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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 2017-04-15 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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