Posts Tagged ‘horrific’

The Walking Dead Compendium Vol. 1

December 5, 2012

Title: The Walking Dead Compendium (Vol.1 issues 1-48)

Author: Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn

Genre: horror, comic

Publisher: Image Comics

Publication Date: 2009

Pages: 1088

Geographic Setting: Georgia

Time Period: Post Apocalyptic

Series: yes- Walking Dead

Summary: Officer Rick Grimes and his family, as well as a rag-tag group of refugees, have to survive in a zombie infested world.

Subject Headings: zombie apocalypse

Appeal Terms: tense, suspenseful, dystopian world, horrific, supernatural, comic to tv show, survival, graphic, detailed, post-apocalyptic, zombies, bloody, atmospheric, character centered, dark, gritty, violent.

My Three: suspenseful, horrific, survival

Similar Fiction:

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks (Crown:NewYork, 2006)
A Survivor-eye’s view of the conflict between zombies and humans. If you want a book that is a cross between fiction and nonfiction, and has a touch of history, this is one to try.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith (Quirk Books, 2009)
The Jane Austen classic with a twist. For those who want to try something different when moving away from the tried and true.

Zombie, Ohio by Scott Kenemore (Skyhorse, 2011)
Told from the zombie’s point of view, Peter Mellor, a college professor, tries to solve his own murder. Interesting because the main character can still pass for human.

Similar Nonfiction:

So Now You’re a Zombie: A Handbook for the Newly Undead by John Austin (Chicago Review Press, 2010)
Like the title says, this is a guide to being a zombie. Not meant to be taken seriously, but could be a nice reference book.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies! A Book of Zombie Christmas Carols by Michael P. Spradlin (William Morrow Publishing, 2009)
A spoof of favorite Christmas songs filled with zombies and other horrific bits. If you liked Nightmare Before Christmas, try this one for giggles.

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks (Three Rivers Press, 2003)
What started out as the basis of an SNL skit turned into a fully comprehensive guide to surviving a zombie attack. Deadpan humor and extremely detailed. Bonus points that this is written by Mel Brooks’ son.

Name: Jennifer

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

June 8, 2009

Product Details

Author: Marjane Satrapi

Title: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Genre: Graphic Novel: Non-fiction

Publisher: Pantheon, 2004

Pages: 160p

Geographical Setting:  Iran, during Islamic Revolution

Time Period: 1979-83

Series: Sequel to Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

Plot Summary: Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Marji is nine when the fundamentalist rebels overthrow the Shah. She is the intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors. Her parents, especially her free-thinking mother, modeled a strong belief in freedom and equality. Her Marxist-inclined family initially favored the overthrow of the Shah, but soon realized that the new regime was more restrictive and unfair than the last. The girl’s independence, which made her parents both proud and fearful, causes them to take action. This autobiography, told in graphic format with simple, but expressive, black-and-white illustrations, combines the normal rebelliousness of an intelligent adolescent with the horrors of war and totalitarianism.

Subject Headings: Satrapi, Marjane, 1969,

Comic Book Strips,

Nine Year Old Girls-Iran-


Children and War—Iran—

Iran-Iraq War—1980-1988—20th Century


Graphic Novels—non-fiction

Coming of Age
Autobiographical Comic Book Strip

Appeal: timeless, radical, minimal, madness, sentimental, powerful, emotional, expressive, witty, horrific, restrictive, autonomous, extraordinary.

Three terms that best describe Persepolis: Powerful, Historical, Coming of Age

Relevant Non-fiction:

Maus: a survivor’s tale: — my father bleeds history (mid-1930s to Winter 1944) by Art Spiegelman,  The author-illustrator traces his father’s imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp through a series of disarming and unusual cartoons arranged to tell the story as a novel.

Pyongyang: a journey in North Koreaby Guy Delisle ; [translated by Helge Dascher], One of the few Westerners granted access to North Korea documents his observations of the secretive society in this graphic travelogue that depicts the cultural alienation, boredom, and desires of ordinary North Koreans.

We are on Our Own: a Memoir– by Miriam Katin, A full-length illustrated graphic memoir about the author and her mother’s escape on foot from the Nazi invasion of Budapest recounts how they faked their deaths, abandoned their belongings and loved ones, and fled in disguise with German troops close behind.

Relevant Fiction:

In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez, A fictional account of the young lives of Mirabal sisters Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa, otherwise known in the Dominican Republic as Las Mariposas, describes their suffering and martyrdom in the last days of the Trujillo dictatorship.

The Kite Rider, by Geraldine McCaughrean, In thirteenth-century China, after trying to save his widowed mother from a horrendous second marriage, twelve-year-old Haoyou has life-changing adventures when he takes to the sky as a circus kite rider and ends up meeting the great Mongol ruler Kublai Khan.

One Hundred Demons- by Lynda Barry, A collection of twenty comic strips celebrates the Buddhist challenge to overcome one hundred demons in a lifetime with such offerings as “Dancing”, “Dogs”, and “Magic”, which follow the author’s misadventures with adolescence, family, and relationships.

By Allison Robins