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review 2018-09-08 15:28
I Kill Giants - Joe Kelly,J.M. Ken Niimura
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I have been meaning to read this book for a while now, but hadn't gotten around to it. Then I found a copy of the DVD at the library so of course I had to read the graphic novel first. And here we are.

When I read books, especially graphic novels, I like to not really know much about the story and what happens in it. I really think the experience is better when you aren't expecting certain things to happen. Leave it to say, I was not prepared in the least for this amazing storyline.

I was a little hesitant to read the book because of the title. Poor giants. What did they do wrong? But I was glad to see how the story actually played out. 

I also think there is a right way and a wrong way to do black and white comics. This is a perfect example of the right way. It really adds to the creepiness and chaos of the world in the story. 

I don't really want to say anything about the plot because this is one of those stories that is best read without expectations. But I will say it is a story about friendship, family, and of course, giants.

Downside to the book was that there were some not-okay things such as the use of lesbian slurs as insults and of course the whole bullying storyline. The message is that to deal with a bully you should physically fight back. This makes sense for Barbara's character, but probably isn't the best for certain audiences. Decent amount of violence, as should be expected from the title alone.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. There were a few downsides to it, but I loved Barbara's character (in a despicable kind of way) and enjoyed seeing the progression of the story.
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review 2018-04-22 18:23
Hard to categorise – and review - but highly recommended
I Kill Giants Fifth Anniversary Edition Hc - Joe Kelly,Jm Ken Niimura

This comic collection centres around Barbara, a young schoolgirl, who claims to be a giant-killer. The story involves friends, family, a school counsellor and others. All the characters are well-formed and the story is also about personal tragedy and self-belief. The artwork is black-and-white line drawings on the whole which does not always make it easy to follow, especially in digital format. However the plot is touching and illuminating – which is why I recommend it to all and sundry.

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review 2016-06-10 00:41
I Kill Giants - Joe Kelly,J.M. Ken Niimura,Caterina Marietti

Inizio: 9 giugno
Finito: 10 giugno


Voto: 4 stelline


Consigliato: Si


Nonostante non mi sia piaciuto lo stile grafico di questa novel l'ho trovata molto bella, intrigante e interessante. Prima di iniziarla osservando un po' la copertina mi aveva dato l'idea di una storia un po' nerd, qualcosa di banale e una lettura leggera invece così non è stato. I kill Giants è storia di crescita, molto riflessiva e con una bella morale di fondo che ti colpisce fin da subito e spinge a leggere per continuare la lettura. Consigliatissima agli amanti delle grapich novel

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review 2015-03-16 08:24
Henshin - J. M. Ken Niimura

Henshin is a collection of short mangas, and also one of the weirdest things I've ever read.


They are all very short, I guess about 30 pages each and real random. Some (quite a lot actually) have a somewhat macabre twist at the end. Others are completely dedicated to cats.


It's really hard for me to make my mind up about it. It was definitely something different and I'm glad I read it. But I did feel like I should have known more before starting because it didn't make a lot of sense to me. It's because of that I don't know who to recommend this to, but if you're looking for something completely different, try this one.


Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2015-01-28 00:00
Henshin - J. M. Ken Niimura 3.5* A typical Manga book. Way out there stories mix with heartwarming tales, all told in typical Manga art style.
Not one I'd re-read but still worth picking up if you're a fan.
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