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Bizarre Romance BD, Informations, Cotes Tout Sur La Srie Bizarre Romance Treize Histoires D Amour Pleines D Anges, De Monstres, De Chats, D Espions, De Miroirs Magiques Et De Petits Amis ImparfaitsBizarre Romance Niffenegger, AudreyNotRetrouvez Bizarre Romance Et Des Millions De Livres En Stock SurAchetez Neuf Ou D Occasion Bizarre Romance Ebook EPub Audrey Niffenegger, EddieWith Thirteen Different Vignettes About Love, Loss, Fairies, Misbehaviour, Regret, Wanton Wrongheadedness, Cats, Supernatural Exterminators, Spies, Ghosts,cats,fairies, And A Handful Of Ex Boyfriends, Bizarre Romance Runs The Gamut When It Comes To Relationships It Explores The Good, The Bad, The Ugly And The Just Plain Weird With Niffenegger S Sharp, Imaginative Prose And Campbell S Diverse Comic Bizarre Romance Dtail Des Avis Tous Les Avis Sur La Srie Bizarre Romance Cher Lecteur De BDGest Vous Utilisez Adblock Ou Un Autre Logiciel Qui Bloque Les Zones Publicitaires Ces Emplacements Publicitaires Sont Une Source De Revenus Indispensable L Activit De Notre Site Depuis La Cration Des Site Bdgest Et Bedetheque, Nous Nous Sommes Fait Une Rgle De Refuser Tous Les Formats Publicitaires DitsBizarre Romance EBook De Audrey NiffeneggerLisez Bizarre Romance De Audrey Niffenegger Disponible Chez Rakuten Kobo Internationally Bestselling Author Audrey Niffenegger And Her Husband, Graphic Artist Bizarre Romance By Audrey Niffenegger Goodreads Bizarre Romance Is A Compilation Of Thirteen Quirky Stories Written And Illustrated By Wife And Husband Team, Audrey Niffenegger And Eddie Campbell Girl On The Roof Is A Poignant Letter Written To A Lost Loved One It Is A Prose Story By Niffenegger With Minimal Artwork This Is In Direct Contrast To The Beautiful Panels Drawn By Campbell In Backwards In Seville This Reader Enjoyed The Secret Life With Cats Bizarre Romance Niffenegger, Audrey, Campbell,Bizarre Romance With Stories By Audrey Niffenegger And Art By Eddie Campbell Is A Collection Of Short Stories About Love Of All Kinds There Is A Mix Of Stories In This Collection Some Are In Graphic Novel Format, Some Are Words With Spare Illustrations The Stories Include Things Like A Man Who Lives With A Fairy, And Learns How Mundane That Can Be A Woman Exhumes Her Dead Cat When Her Well, it was bizarre.
Having read a few other of Niffenegger's books, I already knew I wasn't much of a fan of her style of bizarre. But having been a longtime fan of Eddie Campbell, I thought I'd give this a go because of his art. Unfortunately, this anthology didn't make full use of his art, including several textonly pieces.
And Campbell decided to use a collage method that sporadically featured photos of real things pasted into his linework. I found it very jarring when, say, a big colorful stack of waffles suddenly appeared on the page. I would get knocked out of the story flow as I stopped to examine this stack of waffles and try to decide whether he had worked out the angles and proportions properly for the surrounding picture he had drawn. Then I'd wonder why he chose to do this. Then I'd remember I was reading a story and try to get back to that.
I'll chalk this one up mostly to failed experiment, though I did find the sermon about art and religion near the end sort of interesting.
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When I'm sick, the most comforting things for me are books and tea. So I'm parked in an armchair right now with a giant fleece blanket, a Big Gulpsized cup of unsweetened iced tea, and a pile of books, trying not to feel so much like poop. What better way to do that than to work my way through a bunch of ARCs that aren't coming out until later this month? Haha*cough cough cough cough*ha*cough*ha, suckers!
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I was really excited when I saw BIZARRE ROMANCE pop up on Netgalley because I really enjoyed THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE, even (especially!) if it was like Dr. Who meets TWILIGHT (and you might say to yourself, "There is no way that premise would work." WRONG!). I was excited to see what new and interesting ideas she would explore using graphic novels as her medium, with the assistance of the talented Eddie Campbell, whose surreal illustrations really complement the bizarre stories.
