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Seconds [Format Kindle]

Bryan Lee O'Malley
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Advance praise for Seconds
 
“In Seconds, Bryan Lee O’Malley plays the angst of youth against the fabric of a larger epic. In doing so, he enriches both. A great ride!”—Guillermo del Toro
 
“Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds is adorable, haunting, funny, and beautiful. A perfect recipe for a great graphic novel.”—Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics

Présentation de l'éditeur

The highly anticipated new standalone full-color graphic novel from Bryan Lee O’Malley, author and artist of the hugely bestselling Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series

Katie’s got it pretty good. She’s a talented young chef, she runs a successful restaurant, and she has big plans to open an even better one. Then, all at once, progress on the new location bogs down, her charming ex-boyfriend pops up, her fling with another chef goes sour, and her best waitress gets badly hurt. And just like that, Katie’s life goes from pretty good to not so much. What she needs is a second chance. Everybody deserves one, after all—but they don’t come easy. Luckily for Katie, a mysterious girl appears in the middle of the night with simple instructions for a do-it-yourself do-over:
 
1. Write your mistake
2. Ingest one mushroom
3. Go to sleep
4. Wake anew
 
And just like that, all the bad stuff never happened, and Katie is given another chance to get things right. She’s also got a dresser drawer full of magical mushrooms—and an irresistible urge to make her life not just good, but perfect. Too bad it’s against the rules. But Katie doesn’t care about the rules—and she’s about to discover the unintended consequences of the best intentions.
 
From the mind and pen behind the acclaimed Scott Pilgrim series comes a madcap new tale of existential angst, everyday obstacles, young love, and ancient spirits that’s sharp-witted and tenderhearted, whimsical and wise.

Advance praise for Seconds
 
“In Seconds, Bryan Lee O’Malley plays the angst of youth against the fabric of a larger epic. In doing so, he enriches both. A great ride!”—Guillermo del Toro

“Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds is adorable, haunting, funny, and beautiful. A perfect recipe for a great graphic novel.”—Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics

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Bryan Lee O'Malley est vivant depuis 1979. Il habite à Toronto. Il joue un peu de guitare et de clavier, mais il est plutôt minable à la basse. La série Scott Pilgrim comptera six volumes. Elle a été adaptée au cinéma par Edgar Wright, et en jeu vidéo par Ubisoft.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I love O'Malley 2 septembre 2014
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Bryan Lee O'Malley is awesome. Seconds is great. I love it. If you've read the Scott Pilgrim serie, or Lost At Sea, you will love Seconds.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What's Edgar Wright doing next? Is it this? It should be this. 18 juillet 2014
Par mikeyface - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I want to hack the website so I can give this six stars. I've always been a fan of Scott Pilgrim, but this, THIS, has a maturity to its imagery and storytelling I was not expecting whatsoever. Seconds blew me away. I couldn't stop reading it -- once the hooks were in, it just absorbed me into it. The brilliance of it, at least to me, is just how imperfect it is. I don't mean that on an execution level, no, that's perfect; I mean that on a narrative level. I haven't been affected by a graphic novel like this since Blankets -- and if that isn't high enough praise to get you to buy it, I don't have any idea what could.

The best graphic novel I've read in years.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A completely different book, but in a good way 16 juillet 2014
Par Jon Van Zytveld - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Seconds is a fantastic adventure with a great mythos and fascinating artwork. I had no idea what to expect when I was first reading it, and the first pages were a little jarring because of their difference from what I think of as "typical Bryan Lee O'Malley," but as soon as I got into the bulk of the story, I was able to just enjoy it.

In terms of story, the book is about Katie, who is an even blend of Scott and Raleigh, both fairly clueless and introspective. I really liked reading her story, and while I don't feel as close to any of the characters in Seconds compared to the characters in SP, that can be chalked up to SP being a series and Seconds is only a single book. As I came closer to the end, I almost wished it could have been a longer series so the characters could really thrive.

I read an interview with O'Malley where he was asked whether Seconds is more like Scott Pilgrim or more like Lost at Sea, and he didn't have a good answer, and I can see why. Sorry to be vague, but it is like both, but also like neither. The modern, video-gamey feel of SP is gone, but the characterizations are similar. The deep, introspective elements of LAS are gone, but not entirely, and characters do a lot of ruminating about past mistakes, which is a key theme of the book.

As far as looks, the art is fantastic. Bryan has come a long way and it is noticeable. The characters are beautiful, the lines are defined and the art is stylized in a way that fits the tone of the story perfectly. It was especially nice to have it in color, which I enjoyed. Maybe black and white is your thing, but I really enjoyed the vibrant splashes of colors.

