Synopses & Reviews
Jimmy is a stereotypical geek who works at the library in Oakland, California, and is trapped in his own torpidity. Sara is his best friend, but she wants to get a life (translation: an apartment in Brooklyn and a publishing internship). When Sara moves to New York City, Jimmy is rattled. Then lonely. Then desperate. He screws up his courage, writes Sara a letter about his true feelings, and asks her to meet him at the top of the Empire State Building (a nod to their ongoing debate about Sleepless in Seattle).
Jimmy\\\'s cross-country bus trip to Manhattan is as hapless and funny as Jimmy himself. When he arrives in the city he\\\'s thought of as \\\"a festering hellhole,\\\" he\\\'s surprised by how exciting he finds New York, and how heartbreakinghe discovers Sara has a boyfriend!
Jason Shiga\\\'s bold visual storytelling, sly pokes at popular culture, and subtle text work together seamlessly in Empire State, creating a quirky graphic novel comedy about the vagaries of love and friendship.\''
"Scott Pilgrim is 23 years old, lives in a cold, unnamed Canadian town, plays bass in a band called Sex Bob-Omb and has a very cute 17-year-old Chinese-Canadian girlfriend, Knives Chau. His 'precious little life' is amiably unstructured, and he drifts, happily unemployed, between band practice and time spent with Knives. His relationship with Knives is chaste walks, chats and hugs although Knives is getting bigger ideas. 'We haven't even held hands,' Scott explains. 'It's just nice, you know.' But then he starts having dreams about Ramona Flowers, a mysterious, equally cute and perfectly legal hipster chick on Rollerblades who delivers books for Amazon.com. Ramona is anything but simple, and O'Malley's tale of adorable slackers in love is transformed into a wildly magically manga kung fu fantasy adventure. We meet the first of Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends, Matthew Patel, who challenges Scott and his band to a supernatural martial arts duel right out of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. O'Malley has crafted a delightfully hybrid comics love story. It's an alt-lit, rock 'n' roll graphic novel with wonderful manga-influenced drawing and a comically mystical plot that manages to capture both the genuine intimacies and serial dishonesties of young love. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Charming, funny, sexy and packed with creative power and the love of storytelling." Alan David Doane, Comic Book Galaxy
"Easily one of my favorite books of the year. It's sharp, funny, fast-paced, unpredictable, unapologetically silly and just plain fun." Kevin Melrose, Thought Balloons
“The Magic Circle
is elegant, brutally smart, and utterly absorbing—The Secret History
as directed by Whit Stillman...A delirious, hypnotic page-turner about the ruthless games female friends play with, and on, each other.” —Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me
“For many years, those in search of an erudite, smart, sassy, vibrantly intelligent mystery blog went to Jenny Davidson, and she wrote too of deeply intellectual matters on an easy in yer face tone. She rocked. And now…The novel. Bliss. Imagine Iris Murdoch, channeling Janet Evanovich and cribbing the sheer art of P.D. Jamess gripping storytelling, and you'd have the tone and flavour of Davidson's novel. It's that book, and oh so beautifully readable. —Ken Bruen, author of The Hackman Blues and The Guards
“Edgy and erudite, sexy and engrossing: This is one seriously fun book.” —Emily Barton, author of Brookland
“Like a novel by a 21st-century Muriel Spark, this book about smart women, dangerous games, and the roles we play in life enthralled me. I loved it.” —Sara Gran, author of Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead and Dope
Scott Pilgrim's life is totally sweet. He's 23 years old, in a rock band, "between jobs," and dating a cute high school girl. Everything's fantastic until a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott's awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? Short answer: yes. Long answer: Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life.
Three young women are obsessed with games of all kinds, devoting themselves to both the academic study of play and the design of games based on the secret history of the neighborhood around Columbia University. When live-action role-playing based on classic Greek tragedy is introduced, the games get dangerous.
Three smart young women—the scholarly Ruth, her poet roommate Lucy, and their exotic, provocative neighbor Anna—are obsessed with games of all kinds. Theyve devoted themselves to both the academic study of play and the design of games based on the secret history of the neighborhood around Columbia University, from Grants Tomb to the former insane asylum that once stood where the campus is now. When Annas mysterious brother Anders gets involved and introduces live-action role-playing based on classic Greek tragedy, theory goes into practice and the stakes are raised. Told in a variety of formats—including Gchat and blog posts—that bring the fraught drama of Euripides screaming into the 21st century, The Magic Circle is an intellectual thriller like no other.
About the Author
Bryan Lee O'Malley has been alive since 1979. His first book was called Lost at Sea. His second book is this one.