Bookish: Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Graphic Novel Lost at sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley book excerpt, review

Not a long time ago Eleni from "All over the Place" recommended me the "Lost at Sea". Until then, I haven't heard about it, but when a graphic novel's summary is something like:

"Raleigh doesn't have a soul. A cat stole it - or at least that's what she tells people - or at least that's what she would tell people if she told people anything."

, you know that it will be something unusual. At a time, when you think that you have seen or read about everything, it sure sounds interesting. So, I started reading it, thinking that it will be something great or a total mess.

And I think I did the right thing. Bryan Lee O'Maley writes about a shy teenager, who is embarrassed to open her heart and admit her own feelings. The truth is, it’s so challenging being a teenage. Sometimes the transition from your childhood to your new young adult self can be so abrupt, that leaves you disoriented , trapped  in a really dizzy phase. Every strong feeling like rage or a new crush can be multiplied a thousand times and you end up crushed below your own thoughts.

And then, that thing about her lost soul and the cat, which stole it makes a total sense. And it's beautiful. Brian narrates that teen story in such a special. Not in the common way that we have repeatedly seen in the movies, with all the drama and the hysteria,  but in a refreshing, a little weird but authentic way. It's sad to get the reminder of  how isolated feel the young people sometimes. How they can't find the solution in their own problems, even the smallest ones.

So I believe that is enough deep and really well-written. I recommend it to everyone who was, is and will be a teenager.

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Graphic Novel Lost at sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley book excerpt, review
Graphic Novel Lost at sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley book excerpt, review
Graphic Novel Lost at sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley book excerpt, review
Graphic Novel Lost at sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley book excerpt, review
Graphic Novel Lost at sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley book excerpt, review
Graphic Novel Lost at sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley book excerpt, review
Graphic Novel Lost at sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley book excerpt, review
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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Bookish: Neurocomic by Dr. M. Farinella & Dr. H. Ros

Bookreview of the "Neurocomic" Graphic Novel

It's no secret around these lands that I am through my "thesis writing" era lately. As an undergraduate neuroscientist I deal with neurons all the time, the one and only unit that controls everything, from the things that you feel, remember or dream. Everything starts and stops with our brain's neurons. Neurocomic is an introduction to this chaotic field and its approach is far more pleasant than the papers' that I read lately.

So, from British indie press Nobrow - comes the Neurocomic, a graphic novel about the inner workings of that amazing organ; the brain. It is the collaboration result between Dr. Hana Roš and neuroscience-turned-illustrator Dr. Matteo Farinella and it -delightfully- illustrates in black-and-white everything from neurons morphology to the electricity that runs our whole brain,  the difference between the mind and the brain and lastly -in a great finale- the real secret of the human's brain. 

Bookreview of the Neurocomic Graphic Novel

So we take a walk from the forests of neurons, to the pharmacology labs of synapses and then a quick dive to the electrical oceans to be washed up by the waves to the caves of memory and to, finally, explore the haunted castle of consciousness. Along the way, we meet famous neuroscientists that explain us their brilliant studies. An irrational voyage in the totally logical world of Neuroland.

:: Find it in amazon.com

Bookreview of the Neurocomic Graphic Novel
Bookreview of the Neurocomic Graphic Novel
Bookreview of the Neurocomic Graphic Novel
Bookreview of the Neurocomic Graphic Novel
Bookreview of the Neurocomic Graphic Novel
Bookreview of the Neurocomic Graphic Novel
Bookreview of the Neurocomic Graphic Novel
Bookreview of the Neurocomic Graphic Novel

Closing with this trailer about the project, that takes us behind the scenes of the duo’s creative process:

Happy reading my friends!

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Bookish: Relish by Lucy Knisley

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I had my eyes on "Relish" for a long time, since it was published. And one day of excessive book shoppinh spree it became mine. "Relish" its an autobiography graphic novel about Lucy's life among food. Growing up with foodie parents too, in a kitchen stacked with exciting and exotic ingredients I can definitely relate to this graphic novel.

And you will relate too. There are so many things to adore in this little book and its writing and its exuberant illustrations are in them.See her growing old and finding the love between cheese and art, adjusting from New York’s life style to the countryside and visiting episodically Mexico and Venice. Also, because as you may already know this is not an ordinary graphic novel, you can find yummy recipes to try between her stories. sides' life.

NeuroTrivial: The fact that we, as adults enrich our memories with details as what-who-where-when-why, makes them more stable and less easy for them to be forgotten. That's why children forget easier but that's another story to tell. Well, I put another parameter in my memories, food. Some of the vividest memories of places that I have been and things that I have done there are inextricably connected with a dish worth to remember. I can retain the pleasure of eating, the taste, the texture, the dish's look, everything. This little prologue goes for why I really loved this comic so so much. Cause it's mostly fascinating seeing your very own thoughts about food written by another person, especially when it happens to be illustrated by an artist like Lucy.

Some people eat to live. We live to eat and that's magical only by itself.

Find "Relish" in Amazon.com.

 

Book Review, Relish by Lucy Knisley
Book Review, Relish by Lucy Knisley
Book Review, Relish by Lucy Knisley
Book Review, Relish by Lucy Knisley
Book Review, Relish by Lucy Knisley
Book Review, Relish by Lucy Knisley
Book Review, Relish by Lucy Knisley
Book Review, Relish by Lucy Knisley
Book Review, Relish by Lucy Knisley

Here's a little flipping-through the book too:

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Bookish: The Art of Howl's Moving Castle

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The following summary is useful. It's from the "About this book" section.

