Much more funny than his first book! I laughed out loud quite a lot whilst reading this (and got a fair few funny looks!) I think it helps that I'm frMuch more funny than his first book! I laughed out loud quite a lot whilst reading this (and got a fair few funny looks!) I think it helps that I'm from the same town and so when he talks about phrases he uses, I completely understand! It was interesting to read more of his back-story and I guess it shows that anyone can make it if they are good enough and are prepared to put in the effort.
I have wanted to read this since I read my first graphic novel - Watchmen - but for some reason I kept putting it off. I have no idea why as this bookI have wanted to read this since I read my first graphic novel - Watchmen - but for some reason I kept putting it off. I have no idea why as this book was brilliant.
The style is very basic - the drawings are child-like and are all in black and white. I actually think that this is a very effective way to tell this story. I knew nothing about Iran and it's history prior to reading this book and so it was interesting to be introduced to this through the eyes of a 10 year old child and then to be taken through it up until the author was 22. The images added a huge amount to the overall effect of the book.
I didn't expect to be so gripped by the story and the pages just kept on turning. I devoured this book and will definitely be reading more non-superhero based graphic novels....more
I had wanted to read this for a while and so when I came across it in the library it seemed like the perfect time to read it. I'm be coming a big fanI had wanted to read this for a while and so when I came across it in the library it seemed like the perfect time to read it. I'm be coming a big fan of graphic novels and this one is another to add to the list of the ones I've loved. This book is just brilliant!
I'd heard great things about this book from a few people and I was not disappointed. The author takes a sensitive subject and manages to tell the story with humour, compassion and, most important of all, she makes it interesting. I found the author's portrayal of her father to be sympathetic, yet it was obvious how hurt she was with the things that he did and said and with the fact that she really didn't get to know the true person behind the façade before he died.
The artwork and writing work perfectly together and neither overshadows the other. The writing was great and the artwork was so detailed that I felt myself lingering over each frame because I didn't want to miss any bit of the detail!
I was sad when this book ended as I could have easily read more. I will definitely be looking out for her collection of cartoon strips - Dykes To Watch Out For....more
I really enjoyed this book, but that's probably because I have a somewhat large obsession with Ms Streep.
The book was published in 1984 and so only coI really enjoyed this book, but that's probably because I have a somewhat large obsession with Ms Streep.
The book was published in 1984 and so only covers her early life and the early part of her career. Still, it was interesting reading. Meryl is so private that there are only three biographies and they're all from years and years ago. Still, being a hardcore fan, I want to read anything and everything I can.
The writing isn't great and you can tell that the author has had to scrabble around for information - I read/heard something about Meryl hating the people that chose to write biographies about her and so there's no way she would have given them ANY information intentionally - but it still made for interesting reading. The excerpts from her various interviews and the facts/photographs just reminded me why I find her so inspiring and it made me fall in love with her all over again!...more
I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw it. I'd read the reviews and knew I'd love it. And I did.
Sara Nelson started the year with a goal to readI wanted to read this book as soon as I saw it. I'd read the reviews and knew I'd love it. And I did.
Sara Nelson started the year with a goal to read a book a week for a year, and to write about it. I'm surprised nobody thought to do this before she did - lets face it, I'm sure most of us could do it without even thinking about it! The book chronicles her journey, starting with her completely disregarding the list she'd made of the books she planned to read!
I spent most of the time I was reading this book nodding yes. It's like she was talking about me. The funny quirks and OCDish tendencies mirrored my own. Nelson talks about friendships being affected by a person's choice of book and I'm ashamed to admit that I knew what she was talking about. This is a book written by a reader, not a writer. She manages to write how she feels without resorting to literary snobbishness. She doesn't use technical terms, even though she knows much about the business of books and publishing. The book was like talking to a friend about their current read over coffee.
My only criticism is that she doesn't hesitate to give spoilers, which means that I now know the end to a number of books I wanted to read. I'll still read them, but it won't be the same. Aside from this though, I loved every aspect of the book! ...more
**spoiler alert** I loved this book! As an animal lover (especially dogs), it touched me in so many ways. Having grown up around dogs (albeit Collies**spoiler alert** I loved this book! As an animal lover (especially dogs), it touched me in so many ways. Having grown up around dogs (albeit Collies rather than Labradors), I could empathise with the family and all their emotions. Some of the things Marley did throughout the book reminded me of the dogs in our family (past and present) and I was laughing out loud for most of the time that I was reading.
Of course, the ending was inevitable - dogs don't live forever, however this didn't stop me crying buckets as I turned the pages of the last few chapters. It was so reminiscent of what we went through with Lucky, my grandparents' dog. It was heartbreaking to make the decision to put him down, but it was the only thing to do. I felt a complete connection with Grogan throughout the whole book, but especially towards the end and could see immediately how much emotion he put into his writing.
This is a wonderful book and paints an accurate picture of life with a dog - the good and bad. If this doesn't touch the heart of every dog owner then they don't deserve to have pets! I defy anyone to read this book and not enjoy it....more