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Bizarre Romance

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  450 ratings  ·  132 reviews
Internationally bestselling author Audrey Niffenegger and her husband, graphic artist Eddie Campbell, collaborate on this quirky, irreverent collection that celebrates and satirises love of all kinds. With thirteen different vignettes about love, loss, fairies, misbehaviour, regret, wanton wrongheadedness, cats, supernatural exterminators, spies, ghosts, more cats, more fa ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published March 1st 2018 by Jonathan Cape
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Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Bizarre Romance" is a compilation of thirteen quirky stories written and illustrated by wife and husband team, Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell.

"Girl on the Roof" is a poignant letter written to a lost loved one. It is a prose story by Niffenegger with minimal artwork. This is in direct contrast to the beautiful panels drawn by Campbell in "Backwards in Seville". This reader enjoyed the "Secret Life with Cats" where a volunteer at the Happy Cat Home, a no kill shelter, had a life changing
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bizarre Romance includes thirteen stories that were written and illustrated by Audrey Niffenegger and her husband, Eddie Campbell.

Comics aren’t really something that I’m always drawn to, but these are not your typical short stories, or your typical comics. They’re unpredictably odd, perhaps a bit on the eccentric side, and there are some that leave you thinking. And there is some incredible comic artwork.

Topics range from suspicion, to cats, fairies, aging, the topic of comics, and art, love,
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When I'm sick, the most comforting things for me are books and tea. So I'm parked in an armchair right now with a giant fleece blanket, a Big Gulp-sized cup of unsweetened iced tea, and a pile of books, trying not to feel so much like poop. What better way to do that than to work my way through a bunch of ARCs that aren't coming out until later this month? Ha-ha-*cough cough cough cough*-ha-*cough*-ha, suckers!

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Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Bizarre Romance, the creation of mad scientist wife/husband tag team Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell is a quirky collection of short stories, told mostly in illustrated form. But note: this this is the good kind of quirky—quirky the same way a capybara is quirky, quirky like the perplexingly changing rules of the alleged Olympic sport of curling. Quirky like that new doctor at the Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, Dr. Gregory House. Yes, he will insult your choice of shoe ware, hairs ...more
Rod Brown
Well, it was bizarre.

Having read a few other of Niffenegger's books, I already knew I wasn't much of a fan of her style of bizarre. But having been a longtime fan of Eddie Campbell, I thought I'd give this a go because of his art. Unfortunately, this anthology didn't make full use of his art, including several text-only pieces.

And Campbell decided to use a collage method that sporadically featured photos of real things pasted into his linework. I found it very jarring when, say, a big colorful s
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every single story in this anthology is amazing. These 150+ pages took me on a roller coaster of emotions and left me thoroughly satisfied. I want to thank NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC of this book.
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I borrowed this book from the library, but I think it's one worth owning. A marvelous collection!

Favorite Passages:

The room was enormous. He could see the ceiling but not the walls. There were a great many things in the room, too many for him to make sense of at first. When he looked carefully, he could see piles of things. Each thing was spherical, illuminated - each one was in motion. He drew near one pile and looked into a sphere. Some children were building a snowman. There were in a city. A
Lolly K Dandeneau
via my blog:
While this isn’t my usual pick, the moment I saw it was by Niffenegger, I had to request it. Wonderful illustrations accompany uniquely strange stories. The Composite Boyfriend is decent but something I think my younger readers would like. I enjoyed the tale of aging in Backwards in Seville, it is moving and heavier than the rest. There is something endearing about the drawing of Helene with scarlet lips, and lipstick smudges on the glass. Diggi
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received the book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Even though I won this ARC I'm thinking about buying it! I loved the stories and artwork! Unfortunately my copy did not come fully illustrated like the book is advertised, so I have to get the finished copy! I only knew the author, Audrey Niffenegger, from her book The Time Traveler's wife. Which I'm ashamed to say I did not read, but watched the film instead. After reading Bizarre Romance I simply must have more of her books! Her writing ...more
Maleficent (Chelsea) Lord
Jun 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: had-to-quit
The introduction to this book starts off with “Art is like love”. Not a good sign. This was a poorly devised mashup between this couple. The writing did not connect well at all with the artwork. It was as if they could not decide between a collection of short stories or a graphic novel filled with short stories, so they decided to slap the two together haphazardly. There was one story about Muybridge that was a mildly entertaining and connected the words and art a bit better than the rest of the ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I especially liked "The Church of the Funnies".
Years ago, I read and fell madly in love with Audrey Niffenegger's clever and heart-string-yanking sorta-scifi romance, The Time Traveler's Wife. That was before I found out how weird she apparently is; the word-of-mouth rumors that her further writings were very strange naturally made me all the more interested in her. I've gotten to enjoy her visual art, but this volume, Bizarre Romance, is the first additional thing of hers I've read.

This collection, created with her new husband, seminal comi
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic
Love the bizarre stories, as always. I didn’t love the art.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway and I want to thank the author for providing a copy.

This was a very strange book and not at all for me. I give it points for originality, but literally every story left me with a puzzled expression on my face or a weird feeling in my gut. Did not like.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Definitely an unconventional read with a lot of unrequited endings. I really enjoyed the first story "Thursdays, Six to Eight p.m." and the second story, as well, but the art really failed to capture my heart. I read a comment where someone compared it to Microsoft paint and I have to agree with that assessment. Repeatedly, I have stressed that art is very important to me *cough* art history major *cough* and subpar art does not cut it for me.

