This isn’t a happy story...but in the hands of this gifted artist — one of the best cartoonist/writers anywhere — the story is made deeply personal, more so by Chast’s superb drawings and hand-lettered text, which give it the feeling of a journal or diary
While one might suspect this serves solely as a tale about someone with a job of high position, it is really an unflinching glimpse at how influential a printed media form can be while not insulting those who would partake in its pages.
...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...
With not much writing time left, Rakoff – a well-known contributor to This American Life who died of cancer last year just after finishing the book – managed to create whole characters from a handful of words.
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.
Kinney hasn't lost his touch for spinning universal details of middle-school life into comic gold—he doesn't have to worry about becoming a dirt sandwich anytime soon.
This entire project would likely have been a little better received if they'd conceived it as such, rather than a straight prequel
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.
Even Tye, a lucid writer and journalistic pro, seems slightly unhinged by his subject. Superman...
Bechdel's ability to capture this complicated dynamic in a comics format is at once dazzling, intellectually thrilling...
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...
Both a work of social realism and a fable with a moral.