Rated Reads


by Josh Simmons

Rated: Mild

A young man meets a pair of young women while hiking through a forest. They spend the day exploring a variety of abandoned buildings, culminating in the discovery of a hidden passage in one particular house. The three stumble (literally) upon a few surprises, get separated and spend the last dozen or pages searching for each other.

This is a graphic novel in the most literal sense; there is absolutely no dialogue. The reader is forced to pay attention to details in the images to follow the story in general, in addition to discovering the subtle communication going on among the three characters.

The artwork is strictly black and white, with plenty of detail in the settings and persons. The organization of the images is interesting in that it is not the typical box style, yet the flow is easy to follow. There are a lot of details to the drawings, and once I forced myself to slow down and pay attention, I was able to see the subplots. The biggest problem is that there are a few pages containing (in my opinion) too many images, thus reducing them to nearly too small to enjoy.

Rating: Mild. Although there are no spoken language issues, there are images of severe injuries and a woman’s exposed breast.

— Reviewed by Craig Smith

Craig Smith is chief medical officer of Tacoma Cat Hospital. In addition to providing book reviews on Rated Reads, he podcasts about feline health issues through iTunes and www.tacomacat.com.

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  • House
  • by Josh Simmons
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Fiction
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