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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
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Blue Mountain by Martine Leavitt
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The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint
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Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King
Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage
Fleabrain Loves Franny by Joanne Rocklin
The Fog Diver by Joel Ross
Framed in Lace by Monica Ferris
Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle by George Hagen
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper
How Much Is a Million? by David M. Schwartz
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
Level Up by Gene Luen Yang
The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth
Monster High by Lisi Harrison
My Pet Book by Bob Staake
No by Claudia Rueda
Pigmalion by Glenda Leznoff
Science Fiction by Joe Ollmann
Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle 10 by CLAMP
The Twins' Blanket by Hyewon Yum
Waluk by Emilo Ruiz
Where Are You, Blue Kangaroo by Emma Chichester Clark
Wire Mothers: Harry Harlow and the Science of Love by Jim Ottaviani
You and Me by Susan Verde

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
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Science Fiction: 10/28/15

Science Fiction by Joe Ollmann: The graphic novel chronicles his slow but steady descent into madness and obsession over learning everything he can about alien abduction.

Science Fiction by Joe Ollmann is a graphic novel about alien abduction, repressed memories, and a strained relationship. Mark is a science teacher, set in his routine at home and at school. That is, until he decides to rent a cheesy science fiction horror movie. It convinces him, or perhaps awakens memories, that he was abducted by aliens.

The graphic novel chronicles his slow but steady descent into madness and obsession over learning everything he can about alien abduction. Meanwhile his girlfriend is trying to hold together their home and their relationship. The school, while understanding at first, begins to make reasonable demands for status updates, return to work dates, etc.

All in all it's a fascinating psychological study with an open ending. Though there's a gag page at the back of the book implying that there maybe be aliens involved, the actual story closes with Mark at a crossroads. Does he get back to work or does he continue his research? Does Sue stay with him or move out?

Five stars

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