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Local by Brian Wood
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Jul 29, 2012

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Read from July 29 to 31, 2012

The story is pretty stunning, but all things considered, I didn't understand why it had to be so dark. So extreme. I'm sure there are plenty of families, people and moments that are like this, but I just felt so depressed every time I put this book down thinking, "Where did THAT come from?!?"

I don't expect the entire world to be sunshine, lollipops and puppies, but I admit that I was thrilled to close the back cover and get "Local" put into my "return to library" stack.

There's talent here. Loads of it. You can tell that the storyteller is gifted in the way that few are, and the art is beautifully rendered (with the exception the every man and woman looks nearly identical, so you can't tell who is who until the words are pouring out of their mouths). If you're down for great storytelling that is paddling around in a bog of gloom, I say grab it. Just have someone you trust and love hide the guns and cutlery you've got around...

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