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  • Published: Milwaukie, Or. : Dark Horse Books, 2010.
  • Year Published: 2010
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 180 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Graphic Novel

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  • 9781595825131 (hbk.)
  • 1595825134 (hbk.)

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Beasts of burden. Vol. 1, Animal rites

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Call number: Teen Graphic Novel / Beasts

Available Copies: Downtown Teen, 3rd Floor, Malletts Teen

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"This volume reprints the comic-book series Beasts of Burden #1-4 and "Stray" from The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings, "The Unfamiliars" from The Dark Horse Book of Witchcraft, "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" from The Dark Horse Book of the Dead, and "A Dog and His Boy" from The Dark Horse Book of Monsters, all published by Dark Horse." --t.p. verso.

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Dogs, Cats, and Ghosts, Oh My!

If you like animals and the supernatural, then this is a great book for you! The artwork is gorgeous, and the plots of the various short stories are interesting. As others have mentioned though, it is more than a tad gory - prepare to see a lot of blood and bones (and occasionally organs as well). If you've got a weak stomach for gore, or can't handle animal abuse (which occurs in a few stories), then I would steer clear. Otherwise, dive in!

Good stories but too gory for me

Beautiful artwork and great storytelling, with a very interesting mythology. I was quite surprised by how gory some of the scenes were, which I didn't particularly care for, and I found some of the topics too disturbing for my taste (the animal abuser story ripped my heart out and stomped all over it.) Give it a try if you like horror and have an iron stomach for pictures of dead animals.

Well-constructed YA short stories.

[SPOILER in the second paragraph]

A group of dogs (plus one cat) finds itself protecting a rural community called Burden Hill from a string of strange threats: ghost, witch, werewolf, human... Told as a series of interconnected short stories.

Beasts of Burden is basically Scooby Doo with a dog/cat cast: the goofy/heroic/comic relief characters stumble from one wacky, spooky situation to another. It's apparent that it's a young adult book, tugging carefully at the occasional heartstring but then immediately retreating so as not to cause too much upset. In the meantime there are plenty of animal puns and Saved by the Bell-style one-liners to keep things light. There are a few sad or scary moments (as when a Weimaraner mom drowns herself to be with her dead puppies) but nothing too taxing. Each story's ending is bittersweet or just happy.

Jill Thompson's watercolors are absolutely gorgeous. The woman knows how to paint animals. Landscapes, action, unusual perspectives, she does everything in this book and she does it well.

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