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Pien, Lark – Stories From the Ward #4


Stories from the Ward #4

In case you’re wondering, yes, the cover is supposed to look like that. It has a murky, hazy kind of underwater feel to it. I don’t know much about the background of this book, so I’m going to assume that these are all made up stories and not based on anything else. If I’m wrong, I’ll change this page. Anyway, Lark is a fine poet, and I have to say that I’m tremendously impressed with her art. There are straight lines, solid blacks, and possibly charcoal on the different stories, and she seems to have mastered them all. This is a huge mini (54 pages) with lots of little stories sandwiched between two larger ones. One is about a girl in a mental ward, the other is about the quest for love when there is something irremovable that stands in the way. These were the strongest pieces, mostly because they had time to grow, but there’s a lot to be said for the creepy “Love Conquers All”. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable if disquieting book. E-mail Lark or just go to the USS Catastrophe page to get it and everything else they have available.