I think the entire purpose of this graphic novel was for Chuck to finally get readers to pronounce his name correctly by spelling it phonetically. HeI think the entire purpose of this graphic novel was for Chuck to finally get readers to pronounce his name correctly by spelling it phonetically. He inserts himself into the Tyler Durden story line as a sort of God, since as creator, he can write it however he darn well pleases. At first it seemed a bit clever since he acknowledges the ridiculousness of it: “This borders on being too meta.” By the ending, however, his role was a big cluster, with fans descending on his “Write Club,” demanding he change the unfulfilling conclusion.
As for the characters, they seemed almost unrecognizable from their 10-years-previously selves. The unnamed narrator is now Sebastian, and Marla, in a yuppie suit in her suburban home, owning up to her faults and failures is not the Marla I remember. Chloe and Robert Paulson return (eye roll), and don’t get me started on Tyler. First he insinuates that he manifested during Sebastian’s childhood, then states he influenced his forefathers, and he even hints at being the devil, placing himself as the serpent in the Garden of Eden.
Overall, if the story had maintained the momentum of the first half, it might have been decent, but it totally fell apart during the latter half.
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I was really psyched about the premise of this book and all the possibilities it offered… What if Hemingway’s lost suitcase full of his unpublished wrI was really psyched about the premise of this book and all the possibilities it offered… What if Hemingway’s lost suitcase full of his unpublished writings (the one stolen from his wife in Paris in 1922) still existed? Can you fathom the way this adventure could have gone and the consequences of such a discovery? Alas, it wasn’t as legendary or romantic as I had hoped.
Coop, successful author of a Scottish Vampire Detective series, is sojourning in Mexico to decide the fate of his main protagonist when he gets a lead on the Hemingway case. What it turns into is a bunch of dude bros gallivanting around the Mexican desert with assassins, ruthless book dealers, and drug cartels hot on their trail. I really liked Coop as a character along with his penchant for rum and (ahem) other substances. But the peripheral characters weren’t as 3-dimentional, and the action bordered on being a bit ridiculous at times. There was plenty of backstabbing and two-timing over the promise of this lost treasure and a high body count, too. Despite the humor, I thought there was more potential here for a better developed story.
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This novel includes two of my favorite things: the whole book is epistolary and it takes place during WWII. Two women connect through letters as theirThis novel includes two of my favorite things: the whole book is epistolary and it takes place during WWII. Two women connect through letters as their men go off to war and they find comfort in their shared experiences. Gloria, a young mother from Massachusetts, struggles with fidelity when her husband enlists. In Iowa City, Rita has said goodbye to both her husband as son when they ship out. As these two women get to know each other through their correspondence, they face triumphs and tragedies, supporting one another through the final years of the war. Rita is a long-distance mentor to Gloria, offering her much needed advice while struggling with her own grief and her German heritage. Their shared love of gardening, their recipe and gift exchanges, and their burgeoning friendship are so heartwarming. This delightful novel is inspiring, creative, and engaging and will appeal to fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
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14 year old Evie is seduced by a group of older girls and her infatuation leads to her involvement in a Manson-esque “cult”. These idealists let their14 year old Evie is seduced by a group of older girls and her infatuation leads to her involvement in a Manson-esque “cult”. These idealists let their enigmatic leader dictate their existence which leads to a violent crime. There weren’t as many gory details as I would have liked, but as Evie didn’t actually witness the crime firsthand, I could only glean what she could from the media coverage.
The book is more about Evie’s own coming-of-age story, her innocence being corrupted, and how one girl specifically (Suzanne) influenced her. The way Suzanne and the group play off Evie’s insecurities and manipulate her gives it a more psychological dimension. It is also a reflection of the times (1969) and a commentary on the chaos of the decade.
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