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The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl Paperback – November 29, 2005
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The protagonist is Marzi (short for Marzipan: hippie parents), night manager of a coffee shop in Santa Cruz called Genius Loci. Marzi is an artist, having dropped out of UC Santa Cruz after a nervous breakdown a couple years previously. She draws a fairly successful underground comic called The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl, about a woman who travels to a fantasy Old West and confronts weird villains. Her best friend is Lindsay, a talented bisexual artist still at UCSC. Lindsay keeps trying to set her up with men, but Marzi is skittish just now, after the breakdown. Then a new young man moves in above the coffee shop. Jonathan is studying Garamond Ray, a modestly famous artist who painted the walls of the coffee shop before disappearing during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Lindsay pounces immediately, and perhaps surprisingly has a bit of success pushing Marzi at him.
But at the same time the very strange artist Beej seems to go completely nuts, and starts talking about the Earthquake god. And another couple of artists, Dennis and his ex-girlfriend Jane, act oddly too. In particular Jane seems suddenly to be made of mud, and she seems to want to kill Marzi. All this seems perhaps connected with a locked storeroom, entering which precipitated Marzi's breakdown a couple years previously. That storeroom has an unknown Garamond Ray mural ... which means Jonathan is very interested.Read more ›
for me, the story moved a bit slow at first, and seemed thin and plodding in spots, but the book reads smoothly enough to where the short comings didn't kill the book completely.
i like the statement it makes (in my opinion, this is how i took it) about art and how artists see the world around them. i like how the author includes the santa cruz earthquake and the way he describes some of the scenes are just perfect.
the writing is good, not pretentious, and pretty smooth. the story is good, basic plot, pretty straight forward. worth it.
Marzi is a comic book artist working in a coffee shop trying to get her life back to normal after surviving what she thinks is a mental breakdown over the fear of opening doors. As she starts to remember why that fear started and as everyone starts acting really strange around her, Marzi begins to believe she might not be quite as crazy as she thought. Marzi/her alter ego Rangergirl (her comic book hero) may have to have a good old-fashioned, Western showdown with a supernatural evil older than life.
This is one of the most original ideas for a story that I've read. It mixes westerns, fantasy, sci-fi, the supernatural, comic books and more for a fun-filled read. The biggest problem I had was the ending was kind of anti-climactic, but that doesn't ruin the rest of the book.
I would love to see a comics series or graphic novel of the Rangergirl story that is part of this novel.
I don't know why this book only has a handful of reviews on Amazon and isn't more popular. Don't let this discourage you from reading it. It's a fun read and well worth it.
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