It’s time for another one of these posts. Mosty, Catherynne M. Valente is responsible for this because I have been looking for a copy of the book she recommended and simply couldn’t find one. My way through the labyrinth that is the internetwebs has not only led me to success but come across two other titles that caught my interest.
Now this book has been published in 1983 so you may wonder what the hell is wrong with me for listing it here. But, as far as my research has shown, there is no ebook version of it yet and the paper versions are very hard to get and mostly way above my price range. But my friend Goodreads informed me that not only will it be published again (with a cover that is much less 80ies), but there will also be an ebook version. Hurrah! And because Cat Valente squeed (very successfully) about this little novel on the SF Squeecast, I now cannot wait to get my hands on it.
His name is West. Her name is Cally. They speak different languages and come from different countries thousands of miles apart, but they do not know that. What they do know are the tragedies that took their parents, then wrenched the two of them out of reality, into a strange and perilous world through which they must travel together, knowing only that they must reach the sea. Together West and Cally embark upon a strange and sometimes terrifying quest, learning to survive and to love and, at last, the real secret of their journey.
The unhappy child of two powerful parents who despise each other, young Lilly turns to the ocean to find solace, which she finds in the form of the eloquent and intelligent sea monster Octavius, a kraken. In Octavius’ many arms, Lilly learns of friendship, loyalty, and family. When Octavius, forbidden by Lilly to harm humans, is captured by seafaring traders and sold to a circus, Lilly becomes his only hope for salvation. Desperate to find him, she strikes a bargain with a witch that carries a shocking price.
TED NAIFEH, ADRIANNE AMBROSE, CORY GODBEY – JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH (April 2013)
Here’s a confession. I am a huge Labyrinth fangirl. I have watched this movie over and over, the last time only a month ago, and it is still as magical, and immersive as it was the first time. When i was little, I wanted to be Sarah. I would be friends with Hoggle and Ludo, I would run from the cleaners, be entranced by Jareth (and his supertight tights) and wear that awesome dress to the masque. You can imagine my excitement when I found out about this:
Archaia and The Jim Henson Company are proud to present an original prequel to Jim Henson’s classic fantasy film. Labyrinth is one of Jim Henson’s most beloved works, with a built-in audience of millions of fans worldwide. Years before Sarah entered the labyrinth, a young boy named Jareth faced his own incredible journey in a desperate attempt to rescue his true love from the clutches of the wicked and beautiful Goblin Queen. This graphic novel is produced under the complete supervision of Lisa Henson, the daughter of the late Jim Henson and CEO of the Jim Henson Company.
That’s it for today. The Susan Cooper and the Labyrinth sequel are extremely high on my wishlist, with Sea Change being a random pick. I may change my mind on buying the latter (the library is always an option and I’m in no hurry) but I’ll be damned if the other two aren’t on my shelf (or Kobo) on the day of publication.