She is a watchful heroine — so much so that when, at the end of the story, she plays a role in a heroic act, it is precisely because she has been looking so closely. She proves herself to be as quietly powerful as this moving, evocative book.
A memoir of decrepitude – specifically, the decrepitude of her batty parents – her brilliant new book is honest, plangent and thoroughly ghoulish. But it's also hystericall...Truly, this is the best, most singular work Chast has ever done, and you should rush out and buy it, for yourself and for everyone you know. We're all headed here in the end.
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.”
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.
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...
Fans will continue to enjoy Greg's ongoing efforts to come out on top.
It was funny, good and the best of the series of five Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney.
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias proves that sometimes a little mystery is a good thing.
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...
So we all found a bit of refuge in her books. Man, even my older brother read it, and he trusted books about as much as he trusted adults.
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 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