BIZARRE ROMANCE is an anthologylike collection, with each "chapter" being a different story. The problem with anthologies is that, unless they are carefully curated, there are always some stories that stand out way more than others and a couple that actually drag the collection down as a whole. One of the few anthology collections I have read that was close to perfect was John Scalzi's MINIATURES, and even that one ended on a sour note with a wtfisthis finale.
Thursdays, Six to Eight p.m.: ☆☆☆☆☆
Comic format. This was easily one of my favorites in the collection. I'm a huge fan of fairytales and this one has an almost Bluebeard's Castle vibe to it, but there's a surprise twist that's actually quite funny.
The Composite Boyfriend: ☆☆
Prose format. The title illustration was amazing, which sadly only highlighted the mediocrity of the story itself. This short story gives off a pretentious, twee vibe that I really did not like.
Comic format. Wow, what a mouthful. This is a strange, surreal story that is clearly inspired by tales like Alice in Wonderland and Narnia, but the bittersweet ending makes it feel more adult.
Secret Life, with Cats: ☆½
Prose format. Ooh, I did not like this one at all. A creepy cat lady story? No, thank you! Also, this one ties into the "romance" theme only very peripherally. Definitely a detriment to the collection.
The Ruin of Grant Lowery: ☆☆☆☆
Comic format. After Thursdays, Six to Eight p.m., this was probably my second favorite in the collection. An old school fairy tale, where the fairies are manipulative and sneaky.
Girl on a Roof: ☆
Prose format. I hate giving this one a onestar, because it was the only LGBT story in the mix, but it was so boring, my eyes glazed over.
Jakob Wywialowski and the Angels: ☆☆☆
Comic format. Kind of a surreal story about angels invading somebody's attic. I liked it, in spite of its strangeness, although it sticks out because it isn't about romance.
At the Movies: ☆☆
Prose format. This one was forgettable but inoffensive.
Motion Studies: Getting Out of Bed: ☆☆☆☆½
Comic format. Cool short story about life drawing and photography. The art really makes it work.
The Wrong Fairy: ☆☆☆½
Prose format. One of the better prose stories in here. Like The Ruin of Grant Lowery, it's also about making bargains with fairies, but the fairies are nicer in this one. Nothing to do with romance, though.
Digging up the Cat: ☆½
Comic format. Literally what it sounds like. A seemingly autobiographical story of the author digging up her dead cat from the front yard of her old house to rebury it in front of her new house.
The Church of the Funnies: ☆☆
Prose format. Bizarre, also seemingly autobiographical story about art as religion. Not a fan.
Backwards in Seville: ☆☆☆
Comic format. One of the sadder stories in the mix, about a woman on a cruise with her elderly father. The topic is more about familial love and regret than romance.
As you can see, the stories done in comic format tended to be much better than the ones told in prose format, with a handful of exceptions. There were also quite a few stories that had little to nothing to do with romance, which made the anthology feel disorganizedparticularly in the case of Digging Up the Cat and The Church of the Funnies, which took away from the surreal, fairytalelike theme.
Thanks to Netgalley/the publisher for the review copy!
2.5 out of 5 stars Bizarre Romance, the creation of mad scientist wife/husband tag team Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell is a quirky collection of short stories, told mostly in illustrated form. But note: this this is the good kind of quirky—quirky the same way a capybara is quirky, quirky like the perplexingly changing rules of the alleged Olympic sport of curling. Quirky like that new doctor at the PrincetonPlainsboro Teaching Hospital, Dr. Gregory House. Yes, he will insult your choice of shoe ware, hairstyle, and the band on your concert Tshirt, but really, you don’t want anyone else to cure your puzzling rectal bleeding, inexplicable respiratory duress, and the sudden baffling ability to play highly technical piano concertos despite never before having touched the instrument than Dr. House. You know, a good quirky!
The stories (some published previously) are all extremely strong. Many contain fantastical elements like fairies, angels, and spectral cats. Fans of Neil Gaiman and George Saunders will devour this book like it was the first Big Mac they came upon after being rescued from a twentyyear stint on an uninhabited desert island. Like these greats, Niffenegger nimbly grounds her fantasy with authenticity and genuine feeling.
