THE GRAPHIC NOVEL
Graphic novels are best defined as book-length comics. They are often a single storyline, flowing from first page to last, and sometimes they are collections of short stories. Graphic novels, like the comic books they parallel, rely to a high degree on visual art. This art is usually combined with text, most often presented in a series of rectangular panels.
Comics and the graphic novel evolved from the “funny papers,” enabling a longer story to be told than in the limited space granted by newspaper formats. The name notwithstanding, not all comics are funny. Many emphasize broader themes that feature complex drama and well-developed characterization.
Among purists the term graphic novel has become contentious. Since the 1970s, experts in the field have ventured to define comics as an “academic discipline,” worthy of specialization in publishing. A debate over the term “graphic novel” may challenge this definition. To most readers, the word “comic” refers to a publication meant for children, usually available at newsstands or in comic book stores. The term “graphic novel “usually refers to a longer storyline, usually meant for a more mature audience. This format may be published in either paperback or hardback, and be found online, or in bookstores. The graphic novel usually contains more serious themes and more complex artwork than the classic comic book.
These distinctions can become somewhat confusing, because comics come in a variety of shapes and formats, and appeal to (more…)
Bestselling Author Janet Evanovich offers fun, light and enjoyable read
The Heist is the beginning of a brand new series by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (bestselling author and writer for Monk). I am a huge Janet Evanovich fan and have read all of her Stephanie Plum series. The Heist was a fun, light read that was simply enjoyable. Not intense or overly complicated, The Heist, is a perfect beach read. Or at least was the perfect read for my beach trip.
This novel features Kate O’Hare, a FBI special agent known for her dedication and discipline and Nicolas Fox, a con man that Kate has spent five years of her life hunting down. After being arrested Nicolas makes a deal with the FBI to help them catch criminals off the books that have thus far evaded them.
This unlikely pair teams up much to Kate’s disapproval but with Nicolas’ suaveness and Kate’s keenness they prove to be a perfect match. They recruit a team of misfits and begin their first assignment to catch a corrupt investment banker who’s hiding on his private island. From flamethrowers to pirates this first assignment is definitely not without unexpected challenges.
John reviews The Husband List by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly
I started The Husband List by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly yesterday morning and didn’t put it down until I finished it last night. I kept trying to put it down but just couldn’t do it. Jack Culhane was swoon worthy and my sympathy went to Caroline Maxwell. It’s a fun, light read and the only thing I could have hoped for was for it to keep going. I am a huge Janet Evanovich fan and am never disappointed when reading one of her novels, can’t wait to see what she comes up with next! My favorite of her novels are still those in her Stephanie Plum series, but I would be hard pressed to pick my favorite. I love them all!
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