Howl's moving castle is set in a world conceived by the late 19th century European neo-futuristic painters where magic and science co-exist. The main idea is that one day a witch of wasteland puts an 18-year-old girl named Sophie under a spell, turning her into a 90-year-old lady. The aged Sophie encounters the wizard Howl and she begins her strange life with Howl in his castle, the formidable walking fortress. The film is based on Howl's moving Castle  children's book, by Diana Wynne Jones. All concept sketches are by Miyazaki. Concept art and backgrounds are by the art staff supervised by art directors Yoji Takeshige and Noboru Yoshida. Character designs are by supervising animators Akihiko Yamashita and Takeski Inamura. The background art and still images for this book were created from digital data. Scene images without captions are still images.

The book is split into 3 parts. Part 1 is about Miyazaki's concept sketches. Part 2 contains concept art, background art, character designs, movie stills and plenty of concept sketches. Part 3 is the script, or final screenplay. Throughout the book, there are breaks with narration from the art directors and animators explaining the movie's production process. They would talk about animation, colour design, research and characters. There's a short section that explains how computer graphics was used to overcome the limitations of cell drawing, which I thought was really interesting.

Miyazaki's storyboards with their rough sketches and notes on the storyline, are more informative than concept sketches and a total bliss looking at them even if you don't know Japanese. This book and hence the movie itself is a feast of colors giving emphasis on the "realness" of the characters and with soften incredibly beautiful backgrounds. It's not an exaggerations to say that this movie's art made me reevaluate my opinions about background art. These lush landscapes with their  incredibly creative colour seem to be totally otherworldly beautiful.  

There are several versions of the book. This one sold on amazon.com contains the final screenplay and it's hard covered.

The Art of Howl's Moving Castle Book Review, Flipping through
The Art of Howl's Moving Castle Book Review, Flipping through
The Art of Howl's Moving Castle Book Review, Flipping through
The Art of Howl's Moving Castle Book Review, Flipping through
The Art of Howl's Moving Castle Book Review, Flipping through
The Art of Howl's Moving Castle Book Review, Flipping through
The Art of Howl's Moving Castle Book Review, Flipping through
The Art of Howl's Moving Castle Book Review, Flipping through
The Art of Howl's Moving Castle Book Review, Flipping through
The Art of Howl's Moving Castle Book Review, Flipping through
The Art of Howl's Moving Castle Book Review, Flipping through

Also check my flipping through the book:

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Bookish: The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Vol 2

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♫ ♪ Emily Wells - Becomes the Color

Once upon a time, the lovely Lorelai introduced me to wirrow's pieces of art ( watch that video, it's his too).Then, unable to resist the temptation, I became the proud owner of this little book of great stories. The end. In this wonderful little book you will find a collection of drawings made by  wirrow and many other artists. They all have as a common basis the stories. The stories that were said, came up, or stayed deep and hidden in a brain's lobe. Here are some my favorite illustrations ( please spare the long lists of photos until I learn how to install photo slideshows in posts, okay? ) and a  browsing-the-book video.  So, I suggest that as a gift to anyone who loves stories of all kinds. You can find some really thoughtful and whimsical gems inside.

by wirrow & imogenc

by wirrow & imogenc

by wirrow

by wirrow

by wirrow & Sean Ono Lennon

by wirrow & Sean Ono Lennon

by wirrow

by wirrow

by wirrow & paperlilies

by wirrow & paperlilies

by the dustdancestoo & mirtle

by the dustdancestoo & mirtle

by janetfelts & mirtle

by janetfelts & mirtle

by wirrow & Kubi

by wirrow & Kubi

Check the flipping-through-the-book video for a broader view of the book too:

 (and don't forget: Google Reader is leaving us, keep up with In whirl of Inspiration with

 bloglovin')

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Bookish: The Book of Lost Things by John Conolly

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Finishing, this book left me with mixed emotions. I was amazed by its content and imaginary world and on the other side I wish I could revive the emotions of reading it for the first time. 'Cause it was perfect.

Books like this feed your mind, plant little baby creatures and thoughts, which root deep in the imagination and transform you in a way you never imagined. They grow and nourish while interacting with other stories of your subconscious, making a labyrinths of fears and desires, making you who you are. Books like this talk to your heart and draw up thoughts that you knew that there were there, but they never came out of the darkness to reveal themselves.

And I really loved how Conolly described David's relationship with its books. I tend to feel the same most of the times, that the books have a special way of communicating with me. I adore their way of whispering and trembling beside your bed waiting for you to take them and disclose their stories. 'Cause stories come alive in the reading. They are like a powerful spells trapped in a tiny glass bottles, waiting to be free to unleash their powers. So, once someone starts to read them, they begin  unfolding and stretching, to create a haze of their world around you to live in. This is the reason they slipped from their world into ours. They want us to give them life.

Such a dark and unexpected story couldn't have a less ideal end. One of these conclusions that leaves you with a bittersweet smile and a feeling of nostalgia for the world that you left behind. Maybe some tears too. This book earned its

5 stars for sure. ❤

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!