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Shape of a Pocket, Tales from Outer Suburbia

Tales from Outer Suburbia is beautiful and amazing. Shaun Tan is awesome.As is John Berger. I loved The Shape of a Pocket even when I didn’t completely understand it. His passion and interest is continuously contagious and heartening. I underlined and left notes in the margins and smiled and patted the book when it was finished.


I love Yellowrocket. It’s fun, lively, touching, precise, lovely. Just read Ruin – irresistible.

Five Quarters of the Orange

Five Quarters of the Orange was good but not my favorite. Too much heady nostalgia and romantic turns of events. But the characters were vivid and the story well-written. I loved reading the descriptions of countryside and food. I think I would have liked either the child’s tale or the old woman’s tale alone – mixing them together somehow weakened them both for me. Or perhaps I loved Dream of Scipio so much, I wished all the way through that I was reading that again instead. My favorite character was Paul, of … Continue Reading

That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana & Eat Me

That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana is uneven, provocative, and very much not a usual sort of mystery story. I liked it, though, especially when I was nearly half-way in. I looked up lots of words… and skipped more than I looked up… always fun. There were certainly sections that dragged – but I loved the dream sequence and the asides – the more bizarre the better. “And there were toes. Plip, Plop.”Kenny Shopsin’s Eat Me is lovely. Always nice to read about people who have done their own … Continue Reading