A book is a collection of words, those words can be numerous and further expressing numerous ideas. But the idea behind Kevin Thomas’ HORN! THE COLLECTED REVIEWS is exceptional and matchless. As suggested by the title, this book is a collectible of book reviews by captivating illustrations and no more than a handful of words.
Fiction and non-fiction, cutting-edge and popular books; the one quality these works have in common is that they have attracted Thomas’ remarkably perceptive gaze and pen. This is a paean to reading by a thoroughly unjaded, committed amateur of the art, seriously appreciative of each book’s unique attributes. The works he selects are ones he admires: and he excels at conveying the excitement and respect they inspire in him. What a list he’s compiled: Jonathan Lethem, Jim Shepard, Rachel Kushner, Renata Adler, Georges Perec, David Graeber, Julian Assange, George Saunders, Hilton Als, Oliver Sacks, Cheryl Strayed, Dennis Cooper, Joseph Gordon- Levitt and Jennifer Egan are just a few of the authors whose work is here brilliantly distilled.
This as an exceptional and a remarkable debut by the author, the book is a collection of the first three years of the comic strips which are much more than just being comical, and is published by OR Books. His comic strip Horn! Reviews appears fortnightly on The Rumpus. I can honestly tell you that you will love this book. I do. I read it in no more than an hour but then there is nothing to read much. It is all about the those captivating illustrations through which Kevin Thomas tries to encapsulate each and every book reviewed better than the written words. I sat and admired each and every strip for hours, trying to understand the reviewer’s feeling and imaging how the book will be if I pick it up. I can tell you, I have added many books illustrated from this particular book to my TBR (to-be-read) list.
It is a must for a reader who is eager to find about new books in an elegant and fascinating way. Totally RECOMMENDED!
5 out of 5!
I received this book as a Giveaway in exchange of an honest feedback.
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