Book Review: Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 1: Orientation (Siddell)

Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 1: Orientations by Thomas Siddell

Yes, the stuffed animal is a demon. This book is awesome.

Neil Gaiman is a famous author known for his work in movies as well as his mind-bending quasi-fantasy stories about normal people who get screwed over by magical forces beyond their control, and usually end up better off, but without having learned any sort of trite moral lesson. You may know him from his work on the major motion picture Stardust, or, for you Hayao Miyazaki fans, the glorious Princess Mononoke. His Sandman series is one of the most acclaimed works of graphic fiction… ever.

Neil Gaiman did not write this book. However, he did praise it on his blog, and he did compare it to Bone, which is just about the other most famous graphic novel series ever. Famous people really like this book.

I also really like this book, and hopefully that will matter to those of you who haven’t heard of Neil Gaiman (what is wrong with you that man is everywhere).  It’s a “science-fantasy” (Gaiman) set in a boarding school somewhere in Britain, and none of the normal rules of reality seem to apply. In Gunnerkrigg Court, a girl named Antimony Carver (the redhead on the cover) shows up after her mother dies and she is abandoned by her father, and things get weird. From robots on spiritual quests to tree-wolves with anger management issues, Siddell’s character come to life in a way that is both touching and very, very confusing- but in the best way possible. Just trust me on that one.

The very best part of this is that if you don’t want to spend money on a book, or if your library doesn’t have it, or if you are too lazy to go to the library, you can read the whole thing for free online here . There is a new page every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, it’s completely legal, and you have no excuses left. Go read it. Now. ()

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