I enjoyed all the entries to the collection here and signaling any out is like saying you like flatbread over pizza. Still, these were the ones I particularly relished:
“Jakob Wywialowski and the Angels”a tale of a middle age chucklehead enlisting a pest control service to rid his attic of some very standoffish angels (ending in terrific eruption of pandemonium and tragedy) is fantastic. Very funny and clever, and more than a little poignant with a super satisfying conclusion.
“The Wrong Fairy” details the magical visitations Charles Altamont Doyle (Sir Arthur’s proud papa) received while drying out in the lunatic asylum. Needles to say, these callers where the inspiration for some of his paintings depicting fairies.
“The Ruin of Grant Lowery” warns of living a superficial life, the dangers of eating fairy prepared waffles (don’t be polite, just say no), and the power of names.
The artwork is skillfully drawn and as imaginative as the content of the stories. These tales will stick with you long after reading with the adhesiveness of a Siberian Husky’s fur to your new black suit pants pre job interview. Bizarre Romance is a wonderful read and I highly recommend getting out and grabbing a copy.
Oh, also, I am hereby disclosing that I was thrilled to win an advanced copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads for an impartial review. This is a very big deal, as I have not won anything for the last two years. This losing streak may have been the result of that one time Goodreads knocked on the door of my home to give me the “deodorant talk” as well as an unopened Speed Stick musk (apparently some of the other reviewers who claimed to be my friends were complaining about me in high nasally voices, noses clamped shut with clothespins). I acted aggrieved; I’m ashamed to say and demanded they vacate my property immediately. Then I continued on with my unhygienic ways. Or perhaps it was that time I attended Goodreads’ birthday party and I ended up stealing pricey microbrew beers out of the fridge that were not mine (I brought the Natty Light) and I eventually got so drunk I urinated into their mother’s potted Red Anthurium sitting on the dining room table, stole the ham they had in the downstairs basement icebox, and mooned their neighbors. Oops! So, it is nice of Goodreads to let me win an ARC again, and I’d like to thank ABRAMS Books as well as the lovely Mamie VanLangen for this copy. The reason I am flying higher than an eagle right now is because you are all the wind beneath my wings. Thanks!
Every single story in this anthology is amazing. These 150 pages took me on a roller coaster of emotions and left me thoroughly satisfied. I want to thank NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC of this book. I had no idea that that Eddie Campbell and Audrey Niffenegger were married. Heck, I wasn't even familiar with Niffenegger’s name, though of course I’ve heard of The Time Traveller's Wife. Bizarre Romance is a collection of collaborations between them. Some are straight up comics, others are illustrated short stories. Most have appeared elsewhere, often as prose stories by Niffenegger, though a couple are brand new to this collection.
Subjectwise, it's a mixed bag. There's fiction, memoir, an essay. Her work reminds me a bit of Harlan Ellison or Neil Gaiman in terms of subject matter. Some stories are fairly straight literary fiction (“Thursdays, Six to Eight p.m.”) Others have a hint of fantasy (“Secret Life, With Cats.”) And others have more than just a hint (“Jakob Wywialowski and the Angels.”) Also, like them, she seems equally comfortable in short story and essay modes.
I was already an Eddie Campbell fan, which is what attracted me to this book in the first place. But I’m definitely keen to check out more of Audrey Niffenegger’s work now. Definitely recommended! I couldn't really get into this one. About half illustrated stories and half written shortstories, there were fairly hit and miss for me. Most of these pieces originated as textonly stories by Niffenegger* and were later adapted into comics by Campbell. By the time they got married, they had been collaborating longdistance for a while. Some of the stories incorporate fairies, monsters, ghosts and other worlds. A young woman on her way to a holiday party travels via a mirror to another land where she is queen; a hapless bar fly trades one fairy mistress for another; Arthur Conan Doyle’s father sketches fairies in an asylum; a middleaged woman on a cruise decides to donate her remaining years to her aged father.
My favorite of the fantastical ones was “Jakob Wywialowski and the Angels,” a story of a man dealing with an angel infestation in the attic; it first appeared as a holiday story on the Amazon homepage in 2003 and is the oldest piece here, with the newest dating from 2015. I also liked “Thursdays, Six to Eight p.m.,” in which a man goes to great lengths to assure two hours of completely uninterrupted reading per week.
Strangely, my two top pieces were the nonfiction ones: “Digging up the Cat,” about burying her frozen pet with its deceased sibling; and “The Church of the Funnies,” a secular sermon about her history with Catholicism and art that Niffenegger delivered at Manchester Cathedral as part of the 2014 Manchester Literary Festival.
