn. This is a European import after all.

The art is quirky too,
Sheila Goicea
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Abrams ComicArts, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


A Gift for a Ghost is an odd story that bridges the gap between two eras over one hundred and sixty years. The two timelines converge and contrast, from a young aristocrat in 1856 to a group of three girls in 2016. Teresa, destined for a life of duty, would rather write risque poetry than find a suitor. Her appreciation of horror poetry,
Sep 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
nothing happened in the first 100 pages. then in the last 30 pages, nothing really happened either, expect this time it was confusing.
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up on a whim while scrolling through my library’s Libby catalog. It had a nice cover, I haven’t read many graphic novels and it’s short so I figured I’d give it a try.

Despite going in with zero expectations I unfortunately left feeling disappointed and like I had wasted 20 minutes. If it wasn’t for the undeniably beautiful art I’d be giving this one star. There’s really just not any substance to it. The basic premise is that there’s a girl in the 1800s who sees and speaks to a ske
Alex (Pucksandpaperbacks)
The illustrations deserve a 5 star overall. They were stunning! Especially the girl's dresses. However, I think the plot got away from me and it felt like it didn't have a cohesive ending. But, I really enjoyed the story's aesthetic and the pop-punk girl band element, I just wish there was more depth in the plot as there is two storylines. ...more
I liked it! A magical story that crosses time from 1856 to 2016. I think this is one of those stories that makes you question what happened the first time. I have theories and ideas about the plot and I liked that it was very open ended. On the flip side, it being so open to interpretation is kinda frustrating. Overall, cute and meta.
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful, female-forward puzzle.
Adam M
This was a gorgeous art book spoiled by speech bubbles. Honestly, this is 2 stars because it was visually great to look at. Had there been no text this would have been a better book and easier read. It has aspirations to be something special, but it was mostly awkward.

Cannot recommend.
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I thought the artwork was really pretty. I love the choice of colors. The only real difference between the characters is their hair color, that doubled with the skips back and forth in time made the story a bit hard to follow at times. The whole comic felt very dream-like. There are some mysteries that are never really explained, like the ice cream shop that never closes, or why one of the characters always wears a costume. I wish I knew more about this world. It was a quick, interestin
Sarah Sammis
A Gift for a Ghost by Borja González was originally published in Spain as The Black Holes in 2018. I have the Spanish copy on hand and will be reading it soon. It's two parallel stories, one set in 1856 and the other in 2016, about young women bucking against expectations to make their own place in the world.
Owen Townend
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a graphic novel that bears repeat reads in quick succession. The first time I picked it up, the dual narrative didn't seem to gel in my head, at least not until right at the end. The second time I saw the connective tissue, understood the main thrust of this surreal story.

That being said, logical comprehension isn't essential here. A Gift for a Ghost is more concerned with emotions that echo across time, namely how it feels to be a misunderstood young woman. This suggests an uncanny empa
Such gorgeous, haunting art in this graphic novel told in two timelines about girls who dream and/or are haunted by wanting something bigger for themselves outside the norm. I really wanted more from the stories and girls, as the way they connect was pretty neat, but it wasn't as immersive or developed as it could have been. But the art carries this one and readers who like ghost stories will dig this one, if for the illustrations alone. ...more
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just overall a really confusing story that jumps around all over the place. I think maybe there could have been some hidden meanings here and there, but I certainly don't get it. Really nice art though. ...more
One of those books that deal with parallel characters (same characters?) that are separated in time. This may take a couple of re-reads to get it. I only read it I did not! RIP

The art is haunting and gorgeous.
The art was lovely, the story needed a little more fleshing out, but it was a pleasant read.
Three stars because the artwork is stunning, but also three stars because I don't think I actually understood the story at the end. ...more
Ericka Jade
Beautiful artwork - weird story.
Sabrina Voysest
I really wanted to like this book. The art style is very different and I loved the colors. However, the story was lacking. I kept waiting for something more to happen but it was disappointing. The 2 world's don't really interact in a way that I expected them to. ...more
It was neat.
Felipe Nobre
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short and charming book. The art is weird and beautiful, and the story rewards multiple reads. 
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a quick read, but I definitely didn't put together everything that's going on here. It's like putting together a jigsaw puzzle in the dark with nothing but a single shaft of dim light coming from the next room to guide you. It's weird and atmospheric and I'm sure our will reward multiple readings. Thanks for the rec, Reyna! ...more
Published in English as A Gift for a Ghost (yes, I'm baffled too) ...more
Megan Brown
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was such an interesting short read! The story follows a young woman in two time lines and how she floats through the past and future. The artwork was absolutely stunning too. Would recommend.
Amy L. Campbell
Two stars and a waffle.

It was good, but I'll admit I was distracted when I was reading it and it was disjointed. Which definitely mimics what it feels like to be a teenage girl, especially if you're "weird." I dunno, it might be worth a reread
3.5 stars
I love the beautifully minimalist art, with its thin clean lines and pastel coloring and chiaroscuro. The story never really connected with me, though. Its magical realism is intriguing but ultimately the plot was too spare and opaque. I imagine the connection between timelines might be clearer and maybe more rewarding on second read, but I’m not especially compelled to find out. Pretty art in any case! I’d love to see Gonzalez’s art on a better story in the future.
I really liked Gonzalez's voice (especially since I'm not big on the historical genre), but I wish this was a little more structured. I like the way the two time periods parallel each other and there's some vague mysticism going on, but it's pretty open-ended and didn't leave that much of an impression. ...more
3.5 🌟
infinite stars for the art style and color scheme
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the preview sent to me by Mondadori Oscar Vault I was able to review Borja Gonzáles's "The Black Holes", a graphic novel published on May 19th, but only today I can write about it.
Probably the author highly respects Rothko's painting, from the moment the novel begins it seems to recall it, and if I'm having a hallucination, The Author evidently makes a very descriptive and significant use of color. Even if the characters do not have many details, nobody has a well-defined face, but the
Kit A
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Gift for a Ghost was an interesting, if not fully satisfying reading experience. It was beautiful in its design and contrast--the simplicity of the figures and colors was able to create two disparate, rich worlds. The book’s appearance is beautiful and cohesive--I love the design of the speech bubbles, and how they serve as extensions for the strange human forms. The figures with their spindly arms and legs, and sometimes gravity-defying body language were very expressive, but I do think only ...more
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Borja González is a self-taught illustrator and comic strip artist. His first published title was La Reina Orquídea, a precious and haunting short piece that placed the author at the center of national attention in Spain. A Gift for a Ghost is his first long-form work. He lives in Badajoz, Spain.

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