Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews (page 8)

CHICKEN WITH PLUMS by Marjane Satrapi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"A thin sliver of illustrated memoir that barely hits its stride before fading away."
Satrapi (Embroideries, 2005, etc.) recalls the tragic final days of her great-uncle, an Iranian musician who died of a broken heart after his wife destroyed his favorite instrument. Read full book review >
WILL EISNER’S NEW YORK by Will Eisner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Incredible sights and bite-sized sagas of the city that never sleeps."
From skyscraper to subway, fat cats to the homeless, here's the Big Apple envisioned by one of America's top graphic-novelists—a town without pity but teeming with terrific tales. Read full book review >

JOKES AND THE UNCONSCIOUS by Daphne Gottlieb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Spirited and often funny, but maddeningly discursive."
Gottlieb, a performance poet, and DiMassa, creator of the comic series Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist, join forces for this graphic novel about a young woman wrestling with both her father's death and her sexual identity. Read full book review >
AN ANTHOLOGY OF GRAPHIC FICTION, CARTOONS, AND TRUE STORIES by Ivan Brunetti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Broad in scope if somewhat narrow in emotional pitch, this stands to be, along with Houghton Mifflin's The Best American Comics 2006 (also October), a definitive text on American comic art for a good while."
An ambitious compendium of graphic narratives, designed to showcase both the varied styles and emotional depth of the field. Read full book review >
SHENZHEN by Guy Delisle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"While never preaching, this volume makes a forceful case for creative license and personal liberty, as the artist discovers that there's no place like home."
A sharp eye for detail, self-deprecating humor and subtle, shadowy drawings highlight this engaging, ambitious graphic narrative. Read full book review >

ABANDON THE OLD IN TOKYO by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Fans of the contemporary graphic narrative won't find this volume of Tatsumi's work dated in the slightest."
The artist's second volume of stories to be published in the US, originally published in Japan in 1970, shows that the graphic visionary was decades ahead of his time. Read full book review >
GET A LIFE by Philippe Dupuy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2006

"A genial and funny snapshot of the Left Bank lifestyle."
Oh, to be young, successful and neurotic. Read full book review >
CASTLE WAITING by Linda Medley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2006

"A sweetly appealing tale that's ambitious beyond its means."
Looping fairytale that begins and ends in the same sprawling castle. Read full book review >
GOOD-BYE, CHUNKY RICE by Craig Thompson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2006

"For characters who must pursue their own destinies, love is as boundless as the sea."
Though the title and the deceptively simple character drawings suggest a kids' comic, rarely are graphic novels aimed at adults as sweetly affecting as this. Read full book review >
MY MOST SECRET DESIRE by Julie Doucet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2006

"Doucet's dreamscape is an intriguing place to visit, though it might be a little scary to live there."
A dirty mind proves creatively liberating and socially subversive, as this Montreal native finds catharsis for her deepest fears, desires and neuroses through these drawings of her dreams. Read full book review >
EGO AND HUBRIS by Harvey Pekar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2006

"Whether or not Pekar has exhausted the storytelling possibilities of his own life, fans will appreciate this change of pace."
The latest from the renowned graphic memoirist offers a fascinating character study of a character who isn't Harvey Pekar. Read full book review >
LA PERDIDA by Jessica Abel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2006

"An emotional, beautifully crafted odyssey that not only utilizes but transcends both navel-gazing self-discovery and backpackers-in-peril clichés."
Nice Chicago girl goes to Mexico City and ends up with far more than she can handle. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >