Friday, 18 January 2013

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

Written By Tim Burton

Genre
Short Stories, Fantasy

Synopsis

From the pen of Tim Burton, creative mind behind "The Nightmare Before Christmas", Edward Scissorhands" and "Sleepy Hollow" comes a dark and melancholy gift book that has already proven itself to be a classic.

Featuring wonderfully gothic illustrations by Burton himself, and stories of the folorn and twisted children that populate his mind ("The Boy With Nails In His Eyes", "Stick Boy And Match Girl In Love", and "Jimmy The Hideous Penguin Boy" to name but three), The Melancholy Death Of Oyster boy is simultaneously fascinating, entertaining, heartbreaking and disturbing.


Review



An exquisite and beautiful book full of absolutely gorgeous and simple line drawings alongside some stunning short stories.

In the same vein as the legendary Roald Dahl but with an added sense of the macabre, this collection of short stories is quite simply sublime.  Starring many different characters such as Oyster Boy, Pin Cushion Girl, Stain Boy and many more, it’s like the author Neil Gaiman only with a slightly weirder tint.

The characters themselves really show off Burton's sense of humor and slightly off kilter personality.  Another one of the things I really liked was the simple fact that these characters really felt alive and fully fleshed out despite the short length of the tales they're involved in.

In fact, the stories are beautiful in their simplicity and have a marvellously dark sheen over them.  You can really tell that Burton himself put his heart and soul in to each one of these stories.  To be perfectly honest, I don't think that there is a bad story amongst them.  The collection flows eloquently between all of the stories and doesn't feel disjointed in the least.

The simple drawings really add to the tales themselves too, just like the drawings of Quentin Blake did to Roald Dahls stories.  I would really love to see more of Burton's art work.  They seem simple yet elegant on the page and really add to the stories too.

An essential purchase for fans of Tim Burton and of the style of short stories by authors such as Neil Gaiman.

Story 4/5
Characters 4/5
Recommended 4/5
Overall 12/15

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