No one has perfect parents and no one can write a perfect book about her relationship to them. But Chast has come close.
“I may not have the best job in the world, but I’m in the running,” he writes in the introduction to his book “How About Never — Is Never Good for You? My Life in Cartoons,” which is not just a charming memoir but also a charming grab bag of cartoon history, cartoon theory...and shoptalk.
Greenberg’s Early Earth may be light on the very storytelling its premise demands, but when it opts to craft tales with images instead, it becomes capable, promising work.
Doubtless some people will feel that it's impossible, and wrong, to attempt to capture the terror and chaos of the Somme like this. For me, though, The Great War's cartoonishness...has its own uncompromising force. So many incomprehensible decisions...reduced to just 24 plates: there's something awesome about this, and pitiful too.
Strong work. It deepens the impact that this was the last book completed by the author.
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...
t is the best book I have ever read. I wish I could write a story as good as The Third Wheel. I can't stop reading it. I've read it again and again and again.
It was funny, good and the best of the series of five Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney.
What Wein adds to the Ozymandias mythos manages to be both superfluous and jarring at the same time.
Though she is skilled at creating the small town world, Susan Mallery truly excels at character-driven romance, and that's what this most recent book lacked.
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.
It’s Tye’s (Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend, 2009, etc.) merry, dizzyingly detailed history of America’s first and greatest superhero.
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.
Jerusalem is not only an extremely handsome book... but it also presents Delisle – who has received his knocks in the past for his handling of social and political issues – at his career best.
. . . an entertaining role model for the intended audience. . .
The story, with its riffs on fairy tales and quest narratives, offers just the right balance of familiarity and originality, with plenty of humorous asides.
Smith wisely doesn’t tamper with his winning recipe for literary comfort food in his 13th excursion to Gaborone, Botswana...
Overall, though, the story of Fanya and Esther’s struggles is beautifully drawn and hard to forget.