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Strangers In Paradise, Pocket Book 5 (Strangers in Paradise Pocket Books #5)

4.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  892 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
While David finds solace with Katchoo, Francine can think of nothing but her past relationship with her former best friend and brings home a tattoo to prove it. It seems that Katchoo is destined to move on without Francine into the world of glitz, glamour, and art showings with her stunning display of 100 nudes. As Katchoo becomes the toast of the town, Francine finds hers ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published December 20th 2005 by Abstract Studio (first published 1999)
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Jan 16, 2009 Alsha rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This collection really saw a drop in quality and pacing for me. It focused primarily on David and I didn't need his backstory fleshed out. Storylines jumped very abruptly from one to another and in general the progression felt quite fragmented. Not that there wasn't good stuff in here, but it was nested between great swathes of what felt very much like filler. And sorry, Katchoo, I love you dearly, but even you can't pull off breaking the fourth wall without making me roll my eyes.

As I understa
Jul 07, 2010 Alena rated it liked it
Shelves: queer, comic
This one dragged a bit. Continued Catchoo/Francine drama, but also lots of David (booh!), Parker organization, etc.

Especially the background on David bored me to tears.

Sometimes the non-linearity is confusing the heck out of me. I'm not very good at picking up the visual clues. This one also had a non-related story at the end. Not sure what that was.

I liked parts of it, but compared to volume 4, it was really disappointing.
Printable Tire
Sep 15, 2011 Printable Tire rated it did not like it
Meh. More artless posturing and male-hating, with copious amounts of reflective smugness and a bevy of cuckolded doctor-husbands, and enough dumb post 9/11 comments to remind one that despite all proof to the contrary, this shit wasn't written in the late 90's.

This collection also contains a short story collection that is quizzical and asinine (but not quizzically asinine) concerning the exploits of blah blah blah who gives a shit.
Stephen Arvidson
Mar 13, 2016 Stephen Arvidson rated it really liked it
Pocket Book 5 of Strangers In Paradise explores David's past and present as he finds solace with Katina ("Katchoo") in Las Vegas of all places. Casey, Katina's former roommate, is now a Vegas showgirl and Freddie, Francine's ex-boyfriend, has fallen for the local medical examiner. Meanwhile, Francine, is plagued with memories of her past with "Katchoo" and brings home the tattoo to prove it, much to her husband's dismay. "Katchoo", who has seemingly moved on without Francine, finds herself in th ...more
Genevra Littlejohn
Mar 05, 2008 Genevra Littlejohn rated it it was amazing
This series is really compelling. What starts out as a (fairly)run-of-the-mill coming-of-age tale takes an abrupt and sinister turn with the entrance of a crime syndicate. Forbidden love, surviving and beating one's past, finding that ultimate ability to overcome and become able to simply see yourself as a person, and atonement are all themes that reoccur, but what really makes it for me is the fact that it's told in a series of jumps-forward and back, so you can never be entirely sure which sto ...more
Nov 02, 2012 Celticoracle rated it really liked it
This was my favourite Strangers in Paradise book yet, even with some of the story being repeated. It was so interesting to finally get the rest of David's backstory.

What kept it from being five stars was the addition of the Molly and Poo story at the end. I so desperately wanted to read more SiP that it took me until the end of chapter one of Molly and Poo before I got hooked enough to really want to keep reading (instead of reading because I started it and I was darn well going to finish it). B
Mar 12, 2015 Marsha rated it it was ok
Kind of boring. I completely skipped the Molly and Poo section as it was pretty much unreadable!
Jun 13, 2014 Barbikat60 rated it it was amazing
Freddie Femur sucks!
Aug 05, 2007 Offbalance rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Strangers in Paradise
Another installment of the ongoing comic soap. We get a bit more of David's backstory, and what's been going on with Casey, Katchoo, Francine, and David since the last Pocket Book. I could have lived without the Molly and Poo digression, personally, but I mostly enjoyed this, and can't wait for the final chapter (whenever that appears).
Sam Bloom
Nov 16, 2009 Sam Bloom rated it liked it
To me, this series was derailed by the storyline at the end of the book. Up until that point I had been chugging along, reading the first four and one half pocket books in record time. Hopefully the 6th pocket book will avoid such uninteresting detours.
Sep 08, 2008 K rated it liked it
I enjoyed this, though I have to say, I skipped the unrelated Molly and Poo bit at the end (hope it really was unrelated!)

This series is getting a little repetitive and preachy, so I daresay the next installment will be a library job as well.
Dec 27, 2010 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-shelf
If you've made it this far, I'll assume you love the characters by now. This volume offers some more background, growth and surprises. One caveat, the side stories can be a bit different and may or may not be your thing.
Frank Taranto
Aug 23, 2009 Frank Taranto rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
The worst of the 5 I've read. Too much prose that doesn't take the story anywhere. I will have to get the sixth to see if it goes back to the original storyline
Sep 17, 2012 Andre rated it it was ok
The story is repetitive but the art is amazing and pushes the envelope of the medium.
Mary Shyne
Sep 20, 2012 Mary Shyne rated it liked it
I straight up did not read the non-sequitur ending.
Jul 31, 2012 Fa'izah rated it it was amazing
One of the best series of graphic novels that I have read.
Jaclyn Drake
Oct 19, 2015 Jaclyn Drake rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-comix
I don't get why Molly & Poo was thrown in there?
Kevin Connery
Oct 23, 2011 Kevin Connery rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
71-76 of the series.
Feb 05, 2015 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Re-read: 01/08
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Following the examples of independent comic creators such as Dave Sim and Jeff Smith, he decided to publish Strangers in Paradise himself through his own Houston-based "Abstract Studios" imprint, and has frequently mentioned a desire to do a syndicated cartoon strip in the authors notes at the back of the Strangers in Paradise collection books. He has also mentioned his greatest career influence i ...more
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Strangers in Paradise Pocket Books (6 books)
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