AdHouse Books 2018
By Pat Palermo
Mazel Tov! It’s all hands on deck as the LIVE/WORK crew scrambles to restore an artwork before a major exhibition— while house-hunting! Also in this issue: Ben gets an important letter! Rich meets a mysterious man! Ronnie plays hardball! Abiline has phone trouble! Mike yells at someone!
This book is amazing I love the Padre, he’s preachy but the story isn’t preachy at the reader and that is a stupendous thing to see. Just the way that Pat is able to write a story and how us how the characters act, behave and believe without offending the reader or trying to influence the way they think. Instead we get people living their lives and the reader gets a chance to see that unfold before their eyes. The trials and tribulations of how lives unfold before us feels like more than a slice of life book.
The way that this book is structured is incredibly well done. There are chapters that feature different people and yet somehow they all manage to flow through one another beautifully. That along with the level of characterisation that we get is astonishing to me and it’s very easy to see a myriad of people and personalities in the folks that we all have in our own lives. There really isn’t that many feel good kind of books out there that detail the lives of people who are obviously mentally unstable but this somehow manages to make it one. It feels like a modern day Rent in a lot of ways which to me is worth the price of admission alone.
I have to say that I am so enjoying things here and seeing the relationship between Omar, see Padre, and Carmen whom I will venture to say is his sister. His story weaves it’s way through the book as well and how it ends well we’ll see but I do like the full circle effect that is going on here. The weird simple things that you never think about that could happen but do and more so in city like New York and Brooklyn in particular. It might be a big crowded place but you’d be surprised how tight each borough really is.
Let me just say that I LOVE Ezekiel Ben-Haig and while I feel like he’s a fictional creation, yes I googled and couldn’t find him but that don’t mean much, so more of him and his crazy antics cause that is one unique ass mo-fo for damn sure.
I love the interiors here! Once upon a time I would’ve looked at this and passed immediately now I can find and see the charm of it. The way Pat can bring his characters and this world to life in such great detail is fantabulous! The utilisation of page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show off such a seasoned eye for storytelling. The way we see backgrounds being utilised and fleshing out the moments and bringing the size and scope to us. The house hunting and the map are genius as was the whole how to build… section. I love the black & white work happening here this just wouldn’t be the same if it were in colour.
There is so much to love about this book, the story and Pat just makes everything flow. It almost has this Anna-Nicole train wreck quality to it that means we cannot look away because we’re too fascinated by what is going on here. All these looks at love, life and work surrounding a group of friends that truly represents us (NO Friends didn’t count that wasn’t close to real) facing daily struggles, insecurities and dealing with our love life and sexual indiscretions. This is so solidly written and it’s bloody marvellous from top to bottom and side to side. You can get lost in this in ways that you will welcome with open arms and realise there are whole styles and genres of books out there that you’ve been missing.