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Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life: Volume 1 [Paperback]

Bryan Lee O'Malley
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21 Jan 2010

Scott Pilgrim’s life is totally sweet. He’s 23 years old, he’s in a rock band, he’s ‘between jobs’ and he’s dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong…

Unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott’s awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes. The long answer is unravelled in ‘Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life’, the first instalment of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s brilliant ‘Scott Pilgrim’ graphic novel series.


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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (21 Jan 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007340478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007340477
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bryan Lee O'Malley is an award-winning Canadian cartoonist. He has been working on a series of graphic novels called Scott Pilgrim. He writes the words and draws the pictures. He occasionally makes music under the name Kupek.

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'Earlier this week, an English journalist claimed Jonathan Franzen's soon-to-be published “Freedom” as the novel of the century. A ludicrous accolade, not least because it should more rightly go to Korean-Canadian writer Bryan Lee O'Malley's “Scott Pilgrim” comic-book series.' Telegraph

‘”Scott Pilgrim” is the best book ever. It is the chronicle of our time. With Kung Fu, so, yeah: perfect.’ Joss Whedon, creator of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’

‘One of the best things to happen to printed comics this millennium.’ Ain't It Cool News

‘A hilarious, idiosyncratic gem.’ Washington Post

‘A great oddball tale that captures the energy of a generation.’ Publishers Weekly

‘An inventive, genre-tweaking tale of young love, platonic bed-sharing and epic battles unlike anything else you will likely pick up. So, go on, pick it up.’ E! Online

‘Scott Pilgrim is the best 23-year-old ever. Like Proust's Swann, he has a story that takes multiple volumes to unfold, except Pilgrim is even more awesome because he's in a comic book … the series is wildly enjoyable for its absurdist humor, its indelible characters and its growing, inevitable sense of melancholy as Pilgrim becomes that most terrifying of things: 24 years old.’ Glen David Gold, author of ‘Carter Beats the Devil’ and ‘Sunnyside’

About the Author

Bryan Lee O’Malley is an award-winning Canadian cartoonist. He has been working on a series of graphic novels called ‘Scott Pilgrim’. He writes the words and draws the pictures. He occasionally makes music under the name Kupek.



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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 5 Nov 2011
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I really like this series of books, its charming, I guess, is the best way of putting it. Every teenager should be issued a copy or something in preparation of how to deal with being twenty something. I think the over all story arc falls a bit flat in the sixth book, but the ride there is more than compensation for a weak ending. A triumph of modern art, even if a few bits of it seem nicked from 'get the freebies' by the bloke that did the gorillas and tank girl.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scott, are you evil or are you really happy? 25 Aug 2011
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
It's hard to think of a slacker more endearing than Scott Pilgrim -- he's funny, cool, unpretentious, and awkwardly romantic.

And you get to see all of that in "Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life," which adds a rock'n'roll sci-fi twist to the usual boy-meets-girl story. Most of it ambles across the daily adventures of Scott's life as he falls in love, but blossoms at the end into a brilliant Crowning Moment Of Awesome.

23-year-old Scott Pilgrim has everything: a cool rock band, a forgiving gay roommate, and a high school girlfriend (they just talk! Don't worry!). But lately his dreams have been full of a strange young woman on rollerblades, who usually announces that he IS dreaming -- and one day at the library, he actually sees her in the flesh.

Her name is Ramona Flowers, and while Scott's first attempts to talk to her bomb horribly, an order from amazon.ca brings her right to her door (and a date). But as Scott's odd personality charms Ramona, he starts getting messages from a guy who wants to schedule a fight with him. Can the forces of love, friendship and rock'n'roll thwart Matthew Patel and his demon hipster chicks?

When you boil it down, the Scott Pilgrim series is really just a boy-meets-girl story. But "Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life" establishes pretty quickly that Bryan Lee O'Malley has a rare talent for spicing up an ordinary story into a precious little one. Subspace highways, snowstorms, love triangles and rock concerts all come into play.

And O'Malley fills the story with mildly funny dialogue ("You're all over the place." "But I'm so sincere!") and plenty of quirky characters (I wish I had a roommate like Wallace).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rating: AWESOME! 29 July 2011
By Raine
Format:Paperback
I'm not usually a fan of comic books or graphic novels, not out of prejudice but after having read so many different works and been disappointed by them. I have generally found them to be immature - perhaps because they tend to be aimed at teenage boys - slightly sexist, and usually also over-the-top with grimness.

