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!