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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, 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 othersThe Composite Boyfriendopens 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 storiesI 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 RoseRedSnowRidingBeautyShoesHoodSleepingWhiteis 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 endedJakob Wywialowski and the Angelsis about a man who has problems with Angels abiding in his atticI 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 RoofA poignant love letter from Nan to Sylvie, who she hasn t heard from since the floods began in New OrleansThe Church of the Funniesis based on a child questions her father about why he doesn t go to church, and he repliesI belong to the Church of the Funnieswhich 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 ArtBackwards in Seville was just lovely with beautifully done panels of art, and a strangely sweet story of a middle aged 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 aresometimes romantic, sometimes star crossed, 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 Date 20 Mar 2018Many thanks for the ARC provided by ABRAMS Books 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 text only 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 s 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 text only 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 Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestWhen 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 Gulp sized 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 Ha ha cough cough cough cough ha cough ha, suckers cough cough blows nose Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestWhen 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 Gulp sized 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 Ha ha cough cough cough cough ha cough ha, suckers cough cough blows nose 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 anthology like 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 waythan 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 wtf is this 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.RoseRedSnowRidingBeautyShoesHoodSleepingWhite 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 feeladult.Secret Life, with Cats 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 one star, 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 Comic format Cool short story about life drawing and photography The art really makes it work.The Wrong Fairy 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 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 isabout 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 disorganized particularly in the case of Digging Up the Cat and The Church of the Funnies, which took away from the surreal, fairytale like 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 Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, Dr Gregory House Yes, he will insult your choice of shoe ware, hairs 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 Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, Dr Gregory House Yes, he will insult your choice of shoe ware, hairstyle, and the band on your concert T shirt, 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 twenty year 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, andthan 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 Bizarre Romance UK EditionBizarre Romance UK Edition Niffenegger, Audrey ISBNKostenloser Versand Fr Alle Bcher Mit Versand Und Verkauf DuchBizarre Romance UK Edition By Audrey Book Summary The Title Of This Book Is Bizarre Romance UK Edition And 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Bolton – 9facts.co.uk Telling Him She Could See Him As Her Boyfriend And Joking About Her Sex Life Days Before Going Public With Her New Man Share Comments By Jack Hardwick Senior Showbiz Correspondent,JULUpdated 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.Subject wise, it s a mixed bag There s fiction, memoir, an ess 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.Subject wise, 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 havethan 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 outof Audrey Niffenegger s work now Definitely recommended 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 couldn t really get into this one About half illustrated stories and half written short stories, there were fairly hit and miss for me. Most of these pieces originated as text only stories by Niffenegger and were later adapted into comics by Campbell By the time they got married, they had been collaborating long distance 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 mid Most of these pieces originated as text only stories by Niffenegger and were later adapted into comics by Campbell By the time they got married, they had been collaborating long distance 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 middle aged 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 thehomepage 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 I borrowed this book from the library, but I think it s one worth owning A marvelous collection Favorite Passages 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, illuminated each 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 I borrowed this book from the library, but I think it s one worth owning A marvelous collection Favorite Passages 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, illuminated each 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 Art we want meaning We want there to bethan meets the eye Bizarre Romance(UK edition)


About the Author: Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger born June 13, 1963 in South Haven, Michigan is a writer and artist She is also a professor in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Columbia College Chicago Niffenegger s debut novel, The Time Traveler s Wife 2003 , was a national bestseller The Time Traveler s Wife is an unconventional love story that centers on a man with a strange genetic disorder that causes him to unpredictably time travel and his wife, an artist, who has to cope with his constant absence Her Fearful Symmetry 2009 , Niffenegger s second novel, is set in London s Highgate Cemetery where, during research for the book, Niffenegger acted as a tour guide.Niffenegger has also published graphic and illustrated novels including The Adventuress 2006 , The Three Incestuous Sisters 2005 , The Night Bookmobile 2009 , and Raven Girl 2013 Raven Girl was adapted into a ballet by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and the Royal Opera House Ballet London in 2013 A mid career retrospective entitled Awake in the Dream World The Art of Audrey Niffenegger, was presented by the National Museum of Women in the Arts Washington D.C in 2013 An accompanying exhibition catalogue examines several themes in Niffenegger s visual art including her explorations of life, mortality, and magic.


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