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Book Title: Strangers in Paradise, Volume 12: Heart In Hand|
The author of the book: Terry Moore
Date of issue: March 12th 2003
ISBN 13: 9781892597205
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 772 KB
Edition: Abstract Studio, Inc.
Read full description of the books Strangers in Paradise, Volume 12: Heart In Hand:At this point in this series, I'm finally reading parts of the story that I haven't read before. Rather than re-reading dimly remembered story from the past, I'm reading entirely new material.
Understandably, this has changed my perception of the books a bit.
But, as always, there are two important questions that have to be asked. The essential questions.
Am I enjoying it?
I'm going to have to answer this with a slightly qualified yes.
I'm still curious about the story. I'm still emotionally engaged with the characters. I still CARE what happens.
But I'm not really sucked in at this point. I'm not obsessed and compelled to constantly read it.
It's a hard thing to define. I'm interested. I'm in. But I'm also feeling kinda... 'Meh' about the series.
Is this the end of the world? No. But at the same time, it's not a great thing for a story.
Warning: authorial musing ahead.
When I see something like this happen to a story, I always wonder why I'm having a particular reaction to it.
It's one thing to simply not enjoy a story. That's just an issue of taste and flavor.
But when your enthusiasm for a story starts to cool... that's really interesting to me. Because it means that something in the story was there, and you liked it, and now it has *stopped* working, at least for me as a reader.
My tuppenny theory is this. I think this is a lack of distinct narrative through-line.
To put it more simply. I think it's all about the plot. Or the lack of one.
This is a curious thing for me to think. Because in my own writing I am not very good at plot. It's actually fair to say that I'm distinctly bad at plot. If you're kind, you could call me plot-challenged.
But it's precisely because I have a hard time with plot that I spend a lot of time thinking about it. If it came naturally, I'd just do it.
But it doesn't, so I have to work harder on plot than other authors. Just like someone with a learning disability has to study much harder than your average student.
It's not that there's no plot. It's that the plot is loose and jumbled.
This is more of a character story. A story about the relationship of two people. And these people with problems continue to have problems. These people who make mistakes make the same mistakes.
It is, in fact, very much like real life.
While this makes the story very realistic. It also makes it less satisfying. Less compelling.
This is what plot gives us. I know this because I'm bad at plot. I tend to write loose, rambly character-centered stories. I want things to feel real. But I also want them to be gripping and satisfying and narratively pleasing. These two elements are often at odds.
Suffice to say that it's interesting for me to read another work of fiction that is struggling to balance these two things.
I'm also aware that my personal tanglement with these issues probably makes me hyper critical in this particular area. Damaging my immersion in the story, making me enjoy it less.
2. Is it still worth reading?
Yes. Especially if you're in it for the characters. If you enjoy stories about stories. If you like the meta. If you're into indi comics. If you like feeling all the feels.
Read information about the authorFollowing the examples of independent comic creators such as Dave Sim and Jeff Smith, he decided to publish Strangers in Paradise himself through his own Houston-based "Abstract Studios" imprint, and has frequently mentioned a desire to do a syndicated cartoon strip in the authors notes at the back of the Strangers in Paradise collection books. He has also mentioned his greatest career influence is Peanuts' Charles Schulz. Some of Moore's strip work can additionally be found in his Paradise, Too! publications.
His work has won him recognition in the comics industry, including receiving the Eisner Award for Best Serialized Story in 1996 for Strangers in Paradise #1-8, which was collected in the trade paperback "I Dream of You".
It was announced on June 15th, 2007 that Moore would be taking over for Sean McKeever as writer of Marvel Comics's Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane series starting with a new issue #1. On July 27th, Marvel announced that Moore would also take over for Joss Whedon as writer of Marvel's Runaways.
On November 19th, 2007 Terry Moore announced in his blog that his new self-published series would be named Echo and its first issue would appear on March 5th, 2008.
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