nimrodiel: (book-ish)
2017-07-05 01:15 pm

Book Review: The Tale of One Bad Rat by Bryan Talbot

cover The Tale of One Bad Rat
Title: The Tale of One Bad Rat
Author: Bryan Talbot
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
Publication date: 1995

Helen Potter is a runaway following the steps of Beatrix Potter whom she holds an affinity to because of sharing both first and surnames. Her troubles with being touched by males and her sexuality combined with the mental stigma and shame she feels as a survivor of incest has her constantly on the move and leery of trusting anyone.

Her traveling companion starts off as a pet rat saved from a school biology lab. As she travels north her reliance on the rat as a companion becomes more prevalent after a tragedy drives her to continue North. Helen finds her way to the Lake Land District, home of Beatrix Potters house Hill Top. Helen finds friends in the owners of the Herdwick Arms pub who help her after she collapses in the rear of the building, and who offer her safety in a job, a place to sleep, and eventually in support in facing her parents.

This is a tough story to read. The subject material is uncomfortable, and you can see the research and the pain and suffering that the author conveys in the subject. He quotes Miriam Saphira from The Sexual Abuse of Children "The first step towards prevention and to provision of supportive services for the girls who've been abused is bringing abuse into the open... Incest is not taboo. It seems that talking about incest is the real taboo."

This was such a moving little story about finding the strength to stand up to the person abusing you and finding your strength as a person despite the mental stigmas that plague your thoughts and opinions of who you are. The artwork in this book is absolutely stunning. I don't know that I would have picked this up on my own, though it is the story driven type of graphic novel I adore. This was shared with me by bookcrosser HI77 I'm sad I wasn't able to fit it into my manga and graphic novel book box. I'll have to think on a place to share this book with the world.
nimrodiel: (book-ish)
2006-06-23 04:33 pm
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Books read week of 23 June 2006

1. The Bellmaker by Brian Jacques
2. Tales of a Hollywood Gossip-Queen by Mary Kennedy (ARC)
3. Living Well with Back Pain by Robert B. Winter, MD, Marilyn Bach, PhD and the Twin CitiesSpine Center (ARC)
4. Assasination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
nimrodiel: (book-ish)
2006-06-16 01:33 pm
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Another two week entry. Should be bacl on track next week.

Books read week of 9 June 2006

1. The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jenson
2 Fat Girl: A True Story by Judith Moore
3. Back in Texas by Roxanne Rustand

Books read the week of 16 June 2006

1. Warrior's Song by Janis Reams Hudson
2. Julie and Julia: 365 days, 524 recipies and one tiny apartment kitchen by Julie Powell (audiobook)
3. Young Warriors edited by Tamora Pierce
nimrodiel: (book-ish)
2006-06-08 10:35 am
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Books read weeks of 26 May and 5 June 2006

Due to a Memorial Day road trip and just being busy I forgot to post these weeks entries on time.

Week of 25 May 2006

1. About the Man by Sheryl Woods
2. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
3. The Pregnancy Test by Susan Gable
4. A Bone in the Throat by Anthony Bourdane

Week of 5 June 2005

1. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
2. Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli
3. Calahan's Key by Spider Robinson (audio book)
4. Deadly Games by Thom Racina
nimrodiel: (book-ish)
2006-05-12 11:01 am
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books read week of 12 May 2006

1. The Secret of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
2. A Soldier's Quest by Lori Handeland
3. The Thin Pink Line by Lauren Baratz-Logstead
4. The Price of Pride by Donna MacGuigg (ARC) <- currently reading
nimrodiel: (book-ish)
2006-05-05 12:31 pm
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Books Read Week of 5 May 2006

1. The Obsidian Key by Eldon Thomas (ARC)- currently reading
2. Practical Demon Keeping by Christopher Moore - currently reading
3. The Book of the Lion by michael Cadnum (audiobook)
4. The Woman Who is Always Tan and Has a Flat Stomach (And Other Annoying People) by Lauren Allison and Lisa Perry (ARC)

