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The Forest by Thomas Ott

flavio_fly's review

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challenging dark mysterious sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0


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madamn's review

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dark reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

4.0

lupuslibrorum's review

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3.0

The art is not quite like any I’ve seen, created by meticulously scraping lines on a black scratchboard covering white cardboard. The black-and-white pictures are full of flowing lines, such that everything looks covered in cobwebs while yet being clear to make out. It’s an impressive style.

That style has yielded a wordless book of 25 illustrations that show a boy leaving a funeral to take an eerie walk through a forest while coming to terms with the death of a man (either his father or grandfather, presumably). While this theme becomes clear at the end, the visions he sees in the forest are less clear to me; they’re either generic images of death and the unknown, or sort of cliché spooky images. At the end, I still wasn’t sure why most of the images were necessary. The story and images just don’t dig into grief and loss enough to make a meaningful impact for me, though the ending is nice.

It’s an extremely short read, though, with pretty neat art. So if you see it at the library, take it off the shelf and you can read it in about a minute.

bloodymargie's review

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3.0

3.5- Ott’s illustrations are beautiful and so detailed. But I would’ve liked a longer story with more of the forest spookiness

sydneyrp143's review

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful mysterious reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.5

nica00's review

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5.0

Thomas Ott shines with this wordless graphic novel. His art is world class. The story is paradoxically macabre and heartwarming.

miss_tsundoku's review

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2.0

I guess this wasn't his best work. Still, the artwork is marvelous.

maria031's review against another edition

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dark reflective fast-paced

3.5

grimondgalgmod's review

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4.0

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kazio1993's review

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dark emotional reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

4.5