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The Low, Low Woods
The Low, Low Woods | Carmen Maria Machado
Shudder-To-Think, Pennsylvania, has been on fire for years. The coal mines beneath it are long since abandoned. The woods are full of rabbits with human eyes, a deer woman who stalks hungry girls, and swaths of skinless men. And the people in Shudder-to-Think? Well, theyre not doing so well either. When El and Octavia wake up in a movie theater with no memory of the last few hours of their lives, the two teenage dirtbags begin a surreal and terrifying journey to discover the truth about the strange town that they call home. Like so many women in Shudder-to-Think before them, all they have is a void where the truth once was. But as time passes, El finds herself needing to know more about what has happened, while Octavia wants nothing more than to forget the forgetting. Can these two teens reconcile their differences before the horrible things lurking beneath their town emerge and swallow them whole? Collects The Low, Low Woods #1-6.
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TieDyeDude
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Mehso-so

It was okay. I felt like there was more story to tell, but being limited to six issues, they left a lot out. I think a more fleshed out story could have been really powerful. As it is, the story is impactful, but just a little too lacking. The art is serviceable, but not my favorite.

vivastory I don't know if you read Basketful of Heads, but I saw the other day that it's coming back for another run. Rio Youers is writing it this time. 13mo
Twainy Rats, I haven‘t read this one yet. 13mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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A creepy feminist horror comic about two teenage girls (one Latina, one Black, both queer) in a Pennsylvania coal mining town with shady shit going on. Very cool to see Carmen Maria Machado's imagination take shape with Dani's drawings, which were appropriately dark and mysterious. Content warning for sexual assault. I appreciated how this book explicitly talks about how there isn't one right way for survivors to act after assault. #QueerBooks

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dylanisreading
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This blew me away. @vivastory is absolutely right that it's incredible. Machado's writing and DaNi's art both profoundly affected me as I read.

CW for implied sexual violence against women and girls.

vivastory I'm glad you liked it. Definitely one of the best graphic novels I read last year! 1y
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dylanisreading
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Did I borrow more comics/GNs from the library? Yes, I did. Am I behind in reviewing the comics I read yesterday? Yes, I am.

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Lindy
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Horror & heroic lesbians, set in a Pennsylvania mining community. This bound edition of comics brought other literary works to mind—Miriam Toews‘ Women Talking; Nagabe‘s The Girl from the Other Side—while holding together as Carmen Maria Machado‘s own well-crafted story. Dani‘s art switches styles slightly with each issue, keeping things fresh. Creepy goodness with a resolution that includes women making their own choices. #LGBTQ #graphicnovel

sarahbarnes I have these and haven‘t read them yet! Looking forward to it. 1y
Lindy @sarahbarnes 😁👍 1y
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Lindy
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Ms Karst: Smith was very important to me. Probably the most important time of my life. I just want to make sure that you understand your options. You‘re a fantastic writer. I just think —
El: Ms Karst, my mom is a waitress and my dad is on disability. I wish you got how few options I actually have.

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ephemeralwaltz
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How can I rate anything she writes less than 5 stars? This limited-edition including all 6 issues is STUNNING and I, who's never been a graphic novel person, found this story to be impeccably put together. Graphics and story goes so well together and the imagination behind this can only come from my one and only queen 🔥
Including a spooky town, supernatural creatures, lesbian teens and an exploration of the neverending violence against women.

BarbaraBB Lucky you to have a copy! 2y
Kalalalatja Sounds awesome! 2y
readordierachel Can't wait for my library hold to come in! Sounds so good! 2y
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vivastory
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Set in the 90s & taking place in the former mining town of Shudder-to-Think, Machado's work opens with friends El & Octavia having woken up in a movie theater auditorium and with no memory of the previous few hours. The story is immediately intriguing and surreal, the artwork by Dani is simply phenomenal. I loved this graphic novel. Anyone who has followed me for awhile knows I'm a Joe Hill fanboy, & I enjoyed Basketful of Heads, but this one 👇

vivastory should have been nominated for graphic novel of the year on GR. Fantastic work. 2y
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