Graphic Novel Review: Sweater Weather & Other Stores / by Sara Varon

Sweaterweather: & Other Short StoriesSweaterweather: & Other Short Stories

by Sara Varon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed several of the VERY short stories. And I think her colour palette is divine.

But I don’t think it’s a particularly good curation of stories. You’ll be hard to classify the reader for this work. The pacing generally makes each story feel geared to early readers–with lots of wordless stories. but then are mixed with a handful of text-heavy stories dealing with more adult topics. Not “adult”, just ‘adult’ (if you catch my meaning). But, I’m not sure how many grade schoolers are interested in pages from the author’s journal, or her worries about quitting her job. Certainly, an adult would appreciate this book more on the whole than a child would.

Generally a fun quick read… But I couldn’t see myself reaching for this more than once.


Manga Review: Drunken Dreams and Other Stories / by Moto Hagio

A Drunken Dream and Other StoriesA Drunken Dream and Other Stories

by Moto Hagio

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was so fantastic! I’m not generally a fan of short stories, but these were so wonderfully created and curated. They generally follow themes of past regret or finding your place in your family. The stories varied quite a lot in form and genre, but were delivered with with a similar feel. The artwork was stunning, especially in the title comic. Those reds! Gorgeous!

I did think there were translation issues with one of the comics. But I may be interpreting the interpretation wrong.

I guess the only real problem with this title is that it is a collection. This would have been nice to read in singles. I can never allow myself that time to take a break when I’ve got a whole compilation of great stories staring at me. The best way to enjoy this would be to read a story and take some time to reflect on it.

Manga Review: Honey So Sweet / by Amu Meguro

Honey So Sweet, Vol. 1Honey So Sweet, Vol. 1

by Amu Meguro

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Unfortunately, the only redeeming quality is the pretty art. Megumi certainly has a nice sense of human proportions; and these are probably some of the best uses for screen tones I’ve seen in a while.

But, the story itself is completely forgettable. Megumi relies too heavily on the common trappings of shoujo manga, and forgets to fill the spaces between these common scenarios to make a complete or robust story. For example, half of the volume focuses on prepping for a school trip and the inevitable walk-thru-the-woods-test-of-courage but essentially doesn’t show anything else about the school trip experience. Seemed like a wasted opportunity to me. I won’t be buying more…