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Underdog Literature, February 2012: 15 fresh or artsy, off-the-wall titles

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Here are 15 graphic novels that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention:

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01: GREG RUCKA, „Stumptown“, 144 pages, 2011.

02: KEN DAHL, „Monsters“, 200 pages, 2009.

03: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, „Fortune and Glory: A True Hollywood Comic Book Story“, 136 pages, 2000.

04: ALEX ROBINSON, „Box Office Poison“, 602 pages, 2001.

05: YOSHIHIRO TATSUMI, „A Drifting Life“, 856 pages, 2009.

06: GIPI, „Notes for a War Story“, 128 pages, 2006.

07: SARAH LEAVITT, „Tangles: A Story about Alzheimer’s, my Mother and me“, 127 pages, 2010.

08: ANDERS NILSEN, „Don’t go where I can’t follow“, 244 pages, 2007.

09: EMMANUEL GUIBERT, „The Photographer“, 288 pages, 2003.

10: PAUL HORNSCHEMEIER, „Mother, come home“, 128 pages, 2003.

11: MANU LARCENET, „Ordinary Victories“, 128 pages, 2003.

12: FUMI YOSHINAGA, „Ooku: The Inner Chambers“, 216 pages, 2009.

13: PETER MILLIGAN, „Enigma“, 208 pages, 1995.

14: EROYN FRANKLIN, „Another glorious Day at the Nothing Factory“, 206 pages, 2009.

15: JONATHAN HICKMAN, „The Nightly News“, 154 pages, 2007.

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Here are three books that got great reviews, but left me disappointed:

01: AMIR; KHALIL, „Zahra’s Paradise“, 272 pages, 2011.

02: RAINA TELGEMEIER, „Smile“, 224 pages, 2009.

03: FUMIYO KOUNO, „Town of evening calm, country of cherry blossoms“, 104 pages, 2004.

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…and finally, here are seven books that I read – and that were really good:

1: 4 of 5 stars: JASON SHIGA, „Empire State: A Love Story (or not)“, 144 pages, 2011.

2: 4 of 5 stars: JASON SHIGA, „Bookhunter“, 144 pages, 2007.

3: 4 of 5 stars: JEFFREY BROWN, „Clumsy“, 224 pages, 2003.

4: 4 of 5 stars: JOE KELLY, „I kill Giants“, 184 pages, 2009.

5: 4 of 5 stars: PHILIP GELATT, „Petrograd“, 248 pages, 2011.

6: 4 of 5 stars: RANDALL MUNROE, „xkcd: Volume 0“, 120 pages, 2009..

7: 5 of 5 stars: FÁBIO MOON; GABRIEL BÁ, „Daytripper“, 256 pages, 2011. [best read of 2011, I’ve wrote about it here (German, Link)]

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Underdog Literature: 15 fresh or exciting, off-the-wall titles

Here are 15 books that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention:

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01: ANDREW SHAFFER: ‚Great Philosophers who failed at Love‘, 208 pages, 2011. [Nonfiction]

02: ERNEST CLINE: ‚Ready Player One‘, 384 pages, 2011.

03: BLAKE BUTLER: ‚There is no Year‘, 416 pages, 2011.

04: ANNETT GRÖSCHNER, ‚Walpurgistag‘, 448 pages, 2011. [German]

05: NAVID KERMANI, ‚Dein Name‘, 1200 pages, 2011. [German]

06: GARY D. SCHMIDT: ‚Okay for now‘, 368 pages, 2011. [Young Adult Lit]

07: JESSICA VALENTI: ‚The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is hurting Young Women‘, 263 pages, 2009. [Nonfiction]

08: GEORGE ORWELL: ‚A Collection of Essays‘, 316 pages, 1954. [Nonfiction]

09: DOOGIE HORNER: ‚Everything explained through Flowcharts‘, 168 pages, 2010. [Nonfiction, Humor]

10: THOMAS MALLON: ‚A Book of one’s own: People and their Diaries‘, 314 pages, 1984. [Nonfiction]

11: FREDERIC MARTEL: ‚Mainstream‘, 464 pages, 2010. [Nonfiction]

12: JOE SACCO: ‚Safe Area Gorazde‘, 240 pages, 2000. [Graphic Novel]

13: RAINA TELGEMEIER, ‚Smile‘, 224 pages, 2010. [Graphic Novel]

14: GRANT MORRISON, ‚We3‘, 104 pages, 2005. [Graphic Novel]

15: JOE KELLY, ‚I Kill Giants‘, 184 pages, 2009. [Graphic Novel]

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Here are five books that made me curious enough to buy them:

01: BEN TANZER, ‚You can make him like you‘, 222 pages, 2011.

02: DAN GARDNER, ‚Risk: The Science & Politics of Fear‘, 320 pages, 2008.

03: THOMAS LEHR, ‚Nabokovs Katze‘, 511 pages, 1999. [German, recommended by Marcel Maas]

04: JEFF SMITH, ‚Bone‘, 1343 pages. [Graphic Novel]

05: KRISTOF MAGNUSSON, ‚Das war ich nicht‘, 283 pages, 2010. [German]

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…and finally, here are three books that I read – and that were really good:

5 of 5 stars: GARY SHTEYNGART, ‚Super Sad True Love Story‘, 464 pages, 2010.

4 of 5 stars: BARBARA HONIGMANN, ‚Das überirdische Licht: Rückkehr nach New York‘, 160 pages, 2008. [Memoir, German]

4 of 5 stars: CRAIG THOMPSON: ‚Blankets‘, 582 pages, 2003 [Graphic Novel… what took me so long?]

What have you read? What made you curious? Recommendations?

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