Wednesday 20 June 2012

Review - The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy: and Other Stories by Tim Burton

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy: and Other StoriesThe Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy: and Other Stories by Tim Burton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Time Taken To Read - 15 minutes

Blurb From Goodreads

From breathtaking stop-action animation to bittersweet modern fairy tales, filmmaker Tim Burton has become known for his unique visual brilliance -- witty and macabre at once. Now he gives birth to a cast of gruesomely sympathetic children -- misunderstood outcasts who struggle to find love and belonging in their cruel, cruel worlds. His lovingly lurid illustrations evoke both the sweetness and the tragedy of these dark yet simple beings -- hopeful, hapless heroes who appeal to the ugly outsider in all of us, and let us laugh at a world we have long left behind (mostly anyway).

My Review

It is hard to really review such a wee short book like this. It is basically tiny short stories that are really poems about weird and wonderful characters. Funny & morbid at the same time. This is my first encounter with the written word of Time Burton (I have seen some of his movie collaborations). So whilst short I did like it but without going into and ruining the wee poems (or rather stories) I can only say if you like poems and weirdness then this is perfect for you. It also only takes a tiny amount of time to read (there are illustrations throughout) and the text is short. 3/5 for me.

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  1. Not a fan of short stories as a rule but the very name Tim Burton has my attention. Thanks for such an honest review.

  2. Well now that sounds like an interesting read though like Petty Witter, short stories are not usually my thing. It's gonna be the writer behind them that gets all the heads turning on this one....thanks for the share!

  3. Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting. Donna

  4. I have this one and I agree it is difficult to review - maybe one to dip in and out of rather than sit down and read all in one sitting?

  5. I love stories. This book is really interesting. They talk about oyster boy. Keep sharing your content with us. Now it's time to avail shutters in birmingham for more information.


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