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. :)

Buy: The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories by Tim Burton from The Book Depository.


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  1. Amanda says:

    I had no idea that Tim Burton wrote stories…

  2. Kailana says:

    Me either, Amanda.

    That sounds interesting, though, Darren.

  3. Alex says:

    I keep seeing this little book pop up in blogs and bookshops. I was sure it would be a surreal experience…

  4. Clover says:

    It is an odd little book. I still can’t work out what to make of it.

  5. Care says:

    Tim Burton is one creative guy.

  6. katrina says:

    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.

  7. Chris says:

    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.

  8. Carmen Wing says:

    Just found this on ReaditSwapit and am wavering over it and another book – think I’ll give it a shot :)

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