Men and Cartoons, by Jonathan Lethem

One of my 3 or 4 favorite authors, Jonathan Lethem has written a couple of stunningly good books in the past few years: Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude. He’s been writing quirky sci-fi noir books for a while, and has a history of writing short fiction as well. Lately, like some other notable authors, he’s been interested in comics and comic book heroes — that formed the basis of Fortress.

Men and Comics is a new collection of short fiction that really spans the styles of his career — some of the stories harken back to the noir-Kangaroos in Gun, with Occassional Music, others feel more like his current, more literary work.

Anyway, this is an okay collection — a little bit like popcorn at the movies. A nice-to-read, but not really a must have like his other work.

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