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Books that Spoke to Me in Brisbane

Since I am on an extremely tight budget, this is the only book that I can not resist buying (probably because it’s on sale – and 50% off at that). My daughter already has Wolves in the Walls, The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish, and Coraline – it appears then that Mirrormask is a Must. We had hoped to do a Special Feature on Dave McKean for this month but since we are all running around all over the place, this may actually be done a little later.

Here are some of the book pictures that I have taken as I was going around my second favorite place (the book store, the first one being the library). And while I can not buy them, I can have them in this blogpost and own them through that. I also believe that books speak to you from dusty bookshelves, book bins, book chests, book repositories or what not. There is a different kind of energy that exists between the hand that takes and flips the book open and what the pages whisper to you through your hands. Here are some of my favorites.

The illustrations are just plain gorgeous and yes I do judge the book by its cover on occasion
by Kate DiCamilo - I have to admit I haven't read any of her works yet, but I am intrigued - and this seems like a perfect Yuletide special for next month
This seems like part of a Terry Pratchett Series (which again I have not read yet) - ah, so many books to read, too little time
Has anyone read this book yet? Looks mighty interesting
I know I should have bought this, I know I know... Argh. Shaun Tan is from Australia - and that should have provided the perfect excuse for the book binge. =(
Another Shaun Tan Creation - apparently it has been made into a film. Has anyone seen this yet?
It seems that Graphic Novels speak to me now for some reason... and an Allen Ginsberg at that
I wonder when I would EVER EVER get a chance to read a Sandman Graphic Novel - *deep yearning sigh*
My MOST DESIRED book - a Tim Burton Creation - the title alone is enough to make me weep with so much desire to read read read it. Maybe we shall cross paths again Oyster Boy, and this time around, you shall be mine.

Have any of you read any of these books? I’d love to hear any feedback/thoughts you may have.

6 comments on “Books that Spoke to Me in Brisbane

  1. Mary of GatheringBooks

    I’ve seen them, but I haven’t read them. I’ve seen the Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy on youtube. I haven’t read it though. I think I’ve read Mirrormask.
    I have recently visited the bookstore and left with a long list of books I MUST get. LOL. As if my shelf isn’t full already.


  2. I have read the entire Tim Burton collection with The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy as the cover title. It’s $19.95 for such a short collection but it’s Tim Burton so hopefully I’ll get my own copy someday. The poems are oddities of their own paired with pencil drawings by Burton himself.

    I have the first volume of the Absolute Sandman that includes the first 3-4 books of The Sandman collection. It’s cheaper to get it individually, but the gigantic collection of the Absolute Sandman has some extras included like rough drafts, extra stories, and interviews. Also, the art has been enhanced from the original. Each volume costs a whopping $99, while one book costs $19.95.

    I have only seen the movie version of Mirrormask, as presented by the Jim Henson company. I think Dave McKean was also a collaborator in the movie production. I’ve seen a few pages of the graphic novel and it’s pretty similar to the film.


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