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March 29, 2007

10 Down, 42 To Go (52 Books, 52 Weeks) ("Heartbreak Soup: Palomar Stories Volume 1")

Having just finished Maggie The Mechanic: Locas Stories Volume 1 by Jaime Hernandez, I decided to continue my Love and Rockets reading kick and delve into Heartbreak Soup: Palomar Stories Volume 1 by Jaime's brother, Gilberto. The move from a future world to a small town stuck in the past was a bit jarring, but Gilberto Hernandez's deft handling of characters and the intertwined relationships of the small town soon had me engrossed in the massive web of a storyline. This book helped put Luba: The Book of Ofelia in perspective for me. When I read that book (which collected many of the Luba storylines) last year, it was enjoyable (and she is a memorable character), but this collection fleshes out at least a dozen characters as impressive as Luba, and Gilberto Hernandez has them dance like marionettes until only a knife could separate them. These are the earliest of the Palomar stories, I look forward to the next volume in this series.

For two weeks, enter the coupon code "LHB001" at Atomic Books and receive 15% off this title.

My next book is FOUND Polaroids, edited by Jason Bitner.

see also:

52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)


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