An Owl's Tale
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"Ladybirds are full of secrets," said Amelia. An Owl's Tale returns the reader to a time of traveller's tales and campfire storytelling as Amelia and her companion Owl head east to begin the quest in the book Amelia's Song. The tales told here stand alone and yet fit characters and stories told before and yet to come in Kneel's own unique style. They are a mix of the classical, the contemporary and the not yet invented and are as reminiscent of Carroll and Grimm as they are as new as Noon and Martin. Fairy tales and sagas that are as future proof as they are familiar. Born of truth and folklore cloaked, the FairyBlurbs may be the most important VirulentBlurb book yet. This book is a Ladybird.
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May 26, 2015The book is a collection of mythopoeic tales, told by Owl to a little girl called Amelia, who makes significant appearances elsewhere in Kneel's work. The framing device of Owl's narration allows the reader to sit at the author's knee and accept each magical story in the same way that a young child accepts Little Red Riding Hood or Hansel and Gretel. This is a children's book for adults, and it makes an enchanting alternative to the conventions of story-telling we accept as the norm when we are beset by mortgages, career ambitions, money worries, responsibilities. The language of An Owl's Tale is artfully archaic, full of syntactic inversions and olde worlde vocabulary, but at the same time it is terse and punchy. Take this example, from "The River That Fell in Love with the Sea": Slipped the seasons and cold came unto the world... And her back turned harsh and white. Solid. But beneath she endured. Grain by grain... This style looks at first like an acquired taste, but the... More > fluidity and confidence of Kneel's writing carries the reader along, and the stories quickly become accessible and engaging. The book taps into ancient story-telling traditions that we greet with a smile of recognition when they manifest as "The Wolf Who Lost His Reflection" or "The Prince Without a Throne." The best children's books are objects of beauty, with windows to other worlds in the form of illustrations. An Owl's Tale offers its adult readers the same aesthetic joy, thanks to Susan Omand's elegant ink drawings, which introduce each tale. The combination of Susan's pictures and Kneel's words is powerful and exciting. If you love traditional tales and myths or are fascinated by the act of story-telling, you should buy this book.< Less
Apr 5, 2015I am in awe of this man and his works, as he seems to transcend any form of measurement. This sixth book from Kneel is passionate in its language, potent in its effect and paints vivid images in your imagination. The Fairy Tales or Fairyblurbs are unique tales that stand alone, born of light and dark, contemporary and classical styles. Threads and veils are sewn together weaving all his books together in the VirulentBlurb Universe. Susan Omand illustrates the book with her own unique style, adding to the experience of the reader. Once read, you will be moved and never forget them.
Apr 5, 2015Once upon a nevermore a lonely WordSmith cast letters into a vast forge, waited for them to meld then removed them to create words on the Anvil of Thought. Using the Hammer of Imagination he carefully crafted an army of words, which he ordered into serried ranks so they might tell his stories. Pleased with this work he smiled, sat then slept while the world was bathed in the wonder of his creation "An Owl'sTale" Thus it may have happened, most likely not but we all have our visions of how the world works. In this astonishing book Kneel Downe has produced a clever slant on his VirulentBlurb universe. A series of FairyBlurbs, tales written to uncover the myths and legends of his universe. There is good and its companion evil with the deadly twins of light and dark, characters veiled in different clothes that we have met before, secrets, and possiblities for the future are revealed. Written in the clipped, terse prose that characterises Kneel's writing, it manages to paint... More > images in your head with so few words, pure mindpaint. Within these pages are many answers, nods to fellow writers, glimpses of the passions and heart of Mr Downe. Did I find them all? I very much doubt it! There is nobody else who could conjoin the fairy tale world of medieval Europe with the cyberpunk world of the VirulentBlurb and make it read like perfection, with the illustrations of the wonderful Susan Omand, make it an exilarating experience (mind that spider) An incredible achievement that deserves to be read, whether you are a VirulentBlurb fan or not, in truth if you are new to this author it will make you want to read all the rest of his books.< Less
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- Kneel Downe (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Kneel Downe
- April 3, 2015
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.94 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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