"The Red Tree" was definitely a 5 star story. He captured the essence of depression while still providing hope. I would give "The Lost Thing" four sta...more"The Red Tree" was definitely a 5 star story. He captured the essence of depression while still providing hope. I would give "The Lost Thing" four stars and "The Rabbits" three stars. (less)
This is a zany collection of bizarre stories which might be imagined by a kid growing up in suburbia. From a water buffalo living in a vacant lot on t...moreThis is a zany collection of bizarre stories which might be imagined by a kid growing up in suburbia. From a water buffalo living in a vacant lot on the corner providing wordless directions, to a big snowball-like wad of paper containing unread poetry, to the missile silos in everyone's back yard, modified for decoration and barbeque, the stories contain just enough of a grain of truth to make you really think. The stories provide a whimsical escape while being grounded in a real world where couples fight, families are poor, and the suburban landscape is eerily the same everywhere. I love this book and will be looking for my own personal copy. Sadly, I have to return this one to the library.
This book is one that confirms the adage, "Don't judge a book by it's cover." The illustration on the front is of an old-fashioned diving suit, which also looks a little like a space suit. Maybe the problem was not the picture but my lack of imagination; I thought this would be a technical adventure type of book. I was going to read it to broaden my reading horizons, but from the picture, I did not expect I would love it. If I got to choose the cover illustration, I would choose the decorated ICBMs. Or the water buffalo. Or maybe the stick figures overlooking the suburban houses.(less)
**spoiler alert** I can honestly say that I'd never heard of this book until a month ago, when the Science Fiction/Fantasy book club picked it as a se...more**spoiler alert** I can honestly say that I'd never heard of this book until a month ago, when the Science Fiction/Fantasy book club picked it as a selection for February. At first I was a bit annoyed by the selection - the theme was supposed to be historically inspired fantasy, and this did not seem to fit very well. But then, I thought of the other books I'd read and enjoyed because of the book club and decided I'd give this a try. I'm glad I did. I'm very new to graphic novels - this is the first I've read that was originally published comic book style. (I did not read the individual issues - I read the paperback edition of the full collection.) I've discovered recently that one reason I don't read comic books is that I have a very hard time looking at the pictures as I read. I sometimes have to go back and 're-read' because I catch myself not looking at pictures; I skim back several pages until I recognize the pictures and start over again. Illustrations have typically served as an unwelcome interruption to my thought processes. But if I can find other graphic novels as good as Watchmen, I'll happily train my brain to be more adaptable. I thought the characters in this book were fairly well developed. I liked the way that often, a single chapter (a separate comic book when originally published?) would tell the story of a character - the one with Dr. Manhattan struck me as particularly good. Maybe I'm just a sucker for anyone who would study nuclear physics...And if I had to chose a favorite character, it would be Dr. Manhattan. Rorschach would be second. I think my favorite part of the story was the comic within a comic pirate story, and the parallels drawn between that story and the case of Ozymandias in the last chapter. There are so many different ways to relate the pirate story to the overall narrative, I will probably reread it someday to figure everything out.(less)
This is a wonderful book. The story of a woman (close to my age) who grew up in Iran. The author manages to tell a large story with (relatively) few w...moreThis is a wonderful book. The story of a woman (close to my age) who grew up in Iran. The author manages to tell a large story with (relatively) few words - it's amazing what can be done with the graphic novel format. In many ways, this is similar to Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books. (less)