This weeks post brings me up to 58 books read so far this year.

nimrodiel: (book-ish)
2006-05-01 01:01 pm
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Books read week of 28 April 2006

1. Anasazi Boys by Neil Gaiman
2. Wanted: One Sexy Night by Judi McCoy
nimrodiel: (book-ish)
2006-04-28 12:04 pm
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Books Read week of 28 April 2006

1. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
2. Wanted: One Sexy Night by Judi McCoy
nimrodiel: (book-ish)
2006-04-21 12:48 pm
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books read week of 21 April 2006

1. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
2. On Mexican Time by
3. Half-Breed by Maria Campbell
nimrodiel: (book-ish)
2006-04-14 12:45 pm
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Books read week of 14th April 2006

1. Drawing a Blank by Daniel Ehrenhaft illustrated by Trevor Ristow (ARC)
2. Love and Longing in Bombay by VikramChandra
3. 4-Way Stop and Other Poems
nimrodiel: (book-ish)
2006-04-07 01:48 pm
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Books Read week of 7 April 2006

1. Spirits in the Wires by Carles DeLint (audiobook)
2. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
nimrodiel: (book-ish)
2006-04-04 12:50 pm
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Books read week of 31 March 2006

1. War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
2. The Peacable Kingdom by Francine Prose
3. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
nimrodiel: (book-ish)
2006-03-29 12:31 pm
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books read week of 25 March 2006

Just a few days late with last weeks books read.

1. Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan
2. Skinwalker by DeFilippis, Weir, Hurtt, and Dela Cruz (graphic novel)
3. Agyar by Steven Brust
4. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophia Kinsella
5. The Riders by Tim Winton
6. Thud! by Terry Prattchet (audio book)
nimrodiel: (book-ish)
2006-03-17 10:11 am
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Books read week of 17 March 2006

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

1. Freedom's Gate by Naomi Kritzer
2. Freedom's Apprentice by Naomi Kritzer
3. Look For Me by Edeet Ravel
nimrodiel: (book-ish)
2006-03-10 08:22 pm
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books read week of 10 March 2006

1. Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
2. Anne's House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery
3. The People's Republic of Desire by Annie Wang (ARC)
nimrodiel: (book-ish)
2006-03-02 10:04 am
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books read week of 2 March 2006

1. Buhdda volume 1: Kapillavastu by Osamu Tezuka (graphic novel)
2. Hocus Croakus by Mary Dayheim
3. The Dragon of Doom: Moongobble and Me book 1 by Bruce Coville (audiobook)
4. The Weeping Werewolf: Moongobble and Me book 2 by Bruce Coville (audiobook)
5. Invasion by Robin Cook
6. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery.
nimrodiel: (book-ish)
2006-02-24 08:58 pm
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books read week of 24 February 2006

1. The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean (arc)
2. Once upon a time (she said) by Jane Yolen
nimrodiel: (book-ish)
2006-02-17 08:49 am
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Books Read week of 17 February 2006

1. The Pilots Wife by Anita Shreeve
2. Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay (currently reading)
nimrodiel: (book-ish)
2006-02-10 02:56 pm
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Books read week of 10 February 2006

1. What Lies Beneath by various authors
2. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
3. The Gardens of Kyoto by Kate Walbert
4. Ruse: Enter the Detective (Graphic Novel)
5. Bombay Time by Thrity Umrigar
6. Mystic Warrior: Book one of the Bronze Canticles by Tracey and Laura Hickman (audiobook)
nimrodiel: (book-ish)
2006-01-31 12:20 am
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Books read the weeks of 20 January and the 27 January 2006

Books read the week of 20 January 2006

1. Hot Stuff by Carly Philips
2. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones
3. The Spellcoats by Diana Wynn Jones

Books read the week of 27 January 2006

1. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinnley
2. The Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Cristopher Moore