Richard Ellmann, James Joyce

James Joyce by Richard Ellmann My rating: 4 of 5 stars Biography must be the most traditional, even rigid, of the prose genres, exceeding murder mysteries or romance novels. It marches from birth to death (or from family history to cultural legacy) at the stately pace of the old three-volume Victorian novel and with the … Continue reading Richard Ellmann, James Joyce

Alan Moore and David Lloyd, V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore My rating: 3 of 5 stars Along with never meeting our heroes, we should also, and for the same reason, probably not re-read adolescent literary favorites. Even so, since Watchmen more or less stands up to adult scrutiny, I thought perhaps V for Vendetta would as well—hence my choice … Continue reading Alan Moore and David Lloyd, V for Vendetta

Ales Kot and Riley Rossmo, Wild Children

Wild Children by Ales Kot My rating: 3 of 5 stars My review of wunderkind comics writer Ales Kot's graphic novel, Change, was sufficiently scathing that I did not even repost it to my main site. In short, I found his work derivative and emptily trendy, an instance of the so-called '90s revival, with added … Continue reading Ales Kot and Riley Rossmo, Wild Children