Dark horses (not the comics publisher)

Hey, y’all: recommend your favorite book, graphic novel, or movie that you’re convinced no one else has heard of.

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  • habiliments
    February 8, 2006 at 2:01 am

    HarperCollins reprinted this a few (more like five) years ago, but I’ve still never heard anyone talk about one of my favorite fantasies of all time: The Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O’Shea. The characters and the story are utterly entrancing; I remember pieces of it easily, though I’ve not read it for years. Two Irish kids traipse through what feels like myth and legend even when it’s not, trying to stop the old spirit one of them has unwittingly freed. It’s creepy and funny and wonderful and I cannot recommend it enough.

  • kiplet
    February 8, 2006 at 2:27 am

    The Heart of the World, by Nik Cohn. Which it looks like Vintage just put back in print or something.

  • babyinthecorner
    February 8, 2006 at 5:49 am

    The graphic novel Creature Tech by Doug TenNapel. It’s sooo good!

  • invertedreptile
    February 8, 2006 at 7:45 am

    Greetings From Hellville by Thomas Ott. sexy disturbing scratchboard wordless graphic stories of gorgeousness.

  • kiramekihoshi
    February 8, 2006 at 12:41 pm

    The Wishing Stairs! It’s a Korean movie full of school-girl love and cuteness ^_^ It’s labeled as Horror, but I find it more sweet *shrug* It’s the last in a trilogy, and I tried to watch the second one, Memento Mori, too.. but I couldn’t stand that sadness of it *sob* T-T

    Great movie to watch with your girlfriend ^_~

  • slayground
    February 8, 2006 at 1:25 pm

    Movie: The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (SO GOOD!)
    Book: Innocence by Jane Mendelsohn

    Make sure you check out the new comic coming from Christopher Golden and Thomas Sniegoski called TALENT!

  • flamingflasherz
    February 8, 2006 at 2:38 pm

    i recommend u see a swedish movie called ”show me love”(it has subtitles, obviously)…awesome lesbian love story for anyone who’s ever been in love with an unattainable girl*sigh*

  • anonymous
    February 8, 2006 at 3:38 pm

    Very Far Away from Anywhere Else by Ursula K. LeGuin. But I’m guessing that you, a Portland youth librarian, has at least heard of it. 87 skinny pages that rocked my world. Some up-and-coming young director really needs to make a film version for $20k.

    :waves northward:

  • anonymous
    February 8, 2006 at 11:08 pm

    KEEPING YOU A SECRET was a gret book, that should be made into a movie.
    anyone agree

  • anonymous
    February 9, 2006 at 1:20 am

    Oh my god that was a great movie. I saw it like 3 times. What’s scary is that before the whole horror happened and they walk by the stairs you could see that face that comes out later in the movie.

    The most scariest movie is something sisters. it takes place like in the forest.

    You shouldn watch “memories of a murder” its based on a true story about the murders in japan and its hilarious though. specially that one detective that likes to dropkick everyone for no reason. i recommend that movie.

    i have a question, in the movie the wishing stairs, are they gay. i got confused. they had a really close relationship?

  • kiramekihoshi
    February 9, 2006 at 6:41 am

    Yeah, I saw the face XD They showed her being painted into the wall in the Making of the Movie on the DVD ^_^

    Hmm.. I’ll see if I can find “Memories of a Murder” around, thanks :P

    Anou.. well, I only saw it once, and that was a couple months ago.. I guess I could see how the ‘Close Friendship’ would be possible.. but we can dream, right? XD Actually, I just can’t remember. I can’t remember any dialog or scenes that directly state ‘These girls are in love,’ but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t any, and again, it has been a while since I seen it. *shrug*

    Memento Mori does directly deal with a secret relationship.. but don’t see it unless you’re ready for a heartbreak T-T

  • kiramekihoshi
    February 9, 2006 at 6:43 am

    Agreed ^_^ Such a strong book.. Julie Ann Peters is one of my favorite authors!

  • thisisnotanlj
    February 10, 2006 at 2:17 am

    thanks, you guys! ::placing holds on the titles::

  • anonymous
    February 10, 2006 at 5:36 am

    Book: Emma Who Saved My Life (Wilton Barnhardt)
    Movie: The Year My Voice Broke (written & directed by John Duigan)

    Both of these are utterly charming and so bittersweet. I can’t think of a graphic novel obscure enough. Guess I have some more reading to do!

    – C.K.

  • anonymous
    February 10, 2006 at 8:30 am

    Ginu Kamani’s “Junglee Girl.” Beats the better-known Indian-American collections by Divakaruni and Lahiri all hollow.


  • anonymous
    February 10, 2006 at 11:34 am

    Escape to Witch Mountain, by Alexander Key. Why, why, why is he completely out of print? I loved that book. It was in my middle school library.

  • anonymous
    February 12, 2006 at 2:26 am

    dare,truth or promise was also an excellent book.

  • xsouper_loserx
    February 13, 2006 at 9:05 am

    Julie Ann Peters also wrote another one, “Far from Xanadu” is the title… i believe. It’s also really good, in my opinion :D

  • anonymous
    February 24, 2006 at 12:55 am

    I read the book Wicked: The life and times of the wicked whicth of the west, and i love it. I want to read the sequil.

  • anonymous
    February 24, 2006 at 12:57 am

    Infection. It’s a Japanese movie that i saw randomly.