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The Children's Book by A. S. Byatt
The Children's Book

pebbeb, October 22, 2009

I first heard about this book months ago when I listened to an interview with A.S. Byatt as she talked about it. After the interview, I immediately went online to order The Children's Book but discovered the book wasn't to be released until October. But it was well worth the wait. Fascinated by Victorian children's authors like E. Nesbitt, J.M. Barrie, Kipling, and Kenneth Grahame I am drawn to the story of a Olive Wellwood, an author of children's books, and how destructive it can be to use the lives of one's own children as grist for the mill. Byatt crafts a tale that deals with the power (good and bad) of art, industrialism, and the events that led up to World War I.
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The Master and Margarita (Everyman's Library) by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Master and Margarita (Everyman's Library)

pebbeb, January 12, 2009

A masterful work of magical realism. It shows what happens when the devil arrives in 1930's Moscow with his henchmen, including a talking cat who loves to drink and play chess, and a naked witch. All the while the Master, who's written a novel about Pontious Pilate and Jesus, struggles with despair in a mental institution. In order to save him, his lover, Margarita, decides to sell her soul to the devil. Bulgakov masterfully weaves between these storylines and brings it all to a dizzying conclusion.
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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book

pebbeb, October 7, 2008

It may have taken 23 years since Neil Gaiman first had the idea for The Graveyard Book until he finished it, but this book was well worth the wait. He described this as "The Jungle Book in a graveyard" and just like the book by Kipling, this tale about a young orphaned boy delights, enchants, frightens, and makes the reader want for more. This world is the best of Gaimain with its wit, its creativity, and most of all its humanity (even in nonhuman characters). Each chapter is like a small story unto itself, but they all add up to a complete novel and does not feel like just a group of stories strung together. Neil Gaiman has offered readers a vivid and spellbind fable.
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Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
Briar Rose

pebbeb, September 11, 2008

Jane Yolen has crafted a stunning masterpiece of modern fairy tale. She has woven the fairy tale of Briar Rose with the memories of Gemma, a woman who is a complete mystery to her family, and that of her granddaughter Becca. It is only after Gemma's death, that Becca begins to investigate where the truth lies amidst her grandmother's retelling of Briar Rose. Was her grandmother a princess? Who was her prince? Into all of this, Yolen presents a haunting tale of redemption amidst the Holocaust. Like any great fairy tale, this book stayed with me long after I finished reading it.
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Baltimore; or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden
Baltimore; or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire

pebbeb, August 9, 2008

This is a book that takes a twist on the gothic novel. It is essentially a series of tales within an arc of the story of Lord Baltimore, who while lying wounded from battle during WWI encounters a strange and disturbing carrion. As the tale enfolds, we are presented with tales that are gothic, fairy tale, and, while reminiscent of other tales from folklore, are highly original in the way they're crafted into this novel. Mike Mignola's black and white illustrations only add to the text. It is a fascinating tale of the supernatural.
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