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The 13 Clocks
The 13 Clocks | James Thurber
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In a cold, gloomy castle where all the clocks have stopped, a wicked Duke amuses himself by finding new and fiendish ways of rejecting the suitors for his niece, the good and beautiful Princess Saralinda.
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyOct19 Day 18: #Beard
One of my fave Thurber books. Timeless.

charl08 Wow, great picture. 3mo
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Spencer_Labbe
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They say books are like dreams. This book is doubly so. Though I read it, I‘m still not entirely sure what happened... but I do know that I loved it

Bradleygirl I read this one this year too! Loved it. 7mo
jewright I love his short stories! 7mo
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GatheringBooks
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#ReadingResolutions Day 6: 13 #Clocks revolves around this story of an evil duke who has murdered time; an enchanted princess, Saralinda, who is unable to say anything but “I wish him well” in the presence of the Duke; and a Prince disguised as a Minstrel who wishes to save the princess (and marry her of course, need I say that). Link to Full review ⬇️

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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This was 100 pages of fairy tale perfection. It‘s the standard “prince must accomplish an impossible task to win the hand of a princess” but written with so much style and flourish that I wanted to frame every line. This is a reread-yearly-forever book.

The Golux was just the kind of meta-narrative self aware plot device that I am always down for. When the Duke of Coffin Castle called him “Golux Ex Machina” I may have squealed.

#SummerOfShort

Aimeesue ❤️Thurber ❤️ 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @Aimeesue It was my first, but will not be my last! 2y
Aimeesue @TobeyTheScavengerMonk He makes me laugh! 2y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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I imagine this is what we‘d get if Dr. Seuss wrote epic fantasy.

This book was so good, you guys.

#SummerOfShort

CrowCAH Wowzers the alliteration and assonance! 2y
Lindy Thanks for reminding me how great this is. Must reread. 😊 2y
Laura317 I‘ve never heard of this, but on this post alone I NEED it! 2y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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“A soft finger touched his shoulder and he turned to see a little man smiling in the moonlight. He wore an indescribable hat, his eyes were wide and astonished, as if everything were happening for the first time, and he had a dark describable beard.”

Everyone meet the Golux. As Neil Gaiman says in the Introduction “Every tale needs a Golux. Luckily for all of us, this book has one.”

#theGolux #SummerOfShort

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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“The cold Duke was afraid of Now, for Now has warmth and urgency, and Then is dead and buried.”

Yes, the Duke wears an eyepatch over one eye and a monocle over the other. He‘s just that evil.

#SummerOfShort

Aimeesue Hahaha! SO evil! 2y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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“There was a smell, the Golux thought, a little like Forever in the air, but mixed with something faint and less enduring, possibly the fragrance of a flower.”

#theGolux #SummerOfShort

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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There are probably lots of things that Neil Gaiman is not good at... but writing Introductions is not on that list. Check out this high praise for my #currentread

One time I heard him say he doesn‘t know much about ice hockey, so there‘s that...

#SummerOfShort

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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awildreader
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I'm too immersed in The Shadow of the Wind right now to crack these open, but I did pick up some short fiction options from the library in case I needed a break from longer books. Which one do you think I should read for the #readathon?
#readathonhourlyphoto

Redwritinghood Shadow of the Wind is a great book. 2y
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MellieAntoinette
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“On guard, you musty sofa!”

Well this book is adorable. I couldn‘t tell you what it‘s about with it‘s chocolate chatter of zorns and zatches, of witches curses and tears of treasures. It is “something very much like nothing anyone had ever seen before,” and yet it‘s exactly what you were looking for yesterday that you couldn‘t find today. If you like riddles and crafty turns if phrase, dive in or run away!

BlameJennyJane Great, fun review! 2y
MellieAntoinette @BlameJennyJane I blame it on the book 😉 Thank you! ❤️ 2y
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MellieAntoinette
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“Time is for dragonflies and angels. The former live too little and the latter live too long.”

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Wilkie
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How to describe this book? It‘s totally bonkers. Favorite quote: ‘On guard, you musty sofa!‘ #1001books #shortandsweet

Cinfhen Great photo 💕 2y
Louise Ah, James Thurber! 👌 2y
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SiriuslyWeasley
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1. Richard Nixon
2. Mother's Day
3. Thursday
4. 1992
5. If 6 Was 9 by Jimi Hendrix
6. Fahrenheit 451
7. 15
8. 2
9. 7
10. 15
Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity! 😊
#50K @Kaye

Kaye Ok, gotcha. ✅♥️ 2y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Today‘s #bookmail

Neil Gaiman has mentioned often how influential The 13 Clocks was for him so I decided to get this illustrated paperback with his introduction.

