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review 2017-09-10 17:31
Through the Woods - Emily Carroll


I was a little disappointed in this one, I already knew/heard some version of the stories before. I kept wondering if I had read the book before because I thought this was original content. 


Our Neighbor's House

I've heard this one before, so I knew it was a little out there ending. 


A Lady's Hands Are Cold

Did my grotesque horror heart well and had some creep factor to it. The ending though didn't satisfy. 


His Face All Red

Was so disappointed the scenes were cut before the gore could really get started. I had to remind my slasher movie loving self that this was supposed to be for the kiddos. Again, the ending had me side-eyeing. 


My Friend Janna

This one was the creepiest to me.


The Nesting Place

My favorite even though I've heard the story before.

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review 2017-09-01 15:26
Holy Moly The Colors
Through the Woods - Emily Carroll

I am reading this for "In The Dark, Dark Woods": Through the Woods by Emily Carroll.  


Besides the woods on the cover of the book two of the stories that I've read have the woods depicted in the panels.


This was brilliant. I loved all the stories, writing, and the panels were awesome. And I also scared myself so badly at one point I put this way and kept jumping at shadows. 


"An Introduction" sets the mood for this collection.  Why I started reading this in the dark with only the TV flickering I will never know.


"Our Neighbor's House" what a grim story. The slowly building tension to this one was great. Of course I had guesses about the neighbor.


"A Lady's Hands Are Cold" another take on the Bluebeard legend. Really enjoyed this. The song repeated throughout the panels became more and more sinister. 


"His Face All Red" I thought this was smartly done. We have a man who is wary of his brother, and we find out why. I kept waiting for something to leap out of the panel.


"My Friend Janna" a very good story. Reminded me a bit of the trouble the women had in that movie Ouija board. 


"The Nesting Place" a young woman doesn't take warnings to stay out of the woods seriously enough.


"In Conclusion" another take of Little Red Riding Hood.


The other stories in this collection besides "A Lady's Hands are Cold" and "In Conclusion" I am not sure of the original fairy tale or folk lore they came from.


I really enjoyed the writing, and the flow from story to story. I have to say the colors really popped and reading this on my Kindle was great because the way that the Kindle was set up was once you double tap the panel and enlarged it, you would get to see the full panel and then it would focus in on the different parts that you should read. So it was kind of like watching a cartoon, a silent cartoon which was giving me the willies the whole time. See below for some of the panels.




Definitely going to check out more works by this author!



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text 2017-09-01 14:27
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Through the Woods - Emily Carroll

I'm going to have to seek out more works by this author. The stories were so creepy and I loved the drawing and colors. I just wish it had been longer. 


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text 2017-09-01 12:23
Reading progress update: I've read 44%.
Through the Woods - Emily Carroll

I am reading this for "In The Dark, Dark Woods": Through the Woods by Emily Carroll.  


Well besides the woods on the cover of the book two of the stories that I've read have the woods depicted in the panels.


I started this last night is scared the living daylights out of myself. I had to stop and I had to put on something happy on my television.


I'm reading this right now my Kindle Fire and it's so good. The way it works is once you start a panel it just automatically keeps showing all the other panels as long as you flick your fingers. So it's like I'm watching a really disturbing cartoon. I love the stories. I love the colors. Everything is so good.


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review 2017-07-15 15:55
Morse goes temporarily missing...
The Way Through The Woods (Inspector Morse, #10) - Colin Dexter

Book 10/13 of the crime novels involving Chief Inspector Morse and I think on balance this is my favourite so far. Clearly, the fact that it won Colin Dexter the CWA Gold Dagger (again) in 1992, for the best crime novel of that year confers a gilt-edged pedigree, but within such an impressive series of high quality works of fiction (one might even call them ‘bodies of work’), this example stands tall.


On a rather random whim, Morse decides to take a holiday and notwithstanding his negative past experiences of such ventures, he books into The Bay Hotel, Lyme Regis, Dorset. The absence allows time for Morse to ponder a riddle spotted in 'The Times', apparently concerning the year-long police investigation into a 'Swedish maiden', missing in Oxford and follow the subsequent responses of editors and readers in the correspondence columns. At home, when the media starts asking questions, the absence of his star detective also confirms Superintendent Strange’s determination to place Morse in charge of the stalled investigation upon his return, even tasking DS Lewis with trying to entice Morse back early. And thus, amid such expectations the detective duo are back in harness.


In common with the other books in the series, Morse manages to lust over and make lasting impressions upon several interesting female characters. But, we also get to see more of the ‘below-the-waterline’ complexity of Morse in his self-imposed emotional isolation. This is particularly true when Morse hurries to see his colleague Max, in the hospital, but also in the unaccustomed warmth, which DS Lewis alone seems to rekindle. Indeed, once again it is Lewis who is the “catalytic factor in the curious chemistry of Morse’s mind.”


This book also introduces pathologist, Dr Laura Robson, for the first time. A feisty Geordie, the fair Laura quickly takes to verbal duelling with Morse, but the instant respect she has commanded also bodes well for how her relationship with the Chief Inspector (arch sceptic of the forensic sciences) will play out in the remaining volumes.


One of the interesting traits of Dexter’s work is the genteel veneer through which he filters the attendant brutality of violent crime. Morse rarely casts judgement, simply assembles the facts and dispassionately solves the presenting puzzle. In fact, what I regard as the ‘Oxford effect’, often gentrifies quite sordid circumstances and occasionally leaves Morse and his unrefined proclivities seeming quite tawdry by comparison. Still, in this novel, Morse seems more relaxed (perhaps an expression of holiday fever, or the reminder of his own mortality) and openly closer to Lewis. For example, Morse even entrusts his sergeant to interview the missing girl’s mother, dispatching Lewis to Stockholm. Albeit such delegation pragmatically side-stepped the Chief Inspector’s fear of flying, the decision also highlighted his dependence on the dogged efforts and boundless support of Lewis.


Again, Morse confidently posits a hypothesis based on the seemingly impenetrable array of facts, which in turn is dismantled by the developing evidence, only to be adapted anew as Morse sculpts out the truth, until the final explanation is revealed. In this case a very satisfying conclusion and the usual acknowledgement that you have to hand it to Morse - he is clever!


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