The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories by Tim Burton [Review]

IBook Cover of The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories by Tim Burton‘m not even going to try to sum this collection up myself, so here is the publishers blurb!:

Twenty-three illustrated gothic tales from the dark corridors of the imagination of the creative genius behind Batman, Edward Scissorhands and Big Fish.

Burton’s lovingly lurid illustrations evoke both the sweetness and tragedy of a cast of gruesomely sympathetic children – hopeful, yet hapless beings.

My initial reaction on reading this collection was something like this:

“Okaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay…” *blinks*

And even now, when I’m writing this review, I’m still not entirely sure what I think about this collection decidedly ‘odd’ little flash fictions.

I think I liked it. And I suppose the fact that despite it only taking me 40 or so minutes to read, it’s still causing me to think about it, days later, can only be a good thing. 😉 The illustrations however I have no confusion over, I loved them and they perfectly suit the feel of stories they sit alongside.

I can see me reading this one again and again over the coming months, just so I can try to make up my mind on it…

And that, I guess, means it was a success. :)

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13 thoughts on “The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories by Tim Burton [Review]

  • January 27 at 1:07 am
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    I had no idea that Tim Burton wrote stories…

  • January 27 at 2:00 am
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    Me either, Amanda.

    That sounds interesting, though, Darren.

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  • January 27 at 9:27 am
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    I keep seeing this little book pop up in blogs and bookshops. I was sure it would be a surreal experience…

    • January 27 at 9:34 pm
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      Surreal about covers it. It’s decidedly odd! Still good though… I think!

  • January 27 at 1:45 pm
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    It is an odd little book. I still can’t work out what to make of it.

    • January 27 at 9:36 pm
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      Me either! It’s a slightly disconcerting experience being this uncertain over a book! LOL 😉

  • January 28 at 6:28 pm
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    Tim Burton is one creative guy.

  • January 28 at 7:16 pm
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    Brought this years ago – there are always really cheap copies of this in HMV – I enjoyed the little poems, and loved the pictures. I had the matchstick girl copied and up at school for ages and the kids enjoyed reading it.

    PS Thanks for Immortal Beloved it arrived today, I’ll start reading it once the tbr dare is complete.

  • January 31 at 2:13 am
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    I freaking love this book 😀 I bought it when I was like 17 I think….and fell in love with it right away. I’ve read it numerous times since too. I love pretty much everything Tim Burton does though, lol.

  • April 17 at 11:57 am
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    Just found this on ReaditSwapit and am wavering over it and another book – think I’ll give it a shot :)

    • April 19 at 9:07 pm
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      Oh, it’s definitely worth reading. Just a little odd! (and it’s probably worth it for that alone…)

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