{Release Day} Review: Neurocomic by Hana Ros, Matteo Farinella (Illustrations)

April 15, 2014 Book 4

Genre: Non-Fiction, Science, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Nobrow Press
Publication Date: April 15th 2014 (first published January 14th 2014)
Source: eARC Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.


Goodreads Summary:

Do you know what your brain is made of? How does memory function? What is a neuron and how does it work? For that matter what’s a comic? And in the words of Lewis Carroll’s famous caterpillar: “Who are you?”

Neurocomic is a journey through the human brain: a place of neuron forests, memory caves, and castles of deception. Along the way, you’ll encounter Boschean beasts, giant squid, guitar-playing sea slugs, and the great pioneers of neuroscience. Hana Roš and Matteo Farinella provide an insight into the most complex thing in the universe.

Produced in association with the Wellcome Trust, one of the world’s largest medical charities
A superb introduction to the complexities of the brain for the layman
High production values, FSC paper stock, and foil embossed cover

Hana Roš, PhD, is a neuroscientist from Oxford University, England.

Matteo Farinella, PhD, is an illustrator specializing in graphic journalism and scientific illustration. Farinella received a PhD in neuroscience from University College London in 2013.

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I’m a big science gal, specially when it comes to things related to the brain. If it wasn’t because of a few things I’m not committed to when it came to becoming a Doctor, I’d be a neurologist.

This book deals with that awesome information, the wonders of something so delicate and complex as the brain, in a matter of drawings explaining these occurrences with a minor story line to keep it interesting. There’s a man who is going to flirt and talk with a woman, but some kind of force sucks him out of the picture and into a strange forest, But it’s not just a simple forest, it’s a forest full of all kinds of neurons found in our brain! That story continues throughout the book as various scientists who dedicated their lives to the neuroscience explain what happens inside the brain and how some things work. The story was a bit weird in my opinion, but it managed to take the whole purpose of the book to where it had to go: to explain in a simple way to grasp neuroscience in a way to capture the reader.

There used to be a few things that I didn’t understand well, and didn’t even know, from the brain, such as how neurons aren’t really connected to each other. Then how do they send information from one through the other? Also, why and how does the brain send messages through itself and the body via chemical and electrical processes? How does the brain manage its memories, the analytic ones vs the more emotional ones? This stuff you might read it from a normal book or a magazine and be even more confused sometimes (I know I did). And what I liked of this book, with it’s weird method and drawings, it got to explain it well and thoroughly.

This is a book I strongly recommend to anyone interested in all things neuroscience and those who have struggled at some point in their lives to understand what, hopefully, they have inside those skulls. You’ll be amazed by some things that you’ll be proud of having a fully functional brain that can save your life in fight or flight situations that you barely give a thought about!

PS. I’m such a nerd <3

Rating: 4.5 Stars

it was amazing


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I'm Jennifer. Addicted reader, and lover of books. I'm a full-time college student majoring in English Liturature and Linguistics & Communication, with aspirations of being a professional editor. Among other things. In the meantime, I obsess over books, history, art, and politics. I believe in freedom of speech and reading whatever you want. Open to discussions about anything and everything 🙂
  • Wow, this book definitely sounds out there and unusual but I’m all for unique reads! I’m actually quite interested in psychology and stuff. Lovely review, Nerds unite hehe 🙂

    • The psychology stuff is really cool! I’m thinking of maybe studying a bit of that since I want to become a lawyer, it might help a bit 🙂 Thanks for reading! And yes, we go Nerds <3 haha

  • This seems like something I would totally love!!! I love a good graphic novel (yes, I’m a lover of comics) and this sounds incredibly unique and that’s so refreshing! Fabulous review! 😉

    • I’ve recently developed a like for graphic novels; they help me change of scenery with the books full of only words. It was a weird but really cool read you might enjoy. Thanks for reading! 😀