Drew / Dec 12, 2019

Veins VEINS is a tragicomedy novel about years of a man s life in the middle of Ohio The first novel by Drew writer of the long running comics Toothpaste For Dinner and Married To The Sea

  • Title: Veins
  • Author: Drew
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 101
  • Format: Paperback
  • VEINS is a tragicomedy novel about 22 years of a man s life in the middle of Ohio The first novel by Drew, writer of the long running comics Toothpaste For Dinner and Married To The Sea.

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      • Drew

        Drew is a webcomics artist and is the creator of toothpastefordinner He also has published collections of his comic art.His wife Nataliee Dee is the creater of nataliedee Also, together they collaborate on a webcomic called marriedtothesea.


    1. This book was really clever. The writing caught me up right away. I enjoy this style of funny prose, very straightforward and content based. I have a weakness for stories about people who don't really understand how to interact with the world properly, because they feel more true to life. I also have a weakness for absurdism. This book provided an intelligent mix of the two!Written by Drew, of Toothpaste for Dinner, but with a different feeling from that comic, I think.

    2. I don't usually write reviews for books that I like. Maybe I am just better at shitting on things. I don't know what that says about me.I didn't really know what this book was, when I started it - only that I liked the author. I don't know what I expected, but this wasn't it.This is a book about That Guy.It isn't funny the way Terry Pratchett is funny, or John Hodgman is funny. It's funny the way that Pictures For Sad Children is funny, funny in the way that life is absurd even when it's sad.Vei [...]

    3. I knew almost nothing on this book when I started it, I know of the author (and his wife) from their various webcomics that I read on a daily basis. This was also the first book I read on the HP Touchpad through a Kindle app, I'll get to that experience after the book review. The book was a tragicomedy, some parts were definitely 2 stars for me and some parts were 4 stars. He definitely has a knack for making you laugh and cringe and sometimes at the same time. This story would work as a psychol [...]

    4. Veins is an unusual book. In tone it's kind of like Catcher in the Rye, but rather than a self-indulgent rumination on the nature of beauty (or wintering ducks… f*** I can't stand CitR), it is instead a vicious social critique. Parts of it are darkly hilarious, parts are disturbing, parts are heartbreaking, but all of it seems to come out of nowhere. The narrator's voice is detached and non-descriptive, he simply relates the details of his life as though he were making a list. It's a testament [...]

    5. 17 years ago, Forrest Gump came out in theaters. I remember I liked it, but then I discussed it with the mother of my girlfriend at the time. "It's ridiculous! He was rewarded for being stupid! That's not the way life works. You don't get to meet presidents and found successful companies if you're stupid." I'm paraphrasing, of course, but that's pretty close to what she said. It stuck with me, and pretty much ruined the movie for me. Veins gives us the self-narrated story of another moron. Only [...]

    6. Not really a humor book as was described but interesting nonetheless. Honestly, I purchased this expecting to laugh. Instead there was a lot of cringing and if I think about it too much I could almost cry. Essentially through a series of wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time mistakes the narrator goes from an awkward (maybe slightly Aspberger's) boy harrassed at school and living in a dysfunctional home to being a convict. It was a little hard for me to read because I recognize the type of person that M [...]

    7. Very strange and surreal at times. Funny, even at times when it probably should've been sad. In the end it was a bit depressing, but overall I enjoyed it. One word review: interesting.

    8. Me pasé algunos ratos bastante agradables leyendo esta gran broma, y cuando digo broma, lo digo en el mejor de los sentidos. Veins es un personaje que parece tener alguna especie de tara cognitiva, pero a diferencia de otros personajes entrañables (me viene a la mente Forrest Gump), a Veins no le pasan cosas tan extraordinarias ni legendarias, sino que en su vida cotidiana encuentra algunas estrategias de supervivencia que posteriormente le llevan a dificultades crecientes.Está palomero, coto [...]

