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Something Old, Something New: For Better or For Worse 1st Treasury Hardcover – Dec 28 2010

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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (Dec 28 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740791397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740791390
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 3.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It is impossible to exaggerate the power of this short, unbearably poignant novel. It is both brutal and lyrical. Makine consciously invokes Chekhov but his grasp of history is positively Tolstoy-like in scale. I can't think of a writer who would be a more deserving recipient of the Nobel literature prize." --Mail on Sunday
"Makine's laconic, sardonic portrait of the new Russia is laced with fury . . . a bold and eloquent novel." --The Guardian
"Like all his work, this novel has a wonderful flavor of a contemporary Chekhov with a splash of Proust. . . . What starts out an intimate account bursts out into something more ambitious and universal. Ultimately it's a haunting story, beautifully told." --The Observer
"Seamlessly translated by Geoffrey Strachan, Makine's novel explores the attempt of two 'ordinary' people to transcend suffering and find life's essential meaning. It is difficult to write without sentimentality about such a subject, but Makine's intelligence and truthfulness dismiss banality." --Pamela Norris, Literary Review
"Told with an intimacy made potent by Makine's lyrical, spare prose and Strachan's lucid translation. . . reconnects both the reader and the protagonist with Russia's blood soaked history, to startling effect." --The Financial Times
"Thrilling . . . Makine's most beautiful novel since [Dreams of My Russian Summers]." --Le Figaro
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About the Author

 Lynn Johnston was born in Collingwood, Ontario, and grew up in British Columbia. Today, she lives in Corbeil, Ontario. Johnston is the first woman to receive a Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society in 1986. She has also received the Order of Canada and claims a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.

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Love this strip, and love Lynn's commentary in these treasuries. I was growing up at about the same age as Michael (a year or two older, actually) and find it interesting now to return to these older strips and read them from more from Ellie's point of view than that of the kids.
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I'm surprised that this is being published. I had the mistaken impression that there wouldn't be any further collections after Lynn Johnston put all her strips on her own website [...] for free viewing, including the new material she produced since the modern-day strip ended, which was then interspersed with her original strips of nearly 30 years earlier. I assume that these are the "entirely new cartoons" referred to in the publisher's description, and Lynn herself has said on her website that they would be put into a book soon, presumably this one.

If there's something else new included here which isn't already available elsewhere, perhaps the publisher could update the description, otherwise this seems a shameless money grab by the publishers, taking advantage of fans who might not yet have found the website and its nearly 30-year archive of free strips. If it's all about having the strips in collection book format, the first three are available individually on Amazon (as used copies I've Got the One-More-Washload Blues: A For Better or For Worse Collection, Is This "One of Those Days," Daddy?: A For Better or For Worse Collection and It Must Be Nice to Be Little: A For Better or For Worse Collection) for considerably less than buying this one collection book. If there's nothing new in here, shame on Andrews-McMeel Publishing for trying to take advantage of Lynn's fans by repackaging material already available for free thanks to the generosity of Lynn herself!
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HASH(0x9d058090) out of 5 stars Perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dec 18 2010
By Tina - Published on
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For Better or For Worse and Lynn Johnston - what can I say except - I LOVEEEEEEEE both!!! I have been read every comic strip at least 3 times and it never gets old.

This is why I was so thrilled with this beautifully created Treasury called Something Old, Something New. Firstly, the book has a hardcover which is great. Although I do like softcovers for my novels, I much prefer hardcovers for coffee table books, as well as books that I hope to keep and cherish.

Secondly, many of the strips are in color, which always, in my opinion, adds to the depth and richness of the strip.

The `look' is perfect and so, of course, is the content. Taken from various strips over the years, this Treasury is loaded with `must read' comic strips featuring each and every member of the Patterson clan - including, of course, my beloved Farley. Interestingly, the author adds little notes to many of the strips - giving us a little "tidbit" about the creation of the particular strip. This was also a favorite part for me - I felt as though Johnston was giving us some very personal information - something that came directly from her heart and then translated it on paper.

I am trying to pace myself as I read this. If it was up to me, I would plop down on my bed and work my way through the entire book in one sitting. Instead, I have chosen to slowly savor each strip. Reading these are making me a little nostalgic, but at the same time, I love the way the author has made her characters (her children) grow and progress. It is a wonderful feeling to be able to `meet up' with these characters anytime you want and to know their back story, as you watch them grow into adults.

These strips are at times funny, sad, poignant and everything else you can think of.

I love, love this beautiful Treasury - what a gift.
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HASH(0x9d0580e4) out of 5 stars Beautiful April 17 2011
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I grew up looking forward to every morning's newspaper to read about Michael and Lizzie's latest adventures. I loved the fact that the characters aged with time. This treasury was my special gift to myself - a treasure indeed. A few pages every night for chuckles and a reminder of what is "normal" in everyday life, including the frustrations and triumphs. I plan to buy again, this time as a special gift.
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HASH(0x9d0583c0) out of 5 stars More to read than what was published in the newspaper Jan. 18 2013
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Our local newspaper decided not to run "For Better or For Worst" when Lynn Johnston retired and decided to rerun her scripts. So I decided to stop reading the comics in our newspaper. FB or FW was the best script. Our paper had not published FB OR FW until after Michael and Elizabeth were well into school. "First Treasury" covers the beginning-the part I did not get to read. So take that newspaper publishers!!! (and my book will last a lot longer than those yellowed newsprints) Lynn also does behind the scene comments about certain scripts ideas and fills in the gaps with new scripts that my newspaper failed to notice.
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HASH(0x9d0584a4) out of 5 stars this is the best strip ever produced Nov. 5 2015
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Wish Lynn had not retired, this is the best strip ever produced!