Book of the Month: December – Seconds

by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you could change the past? Katie is about to find out in this new stand-alone graphic novel from best-selling cartoonist Bryan Lee O’Malley.

Katie is a young restaurant owner who lives in an apartment above her restaurant. One night she discovers that there is a house spirit living in the restaurant. The house spirit guides Katie to some magical objects that give people the power to alter the past.  Write the action that you want to change down in the notebook, eat a bit of the magic mushroom, and when you wake up in the morning things will be different.

The only problem is, when you change the past, you also alter the present.  As Katie changes more and more about her past, her present gets more and more complicated.  Imagine waking up married to a man who you thought was your ex-boyfriend!  It’s pretty bizarre when you have no recollection of getting back together, never mind marrying each other!

And of course, the house spirit isn’t all too happy about how Katie is abusing the ability to alter the past.

Don’t let the length of this book scare you off.  Yes, it’s quite thick at over 300 pages, but it’s a fast read.  A delightful mix of fantasy and reality, you’ll want to keep reading to find out what happens – will Katie accept the way things are, or will she continue to play with time?

Bryan Lee O’Malley is the author of the Scott Pilgrim series.