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Strangers In Paradise Pocket Book 1 [Paperback]

Terry Moore
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Aug. 10 2004 Strangers in Paradise Pocket Book Collection (Book 1)
Katchoo is a beautiful young woman living a quiet life with everything going for her. She's smart, independent and very much in love with her best friend, Francine. Then Katchoo meets David, a gentle but persistent young man who is determined to win Katchoo's heart. The resulting love triangle is a touching comedy of romantic errors until Katchoo's former employer comes looking for her and $850,000 in missing mob money. As her idyllic life begins to fall apart, Katchoo discovers no one can be trusted and that the past she thought she left behind now threatens to destroy her and everything she loves, including Francine. This is the first edition in the series - don't miss it!

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*Starred Review* In the world of Moore's award-attracting comic book Strangers in Paradise, best friends Francine and Katchoo are young women trying to find their places. Katchoo, a talented artist, is secretly in love with Francine. When Katchoo meets David at an art museum, it seems to be by chance, and the two build a strong friendship, despite David's desire for more. Just when Katchoo's little love triangle begins getting complicated, the Mafia past she thought she had walked away from arises to try to destroy her life. Moore's attention to detail in characterization makes Katchoo and the gang jump off the page. The story has an epic feel but never loses the details of the characters' lives. Bouncing between scope and scale, Moore also never loses the reader in the transitions. His art has a bright, clean look; he manages to be cute and also very dark when darkness is appropriate. The combination of art and storytelling elements allows Katchoo, Francine, and David to be touching and to make one care about where they are going. A sophisticated must-read, never more library-friendly than in the new series of regular-book-sized volumes this book inaugurates. Tina Coleman
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm in love with this book March 19 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I devoured this book in one sitting. The characters are wonderful and so is the dialogue. I can't wait to get the other
books of this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great jumping-on point for new readers! Sept. 6 2004
By Kon-El - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Strangers in Paradise is a comic series that's been running for over a decade now, published on a roughly bi-monthly schedule. No superheroes, no spandex, just real human drama. The characters and settings are believable but at the same time filled with dramatic possibilities. The first few issues and storylines feel somewhat forced and even juvenile and predictable at times, but it was the beginning of a series when the writer (Terry Moore) was attempting to establish complex characters and dynamics. This Pocket Book is a great way for new readers to jump onto this title. The clean, consistent artwork will draw you in, and the excellent writing and pacing will hook you for sure. Not a series to be missed by anyone looking for a serious literary masterpiece. The collected format is great as each issue flows very suddenly into the next.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of something great Dec 10 2004
By Scott A. Misko - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you try to read this series in the individual comic issues, you won't get nearly half of what you get in these pocket book series. With individual issues, you have to look for the correct volume as well as issue numbers. Here, the story is perfectly laid out. We get a long look at the characters of Francine, Katchoo, and David and their development over a period of time. This is lost when reading the indiviual issues.

I have to say that the writing is top notch with every conceivable twist and turn. I found it hard to put down and was glad when volume 2 came out. Volume three hits the racks next week and will certainly find it's way into my collection.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic comic! Nov. 20 2004
By Kate - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this after the Strangers in Paradise Pocket Book 2, so it is only now that all the niches fit together and this wonderful series is laid out before me.

The strength of this series is undoubtedly its characterisation. Very few comics have such a powerful and realistic portrayal. 'Strangers in Paradise' is an ode to the hidden depth and powerful beauty of women, irrespective of size etc. I think that is such an important message in contemporary times, and this series is incredibly empowering to actually read.

The art is beautiful and detailed and the storyline is gripping and completely addictive. This is a particularly good value buy, since all the 'Strangers in Paradise' books are correlated. The compilation is also an excellent way of developing a depth of understanding and appreciation for its entirity, while reading each edition tends to segement the series. The pocket book size is also wonderful and little, but meaty enough to have long hours curled up reading.

I am beginning to develop a few dislikes to the series, but certainly not enough to give it anything but five stars. Primarily, I think Katchoo is almost a caricature of herself, and her repetitive anger bursts are somewhat irritating and more aligned with the comic 'Hothead Paisan'. Undoubtedly, Francine is the better more realistic more developed character.

Irrespective of this, 'Strangers in Paradise Pocket Book 1' is a neatly correlated engrossing saga of friendship and so much more. Highly recommended.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Lust, and Revenge Oct. 29 2009
By R. Silva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the first collected volume of Terry Moore's love/crime story about two women living in Houston who become involved in mafia intrigue even as they are dealing with their feeling for each other and for a young man with a mysterious past.

Terry Moore ratchets up the melodrama to some pretty extreme levels here. The characters and situations are way over the top, but the result is a fun, funny, and in places intensely tragic story of love, lust, and revenge.

The two main characters are Katina "Katchoo" Choovanski, a man-hating former call girl, and Francine Peters, a quiet brunette who is dealing with her own insecurities with food and poor choices in boyfriends. The third side of the love triangle is David, a quiet art student who hides some sinister secrets.

The book has a great intensity and Moore's stark b/w art style captures the variety of characters nicely. Bits of songs and poetry complement the story, along with two extended prose segments (one of which is a nice noir bit featuring Detective Walsh, who was my favorite supporting character).

The plot is convoluted and (intentionally) improbable, and some of the characters degenerate into caricature for the sake of humor, but when Moore goes for the serious stuff he can really tug at the heartstrings.

If you're looking for a comic book that is not kids stuff, superhero fantasy, or manga, this is a pretty good one to check out.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Harry Potter, it starts out as a cute little story, and before you know it, it becomes an epic May 16 2009
By G. P. Chimes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The first story arc is a cute little story, and frankly the lead characters seem a bit annoying and cliche. By the time I got into the second story arc, I realized that this was something special and I had never read anything like it before.

I think it is perhaps the best example I've ever seen of how the comic book can be the ideal medium for telling a narrative. This series is just an amazing story, but it's hard to imagine how it could be captured in another medium (perhaps a long running television show or series of movies).

The major strengths include:
1. Terry Moore's artwork- clean, crisp, clear, fun. Does an amazing job with facial expressions. The women in the series are sexy but of realistic proportions (well, except for Tambi and Bambi, but they are out of proportion in a way that is atypical for comics)
2. A great, complex back story, intermixed with enough small stories to keep the pace moving. It reminds me in many ways of the first two seasons of Veronica Mars, which now that I think of it is probably the most comparable narrative I've come across
3. Interesting characters. By the time I finished the series, I had a real sense of not just Francine and Katchoo, but also Tambi, Casey, David, Freddie, and even more minor characters like Griffin and Francine's parents. I came to care about these characters like old friends.

Just an amazing series.
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