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review 2017-04-15 03:08
Over the River and Through the Woods
Through the Woods - Emily Carroll

This book has been on my TBR list for a while but I didn't realize exactly what it was when I added it. I thought it was a collection of short stories involving spooky stuff in in the woods. I did not realize it was a collection of stories by the same lady who did His Face All Red. That discovery when I found it in the return bin at the library instantly made it a must read for me. 

 

Through the Woods is a collection of short stories told in graphic novel form. All have some connection to the woods and are  horror/supernatural related. Emily Carroll is perhaps best known for His Face All Red, one of my all time favorite webcomics, and so each of the stories are told in similar styles with similarly creepy twists and ends.

 

I LOVED this book. I plan on going out and buying it ASAP, especially since today was pay day. Her comics are so good, such creepy yet beautiful fairy tale-like stories. Her style is amazing. It really is. So, here's a play by play of the different stories:

 

An Introduction:  4/5. It's an intro, but it's a very well told intro. Creepy but an excellent set up.

 

Our Neighbor's House: 5/5. Amazing. Just amazing. The end left me going, "What?!" in the best way possible. I reread it a couple of times just to make sure I loved it. It was creepy and sad and just amazing.

 

A Lady's Hands Are Cold: 4.5/5. A little predictable but I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of a cross between Bluebeard and the Juniper Tree, which are both bizarre but fun fairy tales. 

 

His Face All Red: 5/5. As I've already said, I love this one. It's really good and inspired one of the stories I'm working on now. 

 

My Friend Janna: 4/5. A little slow in the buildup but it was all worth it. I think I'd like to reread it because I'm sure there was stuff I missed upon the initial read. 

 

The Nesting Place: 5/5. I legit went "Oh Jesus" when the twist was revealed. It was creepy and unexpected. The story was sad and sweet and the ending made me cringe. 

 

In Conclusion: 5/5. Seen this one before. I love it. Such a creepy ending and such an amazing way to end this book. 

 

Final rating: 5/5. Love this book, love her comics, definitely recommend. 

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review 2016-10-07 14:32
Creepy
Through the Woods - Emily Carroll

*Book source ~ Library

 

A graphic novel anthology of five horror stories, an introduction, and a conclusion.                                 

 

I think these stories may be a bit too creepy for me though I know other horror aficionados who would love them. I’m not a big fan of the artwork either. While my personal opinion rules my rating I will say that the stories are appropriately skin-crawling and spine-tingling and out of them all I’d say The Nesting Place is my favorite. Though the Introduction resonates a lot with me because I used to read at night, too. *shudders*

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/10/through-woods.html
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review 2016-09-17 03:33
Through The Woods
Through the Woods - Emily Carroll

This book consists of five spooky short stories that take place in the woods. I’ve never read a graphic short story collection before, and I’m fairly new to sequential art books, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

 

“It came from the woods. Most strange things do.”Through the Woods

I am completely in love with the art. I’ll have to check out Emily Carroll’s other work because it’s beautiful. Admittedly, I haven’t read many graphic novels, but this is my favorite art style I’ve come across so far. I especially like that the author/illustrator uses slightly different colors for each story. Some of them are bright and bold with big blocks of color. Others are more subtle and realistic.

 

The stories remind me of campfire tales. They’re odd, but they don’t have a lot of depth or explanation. In most of the stories, the lack of depth and explanation didn’t bother me, but one of the stories is a bit confusing because the ending isn’t explained very well.

 

My favorite story in the collection is “Our Neighbor’s House.” It’s about three sisters who are left on their own until a mysterious man in a big hat shows up. I like the bold colors, and I wasn’t expecting that ending.

 

In “A Lady’s Hands are Cold,” a girl is forced into a marriage she doesn’t want. At night, in her new house, she hears strange music and sets out to find where it’s coming from. This story probably has the weirdest love-triangle ever.

 

I might have missed something about “His Face All Red.” (Possibly because I was reading this book while working, as responsible adults do. In my defense, it’s an entertaining book.) This story is about a man who kills his brother. I thought the story ended suddenly, and I didn’t totally understand the ending.

 

“My Friend Janna” features two women who are running a psychic scam, but one of them might not be faking her psychic abilities. This story isn’t as gripping as the first two, but I like the colors and the spooky illustrations.

 

I had no idea where “The Nesting Place” was going when I started it. It’s about a young girl who is staying with her brother and his wife after the death of her mother. The brother’s wife may not be who she seems. The story has a lot of suspense, but the ending was kind of “meh” for me. I think I was expecting something crazier.

 

I was on the fence about reading this book, but I’m very glad I did. It’s worth reading for the gorgeous art alone. The words are just the creepy icing on top.

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review 2016-09-11 00:00
His Face All Red
His Face All Red - Emily Carroll His Face All Red - Emily Carroll Lo leí del sitio de Carroll, ni sabía quien era Carroll ni que ya había publicado una novela gráfica recopilando todos sus cuentos.

Oh, well. It's not like I regret it. Very creepy story- no gore, just really creepy.
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review 2016-09-07 19:02
Lumberjanes #9
Lumberjanes #9 - Shannon Waters,Emily Carroll

Had so much fun with this one! It's the girls telling scary stories and it really says a lot about each character. I love this series and I love Jen the most. 

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