Exquisite Corpse

Exquisite Corpse

Book - 2015
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"Zoe isn't the intellectual type, which is why she doesn't recognize world-famous author Thomas Rocher when she stumbles into his apartment...and into his life. It's also why she doesn't know that Rocher is supposed to be dead. Rocher faked his death years ago to escape his critics, and has been making a killing releasing his new work as "lost manuscripts," in cahoots with his editor/ex-wife Agathe. Zoe doesn't know Balzac from Batman, but she's going to have to wise up fast... because she's sitting on the literary scandal of the century!"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2015
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781626720824
1626720827
Branch Call Number: FIC BAGIEU
Characteristics: 124 pages :,chiefly color illustrations ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: Siegel, Alexis - Translator

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ddussome
May 19, 2017

I went into this expecting not to like it. Surprise, surprise -- I loved it!
It is a bit of a silly premise, but its such a well done sort of silly. Maybe I should be embarrassed to say it, but I definitely sympathized with Zoe (the lead). At the start of the book, she has this depressing, go-nowhere life that she complains about but doesn't actually do anything to change. Things change when she meets a man she thinks is her white knight, but then has to re-evaluate when her wants and needs aren't being meant.
The ending might not be everyone's cup of tea (to be fair, it does come out of left field) but I loved it. Simple revenge with a twist.
If you're looking for something light and fun that touches on the theme of finding your own type of happiness, read this!

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mclarjh
May 05, 2017

Easy to read, but silly story, cartoonish characters, and juvenile.

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LuvReadingStuff
Mar 25, 2016

My first graphic novel; graphics in this novel are great. The story was interesting.

LPL_KimberlyL Feb 11, 2016

I happened to find this little gem while shelving one day, and decided to take a risk and check it out because the art work is SO COLORFUL and so pretty that I could look past the story line (which I wasn't too interested in). Boy, was I surprised! If you pick this up and you find yourself frustrated with how people treat Zoe (specifically, the men in her life, who are, frankly, extremely misogynistic), keep on reading. Zoe is must more clever than she first appears. Perfect for fans of rom coms and for those who love a great twist!

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v1h
Jun 29, 2015

There is a twist at the end that I absolutely loved.

KateHillier Jun 23, 2015

I like the art more than the story here. It's quirky and almost looks a little morbid, not that anything morbid is ever depicted. I guess it's meant to look slightly off considering the subject matter.

Zoe is a booth babe who ends up meeting a man named Thomas. He makes her feel loved and wanted and he loves her around because he's brought his muse back. Zoe's not the most intellectual person around so she doesn't realise who Thomas is and what that means.

It's a story of a girl finding her own worth but I'm not really a fan of the ending. I get one part of it but not the other and I'm not sure exactly what the author was going for here. It just didn't ring well with me. Not that I feel bad for the loser at the end of this but I'm not really okay with the winner's win if you can call it that.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 05, 2015

*There may be some slight SPOILERS in this comment*

Not a favorite for me. The story is cute, but it is a bit contrived. I wasn't aware that it is a graphic novel, so I had more hope for it upon reading the reviews. The artwork is rudimentary at best. The characters are not particularly likable, though not detestable either, and there is very little character development. I found it a little ironic that Zoe, the main character, finds the Tomas Rocher lie so ghastly, but she delves right into a lie of her own which will obviously shape the rest of her life one way or another. It makes me wonder if the only character in the story with any strength is Agathe and if that strength really only lies in manipulation. Overall, an average book with mediocre artwork. I'm certainly glad I did not pay $20 for it at a book store.

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Zoroastar
May 29, 2015

I liked this and I am not even a big graphic novel fan. It has an unexpected ending for a down and out girl who better get to reading and learning to write!

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DouglasLinn
Jun 05, 2015

Sexual Content: This is a graphic novel with some sexual scenes.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 05, 2015

Coarse Language: There is some language that may deemed offensive to some people.

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