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Stealing Our Spectral Hearts

May 12th, 2011 by Sharkchild

Sometimes it takes only a simple children’s fantasy to steal our hearts.

In The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman creates a wonderfully fresh world that is rooted in the-always-curious and -always-mystifying life after death—the macabre if you will. Following the life of Nobody Owens (Bod)—a boy raised and protected by ghosts on a graveyard—a tale of limitless paranormal innovations, warm ghoulish characters, and an enticing, mildly sinister plot unfolds, all while small gestures of humanity throughout pull at the strings of the heart.

You will not be able to take a slow ride through this book; it is a wonderful, delicious treat that should be gobbled up immediately by young and old alike.

The Birth of a Grand Fantasia

May 9th, 2011 by Sharkchild

Lord Dunsany wrote raw fantasy. His work is like wood before it has completed a house; it is like precious gold before it has been made into a ring. Within this book you will find the resources of fantasy—the bits and pieces of the imagination that have been the tools of so many writers lingering on after this ingenious author. I suggest that everyone who has an imagination of their own glimpse into the elaborate shards of the mirror of fantasy’s history with In the Land of Time: And Other Fantasy Tales (Penguin Classics) by Lord Dunsany so that they might know one of its fathers.

The Bureau d’Echange de Maux, The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth, and the stories born off of Go-by Street are my favorite from this collection. Read these for yourself—read all of the stories; you will not be disappointed.