Her Stack March/April 2017

Joyland

Joyland

Written by Stephen King
Overall Impression: Loved it! I’m obsessed with this book. It’s a beautiful coming-of-age story with the perfect amount of whodunnit mystery. It made me long to visit an amusement park, too. Highly recommended.

 

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Sex Criminals (Volume 2): Two Worlds, One Cop

Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Chip Zdarsky

Overall Impression: Liked it! This is one of those series that is way out there, and you kinda just have to be along for the ride. These books keep me intrigued and giggling, so I’m in.

 

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

Written by Patrick Ness

Based on an idea by Siobhan Dowd
Art by Jim Kay

Overall Impression: Loved it! A gorgeous and heart-wrenching modern fairytale that tackles some very difficult material. Beautifully done, and the illustrations are a delight.

Mr Maybe

Mr. Maybe

Written by Jane Green

Overall Impression: Liked it! At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book, because the protagonist is straight up unlikeable in the first chapter or two, but I stuck with it and was rewarded with a hilarious narrative about what’s good in real life versus what’s good on paper.

Chicacabra

Chicacabra

Written and illustrated by Tom Beland

Overall Impression: Liked it! First of all, the art in this graphic novel is stunning. Secondly, the premise is so much fun. I enjoyed the characters and the overall message of the story, even when the narrative went a bit astray. Definitely a fun read!

The Vegetarian

The Vegetarian

Written by Han Kang

Overall Impression: Liked it! Haunting and disturbing, and Han Kang’s social commentary about the possession of women’s bodies is unflinchingly brutal. An incredible read, but not for the faint of heart.

scrappy little nobody

Scrappy Little Nobody

Written by Anna Kendrick

Overall Impression: Loved it! Seriously, if you’re an Anna Kendrick fan, read this immediately! She is absolutely hilarious, and this memoir is brilliant in its quirkiness and honesty.

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A.D.: After Death: Volume 1

Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Jeff Lemire

Overall Impression: Loved it! What an incredible pairing! Between Snyder’s undeniable storytelling talent and Lemire’s evocative watercolor renderings, this volume was enjoyable from start to finish.