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Portable Mistletoe

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

Being Texan: Celebrating a State of Mind
Jeff Carroll
Hogfather
Terry Pratchett, Nigel Planer
Progress: 25 %
Lady in the Lake
Laura Lippman
Progress: 100 %
Lies Sleeping
Ben Aaronovitch
Progress: 100 %
The Color Purple
Alice Walker
Progress: 100 %
Leading Change
John P. Kotter
Peanuts Classics
Charles M. Schulz
Progress: 66 %
The Bungalow Mystery
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages
The Bungalow Mystery #3
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages
The Bungalow Mystery
P.M. Carlson, Russell H. Tandy, Carolyn Keene
Progress: 204/204 pages

The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch ★★★★☆

The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch - Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean

Graphic novels are really not my thing. But this is the first one I've read that *felt* more like an illustrated novel than a comic book. Or at least, illustrated short story. It might be because this one has as much narrative structure as dialogue and very little action, so the artwork seemed more for building atmosphere and mimicking a sort of stop-motion movie drama, like extreme closeups, rather than depicting characters in action with voice bubbles over their heads. 

 

The artwork is strange but compelling. The story is strange but compelling. And the ending is... unsatisfactorily unresolved. 

 

Paperback, picked up on a whim at a Friends of the Library sale, because the author is Neil Gaiman. 

 

I read this for the 24 Festive Tasks 2019 for Door 2 Japanese Culture Day (Nov. 3): Read a graphic novel or a book set in a school or academic setting.