Now, I don't want you to think that the art work alo
May 26, 2018 marked it as didn-t-finish
I've been mucking through this book for about a week now, and I guess it finally got to the point where I decided I had read enough. I'm not sure why I'm surprised, because I couldn't get myself to finish the only other Niffenegger book I had attempted, The Time Traveler's Wife. I suppose this just isn't the author for me, and at this point, I will not be reading anything else by her.

The stories weren't funny, or even clever--just weird and uncomfortable, and I'm not sure what the point was.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What happens when a writer marries a cartoonist and they decide, against all logic, to collaborate? Well, in the case of Audrey Niffenegger and her husband Eddie Campbell, you get this book of stories. Alternating between illustrated stories and tales presented graphic novel style, this is a realm where men get involved in relationships with fairies (and I’m not talking about homosexuals). A place where cats seem to rule, mirrors are doorways into alternate universes, and women find it’s better ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bizarre and romantic it was. I would happily read anything Niffenegger pens. I’d encountered a few of these other places, but the illustrations enhanced the experience. Fun back story on how she met and fell in love with the illustrator. So sweet and romantic and perfect. A little bit dark, a lot quirky. I would expect nothing less from her. So good.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Viehättävän vinksahtaneita pieniä tarinoita, Campbellin kuvitus ei täysillä sykähdyttänyt.
Adam Stone
To be filed under: Law of diminishing returns.

This anthology of collaborative work between spouses Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell initially had me under its spell. I loved the first two stories: "Thursdays 6 to 8pm" and "The Composite Boyfriend" but the writing tricks Niffenegger employs lose their charm when encountered in quick succession, and it felt like the art devolved from charming to rejected MS Paint webcomics as the book wore on (with the exception of Motion Studies, which I did
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 2017
Very strange indeed. My favorite was easily The Church of the Funnies.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
5 stars for The Church of the Funnies, Secret Life With Cats, Girl on a Roof, Motion Studies: Getting out of Bed, 4 stars for the rest. I'm not a big fan of the art but enjoyed the writing.
Jon Hewelt
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
A solid mixed bag of stories, some of which deserve a better context.

I just finished reading Audrey Niffenegger's The Night Bookmobile and, for the most part, liked it. But I also found the same issues there as I do here in Bizarre Romance: interesting ideas for stories, but sometimes weird or underwhelming choices in plot execution.

Take, for example, "The Church of the Funnies". (SPOILERS AHEAD) Presented as a sermon, the narrator begins with the story of her father staying at home while the re
Janet Slipak
Internationally bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger, and graphic artist Eddie Campbell, of such seminal works as From Hell by Alan Moore, collaborate on a wonderfully bizarre collection that celebrates and satirizes love of all kinds. With 16 different stories told through illustrated prose or comic panels, the couple explores the idiosyncratic nature of relationships in a variety of genres from fractured fairy tales to historical fiction to paper dolls. With Niffe ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
First published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell team up in a really eclectic collection of graphic stories. Some of these were published before in other non-graphic formats, but all are oddly engaging.
There were several really standout stories included here.

The leading story, Thursdays, Six to Eight p.m. is sublime. It combines shades of Bluebeard with modern neuroses and is humorous in a wonky way. Most of these stories are somewhat off-kilter and unexpected.

Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic
I like the cover and title, and I just discovered that the cover art is Niffenegger's, not Campbell's, though the book is illustrated by Campbell. It's the one illustration that stood out to me and the reason I picked up the book in the first place. I was intrigued by the idea of this collaboration, but was left unmoved by all of the stories. Two ideas were my takeaway--my profound disagreement with the opening lines of the introduction: "Art is like love. It's impossible to will it into being; ...more
Asia Groves
I picked this up because it had Niffenegger’s name on it, but was disappointed to learn that she was the writer, not the artist in this case because I really love her artwork. I wasn’t familiar with Eddie Campbell before this book and I have to say, I’m glad I looked up what his comics art is normally like because I really wasn’t a fan of the art in this book, which looked thrown together and quite a bit like it could have been made in MS Paint. The stories are nice, though. I think maybe the ti ...more
Furious Gazelle
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
There are no tidy endings in Bizarre Romance, the new short fiction collection by Audrey Niffenegger, with Bizarre Romance Audrey Niffenegger Eddie Campbellillustrations by Eddie Campbell.

Niffenegger’s stories are, as advertised, bizarre. In one, a woman inherits a house from a kindly elderly woman, and demolishes the house when she discovers something disturbing in the basement No resolution, no lessons learned.

My personal favorite in the collection is “Digging Up the Cat,” a bittersweet story
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think this might be closer to a 3.5 stars for me, but we don't have half-star options on here, so 4 stars it is :). I loved the combination of illustrations and writing - especially the fact that Campbell used so many different types of illustration. Sometimes the stories were comics, sometimes they were accented with illustrations, sometimes they were images with captions. I loved this mix of media in this, even if some of the stories were a bit odd and hard to get too interested in - which i ...more
Kristy Jewel
Well, this was definitely bizarre. I honestly don't know if I have ever read anything so bizarre in my life. The stories in this novel were interesting and I loved how it blended graphic novel style with novel style. It was fun and weird.

With most stories that are an anthology of short stories, you have a few hit or misses. What I liked with this was the misses, were still decent. There was only one that I wasn't a fan of but it still wasn't terrible.

Ultimately, it's bizarre and I have no idea
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Audrey Niffenegger (born June 13, 1963 in South Haven, Michigan) is a writer and artist. She is also a professor in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Columbia College Chicago.

Niffenegger's debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife (2003), was a national bestseller. The Time Traveler's Wife is an unconventional love story that centers on a man with a strange genetic disorder that causes him to unpre