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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 idiosyncrat ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published March 20th 2018 by Harry N. Abrams (first published March 1st 2018)
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Fran
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
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Cheri
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!


*cough* *cough* *blows nose
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Truman32
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
May 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
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Stewart Tame
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had no idea that that Eddie Campbell and Audrey Niffenegger were married. Heck, I wasn't even familiar with Niffenegger’s name, though of course I’ve heard of The Time Traveller's Wife. Bizarre Romance is a collection of collaborations between them. Some are straight up comics, others are illustrated short stories. Most have appeared elsewhere, often as prose stories by Niffenegger, though a couple are brand new to this collection.

Subject-wise, it's a mixed bag. There's fiction, memoir, an ess
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Jeimy
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mateen Mahboubi
I couldn't really get into this one. About half illustrated stories and half written short-stories, there were fairly hit and miss for me. ...more
Rebecca
Most of these pieces originated as text-only stories by Niffenegger* and were later adapted into comics by Campbell. By the time they got married, they had been collaborating long-distance for a while. Some of the stories incorporate fairies, monsters, ghosts and other worlds. A young woman on her way to a holiday party travels via a mirror to another land where she is queen; a hapless bar fly trades one fairy mistress for another; Arthur Conan Doyle’s father sketches fairies in an asylum; a mid ...more
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
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Lolly K Dandeneau
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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
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Elyza
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
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Colleen says:
This book is a short story/graphic novel combo. Author Niffenegger and artist Campbell are married in real life and teamed up for this unusual book. If you've been wanting to read a graphic novel this may be a good start. The stories are sweetly bizarre and much easier to read than Niffenegger's novels.
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Chelsea
Jun 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christine
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I especially liked "The Church of the Funnies". ...more
Shelli
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
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Angie
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic
Love the bizarre stories, as always. I didn’t love the art.
Devyn
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Diana
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was delightful, and not JUST because I read it at a beach house facing an astonishing view of the Pacific. I read it in one day. It is a collection of short stories and comics about relationships, aging, loss, cats, almost all of them very engaging and unpredictable, and all of them full of interesting art. I love Audrey Niffenegger's mind and ability to tell stories.
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Tabor
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Emmy
May 26, 2018 marked it as didn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Spencer
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Shallowreader VaVeros
I got one-third of the way through this book of short stories when I just had to give up due to sheer boredom.
Jen Jen
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bizarre and quite lovely, just what I needed.
Jayme
Cute concept, cute stories, cute art. I liked the combination of short stories and graphic art.

That last story was so depressing though...put me in a bit of a funk.

Overall, it wasn’t terribly memorable for me.
Raully
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thirteen quirky stories that are a collaboration between wife (writer) and husband (illustrator). Think the best kind of modern fairy tales for grown-em-ups.
Adam Stone
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
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Jeff
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Aria
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.
Erica
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. ...more
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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
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