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Posted October 14, 2011
If you've already read Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland, then you know just how good this guy is when it comes to rhyming poetry (if you haven't read Alice in Verse yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! ;-) Though The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland has its darker moments, none can compare to the dark moments in this book, which is divided into five parts, starting with the "lighter fare" and gradually building to the "heavy hitters" - the most gruesome (and gory) of which is easily the third of The Epic Tales, a wicked retelling of a grisly campfire tale, entitled Just Desserts, in which two brothers who've spent the money their mother gave them to buy meat for dinner come upon a freshly dug grave on their way home. I will say no more, except to add a quick warning: this particular poem is most definitely not for all tastes (pun intended). But again, this is just one of over twenty poems in this book, which offers everything from subtle chills to outright carnage, all written in the same smooth style fans of J.T. Holden have come to expect. My favorite of all is Poe's Labyrinth which is narrated by a adolescent Edgar Allen Poe in the now classic rhythm and tempo of his most famous poem, The Raven - and it's exactly the same length as Poe's original. For me, this poem alone was worth the price of the entire eBook! If you like your rhyming poetry spooky (and smart), this one is for you.
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Posted October 15, 2011
This is my first eBook purchase, and what a memorable one it will be years from now when printed books have gone the way of the dinosaur...or at least the way of the CD. I'd previously read (and loved) J.T. Holden's "Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland" and so I was eagerly awaiting the release of his next book...which I thought was going to be "O The Dark Things You'll See!" (it was listed as coming out in May of 2011, but apparently its release date has been changed). Instead, to my surprise and delight, I discovered "Twilight Tales" was his next book, and what a book it is! I was going to wait until the print book was released, but I just couldn't stand it being out there (even in the dreaded eBook form I'd been avoiding for so long) and me not being able to read it, so I broke down and bought an e-reader and downloaded "Twilight Tales" before I'd even learned how to use the reader! Needless to say, there really wasn't all that much to learn, and I was reading in no time, and now I've downloaded over ten books and I'm hooked on eBooks! So, onto this book. First off, it is much darker in theme than "Alice in Verse" but just as enjoyable. As with "Alice" some of the poems are brief and some are full-out stories, but all of them are well worth it! My favorites are (in no particular order): Poe's Labyrinth, The Sandman & the Dullahan, Blueboy, Darkly, Seamus, The Perfect Servant, Just Desserts, Little Grey, The Depths. The illustrations are exceptional, including the extra illustrations in the final section of the book (I'm really glad they included these, and I love the introduction by the author explaining the genesis of them). If you want an amazingly good read for Halloween...or any other dark and spooky night, as the write up says, this one is definitely for you!
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Posted January 6, 2012
I love the way this book graduates from the spooky nursery rhymes and gets darker and more mature as it builds up to the epic tales at the end. This has got to be the smoothest, most naturally flowing rhyming poetry ever written. I'm into rap, but I never really got into poetry until my English teacher brought this book into class on his Nook and had us all read it aloud. The exchanges, the rhythms, the cool word play all work just like the best raps....which was the lesson I guess. Rap is just rhyming poetry set to a beat. It's a different beat but still cool. I'm not saying you have to be into rap to like this book, but if you are into rap you'll probably like it. Also the B&W illustrations are cool too. My top 10 poems in this book: Johnny • Night Terrors • Blueboy • Darkly • The Sandman & the Dullahan • A Warm Place • Just Desserts • Poe's Labyrinth • Whitechapel • Little GreyWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 21, 2011
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