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Strangers In Paradise Pocket Book 5 (Strangers in Paradise Pocket Book Collection) (Bk. 5) Paperback – December 20, 2005

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Katchoo, Francine, David, and the gang are back, and this time David gets a closer look. A spoiled street thug destined to inherit his father's powerful position in the yakuza underground, David experiences a real change of life after he kills someone. Influence gets him off the hook, but, wracked with guilt, he is separated from his crime family for the first time in his life. He is thus at the beginning of a road that leads him to Katchoo, Francine, and the rest of a new family. The world moves on. Katchoo, finally completely free of her Parker Girl past, tries to reconcile herself to losing Francine and makes her mark on the art world. Francine is trying to get the hang of posthoneymoon married life and misses Katchoo terribly. SiP's world and cast keep growing and evolving in complexity. Moore's writing continues inviting us into the characters' psyches, allowing us virtually to participate in the intricate world he has created, and his artwork retains its precision, humor, personality, and transparent emotion. Tina Coleman
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Product Details

  • Series: Strangers in Paradise Pocket Book Collection (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Abstract Studio (December 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892597381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892597380
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,169,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Renee W. Fung on February 23, 2006
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I can't say I'd consider myself a hardcore SIP fan since I don't buy every color issue that comes out, but I do own all 5 pocket books. I usually finish them in a couple hours because they're just that good.

To those who have never read SIP, I highly recommend it. It's not a child's comic book. There are some real and deep situations in these novels and it's probably best for kids not to read them.

These novels deal with (un)conditional love, where the line between the love that two people share as friends and the love that two people share as lovers is blurred.

You'll find that the images are drawn to perfection, conveying emotions so well you'll swear the characters were alive.

Please give this a read, you won't regret it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Leung on January 15, 2006
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The neverending love triangle of our three main characters (Katchoo, Francine and David) extends itself in this latest volume from Terry Moore. Initially I was happy to receive it as a gift and read through it in two days, but afterwards was left feeling emotionally empty and was beginning to question whether or not I should continue on with this series.

I mean, the reason I started reading SiP was because of the dynamic relationships involved, but in real life relationships either get better or worse, not stand still as they have in this case for the past several years. Case in point is where Katchoo is reunited with David. The two get drunk and married in Vegas. They are about to go through with it, when Katchoo's undying love for Francine kicks in, not to mention the fact that she loves women more than men. Surprised? I don't think so. It's the same thing that's been happening between them ever since they met.

There are also other dramatic events that take place which could have added a lot to the story, but fails to do so because things are resolved far too easily. For example, while in Vegas we encounter a lethal stalker who is after Rusty - a friend of Casey Femur. The guy threatens them at gun point and all Katchoo has to do is break his nose and it's over. Just like that. Rusty is then written out of the plot and Casey moves back to Houston where she belongs. So in other words, the crew goes back to square one. In another dramatic scene Sara Bryan and detective Walsh interrogate Katchoo, determined to throw her in jail for crimes she didn't commit. But a simple phone call to Tambi solves all that. I also find that Casey's character seems to have grown a bit inconsistent. Last I recall she was in love with this guy named Joe and proved to be smarter than she looked.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Lund on March 23, 2006
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I just picked up all 5 volumes and have been going (slowly) through them. You can really see how the authors art and storytelling ability evolved over time. In book 1 the characters looked a little rough and the writing was fairly cliche and one dimensional.

By the time you reach book 5 everything is polished.

Book 5 reprints issues of the comic 61 - 76 and the Molly & Poo stories from 46, 49 and 73.

On the Strangers In Paradise website they just announced that #90 will be the final issue in the series so it looks like there will be just one more Pocket Book and the entire run is complete.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BlueBird123 on January 25, 2006
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I enjoyed it but not as much as I enjoyed the previous books. The exploration of the characters and relationships is still great but there wasn't as much flow to the drama and action, i'm starting to wonder if Terry Moore is getting a bit burnt out on the characters.

Still, it is better than a lot of other stuff out there and adds a hell of a lot of respectability to the comic medium.
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