No one has perfect parents and no one can write a perfect book about her relationship to them. But Chast has come close.
Mankoff offers a number of tips on the “intelligent humor” that makes it into the New Yorker—and even how to better your odds in the weekly caption process—but the one that trumps all others: “Make David Remnick laugh.”
...magic is transmitted via a narrator's voice, whose captions punctuate the frames, combined with speech bubbles from the characters whose animated facial expressions mirror their dialogue.
Joe Sacco made his name with comic book-style works of journalism...rendered in intricate detail...creating this stunning work...
Rakoff’s elliptical connection from the early sections of the novel to the very end is cute, and structurally pleasing, emphasizing the simple thematic underpinning that coincidental ties can bind unlikely groups of people throughout time.
This well-known story marks the beginning of perhaps the greatest, possibly most influential, and certainly the most world-famous Victorian English fiction, a book that hovers between a nonsense tale and an elaborate in-joke.
It is, in fact, a model first sentence, one for the ages, and I apologize to it on humanity’s behalf for our having so prodigally abused its conceit in college papers, headlines on the Internet and other venues unbecoming of its excellence.
If you can get past this opening section, the book becomes a fun adventure, but things work out all too easily for the main character...
Fans will continue to enjoy Greg's ongoing efforts to come out on top.
No one said growing up was easy. In Kinney's hands, it's not only difficult but laugh-out-loud hysterical.
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias proves that sometimes a little mystery is a good thing.
All in all this wasn’t my favorite Fool’s Gold Series, and the one that had the weakest romance, in my opinion.
an author whose infernal puzzle mysteries invariably inspire words like devious, diabolical and devilish, all of which apply to “XO.” It’s Dance’s toughest case, and one of Deaver’s best books.
...attempts to track the history of an icon that has no real history. The story of his creation, by high-school friends Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, is in many ways the beginning and ending of his journey.
Because Alison Bechdel is Alison Bechdel, this book has its charms...in general her skill as an artist has deepened. Some self-portraits in particular have a surreal, Kafkaesque intensity.
That tone of both discovery and befuddlement becomes the defining sensibility of "Jerusalem," which is, remarkably, a book about the miraculous serendipity of the everyday.
. . . an entertaining role model for the intended audience. . .
The rich world and engaging characters are a surefire hit—and the glorious full-color illustrations, which pack a novel’s worth of expression onto cartoon faces, should bring readers back for multiple reads of this many-layered story
It is all but impossible to criticise this novel; that would be like kicking a slightly senile labrador that always retrieves a ball when you throw it, whether you like it or not.
Overall, though, the story of Fanya and Esther’s struggles is beautifully drawn and hard to forget.