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David Gray-Smith - Bookseller in Manchester

DavidDavid Gray-Smith joined the team this past February, after moving to Vermont from eastern Mass. A fan of character studies, comics, folktales, philosophy, and all things waxing absurd, you'll find him most days on the Children's floor. Please bring him your questions and your dogs.

Galatea: A Short Story by Madeline Miller - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780063280519
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Published: Ecco - November 8th, 2022

Absolutely brilliant! I sat down to read this a handful of nights ago, and couldn't get up until I'd finished. The story has a lot to say about the mundane agony of sectionings and the toxicity of relational jealousy, but it's most poignant when it explores how excruciatingly calculated a woman has to be if she wants to be seen as a madonna.
By the end, my only thought was “Wow. Miller really gets mythology”; “Galatea” feels like a completely organic conclusion to the legend of Pygmalion. ~ Reviewed by David Gray-Smith

Doom Patrol Book One by Grant Morrison - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781401263126
Availability: IN WAREHOUSE - Usually Ships in 3-7 Business Days
Published: DC Comics - February 23rd, 2016

Following their wildly acclaimed & successful run on Animal Man, Morrison takes the reins of DC's most eccentric superhero team, inspired by everything from Alan Moore's classic run of Swamp Thing, to Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher, Bach, to early 20th century dadaism, really by anything and everything as long as it's absolutely mind-bending. Join the most quintessential version of the Doom Patrol on their genre-defying & -defining adventures, as they fight through a rogue's gallery of metafictional viruses, the Demiurge, annihilation itself, and (of course) a sapient french gorilla. An absolute must-read from a literal god of fiction. ~ Reviewed by David Gray-Smith

Gantz Omnibus Volume 1 by Hiroya Oku - Book Review

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By Hiroya Oku, Matthew Johnson (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781506707747
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Published: Dark Horse Manga - September 4th, 2018

In which nihilism does a jediflip and binges liveleak videos; figuratively, of course. Speaking literally, GANTZ is about dying, coming back to life, and being forced to kill aliens. Why? Good question. Honestly, the best I can do to prepare you is to tell you that Oku is a strange man who writes strange stories. They're intended to make you feel all the usual feelings you'd expect out of a seinen, but in strange-ordered narratives meant to intentionally discombobulate your emotional primings. The violence is exorbitant but at least justifies its stay narratively (though the sex, not so much). The central characters are surprisingly complex (if you can get past their often intentional insufferability). The art is gorgeous (no qualifiers here, Oku can draw)!< ~ Reviewed by David Gray-Smith/p>

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star: A Musical Instrument Song Book (A Musical Instrument Sound Book) by Nosy Crow - Book Review

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By Nicola Slater (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536214376
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Published: Candlewick Press - October 20th, 2020

I got this book for my baby cousin, and it's his favorite book ever! (though he is >1 y/o, so we'll see how long that sticks). I'm a huge fan of how it runs the gamut of musical instruments, with a different one used each page spread, and ends off with all the instruments together. ~ Reviewed by David Gray-Smith

Tell by Warja Lavater - Book Review

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ISBN: 9783314104923
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Published: NorthSouth Books - November 5th, 2019

A charming accordion-style artist's book, retelling the William Tell fable. Lavater conveys the story heartedly, using nothing but pictograms, a key, and a somewhat cryptic poem. As someone only familiar w/ William Tell as "the apple/crossbow guy," it felt very satisfying to reverse-engineer the story. A definite must-"read" for anybody a fan of folktales or ergodic literature! ~ Reviewed by David Gray-Smith


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