Book Genre: Graphic Novels

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Julie Maroh
KateM
4

I picked up Blue is the Warmest Color because I had heard the movie adaptation had won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and because I’m something of a graphic novel junkie. While I’ve heard this graphic novel described as erotica, and admittedly some of the illustrations are...

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Audrey Niffenegger
seanamo
1

I wanted to give this at least an two-star rating, but I can't. As an avid reader and librarian, there are many elements of the story that I find appealing and intriguing, but ultimately it fails for me on two counts. First, I don't particularly like Niffenegger's artistic style. For me, that...

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Will Bingley
Zac
4

Gonzo acts as a flickering, allusive evocation of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s life. It serves well as a reminder that Thompson was much more than his popular caricature. That in fact, Thompson was a writer, with the soul and drive and terrible, bottomless heartache that we associate with...

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Matt Phelan
Georgia
3

Every summer is very typical for Henry Harrison until the summer of 1908, when a group of Vaudeville performers vacation nearby. Henry is infatuated with their exciting lives and hilarious performances. He quickly makes friends with one of the star performers, Buster. Henry envies Buster’s...

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Grant Morrison
Thane
5

Grant Morrison is a legendary writer in modern comic books. Along with his contemporaries, Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, Morrison is credited as being one of the key creators responsible for causing American comic books to "grow up." His seminal work on Animal Man and Doom Patrol, pushed the...

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Nunzio DeFilippis
Thane
4

Bad Medicine takes tried and true B-Movie horror elements (the invisible man, werewolves, zombies, etc.) and makes them fresh again by approaching them from a medical viewpoint. A team of scientists and law enforcement agents investigate paranormal mysteries in modern setting reminiscent of the...

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Brian (Brian Michael) Lynch
Adelina
4

For Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans out there, this graphic novel is part of the continuing story and universe of Buffy. This graphic novel connects to the After the Fall (post-Angel TV series) comic book series storyline and to Buffy’s TV series Season 8.

Spike is dealing with the...

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Gene Luen Yang
Angelita
3

This graphic novel basically leaves off where the animated series. It is loyal to the characters that you have grown to love.  This is part one of three and there is another three part series after this, which I plan on reading.  I do believe these books help fill in the story to where...

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Allie Brosh
ShellyB
5

What a wonderful book!  Allie Brosh's strange yet totally delightful artwork does a great job of convincingly conveying the emotions of both her animal and her human characters.  Except for one serious section dealing with her depression - courageously laid out, explained and expressed...

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Jeffrey Brown
Angelita
4

I enjoyed the humor in this book. I am not an avid fan of Star Wars, but I am I do know enough references to understand some of the jokes in the books. I did find to be funnier than Darth Vader and Son. It's a quick read. It might even be entertaining for parents to share this with their...

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Mark Millar
Adelina
5

Hit-Girl gets her well rendered center stage and the spotlight in part one of the Kick-Ass sequel graphic novel. Hit-Girl means its blood-soaked, ass-kicking and quip laden. Just the way I like her.

Hit-Girl, Mindy McCready is trying to settle into her new life as middle school student...

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David Nytra
Hope H
1

The illustrations in The Secret of the Stone Frog are fantastic. Detailed, intriguing, and layered, they are the best part of the book. Unfortunately, the story they help tell and the characters they visualize are in many ways so clichéd and lacking in depth as to make the entire...

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Scott Snyder
Kristen M
3

"The Black Mirror" is made up of two three part storylines. "The Black Mirror" and "Hungry City". "The Black Mirror" is about a series of murders that pushes Batman's detective skills, for being home to face one of Gothams oldest villains. Helpless and trapped in the deadly Mirror...

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Ilike Merey
Angelita
5

The art in this graphic novel was great! It's all black and white, but it conveys the emotion very well, with the mix of light and darkness. I also loved the story line, especially of how two people found a common ground and fell in love. Each deals with awkward situations of unknown sexuality,...

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George O'Connor
Mandy M.
3

Even as I start to write this review, I'm not sure how I really feel about this book. I've always been intrigued by Greek mythology and the stories in this book seem to be mythologically accurate, which is a definite plus. I think that maybe I'm not used to seeing such adult situations portrayed...

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Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Dana F
4

Since I've not read many graphic novels, I decided to read one based on a book I have already read. I like The Stand's story, so I could concentrate on the artwork and how it presents the story. This is actually part 1 of 6 books in the graphic-novel series--the original...

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Joe Hill
Mandy M.
4

Locke and Key has been a series that has been getting a lot of acclaim over the past few months so I knew I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I finally got the chance to check it out and it does not disappoint. I've always had a strange fascination with keys and so the first time I saw...

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Harlan Ellison
Lily
2

The highlights of this sci-fi graphic novel include some beautiful art as the characters experience travel through space-time and an alien population of lizard people who humorously call humans "sweat-drippers." There are creative moments in Seven Against Chaos, but the characters and storyline...

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Tim Seeley
Mandy M.
5

Imagine a classic slasher film played out in vignette length tales, graphic novel style. You've just found Tim Seeley's Hack/Slash. Hack/Slash chronicles the journey of Cassandra Hack and her companion Vlad. They travel the country and sometimes world looking for slashers and put an end to them...

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J. T. (John T.) Petty
Mandy M.
2

Westerns are one of my least favorite genres, I feel like there are a lot of events discussed/drawn that don't necessarily progress the tale. While this isn't always a bad thing, it often feels like a waste of a page to me. I was hoping Bloody Chester would be different considering it is a...

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Jessica Anthony
Angelita
3

The concept of the "graphic" novel is simple. There are pictures that connect with the story. The simplicity is wonderful because the reader can fill the gaps for themselves. The only thing I didn't like was the characters were too simple. The two main characters were in love with each other,...

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Reginald Hudlin
Kristen M
3

This graphic novel is based on the 2012 film of the same name, Django Unchained. The book starts off with an introduction by Tarantino himself claiming this to be his complete script including scenes that had to be cut from the film due to time constraints. After reading the book I found it...

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Andy Riley
Mary P
4

I'm not really sure WHY there's a book about bunny suicides...but here it is, for anyone who might be interested!  It is about 98% graphic in nature (meaning that it is filled with images and also that the images often depict graphic bunny deaths) with only a few words to enhance the...

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Arthur de Pins
Angelita
4

This graphic novel is a part of a series, and it is the first of the series. This is definitely a quick read, but when I was done reading I was unhappy because I will have to wait for the second book. I believe the books are first published in another language, then translated to English. I am...

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Ashley Marie Witter
Kristen M
5

A richly-illustrated adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, told through the eyes of the vampire Claudia, who was just a little girl when she was turned by the vampire Lestat. Though she spends many years of happiness with her two vampire fathers, she gradually grows discontent...