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John Mutford
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Reader's Diary #1955- Benjamin Paige: A Soldier's Short Story of Battle
Sometimes we have no way of knowing how accurate an author got it. There's some trust involved but the author must also make it feel authentic. Such was the case with Benjamin Paige's " A Soldier's Short Story of Battle ." Not having been at war myself, I c...
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Reader's Diary #1948- Gilbert Parker: The Going of the White Swan
Gilbert Parker's The Going of the White Swan begins strong enough. Set in a cabin in the Canadian wilderness, a young boy is dying after a cougar attack has led to an infection. His father is trying to keep it together, but on top of his son dying, his wife...
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Reader's Diary #1945- Mel Tregonning: Small Things
Mel Tregonning's Small Things is a wordless picture book that tells a story of an anxious young boy using elements of comics. Using soft but detailed gray-scale pencils, the art reminded me of Chris Van Allsburg's black and white work, but the star of the b...
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Reader's Diary #1940- Michael Sheldon: The Spirit of the Bank of Lower Canada
Michael Sheldon's ghost story " The Spirit of the Bank of Lower Canada " reminded me of Stephen Leacock's writing. It's satire, not too hilarious and slightly smug, but amusing nonetheless. This one takes the idea of a ghost writer quite literally. The ghos...
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Reader's Diary #1934- C. A. Verstraete: The Pumpkin Patch
It's a common writing exercise to write from the perspective of an inanimate or otherwise non-cognizant entity, such as a plant. But there's a reason it's common, and typically, as in the case of C.A. Verstraete's " The Pumpkin Patch " which is told from a ...
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Reader's Diary #1933- Jarrett J. Krosoczka: Hey, Kiddo
Sometimes the strength and resiliency of people amazes me. In Jarrett J. Krosoczka's graphic memoir Hey Kiddo , he presents himself as a rather meek albeit affable kid whose mother is in and out of rehab and jail, whose father is absent entirely until his l...
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Reader's Diary #1932- H.P. Lovecraft: The Music of Erich Zann
As Lovecraft stories go, " The Music of Erich Zann " is pretty tame in terms of terror and weirdness. It also doesn't contain any Cthulhu mythos. Still, it's a nicely paced, mysterious, atmospheric and creepy piece. The narrator recalls a time when he lived...
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I'm a graphic novel judge for this year's Cybils!!!
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Reader's Diary #1928- Pénélope Bagieu: Brazen
While I quite enjoyed Pénélope Bagieu's Exquisite Corpse when I read it a few months back, I still wasn't overly excited to read Brazen, a graphic novel style collection of Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World . I'm all for the topic, it's just that I've never...
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Reader's Diary #1926- Sarah Graley: Kim Reaper 1 Grim Beginnings
Sarah Graley's Kim Reaper 1: Grim Beginnings is a hilarious story of a university student named Kim who's taken grim reaping as her student job.It has potential for a lot of dark humour, but the comedy stylings are mostly light and of the silly variety. Rea...
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