Back on the shelf: The Books of Magic

The Books of Magic

Neil Gaiman

In this graphic novel, Gaiman, one of my favorite fiction authors, explores darker version of a character that closely resembles the more familiar Harry Potter (though this was written years before Potter was). Instead of the towering and goofy Hagrid, our protagonist Timothy is instead intercepted by four darkly grim – and rather disturbing – men and whisked away on an equally disturbing adventure through the darkest realms of the magical world. During the journey, he is taught about the perils of accepting his talent and destiny about which, up to this point, he had had no clue.

Richly drawn in four distinct art styles, this is not light reading, though it is very much Gaiman’s quirky and unpredictable style of fantasy. This wasn’t my favorite work by the author, but I still recommend it to anyone who enjoys his work.

See what else is on my bookshelf…

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