I also decided that it was time to try Mouse Guard. @GrilledCheeseSamurai this seems like it might be in your purview. Thoughts?

saresmoore I nearly purchased The 13 Clocks for the same reason! Well, that and the awesome cover. Very cool finds. 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai I loooove mouse guard. The water color illustrations are friggen AMAZING! I haven't heard about this 13 clocks though. I'ma have to look into it. 👍 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @shareyourghost I got the first Mouse Guard! 2y
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AshleyHoss820
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How do I even describe this book!? It's adorable, it's funny, it's a pleasant surprise! I LOVED The Wonderful O and this book didn't disappoint either! He's sarcastic, he's silly and just plain brilliant! #1001Books 116/1,001

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meggofrank
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It's no secret that I'm a huge Gaiman fangirl, so when he picked this for his Wall Street Journal book club, I promptly bought it, then didn't read it. It's a delightful speedy little read, a simple story, but with a fair bit of nonsense thrown in, and a lovely rhythm to the words. I'd have loved this as a kid, if only I'd known it existed.

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Kateri
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Recommended by author Elizabeth Wein during a book talk she gave at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. It's favourite of Neil Gaiman (who does the introduction to my edition) and I can see why they both love it. The language is wonderful. Hugely enjoyable and clever fairytale.

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Mtroiano
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"We all have flaws" he said, "and mine is being wicked."

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OkamiMars
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This was a fast (like 2-3 hours) and super enjoyable read! It was refreshing, funny, quirky and different, and still, it felt like reading an old fairy tale.

If you have never read this book, I would definitely recommend it.

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hlgreenfield
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I love this book! So cute and funny! Recommend it to anyone who wants to read a really funny fairy tale!

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BekaReid
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Witty. Inventive. Genius. James Thurber hit my radar thanks to Gaiman. I promptly requested it from the library and thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Also love Marc Simont's illustrations. Definitely need to acquire a copy to add to my personal library!

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BekaReid
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Blurb on book jacket starts, "How can anyone describe this book? It isn't a parable, a fairy story or a poem, but rather a mixture of all three. It is beautiful and it is comic. It is philosophical and it is cheery..."
@JReid - and there is a knight!

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BekaReid
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Neil Gaiman's View from the Cheap Seats has been causing a significant increase in my TBR list. I just added James Thurber's The 13 Clocks. How can I not when Gaiman says of it, "It's that sort of book. It's unique. It makes people happier, like ice cream."
...also, I now want ice cream!

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JenP
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My Mother's Day gift? My family took me on a tour of Boston area book stores. I found this posted on a bookshelf of Commonwealth books (the cat bookstore from my earlier post).

asiriusreader That's a fun Mother's Day gift! Happy Mother's Day! 3y
Tnovo My fav Boston stores are Trident Booksellers, Harvard bookstore and Brattle books!! Hope you had fun even thought weather was icky. 3y
JenP @Tnovo we went to trident. Love Harvard bookstore and Brattle but we didn't go to those ones today. 3y
LeahBergen 😍😍 3y
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orangerful
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Found this book while going through stuff at my parent's house. I remember loving it as a kid but not much more! So I'm rereading it to see if the magic is still there!

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jdtchicago
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Remember laughter. You'll need it even in the blessed isles of Ever After.

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kfan
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...baffled, delighted, her problems forgotten. It's that sort of book. (from the intro by Neil Gaiman)

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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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When I saw today's #somethingforsept #septemberphotochallenge was a #numberintitle I immediately thought if this hard-to-describe Thurber book. In the newer edition, Neil Gaiman in the intro calls it 'probably the best book in the world'.
That means it's time for a reread!

BooksTeasAndBookishThings I LOVE your book clock! 3y
RealLifeReading That is the best clock!! 3y
UwannaPublishme Yes! Your clock ROCKS! And so does Thurber. 😊👍🏻 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @BooksTeasAndBookishThings @RealLifeReading @UwannaPublishme Thanks! I have had it so long I think I take for granted it's kinda cool. My mom gave it to me 30 years ago when she figured out bookish things were my jam 📚💕 3y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings Your Mom was spot on with it! Very pretty 😍 3y
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BeththeBookDragon
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I know it's supposed to be a classic, but ☹️. There were some funny bits, but overall👎🏻

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joe_hill
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"We all have flaws," he said, "and mine is being wicked."

Miznanner Love this quote!! 😘 3y
BeththeBookDragon New York Times Book review just offered a copy of this book for $1! Mine arrives today. 3y
Kensalikof My favorite quote. 3y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings That is a flaw worth owning up to. 3y
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Imjasondiamond
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And now I have another edition of this.

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JeremyLambert
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Fantastic! I love this magical, wonderful, whimsical book.