cornerofmadness (cornerofmadness) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

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book 40

How to Talk to Girls at PartiesHow to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This graphic novel is an adaptation of a Neil Gaiman short story (which I haven't read) and may be a tad closer to 2.5 stars than 3 really but it was a decent enough quick read. Unlike a lot of other reviewers I was less thrilled with the brothers' art. Some of it is quiet lovely. On the other hand I never once thought these were 15 year old boys just by looking at them.

The point of view character is one of the boys, the less good looking, less confident of the pair. His better looking friend is much more confident with the ladies (or at least he pretends to be). It's the 70s and he's dragging them to a party but he forgot where it is so they're listening to the kicking music and find it.

It's a party filled with ladies and our protagonist is given one command from his friend, 'talk to them.' He tries three times before getting it right but it's also rather obvious these women aren't human. They are something else, something alien and possibly not entirely benign.

I liked it well enough but where it failed for me is that we're really in the young man's head going to and leaving the party but nothing when these women are spouting what had to seem like utter nonsense to him. They're talking about swimming in the sun and there's not a single thought from the narrator. I found that disappointing. It kept the story too superficial. It was worth reading but it the end it's not very memorable.

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Tags: graphic novel, sci-fi

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