Broken Lines Paperback – January 1, 2018
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"An engaging, gonzo novel with classic illustration elements and a large dose of silliness... If you expect a serious adventure, you're reading the wrong book." -- Bleeding Cool
"It is intelligent, entertaining, and in a word, freaking awesome." -- Broken Frontier
"...a classic oddity, full of strangeness and lunacy...a solidly creative effort." -- Comics Waiting Room
About the Author
- Paperback : 226 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0998327816
- ISBN-13 : 978-0998327815
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.57 x 9 inches
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Publisher : Object Publishing (January 1, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,927,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If Carl Hiaasen had decided to write a graphic novel of sorts (not comic-book format throughout, but with a fair number of black-and-white illustrations and a great deal of playing with type fonts) and had gotten Terry Pratchett’s ghost to write footnotes for it, it might have come out something like this. To be sure, it probably would have had more involving characters and have gotten funnier sooner than this does. Pappalardo isn’t Hiaasen and/or Pratchett, but then again, neither are the rest of us, so I can’t blame him for trying.
The book did eventually have some good humorous bits and did eventually make me care about the characters, though that didn’t happen with anybody except Maggie until fairly near the end. The fourth star, therefore, is something of an afterthought. Overall the book isn’t great, but if you like gonzo urban fantasy with a graphic-novel flavor, it’s worth a try.
Well. I certainly found myself laughing long and hard at some of the trials faced by our ragtag quartet of protagonists. Let it be said they all had guts in the face of some scary-ass axe-wielding antagonists. The author did nothing to allay my fears of gas masks; thanks a lot.
So, immediately dropped into the maelstrom, you can feel and almost smell the camraderie. Three men on what might be an existential journey rescue a woman ... and despite plenty of gory fight scenes, near-misses with death, and a bit of flirtation, you're left wanting, plotwise. Some of the illustrations and asides (text boxes with historical anecdotes or zany footnotes, plus sly advertisements) provide a tongue-in-cheek jab at more recent American culture (such as it is), yet it distracted me from the story. Too often it broke the flow. The food court scene at the mall obliterated it completely, which annoyed me no end. If I wanted to get meta with it, I'd pick up a copy of Philip K. Dick, ok?
By the end, I felt as though I'd been on a bit of theme-park tour with these characters. Certain pop-culture references, many of which I enjoy, popped in to make themselves known.
What would Iggy Pop and Exabayachay make of it, I wonder.
— BlogCritics Magazine
"...a classic oddity, full of strangeness and lunacy...a solidly creative effort."
— Comics Waiting Room
"It is intelligent, entertaining, and in a word, freaking awesome."
— Broken Frontier
"[Pappalardo] has steeped Broken Lines in various literary traditions that suggest he’s at least walked by a library or two, the sense of humor is truly absurd, and references to modern culture both high and low pepper the pages."
— Comic Book Bin
"I can’t remember the last time I was this impressed by a story where I had no real idea what’s going on."
— Optical Sloth
"...the design visuals just hooked themselves into my brain and are making me say Preeeetty."
Now, assuming you’re a grown-up of some kind- don’t you miss all that a little? Wouldn’t it be cool if you could get back to all that, and better than that, get it all in one place? Well have I got a book for you.