    9. I recently rated this book a 5/5 here and I wanted to leave a slightly longer review than “5 stars” in case you are interested in reading this book at some point.I have been a fan of “Drew Toothpaste” for a while, I used to regularly visit most of his sites and always got a good laugh out of them, I even owned a couple of t-shirts he had designed.When I heard the book was first out several years ago I had one of those “I will definitely buy and read this book” moments, suffice to say [...]

    10. This is the most realistic book I've ever read in my entire life. It hits so close to home-- almost too close for the delicate and empathetic soul that I have-- one from which I have, in my maturation to adult, disallowed myself to go to my local supermarket alone around dusk during cold times of year for fear of breaking out crying at the sight of the crowd which pervades the city from which I hail, a city much like the Columbus described in Veins: a city filled with M.R.s, with pawn shop owner [...]

    11. Veins is the first-person story of a young man named M.R which in my line of work stands for mental retardation. He never speaks of having any developmental disability, but his actions and thoughts on life suggest a person who is quite uniqued quite in need of some intervention which he never receives.The book is a hilarious read, though sometimes you feel bad at yourself for laughing at the unfortunate situations M.R. finds himself in.Lots of people seem to think that this book is about Drew, t [...]

    12. I have to say this is a really weird book. It's funny at points but overall dark and I really didn't feel like it went anywhere.I wouldn't have taken so long to read it if it didn't just bum me out so much sometimes, but I think that Drew was going for something here that would make people very uncomfortable.This book is definitely not for everyone, but the humor of the book, especially in the first half is incredibly poignant and it made me laugh out loud. It reminded me of people I've known in [...]

    13. Every time I found myself wanting to laugh while reading, I was quieted by how depressing of a situation Veins had found himself in. Every time I wanted to feel bad, I found myself wanting to laugh at how hilarious his take on life is. It's a heartbreaking book and very well written. It reminds me a lot of Forrest Gump and the early/later chapters of Flowers for Algernon. You're following a mentally disabled man as he navigates a world he doesn't quite understand.

    14. Thought this would be funny, and instead it's just relentlessly and superficially sad. This is the story of Veins, an entirely unloved social outcast living in destitute poverty, whose only apparent defense against soul-crushing depression is an emotional distance from the rest of humanity provided by an implied degree of autism. He's a loser, and always has been - fat, ridiculed, friendless, and an accidental and oblivious creep to boot. The poor guy never had a chance in hell! So yeah, it's a [...]

    15. This book is kind of heartbreaking. The main character is painfully awkward and a touch slow, but clearly not a bad person. He grew up in the shadow of his older brother, neglected by his parents. He's constantly misunderstood not only by his family but by everyone he comes into contact with. Poor dude can't seem to catch a break, yet he remains optimistic in his weird way.It's one of those "slice of life" kind of books, like looking into someone's window. No big drama, no big resolution.I shoul [...]

    16. I don't really know what I expected, honestly. I've read Married to the Sea and Toothpaste for Dinner for years, as well as Drew's other projects (things like Superpoop or The Worst Things for Sale). I read Veins because it was something new from someone whose work I enjoyed, and it was a strange, dark little book. It seemed more purely mean-spirited than "darkly humorous" to me. I recall cringing a lot and feeling very uncomfortable.If there's some deeper meaning to Veins that I've missed, I'll [...]

    17. Funny and TragicVeins reminded me of The Catcher in the Rye, and I almost likened to it. The prose is crisp and Drew carries the story like a master. One of the best books I read this year.

    18. This is a dual review, Veins by Drew, which I read on the iPad and is the first eBook I read on an eReader from start to finish.Let's start with the book.Drew is the hilariousness behind the web site Toothpaste For Dinner, a site that's been entertaining millions of my brain cells for years. In particular, check out this one. Or this one. Or, if those don't tickle your fancy, try fucking yourself.Drew wrote a book, and here is that book.It's written in a sort of diary format, following the main [...]

