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5 Reasons You Should Read ‘Road of Bones’

The worst prison on planet Earth – the Siberian Gulag of Kolyma – is merely a gateway for a much darker horror for Roman Ivanovich and his fellow escapees, who have hundreds of miles of frozen tundra between them and freedom. With the help of a mysterious figure (who may or may not be human), Roman and company must battle starvation, weather, wildlife and each other in order to survive. Here are five reasons why you should check out Road of Bones

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1. The artwork

A comic is nothing without illustrations, and Road of Bones has some of the most artistically pleasing artwork I’ve ever seen in a graphic novel. It may not necessarily be the most technically proficient drawing – with asymmetrical line work and character design – but that’s part of the style, one of the ways the violent and ugly conditions of the gulag are shown to the reader. Not only that, but the sweep landscape shots are beautiful – the uniform white almost painful to the eyes – and also the many scenes with gore and drawn in sickeningly graphic detail.


2. The themes

Every good story is a mirror of some aspect of the real world, and comic books are no exception, especially Road of Bones. The cruelty of man against man, the amorality of life in the nature, the inherent meaninglessness of everything we value in our lives, all of these elements and more are explored in this incredibly nihilistic yet enjoyable four-part comic series.

AMBER BLAKE, GHOST TREE, and ROAD OF BONES get new printings
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3. the colors

I know that this probably could be included in with the artwork, but I think it’s such a vital aspect that it deserves its own spot on this list. While I mentioned the uniform whiteness of the frigid Siberian wilderness above, color is used in a variety of other ways. The snow is so flat and has so little detail that it looks almost like a blank sheet of paper, making the blood that is spilt appear almost glowing in contrast. Not only that, but just the way the sunlight appears in the sky – low and dim and colorless – almost makes you feel the cold.


4. the writing

Writer Rich Douek tells the survival tale from Roman’s point of view, yet there are two other characters who accompany him, his friend Sergei and vor Grigori (a vor, for those of you who are unaware, being a ranking professional criminal in the organized crime syndicates of Russians prison system). While the characters may not be the most complicated we’ve seen in literature (I’m not going to fool you and say that they’re all Captain Ahab), they’re each given a different perspective on the situation and play off each other in an engaging way that furthers the plot.

Road of Bones Graphic Novel
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5. the horror

Road of Bones combines the savage brutality man exerts over his fellow man with the dark terror of Russian folklore to make a fantastic horror experience. Throughout his time in the gulag, Roman has been feeding what he believes to be a domovik, a spirit that exists to protect the household and those living underneath its roof, and as him and company escape, he discovers that the domovik has followed him. Is it human? Is it even really there, or just a figment of Roman’s imagination? It claims that he should trust it, but should he really?

Road of Bones is a supernatural survivor horror that I highly recommend. A beautifully haunting mesh of the real-world terror of Stalin’s gulag’s mixed with the darkest aspects of Russian folklore makes Road of Bones one of my favorite limited comic book series.

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Five Frigid Books for a Warm Winter

On a personal level, I could be more broken up about it being 45 every day in NYC, but there is definitely something not in the spirit of things. Since this winter’s been so warm, get your fix of snow and frost with these books about deep winter.


Winterwood – Shea Ernshaw


We have witches! We have winter choked woods! Actually, witch might be a stretch, but there’s something wrong in the Winterwood, and Nora Walker might have to find it. When a boy comes out of the woods alive after a brutal snowstorm, its secrets become too important to ignore.


Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater


We’ve got another forest, yall, but I admit I’m a sucker for them. Every winter Grace watches the wolves in the woods behind her house, feeling she understands them. They end up being more connected than she could have possibly imagined, and she’s drawn further into their world of curses and winter.


The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden

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Vasilisa has always seen things and other people don’t, but is especially fascinated with the ice demon Frost. When her new stepmother forbids the traditions that appease and strengthen the spirits of the land, it’s up to Vasilisa and the things only she can know to save their crops, their community, and all their lives.


East – Edith Pattou


Rose war wilder than her sisters since birth, and despite her mother’s efforts, can’t be kept from adventure. When a white bear promises her family prosperity if he can take her away, she agrees easily. But the bear is more than he appears, and running away into the cold was barely the beginning.


The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis

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A classic, but always worth a reread. In a land held in eternal winter by the terrifying White Witch, four children discover a grand destiny and an opportunity to save a world, even if it’s not their own. If you haven’t read it, you absolutely must, and if you have, you still probably should.


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The Best Reading Positions

If you’re going to do a marathon reading session, you’re going to need the right technique. The right method. Is this about how it’s actually good to sit, like, for your spine? Of course not. All that matters is how long you can stay still and not leave the world of fiction. Or non fiction I guess. Live your best lives, nerds.


Embrace the Chair

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Ah, many happy days binge reading the Harry Potter books and becoming one with an armchair like this. The real tragedy of growing up is that you’ll probably get a little taller and not be able to scrunch yourself up as much. I guess I just need a bigger chair.


Cold Can’t Burn a Reader

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I’ve done some cold day outdoor reading, but this is another level. She looks like she’s gonna be there for hours. She’d be so much warmer if she was standing up! This is serious commitment. She’s got reading to get done, and she’s gonna do it right here.


