Several books at once

Ack, I am so behind on reviews.  I am working on a project that requires a lot of attention (fortunately I can work on it while still watching classic Doctor Who), which is the excuse I’m using for my negligence.  Feel free to be distracted from this by a picture of my beautiful hat:

Hatty hat 007

Gerald Morris’s The Squire’s Tale and The Quest of the Fair Unknown

Essentially, Gerald Morris writes very sweet retellings of King Arthur legends from various sources, making fun of impractical chivalry rules and having Gawain be the coolest knight of all the knights.  Instead of Lancelot, who starts out really lame and gets much less lame as time goes on.  Every time he writes a new one, I’m afraid he’s going to have Mordred show up, which finally did happen in The Quest for the Fair Unknown (or maybe it happened before?  I haven’t been reading his new books faithfully because they have insufficient Gawain & Terence in them), and now I am far too worried to read any future books in case Arthur dies.  DO NOT WANT.  (The ostrich approach to literature.)  Oh, and Gerald Morris’s books are for children, and rereading them as an adult I find they are a smidge simplistic.  Still charming though and if I have children I will assuredly procure these books for them.

Gerald Morris’s early books (including The Squire’s Tale) are better than his later ones.  This is because he started with all the best stories.  The Squire, His Knight, and His Lady is best of all, because it is Sir Gawain & the Green Knight.  And who doesn’t love that story?  So The Quest of the Fair Unknown, you know, it had moments that were really fun, but none as good as those early stories that were all about Gawain and Terence.  However, the covers I am linking to are all pretty and matchy, and they make me want to buy all of Gerald Morris’s books at once.

P.S. It is possible that part of the reason I am writing these half-assed reviews is that I am addicted to  Don’t go to that website.  I am not even going to provide a link to it.  I am telling you that if you enter you won’t be able to get out again.  Hey, did you see my hat (above)?

Nick Bantock’s Griffin and Sabine, Sabine’s Notebook, and The Golden Mean

Did you ever read these books?  Essentially these two people Griffin and Sabine, are mentally connected.  Sabine can see the pictures that Griffin draws, and one day she writes to him.  They write each other angsty letters about the power of love and how much they miss each other; they overcome a bunch of obstacles and eventually find each other and have major reunion snuggles.

Which I realize doesn’t sound all that great.  If you were to accuse these books of being short on plot, you would be correct.

But.  But but but!  Here is why it is that great!  Because the letters are there, in the book!  Griffin and Sabine are both artists, so they create beautiful postcards and envelopes, which are eye candy for me, and sometimes you get to take the letters out of the envelopes.

And yes, okay, mostly the letters themselves are not thrilling (it gets more interesting when they introduce a villain character), but you get to TAKE THEM OUT OF THE ENVELOPES.  It is like The Jolly Postman for adults.  With darker, edgier art.  And did I mention that there are actual letters that you can physically take out of the envelopes?  Envelopes containing removable letters?  GLORIOUS.

Speaking of glorious, did you see my hat?  Wasn’t it good?

10 thoughts on “Several books at once

    • Thank you! You know what is extra good about it? I bought it in England, so I had to wear it on the plane home, so I was dressed super fancy coming home. And everyone was soooo nice and helpful. The people at the train station carried my bags from one platform to another for me, and at the airport someone fetched me a trolley for my suitcase – IT WAS GREAT. Always wear a fancy Ascot hat when travelling. Is the lesson I learned. 😛

  1. Oh! Look at that hat! Reviews? What reviews?


    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of the Griffin & Sabine books. But a book with letters you can take out of envelopes? Sounds like a great interactive book!

    • It is fun. The art is really good too – I maybe didn’t say enough about the art. Sabine designs her own stamps, so even the stamps are gorgeous! And each of the postcards is unique and beautiful.

  2. OH GOD, TVTROPES.ORG! I have spent HOURS there, looking up every book I have ever read, and show or movie I have ever watched. Or even heard of. Or considered the existence of.


    I remember when the G&S books were a really big Thing. I enjoyed looking at the epistles–especially the stamps–but reading them was nothing I remember too fondly. I wonder whether they’re on TVTropes …


    • Dude, it is like a drug. Especially when there’s a page that has a bunch of subtropes – and have you ever looked at the trope indexes? I can’t leave the trope indexes alone. I’m all, hum de dum, what do I feel like today? Violence Tropes? Animal Tropes? Twin Tropes?

      Your admiration of my hat is noted and appreciated! I took it out of its storage to take a picture of it, and now I haven’t been able to bring myself to put it away again. IT IS JUST SO PRETTY.

  3. I read Griffin and Sabine! Found one in a goodwill, and it was so cool I looked for the others at the library. I loved the art, and the taking letters-out-of-envelopes thing, but the story didn’t do much for me. I never really got why she could see him…

    • One time I was spending the day at the library, in middle or high school I think, and I just read all of Nick Bantock’s books that day. They don’t take very long! But yeah, they’re interesting more for the art than the plot. The plot doesn’t really hang together all that well.

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