Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire

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Down Among the Sticks and Bones tells a part of what happened before Every Heart a Doorway, in particular the story of the twin sisters Jack and Jill before them living in the Eleanor West’s house for Wayward Children.

Jacqueline was educated as her mother’s perfect girl: be a little princess, do not get dirty and don’t be noisy.
Jillian, on the opposite, was educated as her father’s son he did not get: a bit of a tomboy, able to play with other boys, never mind the dirt and the noise.

Too bad that both Jacqueline and Jillian were unhappy about this arrangement, so the door that opened them a magic – and a bit horrific – world was the perfect opportunity for an adventure.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones is a short and compelling novel, that works also as a standalone. The readers who already met the children living in Eleanor West’s house will find here again a mix of magic and horror, an unsettling atmosphere, a delicious dark tale.


* Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire ★★★★☆

*I read this book in english

[ARC] Memory Collectors (The Memory Collectors #1-3) by Menton3

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Avendo letto la positiva recensione su The Omega Outpost ho deciso di leggere questa graphic novel che si è effettivamente rivelata particolare.

Il punto forte sono le immagini molto evocative e le protagoniste con il loro aspetto volutamente estremo. I dialoghi sono minimi e i punti chiave della storia sono narrati da lunghi monologhi da parte della protagonista principale, espediente che ho già visto applicato in diverse graphic novel e che consente di concentrarsi sulla componente simbolica delle immagini piuttosto che utilizzarle per supportare il racconto.

La storia in breve: alcune persone – come le protagoniste – sono in grado di riconoscere demoni dall’aspetto umano che si cibano dei ricordi ed hanno la missione di ucciderli.

La storia mi è piaciuta, un appunto sull’edizione ARC: va bene applicare un watermark o simili per proteggere il lavoro, però il pataccone enorme applicato dall’IDW in centro pagina impedisce anche la lettura.

Ringrazio l’editore per avermi fornito la copia necessaria per stendere questa recensione.

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* Memory Collectors by Menton3 ★★½

*Ho letto questo libro in Inglese

[ARC] Memory Collectors (The Memory Collectors #1-3) by Menton3

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I asked for the arc of this particular graphic novel after reading the review on The Omega Outpost novel.

The strong point are the evocative images and the main characters and their extreme look. There are a few dialogues and the story’s key point are dealt in long monologues by the main character, in this way the images can focus on symbolism without the need to help understanding the whole story line.

The plot: some people – like the models in the cover – are able to tell apart demons looking as humans who eat the memories of normal people. The three main characters have the aim to kill these demons.

I liked the story, a note about the ARC edition: ok for applying a watermark to protect the work, but the enormous one by the IDW in the middle of each page most times prevents the reading.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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* Memory Collectors by Menton3 ★★½

*I read this book in English

4 graphic novels non riuscite

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Come si può notare amo fumetti e graphic novels come amo i romanzi, non tutte però risultano lavori ben riusciti, di seguito ne riporto quattro – completamente scorrelate tra loro – che non ho particolarmente apprezzato per motivi differenti: il disegno, la trama, i contenuti.

I volumi sono:

  • [ARC] Will O’ the Wisp di Tom Hammock
  • Anya e il suo fantasma di Vera Brosgol
  • Raccolta 1992/2012 di Alessandro Baronciani
  • Neonomicon di Alan Moore

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4 graphic novels I did not like

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It’s easy to find out that I love comics and graphic novels as much I love novels, however not all the one I read are actually enjoyable works; in the following there are the reviews of 4 graphic novels I did not like much – completely uncorrelated – because of plot or graphics or contents.

The volumes are:

  • [ARC] Will O’ the Wisp by Tom Hammock
  • Anya’s ghost by Vera Brosgol
  • Raccolta 1992/2012 by Alessandro Baronciani
  • Neonomicon by Alan Moore

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