This is a truly beautiful book. I saw the video a few years ago and have been wanting to get my paws on the book ever since... I bought the book and dThis is a truly beautiful book. I saw the video a few years ago and have been wanting to get my paws on the book ever since... I bought the book and dvd both and love them. They touch upon that which is secret and lovely and adventurous within us all. And it reaches for the imagination, too. When was the last time you felt that? Lately, reading Neil Gaiman's novels, and then seeing this little film, I have listened to the songs from the distant shore called... well, the film and the book call it home, but it does have other names, too. ...more
Harlequin Valentine is such a delightful cocktail of quirkiness, oddity and romaticism that one cannot help but love it. I have always enjoyed pantomiHarlequin Valentine is such a delightful cocktail of quirkiness, oddity and romaticism that one cannot help but love it. I have always enjoyed pantomimes and the harlequinades (which I've only seen on film and in classib British tv series) and this is a charming re-telling of the old tale of the Harlequin and Columbine in the best Commedia dell'Arte tradition.
At first, I wasn't sure if I liked Bolton's illustrations, as beautiful and eerie as they are since they looked so much like eighties' fashion pictures -- but then I realized that was probably the whole point. The book strangely reminds me of A-ha's old hit music video Take On Me, and no surprise, because that if something is uber eighties stuff and a similar wild leap from the gritty reality to an alternative existence, the harlequinade where roles are dropped and new ones adopted at the tip of a colorful hat.
I enjoyed the little graphic novel immensely, especially Gaiman's magical storytelling, and went searching for more similar tales to read, and found my favorite amongst Dame Agatha's books -- The Mysterious Mr (Harley) Quin. He too is a shadowy figure, like the Harlequin... Good or evil, no-one can say. He is potentially dangerous, and a strange trickster, but then again, so is love. ...more
Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book is, in my opinion, the best book of the year, the most magical, chilling, delightful, clever, amazing and wonderful oNeil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book is, in my opinion, the best book of the year, the most magical, chilling, delightful, clever, amazing and wonderful of all. I love the starting point of the story: the spooky, yet charming idea of an oprhaned baby making his way onto an old graveyard, and meeting there the most lively and friendly crowd of friends, and adoptive relatives he could anywhere -- despite the fact that they are dead, or at least not among the living, as is the case with his guardian Silas. But what follows is even more amazing, with different myths and old magical folklore mixed into a tale that twists this way and that, like the mysterious Sleer that guards the ancient tomb in the hill. There are so many interesting layers in this story, historical, cultural, mythological, not to mention emotional, and the characters, especially Bod and his vampiric guardian Silas, are unforgettable.
The Graveyard Book is a stealthy, lovely and masterful book that will steal your heart and make you wish for a sequel, soon. It's best read at bedtime, when it's dark outside, but it will bring mystery and delight to any day, and any reader, from children to the souls of all ages. ...more