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The Art of the Dragon by Sean McMullen
Baby Dance by Ann Taylor and Marjorie van Heerden
The Case of the Climbing Cat by Cynthia Rylant
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones by Terrance Dicks
Fruits Basket Volume 1 by Katsuki Takaya
Girl on a Bar Stool by Tim Roux
The Great American Marble Book by Fred Ferretti
A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Kampung Boy by Lat
The Lighthouse, the Cat and the Sea by Leigh W. Rutledge
Love is a Many Trousered Thing by Louise Rennison
Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars by Ellen MacGreggor
Myths, Magic and Legends of Sand Art by Suzanne Lord
On Beyond Zebra by Dr. Seuss
Outside the Lavender Closet by Martha A. Taylor
Secrets Unveiled by Sheshena Pledger
Simulacron-3 by Daniel F. Galouye
Spaceman by Mike O'Driscoll
Testimony by Anita Shreve
A Token of a Better Age by Melinda M. Snodgrass
Tom and Pippo Read a Story by Helen Oxenbury
Thump Quack Moo by Doreen Cronin
Violent Cases by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
The Water Hole by Graeme Base
Wet Cats by Mario Garza
You Are Such a One by Nancy Springer


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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Violent Cases

Violent CasesViolent Cases: 09/18/09

Violent Cases by Neil Gaiman was his first collaboration with Dave McKean. It's a short graphic novel about boy hood memories of being treated by Al Capone's osteopath.

As with so many of Gaiman's graphic novels this is a story about story telling and faulty memories. Much of the plot is interrupted with asides from the now adult protagonist as he rethinks pieces of the story or admits to gaps in his memory.

Near the end of the novel there is an especially creepy and memorable scene that compares the violence of Al Capone as he single handedly bashes in the brains of a group of men who have slighted him to the petty squabbles that arise during a typical game of musical chairs.

What all my recent reads of Gaiman and McKean collaborations have told me is that I am guaranteed to enjoy anything they've worked on together.

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