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House of women / by Sophie Goldstein.
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9781683960515
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Seattle, Washington : Fantagraphics Books, [2017]

©2017
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1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 27 cm
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In this graphic novel, science fiction meets psychosexual drama when four women try to bring "civilization" to the natives of a remote planet on the fringes of the known universe.Something dark is growing in Mopu. The only question is whether the danger that will undo the women's delicate camaraderie is outside the gates or within. House of Women is Goldstein's second solo graphic novel, following 2015's The Oven (AdHouse Books), which appeared on many year-end "Best of" lists, including Publisher's Weekly and Slate.
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Something dark is growing in Mopu. The only question is whether the danger that will undo the women's delicate camaraderie is outside the gates--or within. House of Women is Goldstein's second solo graphic novel, following 2015's The Oven (AdHouse Books), which appeared on many year-end "Best of " lists, including Publisher's Weekly and Slate.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Four women from a colonialist interstellar empire are sent to a remote planet to civilize the alien natives, in the latest SF tale from Goldstein (The Oven). As they get to work making a home in the forest, setting up a laboratory and school and digging latrines, an air of danger hovers over them. Maybe it's the mystery of what happened to the failed previous mission, which left behind a ravaged base and no clues. Maybe it's the presence of the planet's only other nonnative resident, who exudes a certain magnetism as the only man in their new world. Or maybe it's the planet itself, which draws the women into its liquid depths and haunts them with alien fevers and strange dreams. Goldstein's fluid black-and-white art, echoing illustration styles from European woodcuts to Japanese hell scrolls, is a far cry from the attempted realism of most science fiction comics. It gives the story a fairy tale's sublimated horrors and unpredictable psychic depths. It's another remarkable graphic novel from a creator whose approach to SF consistently defies expectations. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

The uncivilized planet of Mopu is about to "benefit" from the attention of four women who serve the Empire and intend to form and educate a female-dominated population there, a goal similar expeditions have attempted yet failed to achieve. Arriving on Mopu, the ladies are greeted by Jael Dean, who has promised to help them acclimate to their new surroundings. Jael is not only a liaison to the Empire but Mopu's Don Juan, who has succeeded in keeping the male species of the colony at bay by marking his territory. Ultimately, it's Jael's attention toward one member of the newly arrived quartet that could completely destroy their mission. Verdict Goldstein (The Oven) offers readers much to reflect on in this sexually visceral tour de force, filled with intense black-and-white imagery and exploring what it means to "civilize" people without first weighing the consequences. Highly recommended for book groups and all adult graphic novels collections. Explicit sexual content makes this an adult-only read.-Laura McKinley, Huntington P.L., NY © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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