Mini Reviews | Through the Woods by Emily Carroll; Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

through the woodsTitle: Through the Woods

Author: Emily Carroll

Genre: Horror

Synopsis‘It came from the woods. Most strange things do.’ Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

Would I recommend? Absolutely. Great for fans of eerie, spooky short stories.

Final Rating:

4

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aimal's review red

I’ve been edging myself into the graphic novel scene slowly and steadily over the past couple of months. I started off with light, adventurous reads and moving into more serious, critically acclaimed ones. Ever since I saw this graphic novel floating around the online booksphere, I knew I wanted to pick it up. I had heard fantastic things, and so, when I had some time to kill and I somehow ended up in a bookstore, I had to pick this up. I was not disappointed.

Through the Woods is a collection of five short stories, all with a peculiar eeriness to them. They are sufficiently horrifying, mysterious and thrilling. Each story contains different characters, a different story-line, but they’re all consistent with their spook-factor. The artwork was gorgeous. I caught myself running my hands over the artwork while reading; the colors employed were gorgeous, the typography was stunning.

I find it very difficult to give graphic novels five-star ratings for some reason, but Through the Woods is, by far, the best graphic novel I have read so far. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it definitely spiked my interest in reading more like it.

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hyperbole

Title: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

Author: Allie Brosh

Genre: Non-Fiction | Humor

Synopsis: This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative–like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it–but I soon discovered that I’m not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book:
Pictures
Words
Stories about things that happened to me
Stories about things that happened to other people because of me
Eight billion dollars*
Stories about dogs
The secret to eternal happiness*

*These are lies. Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness!

Would I recommend? Yes, to people who are trying to get into humor/non-fiction.

Final Rating:

3

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Aimal's Review yellow

I’ve been wanting to pick this up ever since it came into the Barnes & Noble I used to work at. I would pick it up, flip through the pages and find myself beyond intrigued. I finally got the chance to give it a read, and I enjoyed it – for the most part. Allie Brosh has constructed a light-hearted, hilarious compilation of some seriously unfortunate, peculiar instances in her life- from trying to ward off a goose with her boyfriend to realizing her beloved dog is of below-average intelligence. I found myself laughing out loud more than I had initially expected, and I had a great time reading this.

I think the highest point of this one would be when Brosh included some serious topics in between all the humor. There are two chapters where Brosh recounts her experiences with clinical depression and suicidal thoughts. These chapters were dealt with poignantly; they were heartbreaking and thought-provoking since they led the reader to wonder how someone who can make others laugh this much could go through something so dark in their life and make it out alright.

The only thing that didn’t work for me were the dog-chapters. I’m sorry. I really am. I love dogs as much as the next person (I mean, I really do love dogs), but a huge chunk of the book revolved around Allie’s dogs, and I didn’t find these chapters quite as funny as I found the other ones. Despite that, this was a fun read, and I would recommend it to anyone who’s trying to get into humor/non-fiction.

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Comments

  1. I really enjoyed Hyperbole and a Half but I agree with you on the dog chapters, not only were they excessive but they just weren’t all that funny. Love the mini reviews! 🙂

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