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Seconds Hardcover – Jul 15 2014

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada (July 15 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307363066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307363060
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Funny, colourfully drawn, briskly plotted and packed with enough detailed food porn to set serious foodies salivating, Seconds is a slight afternoon read, tackling Millennial anxiety and all that (often overstated) quarter-life crisis stuff in its own light-touch way.” —The Globe and Mail
 
“Fans of Scott Pilgrim know that O’Malley writes and draws quirky humour like no one else.”
Ottawa Citizen
 
“In Seconds…O’Malley addresses bigger, and sometimes darker, themes like regret, ambition and relationships. But he leaves room for magic in the panels, too…. Seconds isn’t quite as jam-packed with cultural references as Scott Pilgrim, but both books relish the details: Beautiful pages illuminate layouts of Katie’s home and workplaces. Delectable dishes are described at length. Even his characters’ wardrobe choices are spot-on.”
USA Today
 
“O’Malley’s created another funny, videogame-inflected world where relatable human emotions meet surreal, fantastic elements…. O’Malley’s clearly grappling with some big issues here, about personal responsibility, decision-making, and regret…. A step forward both artistically and thematically.”
The Portland Mercury
 
“It’s part cautionary fable, part second-coming-of-age drama, wistfully nostalgic while never shying away from the rough patches on the road from ‘adulthood’ to adulthood.”
Grantland
 
“Richly imagined and vibrantly drawn, Seconds is a funny, surprising, and enchanting read.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“You can recognize the blithely witty banter of Scott Pilgrim in Seconds, but it’s a stand-alone graphic novel, indebted to the rounded, stylized figures of cartoonists like Rumiko Takahashi and the landscapes laid out in modern European comics, rather than the adventure manga his previous work suggested. It’s a book restless in scope yet quotidian in scale, an existential fable.”
Slate
 
“Seconds is beautiful. It’s a beautifully designed shiny hardcover with a funky slip jacket. It looks and feel substantial in your hands. All 323 pages of this gorgeous tome are in full colour. It’s the kind of comic you want to put on your shelf just because it’s so damned pretty. But the best thing is that it’s also really, really, really good…. Because this is Bryan Lee O’Malley, the story is told with warmth and humour…. This is a comic that shows off O’Malley’s ability to create character and explore emotional depth while still being otherworldly, fun, and weird…. This is the graphic novel event of 2014, as far as I’m concerned.” —Book Riot
“In Seconds, Bryan Lee O’Malley plays the angst of youth against the fabric of larger epics. In doing so, he enriches both. At long last, dear reader, one can dream of heroes and monsters and battles beyond this earth while contemplating the virtues of ‘having a thing’ in the grocery pantry. 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

About the Author

Bryan Lee O’Malley is the creator of the bestselling Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series, which was adapted into a major motion picture, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, in 2010. He lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to make comics.


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Format: Hardcover
Where do you begin with Seconds? Maybe on the fact that writer/artist/creator Bryan Lee O’Malley hates bread and wants to destroy that entire industry that has been around for countless years? Maybe. Maybe we should begin with the fact that the creator/writer/artist of Scott Pilgrim, you know that movie you really liked because it was awesome that started as a comic that is also awesome and was recently colored by Nathan Fairbairn and released in hardcover, has come back after the mega success of that series with a one-and-done graphic novel. A graphic novel about a woman who aspires to open her very own restaurant, after the successful ‘Seconds’ restaurant, with her very own menu and while trying to obtain this goal she discovers a note book, a mushroom and card with instructions to:

Write your mistake
Ingest one mushroom
Go to sleep
Wake anew

Clever name there too, right? Seconds, as in second helping for the restaurant but also Seconds as in second chances and now that you’re mind is blown too, let’s get back to the story at hand. All of the charm and wit that accompanied Scott Pilgrim is here, and at one point if you look closely enough you’ll even get to see Mr. Pilgrim and Ms. Flowers, but in a more mature setting. Sure, we’re talking about mushrooms that can erase your mistakes, but she’s almost thirty, damnit so it’s a more mature setting, damnit!

The story itself is fast paced and perfect for a one-sitting read.
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Format: Hardcover
O'Malley brings on another graphic novel after his extremely well received Scott Pilgrim series.
And I am happy he did.
He is certainly not a one trick pony who hit it off with a wildly popular single story (not counting the lesser known Lost at Sea and Hopeless Savages of course). With Seconds, he has shown his capabilities as an author and storyteller (even more than he already has).

The story introduces Katie, head chef at Seconds restaurant who is disappointed in how her life has turned out despite her success. The discovery of a mushroom that enables her to change her past gives her all the motivation she needs to set off and remake her life as she imagined it. The adventures that follow are the subject of this graphic novel.

As always, O'Malley manages to create characters who are flawed in such a way that they seem natural and relatable (certainly endearing, if nothing else). No matter the flaws that present, the motivations behind Katie's actions are always evident. This allows for the relatability I mentioned earlier.

His drawing style is another source of my praise. It has gotten to the point where everything he does is refined and beautiful; full of vibrant colour and absolutely perfect (Not to say that his drawings are extremely detailed or complex, but they don't need to be. They're perfect for the story).

For me, the only fault I can find is not actually a fault (although I may be biased as I am a fan). The narrative of the story was imperfect, but, as another reviewer put it, its imperfection was the very thing that made it perfect. I could not agree more. It's just another piece that fits into the puzzle of the quirky story he has written.
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Format: Hardcover
When I was going to the library to pick up this book, I thought it would be typical graphic novel length. This surprised me, the length and the size of the book. I was even more surprised when there were no more pages to read.

I really enjoyed Hazel, she was an amazing and interesting character. Sweet, kind, smart and shy, yet she develops, grows out of her shyness. I love her.

Our Main character, Katie if I am right, she was really silly and immature at numerous times, it was hard to believe she was 29. TWENTY NINE! She is immature for a 20 year old, let alone 29. Its not just the art which makes the characters seem much younger than they are.

Lis, the house ghost, was really egocentric and b*tchy. I understand her point, but she could display her messages better. She does make me want to leave house offerings though, i wonder what my house spirit looks like.

The concept of the book was not the most original, but it was amazing none the less. I read the book in two sittings, only because bladders really need to evolve into something stronger. I loved the whole mushroom thing. The evil spirit, the notebook, her mistakes. It was awesome sauce.

What Katie did was real. The characters were real. No matter how childish Katie was she was real. If i was her I would have done the exact same things with the mushrooms.

It was funny. I genuinely laughed. When Katie protested against the narration, breaking the fourth wall somewhat, I laughed. And there were many many other parts which I can't recall as I read the book a few weeks back.
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