Giant Days by John Allison

Read June 2022
Recommended for grown up fans of Lumberjanes
★   ★   1/2


Underwhelming, given the rave reviews. Mildly diverting.

Art is reminiscent of the delightful Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy, which is probably what tempted me, along with the buzz. Storyline, however, is strictly mundane. Though it centers on three young British women meeting as college roomies, all their obstacles are mundane. There’s a bout with influenza, a sexist social media site (hello, proto-facebook!) and celebrate an 18th birthday by drinking. Ester is a goth, Daisy is a home-schooled naif, and Susan a cynical intellectual. Surprisingly, all are white. It’s cute, and parts are funny, particularly when they each navigate having the flu in their own ways. It’s entertaining but partially based on Britishisms that may not entirely translate (view spoiler).

Also, for those who might be triggered, on two different occasions, some of the humor is based on the naif being high.

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2 Responses to Giant Days by John Allison

  1. Laurent V says:

    Why do Americans reel back in sweaty-palmed distress at “Britishisms”? I was gobsmacked when I heard a “translated” edition of “Harry Potter” was done especially for the USA. Absolutely surreal. Regardless, my opinions flip to the opposite of yours: I find “Lumberjanes” flat and forgettable while “Giant Days” was the monthly dose of delight I keenly anticipated. (not every issue, of course. No comic that runs 54 issues is entirely free of a few clankers and duds)

    • thebookgator says:

      So are you blaming it on the Britishisms or that it was a clanker/dud? I’m confused.
      Laurent, I can’t speak to all Americans; I can only speak for myself. I found that despite being a fairly widely read reader, including the Aaronovitch series set in London–there were a couple moments in Giant Days that seemed notable to me for not transcending boundaries easily. That’s totally cool if that’s what the author wants to do. But as a reader, I’m going to mention it, because it’s the kind of thing that can inhibit full enjoyment of the material because that cultural knowledge is missing. Capishe?

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