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Original Essays | September 17, 2014

Merritt Tierce: IMG Has My Husband Read It?

My first novel, Love Me Back, was published on September 16. Writing the book took seven years, and along the way three chapters were published in... Continue »


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Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud
Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels

egogrif, September 30, 2011

This is the type of advice that is completely obvious and intuitive...but only after you read it. I could hardly get ten pages in without wanting to rush off and draw something. I will keep this book next to my workstation as a reference for whenever I'm feeling stumped or have "artists block." And besides all the help it gives, it's just plain fun to read!
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The Scarlet Pimpernel (Dover Thrift Editions) by Emmuska, Baroness Orczy
The Scarlet Pimpernel (Dover Thrift Editions)

egogrif, August 15, 2011

I had to go find this book after watching (and falling in love with) both of the major film version. The source material did not disappoint. It's a very light and light-hearted story, despite taking place during the dark times of the French Revolution, when so many French aristocrats, including children, met their end beneath the blade of Madame Guillotine. Baroness Orczy doesn't dwell on this, but uses it as the backdrop for her dashing and carefree English hero, the Scarlet Pimpernel. I loved the book's peculiar lexicon, particularly its late 18th century "oaths," and before long couldn't help thinking "Zounds!" or "Odd's life!" as I went about my day. The characters are not especially deep, except for Marguerite, but the story is charming and unpredictable. As soon as I reached the end, I had to go back and reread certain sections just for the enjoyment of them. A fun book set during the Reign of Terror? Yes, it's possible!
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Wuthering Heights (Oxford World's Classics) by Emily Bronte
Wuthering Heights (Oxford World's Classics)

egogrif, July 21, 2011

I wish I had not waited so long to read this classic. Something in the gloomy title put me off. But it's been around so long for a good reason--it's a wonderful book! The story is tightly interwoven, told more as a story within a story within a story. All of the action takes place in one confined little patch on the moors, which makes the emotions of the characters seem all the more intense and claustrophobic. Towards the end I was setting down the book with frustration, so angry at Heathcliff's connivings, but then I had to keep reading to see what would happen next. Although Bronte wrote this in 1845, her language is easy and approachable. I did not have to read this with a dictionary on my lap, as with most Victorian novels!
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The White Masai: My Exotic Tale of Love and Adventure by Corinne Hofmann
The White Masai: My Exotic Tale of Love and Adventure

egogrif, July 21, 2011

When I started reading this, I soon put aside everything else to finish it. It is a gripping story, not easy to put down! At its heart it is a tale of domestic violence, but the settings are strange and wonderful. Corinne Hofmann does a fine job of balancing the narrative with her own musings, memories, and inner turmoil. I found myself really cheering for her, and frightened for her as the story progressed. I am currently reading one of the two follow-up books she wrote to this one.
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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

egogrif, July 21, 2011

I came at this book half-heartedly, but it didn't take long to win me over. By the end of the second chapter I was hooked and laughing out loud. It was fun to try to figure out which bits were devised by Gaiman and which by Pratchett, but impossible to do--the book is so nicely interwoven that I never noticed any change in tone. Especially hard to put down towards the end. This is the first thing I've read by either author, and it certainly makes me want to pick up more of their stuff.
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