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Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us
Allen Salkin, Jerry Stiller
The Light in the Ruins
Chris Bohjalian
Flowers for Algernon
Daniel Keyes
Progress: 289/311 pages

Dream Weaver ★★★☆☆

Dream Weaver - Jane Yolen, Michael Hague

This is really not a children’s book. Like most real fairy tales, these stories and their intricate illustrations are much darker than their Disney counterparts, more violent and bloodthirsty, with very adult themes. The book contains 7 re-imagined classic fairy tales, tied (woven, ha ha) together by the narrative of a blind old woman who weaves dreams for a series of passers-by. They are strange and disturbing, and I did not enjoy reading them, but I did find it an interesting exercise to try connecting each fairy tale/dream with the persons for whom it was woven.

 

This is a good-quality hardcover version with glossy illustrations that I picked up at a used bookstore and has been sitting unread on my shelf for several years. I read this for the 2017 Booklikes-opoly game.