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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Gris Grimly Illustrates Some Halloween Classics (#bookreview)

Good morning, all.

With October well underway, Donald and I have decided that it's about time we bring some horror to the ruins. Donald is going to kick off our Halloween Read-tacular today with a pair of Gris Grimly's illustrated spooky reads.

Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley (Author) & Gris Grimly (Illustrator)

Synopsis:
Gris Grimly's Frankenstein is a twisted, fresh, and utterly original full-length, full-color graphic-novel adaptation of Mary Shelley's original text, brought to life by acclaimed illustrator Gris Grimly.

This is the first fully illustrated version to use the original 1818 text and is destined to capture the imagination of those new to the story as well as those who know it well.

Review:
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has been rewritten since its "waking dream" as Shelley calls it. The dragging story of a mad creator's abomination, and his tale of heartbreak, revenge, and horror, I give 3 stars.

Reading the original Frankenstein with the help of Gris Grimly's artwork made it all the better. This is his third full length novel conversion with illustrations, following The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which I read last year (see my review below). I recommend Grimly's whole library - if you like Tim Burton then you'll love Gris Grimly.


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
by Washington Irving (Author) & Gris Grimly (Illustrator)

Synopsis:
Is there a parent in the house? Are the windows shut and locked? Double-check! 

They HAVE to be if you are going to read this book, which is undoubtedly the scariest rendition of one of the greatest ghost stories ever told: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. 

While you may have heard of Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, and the Headless Horseman, you've never SEEN them quite like this -- through the macabre imagination of the inimitable Gris Grimly.

Review:
We all know the tale of Sleepy Hollow - if you don't, then what rock are you living under? Gris Grimly takes the original tale by Washington Irving (1783-1859) and adds his artful imagination of illustrations and brings the story to life once again.

The use of color in different shades of orange (my favorite color) gives it a very Halloween look. Gris Grimly is know for many other books, including his Wicked Nursery Rhymes series. and Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness.

I read this at work Cracker Barrel, where they had a copy for sale. It was only August at the time, but they had Halloween decorations for sale already. I really enjoy Gris Grimly's artwork.

(as posted by Donald on Goodreads)

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