Overall - I loved every minute of this book, and if you are a fan of either of O'Malley's earlier books, you will most likely love this, and even if you are not, there is enough here to convert you. Pick this book up!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another quirky tale from Bryan Lee O'Malley 18 juillet 2014
Par Conor Metz - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have to say as a huge fan of Scott Pilgrim (my favorite comic ever) and a fan of Lost at Sea, I was expecting to love this book. And I did. However, I thought I'd also offer my thoughts just as a general reader. O'Malley doing another concise tale like Lost at Sea was a good change of pace after Scott Pilgrim. His drawing style has finally gotten to a very refined place where everything he does just looks perfect. The added bonus of color really makes everything pop as well. As for the characters, once again he litters the book with all sorts of colorful interesting characters and the main character, Katie, is no exception. She's clearly got issues and you know from the first page this story is going to be some kind of life lesson for her to learn. Not to spoil too much about the plot, but it is yet another story dealing with someone who has the opportunity to change mistakes of their past. Obviously this kind of thing has been done in a lot of time travel stories and yet here O'Malley has somehow found an interesting and new approach to this kind of tale. At the end of the day this book definitely gets a strong recommendation from me if you're at all interested in a funny/weird/charming tale in a way that only O'Malley could have done. All of his books feel personal and yet completely different which is pretty cool. If I had to compare it to the other works of his, I would say it's not as good as Scott Pilgrim (but that was a much bigger story anyway), but it's easily better than Lost at Sea. So yes, if you're at all a fan of quirky comics or O'Malley himself, definitely give this a read.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 I loved almost everything about seconds except for a couple of ... 25 juillet 2014
Par Christopher - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I loved almost everything about seconds except for a couple of cliches used to justify the ending which I didn't care for. The ending just felt kind of forced and unsatisfying, but I loved pretty much everything before it.
As for the characters, I thought Katie was a cool protagonist but she's kind of a clone of Bryan Lee O'Malley's previous leads, Max was boring and forgettable(I never got why Katie loved him , aside from good looks), Andrew had the potential to be a better character but Bryan Lee O'Malley never capitalizes and seems to loose interest in him by the end, Lis is cool and charming without even trying, and Hazel is pretty cool- but the book isn't long enough to provide proper development for her(this is the case for most of the secondary characters).

In the end, after a four year wait I expected more from the story and characters, but... Seconds is still a charming and stylish little tale with awesome artwork that's totally worth purchasing( I just couldn't get with the ending). I hope Bryan's next graphic novel shakes up the formula we've come to expect from him though.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Let's Talk About "Seconds!" 24 juillet 2014
Par shaji john - Publié sur Amazon.com
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(To avoid writing a thesis statement about how "thought-provoking" and "life-changing" this graphic novel is, let's just collect ourselves by stating the mantra: "It's just a graphic novel.")

As all of the other reviews have blared, it is clear O'Malley has another masterpiece on his hands. Upon my reading... Well, uh. I... It's... uh.

For the sake of my sanity, lets start with the GOOD. O'Malley's vibrant illustrations jump off the pages, just as it has in his past works (Scott Pilgrim; Lost at Sea; Hopeless Savages). I would wholeheartedly claim that the art ALONE would bring me back for a few more ganders. But the art isn't the only thing I adored, as our story is a solid one! While Scott Pilgrim kind of lost my interest a few volumes in, I was engaged in our main protagonist's (Katie) plight. Though I will talk about it more later on, the end (I won't spoil it) isn't my favorite.

And now... the BAD.

Well, I wouldn't say "the bad", more like "personal gripes." The main thing that keeps this from 5-star stardom would be the characters. To put it lightly, our side characters are a tad boring. (Except Lis, who is great!)

I can never overlook things like bland characters, especially when the point of a graphic novel is to give life to a story. Now, I know the focus is supposed to remain on Katie, but the rest of the characters are WAY TOO one-dimensional. And the "just side characters" argument isn't even applicable, since two of these side characters (the run-of-the-mill, awkward "womanchild"-who-is-gifted-in-some-way Hazel and... the ex-boyfriend character - I can't even remember his name, he's that forgettable of a character.) are essential to the plot.

Actually, speaking of the ex-boyfriend, taking the whole "love triangle" out ENTIRELY would have bumped this up to a 4 1/2 at least. While reading, I kept finding myself asking "Okay, okay they're in love I get it. Can we get please get back to the interesting stuff? Y'know, magic mushrooms? Spirits? Jokes? Character Development? Women Empowerment? JOKES?" A couple of pages would suffice, thank you very much. But most of this just feels like Scott and Ramona backwash, and I didn't even like the Scott/Ramona relationship.

As I alluded to before, the ending can bite me. Without spoiling the end TOO MUCH, I'll just leave it at this. (If you don't want it spoiled at all, skip this part.)

*************************Spoilers*************************

Deus ex machina is a plague we need to wipe of the face of storytelling forever. And the fact I already knew how it would happen MAKES IT 20x WORSE. (Freaking mushroom in the car?! WHAT?!) With endings that felt more justified (Scott Pilgrim) and cleverer (Lost at Sea) under Bryan Lee O'Malley's belt, it kind of left me in disbelief.

***********End of Spoilers***********

If you can look past some drab characters and cliches, "Seconds" is a fantastic read for anyone looking for some beautiful art and story. Hey, you might even learn something.

"Seconds gets a solid 8/10 in my book, but it's always subjective.
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