*She has previously illustrated her own work. Based on her two graphic novels that I read, I prefer her style to Campbell’s. Bizarre Romance includes thirteen stories that were written and illustrated by Audrey Niffenegger and her husband, Eddie Campbell.
Comics aren’t really something that I’m always drawn to, but these are not your typical short stories, or your typical comics. They’re unpredictably odd, perhaps a bit on the eccentric side, and there are some that leave you thinking. And there is some incredible comic artwork.
Topics range from suspicion, to cats, fairies, aging, the topic of comics, and art, love, and others.
”The Composite Boyfriend” opens to the equivalent of a paper doll layout, including a naked man, assorted wardrobe accessories, etc. etc., and is followed by a story which begins at the beginning of a morphing of what appears to be multiple parties love stories.
“I met him at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston where he worked as a guard. I met him in a class I was taking. I met him at a school where we both taught. I met him at a party; we smiled at each other across a crowded room. We were introduced to each other by our mutual friend Paula, an Austrian immigrant who had escaped from the Nazis as a young girl.”
RoseRedSnowRidingBeautyShoesHoodSleepingWhite is the story of a brother and sister who are out shopping for Halloween costumes, and Roselyn declares that she is going as Queen RoseRedSnowRidingBeautyShoesHoodSleepingWhite. I really loved the illustrations in all of these stories, but this was one of the better ones for me, and I loved how the story developed, and ended.
Jakob Wywialowski and the Angels is about a man who has problems with Angels abiding in his attic. “I felt bad about throwing them out of the attic, but what was I supposed to do? One thing leads to another, and before you know it, you’ve got seraphim.”
Girl on a Roof A poignant love letter from Nan to Sylvie, who she hasn’t heard from since the floods began in New Orleans.
The Church of the Funnies is based on a child questions her father about why he doesn’t go to church, and he replies “I belong to the Church of the Funnies” which expands in her mind as she grows up, going from Peanuts characters in the adjacent pew to a church which encompasses comics of every sort, and beyond to encompass all Art.
”Backwards in Seville” was just lovely with beautifully done panels of art, and a strangely sweet story of a middleaged woman who goes on a cruise with her aging father.
These stories are so varied in their topics, but I really enjoyed all of them, from strange to sweet to funny and back. As it says in the Introduction these stories are "sometimes romantic, sometimes starcrossed, or merely discombobulated, but all are at least a tiny bit bizarre."
Many thanks, also, to my good goodreads friend, Fran, whose review put this one on my radar. Fran's review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2018
Many thanks for the ARC provided by ABRAMS Books I borrowed this book from the library, but I think it's one worth owning. A marvelous collection!
The room was enormous. He could see the ceiling but not the walls. There were a great many things in the room, too many for him to make sense of at first. When he looked carefully, he could see piles of things. Each thing was spherical, illuminatedeach one was in motion. He drew near one pile and looked into a sphere. Some children were building a snowman. There were in a city. A large shiny vehicle passed by the children, moving under it's own power, like a train. One of the children threw a snowball at it. In another sphere there was a war going on, something exploded, and he turned away quickly. Lovers embraced in strange clean white bedrooms. Water gushed from pipes into bathtubs; no servants had to carry the water. Bodies were stacked naked in mass graves. Machines. Murder. Magic. He saw things he had no words for.
He turned to the lady, who was standing in an empty space looking depressed. "How do you like it?" she asked him.
"It's overwhelming," he said. "What is it?"
"The queen's children. The future."
Whenever I open the freezer to get some orange juice or a waffle, I greet her: Hi Jane. Sometimes I tell her about current events, or the weather. Mostly I just like knowing she's there. But other people find it strange that there's a cat in my freezer.
Someone stood there, all those years ago, with a burnt stick in his or her small hand, and made a picture. This may have had to do with their religion, but I imagine that when the artist stood back and looked at the finished drawing, that artist felt the same artists always feel at that moment: joy and disappointment. It's good, but it isn't as good as the thing we meant to make. The thing we cannot quite achieve leads us to make the next thing, and the next after that. We make things to find out what they are, what they can be, what they might mean. We make things to keep us company in the world. We make things to show them to other people, because we want them to understand.
The thing that makes us want God is the same thing that make us want Artwe want meaning. We want there to be more than meets the eye.