Revenge of the Librarians
by Tom Gauld
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Pub Date 18 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 18 Oct 2022
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Confront the spectre of failure, the wraith of social media, and other supernatural enemies of the author
Tom Gauld returns with his wittiest and most trenchant collection of literary cartoons to date. Perfectly composed drawings are punctuated with the artist’s signature brand of humour, hitting high and low. After all, Gauld is just as comfortable taking jabs at Jane Eyre and Game of Thrones.
Some particularly favoured targets include the pretentious procrastinating novelist, the commercial mercenary of the dispassionate editor, the willful obscurantism of the vainglorious poet. Quake in the presence of the stack of bedside books as it grows taller! Gnash your teeth at the ever-moving deadline that the writer never meets! Quail before the critic’s incisive dissection of the manuscript! And most importantly, seethe with envy at the paragon of creative productivity!
Revenge of the Librarians contains even more murders, drubbings, and castigations than The Department of Mind-Blowing Theories, Baking For Kafka, or any other collections of mordant scribblings by the inimitably excellent Gauld.
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Loved this book but then again I am already a fan. . I had sooo many laugh out loud moments and I loved all the reimagined book covers. Hilarious! Some books referenced I had not read so the jokes went over my head but nonetheless I could still enjoy those panes and get the jest of the joke. I can guarantee this will be a hit with book lovers. Next book suggestion? ‘Booksellers strike back’ lol?! Thanks for the approval because this was a book I was eagerly anticipating
Not just for librarians, this delightful collection of comics is for any purveyor or lover of books.
This book took me by surprise-in the best of ways! Smart, sarcastic, funny….if you are a lover of books you will love this graphic novel. Actually I am not sure if novel is the right term….it is a series of vignettes that address the frustrations of writers, the maddening communication with publishers, the passion of readers all in humorous small bites with charming, simple drawings. I laughed as so many of the drawings and could personally relate to all of them. This is an original book and would be a great gift to the book lover in your life!
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This could be subtitled “Reading and Writing Books in the Time of COVID.” Gauld is a bibliophile’s cartoonist whose work frequently appears in The Guardian and The New Scientist, and his latest collection will appeal to anyone who loves books. Now that I think about it, Gauld’s work reminds me a lot of Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series in terms of his clear love of books, riffs on the literary canon, and sheer silliness — but with Fforde’s zaniness turned down a few notches.
I've seen Gauld's work on postcards before, but having them compiled in a book is fantastic! Humorous and relatable, this collection makes for an excellent gift and conversation starter.
Very amusing collection of cartoons regarding everything books - authors, editors, libraries, book stores, publishers, life, death, scoundrels, elves, ufos.
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