Bizarre Romance

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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 unpre

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  • Hardcover
  • 168 pages
  • Bizarre Romance
  • Audrey Niffenegger
  • 22 May 2019
  • 9780121235826

10 thoughts on “Bizarre Romance

  1. says:

    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 where a volunteer at the Happy Cat Home, a no kill shelter, had a life changing experience Thursdays Six to Eight p.m focuses on the cost of suspicion.I have to admit that Bizarre Romance , a comic romance, was off beat, however, I like books off the beaten path This was just the book for me Thank you Abrams Comic Arts and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review Bizarre Romance.

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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, 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 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 are sometimes 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

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    Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestWhen 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 way 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 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 feel adult.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 is 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 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

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    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, and 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

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    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.

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    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.

  7. says:

    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.

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    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 be than meets the eye _____

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    via my blog this isn t my usual pick, the moment I saw it was by Niffenegger, I had to request it Wonderful illustrations accompany uniquely strange stories The Composite Boyfriend is decent but something I think my younger readers would like I enjoyed the tale of aging in Backwards in Seville, it is moving and heavier than the rest There is something endearing about the drawing of Helene with scarlet lips, and lipstick smudges on the glass Digging Up the Cat, seven years the animal rested in his grave, why the heck are the digging him up Each tale is odd, it s hit or miss, but always original I m just not always sure what was being said, whether the story tackled religion or art.It s a hard collection to review being as I don t read graphic novels Some of the stories left me confused Getting Out of Bed is really good, one for the artists It is a creative book, it s strange because in some of the stories I preferred the art to the prose and in others the prose to the art.I think it is for a different reader than me All in all, it s quirky tales that soar or confuse.Publication Date March 20 2018Abrams ComicArts

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    I received the book for free through Goodreads Giveaways Even though I won this ARC I m thinking about buying it I loved the stories and artwork Unfortunately my copy did not come fully illustrated like the book is advertised, so I have to get the finished copy I only knew the author, Audrey Niffenegger, from her book The Time Traveler s wife Which I m ashamed to say I did not read, but watched the film instead After reading Bizarre Romance I simply must have of her books Her writing hooks you from the start, and though you re sad when the story is over, she doesn t just drop you with an ending Every story feels complete and original I wasn t sure the artwork style was for me at first, but it really does mesh with all the stories and add depth.

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