If you want to read an entirely different graphic novel that shows what the genre can really be, then I recommend the Scott Pilgrim series by Bryan Lee O'Malley.

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life is the first graphic novel in a series of six. The main character is, of course, Scott Pilgrim, and the plot centres around his supposed dead-end life, and his willingness to overcome his weaknesses for the love of his life, Ramona Flowers. When we meet him, he is dating a 17 year old girl called Knives Chau, who is slightly obsessed with him ('My name is Knives Chau, and I'm a SCOTTAHOLIC!!') and also his band's biggest groupie. Her character had me in stitches of laughter throughout the book.
I especially like Scott's deadbeat character, as I have met a few 20 year olds a bit like him - thinking that they are old and that there is nothing more to life, in a not-too-serious way, at such a young age - and generally lazy bums ('I wish I could turn into a morphing ball and roll to the bathroom from here, instead of having to get up'). The book really is all about Scott's 'precious' little life.

Scott falls for Ramona at first sight, and they start 'hanging out'. She tells him that she has seven evil exes, who have to be overcome if they are to have a relationship. Each book tackles Scott's battles with these exes, and each ex is a strong stereotype in his own right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I skimmed it...... 6 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
I must say I thought it was epic. The humour is brilliant, and the whole pace of the book was amazing. Its weird how much of yourself you actually see in Scott, as everyone has friends like his. The epicness of the book is undescribable. All the little game references make it whole, and the evil ex's battle is like a boss battle in every video game.

A great read, my only complaint is that its relatively short. Already ordered volumes 2 and 3.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scott Pilgrim's Awesome Little Comic 2 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
I wasn't all that sure what to expect from this comic, but I am glad to say that it is awesome! Great story, but one that doesn't take itself too seriously and yet manages to convey strong emotion, great humor, surprisingly good art, it is pretty much perfect... A little on the short side mind. It packs a lot in to a 2 hour-ish read. I'd suggest getting all the books in one go and reading a new one each day. Looking forward to the movie and game, but I'm not sure how they're gonna fit all 6 books into 1 movie... Anyway, just buy these books now. :)

P.S. As for the character of Scott himself, Ramona says it best in Volume 2: He's lame, but I like him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SCOTT PILGRIM RATING: AWESOME!!!
Scott Pilgrim is a very quirky and enjoyable graphic novel full of lots of pop culture and video game references. I really like all of the characters. They are funny and comical. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Whitey
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
comedic comic and amazing i would recommend to anyone and i will recommend buying the others in the series, Great
Published 2 months ago by tommer rosen
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I've never really read graphic novels until saw the film - Scott pilgrim vs the world and decided to read the graphic novels that the film's based on. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars I WANT EVERY SINGLE BOOK
I was hooked on the movie and now I can't stop reading, This arrived in impeccable condition, fresh from the presses and was delivered in impressive time. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lana
5.0 out of 5 stars it was amazing
it was amazing it was in good quality it would have gotten worse than that if I had it for 2 weeks
Published 8 months ago by joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Scott Pilgrim #1
With Bryan Lee O'Malley's pop culture venerating Scott Pilgrim saga coming to an end in July with the release of the sixth volume and a film version starring everyman du jour... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Erin Britton
5.0 out of 5 stars Scott Pilgrim - rating: awesome
When I first bought this graphic novel I had mixed feelings about it. I've enjoyed comics my whole life but I had never progressed to graphic novels and I had been informed that it... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rebekah-May
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not enough
It was very funny and good to read, however it is very short- I am aware if the fact it is a comic, but I was practically 30% through the whole book after turning two pages. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book worth it
A really good book I enjoyed very much. The storyline is awesome, the characters are awesome, and I bet the next volume, which I look forward to reading, is awesome!
Published 11 months ago by Joe langsworthy
2.0 out of 5 stars Over Priced
I'm giving 2 stars mainly due to the cost. It's a very short read, 15 mins should do it, small amount of dialogue that doesn't really lend itself well to standard Kindle or Kindle... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Richard
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