Good Posture

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Okay, sure, this is how we SHOULD all sit, but who has the patience? My foot’s gonna fall asleep, I’m gonna get excited and hunch over it like a literal vulture. I really like that little reading stool, though. Maybe with a beanbag or something. But not for very long.


Big Mood

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I don’t know what this is actually intended to illustrate, but those pillows look comfy, lying on the floor is a Big Mood, and keeping the ebook over her stomach is good technique. We’ve all dropped massive hard backs on our faces. Just me?


Fresh Takes

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Okay, some of these might not be good over long periods, but I guess it depends on how comfortable you are standing on one hand. Worth a try. Plus, it might really elevate the experience. Reading about an awkward dad? Do the awkward dad!

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#SnowDay Reads to Keep You Warm

Sure, it’s terrible outside if you’re anywhere north of the Red Sea, but these books will take you places that are always warm. I confess, I don’t want to live in the tropics ever again (I have a dark past), but come January who doesn’t want to be on the equator? It’s a little early, but in honor of the snow AND the freezing rain, here’s some early winter escapism.


The Ten Thousand Things

by Maria Dermoût

After living and having a child in Holland, Felicity returns home to Indonesia. Magic, death, and time all interact, creating a strange but grounded world that’s both alien and familiar. Abandoned by her husband, adrift in her own home, and with her superstitious grandmother, Felicity finds a way to make her idyllic birthplace her home, even in the face of tragedy. Shimmering, thrilling, and magical.



by Karen Russell

Ava Bigtree’s mother has just died, her father has disappeared, and her brother has defected to the enemy. Only thirteen, Ava must manage nearly a hundred alligators and her own grief, even as her family legacy of alligator wrestlers inexorably fades. Also, her sister is in love with a mysterious and probably dead man. What could go wrong?


The Descendants

by Kaui Hart Hemmings

He may be descended from a Hawaiian princess, but things aren’t going so well for Matthew King. His daughters are a recovering drug addict and a wild child, and his wife, comatose, is about to be taken off life support. The unimaginable grief may bring him closer to his daughters, but it also takes him further from home – on a journey to find his dying wife’s lover.



by Terry Pratchett
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A family can be a sole survivor, a cast away, a parrot, and legions of ancestral ghosts. All that with Terry Pratchett’s signature humor and lightness, and this is a must read if you’re looking for warmth. Sure, I always love found family, but this is more than that – having lost everyone else ,they become not just a family but a people, united by their cope and their isolation.


A Flower for the Queen

by Caroline Vermalle

An adventure starring a young gardener, Francis Masson, on his journey to find a rare orange blossom for the English king. He does not expect the extremity of the South African wildernes or the competition from rival botanists, nor fate’s twists.

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Five Fiery Hunger Games Memes

Oh the Hunger Games. Truly the best of the pack from the dystopian craze, at least in my opinion. It had everything. Fire, social commentary, death, crazy outfits. More movies than you can count. It’s been a while, but I know we’re still hype, and the second Mockingjay movie came out four years ago today, so let’s open some old wounds and have some laughs.


I’m Just Saying

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Look. If we were married, we would live in the same place, and therefore we’d have tons of time to work on the project. Just smart thinking, right? The only group project anyone ever wants to do. Yeah, this part of the story was insanely depressing, but don’t we all sometimes feel like we’re tap dancing just a few inches ahead of death? Just me? And if you’re asking someone to marry you in literally any other situation, you need to look happier about it. Just a tip.


No Games

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The Hunger Games didn’t invent killing all your characters and breaking everyone’s hearts. If anything, The Hunger Games was more metal about it, because those books were directed at a younger audience. I mean, maybe younger people thank I think watch GOT, but the audience for this was potentially young. I was a teenager when the last book came out, probably, but imagine reading it and being Prue’s age, younger. Rooting for her. Too soon?


Advice vs. Execution

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If it ain’t me. He’s just lucky he didn’t fall over. I know the act natural trope is crazy overused, but I just can’t be mad when it’s always so funny. As someone who’s never succeeded at seeming unbothered in my life, I can just relate on a really deep level. Sure, I’ve never gotten to the point of wearing a white suit about it, but I did once back into a table and fall over trying to act calm and professional. That might just be a me thing. Peeta does look awkward, though. Maybe because that collar’s clearly stabbing him.



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Look, I like to think I’d say to hell with the capital too, but at the same time, cushy job, probably some crazy hats, literally more food than you can eat… Sure, it worked out for him, but he really rolled the dice, didn’t he? For most of the rebellion it was like, hmm, do we fight or do we accept death? They could only profit. Maybe he saw an opportunity, maybe he was just a really good dude deep down, but his character really shows you the limits of first person narrative.


So Punny

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*air horn sound* Alright, it’s probably not that funny. I just love it when people laugh really hard and I don’t get it like that. Look at the reaction image! Is it that funny to someone? Is it ironic laughter? Either way I’m amused. I also have a bunch of questions about snow. He was basically omnipotent, and he couldn’t make that work for him. For all he seemed clever in the books, I really don’t know how he let himself get killed by an excited crowd. What a fall from grace.

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