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Tarot Cafe Volume 2: 08/15/10

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I am struggling with my review for volume 2 of The Tarot Cafe by Sang-Sun Park. It continues the story of Pamela and her extra special tarot readings.

The first episode finishes the story of the Jester. There's also a new character, an accidental werewolf who has survived an abusive relationship and is looking for answers. The volume concludes with a glimpse of Pamela's past which gives clues to why she does her after hours tarot sessions.

Here's though where I hit a problem with the series. I love the stories but the artwork leaves me cold. Except for Pamela, I struggle to tell the other characters apart. I realize stylization is a big part of the art form but Park's characters seem to fall into about three, maybe four prototypes. I need a little more variation to connect with the characters.

I don't know if I will continue with the rest of the series.

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Comment #1: Monday, August, 16, 2010 at 15:19:42


Such a shame you don't like the artwork, it's one of the selling points of the series for me. I hope you keep reading them, I just read the final book and it explains why a couple of characters look similar...

Comment #2: Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 21:18:51


As it turns out my husband has checked out the entire series from the library. I'll give books three and four a read before he returns them.

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