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Title: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michal Chabon [New York 2000]
Summary: The novel follows the lives of the title characters, a Czech artist named Joe Kavalier and a Brooklyn-born writer named Sam Clay—both Jewish—before, during, and after World War II. Kavalier and Clay become major figures in the nascent comics industry during its "Golden Age." [Source].
Review in 5 words or less: Excellent characterization and style | Interesting plot | Starts out really strong but becomes dragged out in the second half | Memorable |
Personal Rating: ◊ ◊ ◊ of 5.
Extra: The Escapist, Kavalier & Clay's most famous comic book character, has been turned into a comic outside the novel as well. For those who have read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay this could be of interest. If you want to, check out two artist's renditions of The Escapist here and here, as well as information on the comic at the Grand Comic Book Database. Nice trivia for the book, in my opinion.
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Title: The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin [New York 1972]
Summary: For Joanna, her husband, Walter, and their children, the move to beautiful Stepford seems almost too good to be true. It is. For behind the town's idyllic facade lies a terrible secret -- a secret so shattering that no one who encounters it will ever be the same.

At once a masterpiece of psychological suspense and a savage commentary on a media-driven society that values the pursuit of youth and beauty at all costs, The Stepford Wives is a novel so frightening in its final implications that the title itself has earned a place in the American lexicon. [Source].
Review in 5 words or less: Scary | Impressing | Memorable | Very intense and clever |
Personal Rating: ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ of 5.
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Tags: category: graphic novels, genre: horror, subject: history, xxx author last name: a-h, xxx author last name: i-q

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