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Review – Finder: Talisman

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Finder: Talisman
Story and art by: Carla Speed McNeil

“Talisman is a book about a book:
It’s the book that’s never there when you wake up, no matter how hard you try to take it with you.
The book you steal when you’re too young to understand it’s not the only copy in the world.”

I picked up this graphic novel because the cover reminded me of the cover for The Neverending Story. I read the description above and felt it was a book I needed to read. It speaks of books from the past, and stories half-remembered that you look for by habit every time you go to the shelf. As I usually do, I flipped through it real quick to check out the art. What I found was crisp and clean. No flash and pizzazz, just straight forward art that tells the story of a little girl, and her favorite book.

As I read the story I fell in love with the main character, Marcie and her quirky family. Marcie draws you into her story, and then leads you along it’s path. A story that is fun and sad at the same time. Marcie introduces you to her favorite book, filled with all the wonders of imagination you remember from the first novel you ever read. When you first meet the book it is being read to her by a family friend, and her mom’s lover I think.  You also meet the rest of her family as you read through this graphic novel. Her transgender brother, snobby older sister, a father drowning in an illness that drives him mad, and her career oriented mother. You see the impact these people have on her life. As she grows older Marcie decides that she wants to write a book. Marcie’s search for her muse, and the perfect book to write her story in take her through life moments that have an impact on the outcome of her story.

I really hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. It’s a book about the exploration of the love of a good book, the struggle of writing, and the never-ending need for imagination.


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Alan’s War

Alan's War
Alan’s War: The Memories of G.I. Alan Cope

Written and Illustrated by Emmanuel Guibert

Alan’s War is a 304 page memoir of Alan Cope’s experience in WWII. For the most part this book is a slow but gratifying read.

Alan’s memories are written and drawn by his friend Emmanuel Guibert with an amount of respect and love that only true friendship and understanding can provide. In the forward you will read about Emmanuel meeting Alan, and their immediate friendship that lasted for 5 years, right up until Alan’s death.

Alan’s stories are an amazing insight into one man’s experience with WWII. There are a lot of fun anecdotes and some amazing art along the way. The touching photographs at the end of the story serve as a poignant reminder that this is a story about a real man. Perhaps my favorite part is about choosing what to name the book.

I highly recommend Alan’s War if you want a good solid read about an average Joe with a great memory, and a great way with words. It was a refreshing change of pace from the graphic novels I typically read.

R.I.P. Alan Cope. Thanks for your service to our country and for sharing your story with us.

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