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
#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 ⬇️
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.
“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.”
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?
“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!
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?
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.
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.
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!
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).
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!