Friday, May 20, 2005

Friday Review - Take The Day Off

This week Lauren read The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon:
"This book was so interesting I finished it in 2 days. Brent goes into the bathroom, at 14, puts on a robe, pours gasoline over himself and lights a match. Throughout the book, Brent talks about the recovery process of a burn patient. Painful burn care, skin grafting, psychological and physical therapy. It is an intense and honest story. Although it was written by Brent as an man, it reads like the confession of a 14 year old boy. Though Brent never seems to understand why he tried to commit suicide it is apparent that he will never try again. Highly recommended."

Benn read Why Are You Doing This? by Jason:
"How many stories do you have to tell? Like if you were at a dinner party, and people were sharing interesting stories, how many would you have? Alex, the protagonist in Jason's anthropomorphic, Rear Window-esque murder mystery gets caught up in a whopper of a story, if he can live to tell it. The seemingly straightforward narrative proves less predictable than one would think. And while I'm not nuts about animal characters acting like people, Jason renders his dogs and birds with more human expression than many cartoonists manage. Excellent paneling, coloring and linework, and it's a story worth telling."

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