Book Genre: Graphic Novels

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Allie Brosh
Becker
4

Alternating between meditations on inner life (depression, self-worth, self-perception), childhood anecdotes (an obsession with eating a whole cake, getting lost in the woods), and dog stories (trying to train a dog who just doesn't get it), this book made me laugh out loud in places. It also...

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Tim Seeley
Laurie.
4

Cooper, one of the young characters sums up volume 2 best: "Life isn't a video game. Sometimes people have to die." And they do. I am squeamish and while I made lots of faces and uttered some words out loud, the art and storyline kept me turning the pages. Each new chapter is kicked off with a...

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Tim Seeley
Becker
3

Welcome to Wausau, Wisconsin, the world of Revival, billed as a "rural noir." This graphic format book is a contains mystery, the supernatural, an interesting spin on zombies, small town secrets, and interesting characters. The story opens on a day when 23 previously dead folks wake up and are...

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Matt Fraction
Adelina
4

What do you do while you’re waiting for the next episode of Agents of SHIELD? The next Thor movie isn’t out yet? I have to wait till 2015 for the next Avengers movie? Read graphic novels of your favorite Superheroes while you wait from your local library.

The master archer, Hawkeye from...

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Matt Fraction
Adelina
4

I love superhero movies. But what do you do after the movie is over? Read the graphic novel from your local library.

The master archer, Hawkeye from the Avengers blockbuster movie has his own comic book series. It’s the ongoing story of what happens to Hawkeye (Clint Barton) on his day...

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Kazu Kibuishi
Hope
3

After losing her father in a car accident, Emily and her mother and brother Navin move out into the country to get a fresh start. The house, that used to belong to her great grandfather, is dark, dirty and possibly haunted. The first night there, her mother is kidnapped by a strange creature in...

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Dean Motter
Manon
4

I have only lately become interested in comic books and especially graphic novels.  On the other hand, I have been an avid reader of science fiction novels since elementary school.  This interest brought me to read The Compleat Terminal City, written by Dean Motter and...

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John Lewis
Laurie.
5

Unbelievably, Congressman John Lewis (Georgia) was not awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work in the Civil Rights Movement until 2011. In March, book one of a planned trilogy, I learned about Congressman Lewis' life as a young boy in Alabama and his families migration...

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Christophe Blain
Lisa B.
4

Illustrated by the French graphic novelist Christophe Blain, In the Kitchen with Alain Passard (2013) provides insights into the hectic yet rarified universe of the eponymous chef.  Moving from Passard’s three-Michelin-star restaurant in Paris to his country house...

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Gilbert Hernandez
KristinR
3

Uhm, confession: I am not a reader of graphic novels, aside from Blankets (Thompson), so I have little to compare this to. Therefore, please accept this review as a bit ill-informed. Nonetheless, here goes:

I did like the story. I was glad it was semi-autobiographical, which kept my...

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Robert Kirkman
Rebecca
3

I should probably clarify at the outset that I have never seen a zombie movie in my life. Nor a zombie television episode. Nor read any other zombie novels or graphic novels. I haven't read Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Needless to say, I am completely unable to place The...

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Kumiko Suekane
Brianna
4

Afterschool Charisma Volume 1 is the first in a graphic novel series about a boarding school which only accepts students who are clones of famous historical figures - and Shirou - a normal boy whose father is the director of the school.

In the first book, the drama and sinister...

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Gail Carriger
Becker
3

Lots of folks have raved about Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, so I thought I'd try the manga version of the first book, Soulless. In it, we meet Miss Alexia Tarabotti, a preternatural, meaning that she can suck the supernatural out of werewolves, vampires, and the like. Her versioin of...

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Lucy Knisley
Kristi
4

Do you know what a cheesemonger is? What can you eat in Japan if you are allergic to soy? Is it truly impossible to make the perfect croissant? is fast food evil? The author shares her life experiences that led her to discover the answers to these questions, plus a whole lot more, in this funny...

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Alan Moore
Nancy
3

Graphic novels are not among my usual reading choices.  So, as part of the reading challenge, I thought I'd try a "classic" graphic novel.  Watchmen was fairly interesting - written/drawn so that the main characters were distinct enough to keep track of,  fascinating interweaving...

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Cynthia Leitich Smith
ShellyB
1

This is the graphic novel version of the book Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith, told from the point of view of the male character, Keiren.  Keiren's best friend Quincie has lost her parents and is struggling to keep their restaurant going with a new vampire themed design and menu...

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Tony (Comic book author) Cliff
Rachel F
4

Delilah Dirk is the queen of adventure.  She has studied with martial artists all over the world.  This action-packed graphic novel takes place throughout the Ottoman Empire of the 19th century.  Her story kicks off with a jail break and strange partnership with a guard of the...

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Gene Luen Yang
Bobby
4

The Boxer Rebellion is something I'd heard of but didn't have a clue what it was (other than a funny term that might refer to underwear).  I didn't even know it happened in China.  This book not only gave me a basic understanding of the event, but gives a fictional first-hand story...

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Ellen Forney
Jennifer B.
4

Just before her 30th birthday, cartoonist Ellen Forney begins seeing a psychiatrist to discuss her mood swings.  She is immediately diagnosed as bipolar, or manic-depressive.  Marbles chronicles her mood swings and treatment plans, as well as Forney's heretofore unknown family history...

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Andy Diggle
Ken
3

Silent Dragon takes place in a future Japanese police state. It focuses on Renjiro a Yakuza lieutenant who is betrayed by the head of the organization, and goes out for revenge. The story is cool, it moves quickly, and the artwork is interesting and dynamic. The only problem I have is the story...

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Ellen Forney
CarolE
4

Graphic artist Ellen Forney creatively offers an intimate and dead honest look at her diagnosis of bipolar disorder and her lengthy journey to find the meds that would handle it without side effects that were too debilitating. Forney captures both the manic and the depressive ends of...

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Neil Gaiman
Hope H
3

The annoying thing about watching a movie before discovering the book it was based on is that your favorite images and moments from the movie linger in your head and distract you from properly enjoying the book for itself once you get around to reading it. So it was for me in reading Neil Gaiman...

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Tony (Comic book author) Cliff
Emily
4

Erdemoglu Selim doesn't have an easy life but it is his, he serves the sultan as a lieutenant in the Turkish Janissary Corps (though admittedly he is not the best), he makes the best tea mixtures in the world, and he has a gentle soul. Delilah Dirk is a world traveler, a member of numerous...

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Thane Frederick Benson
Emily
4

I was pleasantly surprised with how much i liked this graphic novel, the author was very witty and original. The illustrations are charmingly hectic. This book follows the fall of Lucifer and his companions, the rise of hell, and ultimately the death of Lucifer. With Lucifer dead Azz, his right...

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Ivy
Sarah Oleksyk
Liz S
4

Sarah Oleksyk's graphic novel, Ivy, beautifully captures what it feels like to be an angst-ridden teenager living in a place and time you can't wait to escape. The main character, Ivy, is in her last year of high school in a small town in Maine. Her main passion in life is art, but...