Ghost World (by Daniel Clowes)

21 10 2012

Disenfranchised 90s youth? Guess that should be the cat, right?
Contrary to popular belief, Ghost World is not snarky, quirky or even witty… to stay with the graphic novel’s vernacular: it just blows.

Kitty litter.


Beastly (by Alex Flinn)

9 05 2011

As if the Hunchback of Notre Dame or Beauty and the Beast weren’t enough already… here’s Beastly, a totally unnecessary, completely unreadable, irrelevant piece of drivel, which makes even Stephenie Meyer look like Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

But never one to keep the goodies only to herself, the cat absolutely cannot withhold this from you: Read the rest of this entry »

I Heart You, You Haunt Me (by Lisa Schroeder)

15 10 2010


Self-proclaimed verse novel lover Lisa Schroeder writes a fluffy little nothing about a girl, Ava, who lost a boy, Jackson. Ava misses Jackson to the point of total despair (Oh. So. Sad…not). She soon feels haunted by his ghost (Oh. So. Creepy… not). You know: some bonds can never be broken and all that jazz. This is a verse novel that’s actually just a short story, that’s actually a load of puppy-love blandness that wouldn’t even make the inside pages of I dunno, whatever’s completely insubstantial and entirely forgettable…I’m tempted to say Twilight, but Twilight’s better, sigh…

Anyway, what’s the point of writing a “novel in verse” when there really is no added value to the verse form?  Some of the ‘poems’ are ordinary to the point of being ridiculous. If it’s different and creative you’re after, you’re better off reading something else entirely.

Also, there’s fluff and there’s fluff. I Heart You, You Haunt Me is CosmoGirl and Seventeen type fluff (not even, ‘cause those have piccies and other hot stuff). There’s far superior material on the market these days.

I guess the title should have been my first warning. Oh well…

Gangsta Rap (by Benjamin Zephaniah)

22 09 2010

To be honest, this is probably the worst book I’ve read in a long time. Though the themes are contemporary (broken family, kids who mostly live on the street, who hate school and do everything for their music) and recognisable it is written in such a superficial style… the characters have no depth, the story just happens without any sort of lead-in, or explanation. A total miss, in my opinion!

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