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If you don't have the original book, I would give the book itself 4 or 5 stars. If you do have the book, don't waste your money on this edition, hence being generous with two stars (really deserves one). The blurb for this version says "Destined to become a collector's volume, this limited, 25th anniversary edition contains new artwork, an original postcard, and specially created decorative stamps, making this a book that is as rewarding to enjoy all over again—or to discover for the very first time." Pffft. I have compared my book, a sixth printing, with this Anniversary edition. There are four differences:
1. On the cover of this one, it says 25th Anniversary Edition. 2. The dust jacket blurb on the inside cover is slightly revised. 3. On the very last page there is one more envelope. Inside is a postcard with Bantock's artwork on it--the card is smaller than a standard postcard; it is about the size of 1/4 of a piece of US copy paper. Also inside is a similarly sized sheet of six stickers with images from the Griffin and Sabine books. 4. The quality of the reproduction of the artwork in the Anniversary edition, at least in the copy I received, isn't as sharp / crisp nor is the color as vibrant. If you didn't have the two books side by side you might not notice, but the printing/detail in my old version is definitely better.
That's it. So for the first time in well over 15 years of ordering from Amazon, I am returning something. Bummers.
If you do not have a copy of Griffin and Sabine already (why not?!!!), you might well enjoy this one. Given the difference in reproduction of the art, if you are an artist or particular about details (guilty on both counts), you might look for an older printing. But it's a great book and great series. Just irked at the publisher's misleading blurb.
I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I came across Griffin and Sabine's story. I was just looking for something to keep me company on a quiet Sunday evening. I'm just a collector of pretty things and books. If I see something pretty and eye-catching, chances are I will add it to my shelf or closet of mentionables and unmentionables. I have never seen or read a book like this one and it fascinated me- a person who likes to take glimpses and long observations of details in strange places. The entire volume was composed of bizarre postcards and letters waiting for any reader seeking a "romance" of sorts to jump in and invade the sender's and recipient's privacy. All I can tell you was that this first volume was not enough when I had finished it on a cliffhanger. I needed to know what happened next. I needed more and so like a drug I ordered the second volume.
The format is novel in that epistolary narratives are already uncommon and this has complex design elements complementing the structure, like envelopes with letters and fronts and backs of postcards. But the art is often a bit disturbing and the story is, in the end, unconvincing. It doesn’t go very far. The characters’ selves and relationship are underdeveloped and their behaviors aren’t believable, no matter how you read the ending. I read this in a senior level college course where we are examining the craft of letter writing and epistolary narratives. But it requires no scrutiny at all to be dissatisfied with the story.
This delightful book gives us a glimpse of a very unusual romance in an unusual way: through the correspondence of the two people involved. All we are allowed to see of Sabine and Griffin are what they tell each other in their letters and their art. The mysterious unveiling of the two people leads the reader to want more, and, thankfully, there are more books that continue the story.
I love this format. I was first introduced to it in JOURNAL: THE SHORT LIFE AND MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF AMY ZOE MASON by Kristine Atkinson. I loved that book, and found that, because of its length perhaps, it involved me more in the storyline. This book, at only 48 pages in length, still managed to get me involved. It is a fun and intriguing little book.
wonderful interactive book that makes you feel as if you stumbled across someone's notebooks. Its a good story of mystery and suspense. One of my kids binge read it over a day and a half. Now begging me to get the rest of the series. There are some strong words in here but nothing tweens can't handle. Anyone younger is not appropriate for this book.
La historia de este libro es como entrar a "the twilight zone". Entre el triángulo de las bermudas, la esquizofrenia y el delirio. Pero con el pasar de las hojas vamos creyendo que todo lo que les está sucediendo a estos dos personajes "Griffin and Sabine" es real, y que se conocen de otras vidas... vamos abriendo sobres, descubriendo cartas, leyendo su correspondencia y llegamos al final con la única necesidad de comprar la saga completa pues el libro, como sus protagonistas, nos dejan en puntos suspensivos. Se me olvida aclarar un punto FUNDAMENTAL... el trabajo gráfico del interior del libro en sus postales y cartas; es IMPRESIONANTE.
I liked this book but feel short-changed due to is length at only 48 pages. However, the artistry and the gimmicky postcards and letters inside envelopes makes up for it. A very intriguing story of the two main characters. The first book left me wanting to know more of the story so I did buy the next 2 books of the trilogy.