    19. I am a huge fan of Toothpaste for Dinner. I have been reading it since about 2006 and I’ll give a go to pretty much anything that Drew creates. I wasn’t too sure what to expect from Veins but I was hoping for some laughs and that warped yet honest way of viewing the world that TPFD has.Veins certainly delivered. The story went to some darker places than I was expecting, definitely, but it was still funny and made plenty of astute observations. I don’t know if I can say that I enjoyed the b [...]

    20. I read this book because I enjoy the author's Toothpaste for Diner webcomic (and being so short and cheap, the investment was minimal).The book shines as an outsider's view looking in. The protagonist has no real friends, essentially no family, and yet never stops trying to fit in no matter how much rejection he faces. His understanding of how the world should be is based on pop culture and very little reality, and when he's forced to reconcile the differences, it can be quite entertaining:"Ever [...]

    21. This is a book by Drew, the artist behind the comic "Toothpaste for Dinner," among others. The book is described as humorous and it is, but in a sad way. The protagonist, M.R is this guy who is so positive and tries to make his life better, and half the time that is what makes his life worse. All sorts of bad things happen to him, from a bad picture day his freshman year in high school leading to the entire school calling him Veins, to being falsely accused of his hard-partying brother's death a [...]

    22. The first thing to say is that I chose 5 stars because that correlates to "it was amazing" on the tool-tip and I thought it definitely was! However, obviously any review is subjective but with this in particular it's worth saying that I think this book would be entirely lost on some people. It's an odd brand of humour to put it lightly but an excellent one in my opinion.It just falls on the right side of absurd/believable and you can see real life in there amongst the ridiculousness of the situa [...]

    23. The only sensible way to describe Drew is to explain why he is not Charles Bukowski.1. Though a dread of life permeates Veins, the narrator isn't defeated by it. He has been doomed by bad parenting, bad schooling, bad genetics, and essentially an entire community that has refused to raise a soft-hearted man completely incapable of raising himself. Motorcycle Dude isn't beyond resentment, but he refuses to be controlled by it.2. The artistry in the words is more subtle and way more satisfying. Hi [...]

    24. I read this because I really enjoy Drew's comic, Toothpaste for Dinner. It's quite amusing, and since that is free and this is not, why not support the guy? I'm glad that I did, but this was not what I was expecting. That is not a complaint. It's a short and good read, especially if you like feeling a bit uncomfortable.Every review I had read about this book fell into one of two camps: 'funniest thing ever, I snorted beer out of my nose' and 'total crap, what the fuck dude?' I don't really think [...]

    25. The book description is an ambiguous one-liner, "Veins is a humorous story about a man's life in Ohio." First of all, it was hardly humorous and second of all, it was the complete opposite - downright depressing and just plain weird! Okay, I have to admit, there were a few parts that were smile inducing and perhaps even chuckle worthy, but most of it is questionable and so awkward. I was often uncomfortable reading it, wondering, "seriously, is this guy retarded?"Veins is pathetic and unintellig [...]

    26. I'm so conflicted about this book. I always loved Natalie Dee's comics when she was still drawing them. Her husband Drew had some web comics too (Toothpaste for Dinner and Married to the Sea) but his sense of humor didn't hit me as funny as hers did. I eventually started following him on Facebook because some other friends had shared funny posts of his. On December 7, he posted that his book was available for free on . I got it because I had heard good things about it. I'm so conflicted about th [...]

    27. It's pretty simple. It's quite twisted. There are some moments where I physically cringed, especially at some of the awkward bits. I think it's successfully both funny and sad at the same time. I've never read a book even remotely like this before and because it was so different it took me a few days to kinda "digest" it. I still can't decide if I love the main character or if I'm creeped out by him, maybe both. He's both relatable and bizarre as fuck and I'd wager most of us have met at least o [...]

    28. I know Drew from his webcomic and his music (which are both clever and also sometimes delightfully misanthropic), so I wasn't sure of what to expect from a debut self-published novel. I finished it in just a couple of days, which is a good sign, and about a third of the way into it I felt like I really knew the character - which is quite a feat, given that Drew's protagonist is a somewhat creepy individual who makes poor decisions - someone we may try to avoid sitting next to on the bus. But Dre [...]

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