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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: King Tractor Press (October 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978748603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978748609
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,965,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ace Craft on April 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
Ever family has secrets but when your family forces you to move into the country with your crazy relatives, anything can happen. This is the first part of the true life retelling of Aunt Faye and Uncle Ray Copeland adventures.

Part fish out of water showing a city boy trying to understand the ways of true country folk. (Both groups have different ideas of fresh chicken dinner). Sean is not only just trying to get along with his Aunt and Uncle, he is tryingto survive. His uncle is apt to flyoff the handle and smack round him or his aunt over any little thing and no other family members are willing to listen to his cries for help.

Th only good thing for this poor guy is running into a country girl named Wendy and they become fast friends. Maybe because they are so unlike any of the people they grew up with they have an instant attraction. Will they survive the summer together and move back to the big city? Will they end up "moving on" as so many farm hands have before them? These are the types of questions you are left with.

The best thing about a great part one of anything movies/books/music is it is successful if you want to follow the characters and see what happens next. This book makes you feel for the characters and is one of the few books that I was able to get my friends who are not into comic books to check out. Their are no superheroes in crazy tights or people trying to take over the world, this is a story that you read and for a brief few hours you are invested in this ugly world, with ugly people and somehow it is turned into a beautiful story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zack Rosenberg on October 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
Family Bones is a mucho interesting read, that gets you invested in the characters at a perfect pace. If you enjoy some history (of the serial killer variety) and like some intrigue and suspense, then this the novel for you. Though I warn you, upon finishing the book, you will only hunger for more.

Who never said family CAN kill you?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dabby Cool on October 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
Thanks to the author and goodreads for the free reading copy.

Family Bones volumes 1 and 2 are comics based on the lives of Ray and Faye Copeland, the oldest American couple ever sentenced to death (though Faye's death sentence was later converted to life in prison). As revealed in his bio, the author, Shawn Granger, is the great nephew of the Copelands. Mr. Granger used his memories and stories he has heard to create Family Bones.

In this series, teenager and city boy Sea ...more Thanks to the author and goodreads for the free reading copy.

Family Bones volumes 1 and 2 are comics based on the lives of Ray and Faye Copeland, the oldest American couple ever sentenced to death (though Faye's death sentence was later converted to life in prison). As revealed in his bio, the author, Shawn Granger, is the great nephew of the Copelands. Mr. Granger used his memories and stories he has heard to create Family Bones.

In this series, teenager and city boy Sean (not Shawn) is sent to live at his uncle Ray and aunt Faye's family farm for the summer. Immediately, Sean becomes subject to his uncle's abuse. Little by little, Sean also begins to notice and unravel the mystery that is his uncle's fraudent and deadly scheme.

Each chapter was drawn by different artists. Some styles I preferred over others, but generally all were pretty good except for chapter 1, which I found to be spacially confusing. Not to worry though, the style straightens out in chapter 2 and carries through the rest of the series. Unfortunately, the series ends at the end of volume 2, right where the police picked up in real life.

I read some blurbs comparing this to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
Away from the eyes of society, some people are a bit off kilter. "Family Bones" tells the story of a city boy heading into the country and finding that while there are a lot of good folk, there seem to be just as many secrets that are kept from the prying eye. Through his two volume collection, Shawn Granger tells a story of secrecy and crime and how knowing these secrets isn't the best way to stay alive. Gritty and riveting graphic novels, "Family Bones" is a two volume collection that can't be beat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Ray and his wife Faye Copeland were real-life serial killers, quietly taking out a number of homeless men on their Midwestern farm for years before eventually being sentenced with death penalties themselves.

With Family Bones, series scribe Shawn Granger writes about this macabre old couple through the fictional eyes of the troubled teen, Sean. Sean had the misfortune of being bounced around a few of his relatives before landing hard at the Copeland's residence, where he is abused from day one on. Adapting to country living from city living can be enough of a fish out of water yarn, but the grueling workload immediately forced upon the boy by the bigoted Ray does not make the transition any easier.
Sean is a good kid though, really only protesting as much as anybody of that age group. He tries to comply, tries to find a place for himself, even as he and his new and only friend- the farm girl next door named Wendy- are pulled deeper and deeper into the illegal activities of Ray and Faye and the growing mystery of it all. Having to learn hard life lessons is one thing, but being punched around is an entirely different coming of age story.
There are some very stoic moments to this tale, prompting this reader to wonder how much of the narrative may be autobiographical on Granger's part. Despite the violence and cruelty of some of the scenes, the overall comic does read in its own way as a sort of love letter to Midwest livelihood and sensibilities. Nature itself is an overpowering theme here, with Sean's flood of new experiences and surroundings hitting his life as though his summer were being spent on an alien world.
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