I’ve been reading the Penny Arcade books since I first found out they were publishing their online comics in books. It has been a while now, I suppose, and I haven’t regretted a single one. It’s remarkable how much you can get out of these books and how well they are presented. Each strip is just as funny the second (or third) time you see them and the commentary by Jerry Holkins is top notch. While my brain continually tries to call him Mike (seeing as my name is Mike and I like to write) I have come to terms with the fact that the actual Mike in their duo is the artist.
I don’t know what all to say about a book of this genre. Basically do you like video games? Do you like good writing? Big fan of pictures on every page? Do you enjoy Penny-Arcade? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this is the book for you! If you said no to all of these questions I’m surprised you ended up on my website because I’m likely not targeting your demographic.
But perhaps you are not someone that likes any of these things, it is likely that if you find some sort of connection with me and my way of thinking that you will in turn enjoy this book and all the books before it. I think the hardest part for me reading these books is knowing they are living the life that many would fight a Viking to experience. I don’t have much else to say about these books because there is almost nothing they are trying to do that they don’t do exceptionally well. As such its just “look this is a great novel of their work and you should read it.”
My next read will be from the world of science, more specifically one of the Feynman books that has been cluttering my “to-read” section. After that there is a strong change I’ll be reading something from Tolkien.
The Penny Arcade series is, as a rule, a good thing to experience. I might not agree with them on multiple fronts but that has never been something I required of the people or things I admire.