Book review: Neurocomic by Hana Ros

Neurocomic by Hana Ros

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: Amazon • GoodreadsTBD
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Source: Borrowed

Do you know what your brain is made of? How does memory function? What is a neuron and how does it work? For that matter what’s a comic? And in the words of Lewis Carroll’s famous caterpillar: “Who are you?”

Neurocomic is a journey through the human brain: a place of neuron forests, memory caves, and castles of deception. Along the way, you’ll encounter Boschean beasts, giant squid, guitar-playing sea slugs, and the great pioneers of neuroscience. Hana Roš and Matteo Farinella provide an insight into the most complex thing in the universe.

When I was reading this one, I thought it was going to be 4 stars. But after I finished and walked around a bit thinking about it, I decided it was really more of a 3.

You see, this is a really good introductory book on neuroscience and psychology. It goes into basic detail without really being overwhelming or overly simplistic. It reminded me a lot of the very basic things I had to learn about each field of medicine before I could become certified as a medical coder. I think it would be really useful for a visual learner and it would also be very interesting to see similar books for each field of medicine.

That said, I’m not really sure what the book wanted to accomplish. Is it just that, a quick primer on the field of neurology? Or did it actually want to say something? The ending made it seem a bit like the author wanted to make a point about memory, but whether she succeeded or not, I’m not sure.

All in all, it was an educational book, a quick read that I finished over one lunch, but nothing groundbreaking.

#mm19: cover love
#mmd19: a book you chose for the cover


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Book review: The Secret Loves of Geeks by Hope Nicholson

The Secret Loves of Geeks by Hope Nicholson

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: Amazon • GoodreadsTBD
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Source: Borrowed

Cartoonists and professional geeks tell their intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring stories about love, sex and dating in this comics and prose anthology, a follow-up to 2016 best-seller The Secret Loves of Geek Girls.

Featuring work by Margaret Atwood (Hag-Seed), Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy), Dana Simpson (Phoebe and Her Unicorn), Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home), Gabby Rivera (America), Valentine De Landro (Bitch Planet), Amy Chu (Poison Ivy), Sfe R. Monster (Beyond: A queer comics anthology), Michael Walsh (Secret Avengers), and many more.

Normally, when I review an anthology, I break it down into mini-reviews for each story and then average the ratings. But this anthology… it was too long for that. Or maybe “long” isn’t the right word. There was a lot going on in this one.

Let’s start with why exactly I read this one. I read it because I went upstairs in my library to see if they’d gotten any new graphic novels in (they hadn’t) and then turned into the teen section, even though it makes me feel super old to go in there. (Everybody in that section is like thirteen years old! It makes me feel ancient!) Anyway, I looked at the table of featured books and saw this one. Not only is the cover full of cats (instant way to my heart), but it features a story by Patrick Rothfuss!

As with many anthologies, I was a big fan of some of the work and also disliked a bunch of it. I tended to like the comics more than the essays, mostly because I didn’t expect flat-out essays in a book with this kind of cover and this kind of title that I found in the YA section.

I think my favorites were Margaret Atwood’s comic and Patrick Rothfuss’s essay.

#mm19: new to you author
#ps19: a book with “love” in the title


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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

Tags this week:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

1 thing this week:

  • I went a little overboard on the book buying, but in my defense, I only ended up spending like maybe $20? That makes it okay, right?

Blog hopping:

  • Ilsa shared so many tips on requesting ARCs!
  • I loved The Orangutan Librarian’s list of happy books!

Song of the week:

I’m going way back to one of my high school obsessions, Something Corporate’s Ready… Break. This is one of my favorite songs from that album.