||[Dec. 5th, 2013|07:11 am]
This afternoon there came a strange and wonderful package in the mail with the return address of "Gaiman". It had the joy of all unexpected packages and we waited as long as we possibly could, looking at it, before anticipation got the better of us and we carefully opened it.
Inside was a beautiful edition of The Ocean at the End of the Lane that I didn't even know existed, with a cut slipcase and illustrations by the inimitable Dave McKean printed on paper so heavy you could crack oysters with a single sheet of it (if you needed to do that sort of thing).
Clickenzee to Embiggen!
trillian_stars has yet to read it -- I read it on my Kindle -- I wonder how her experience will be reading this beautiful copy. Wow!
Thanks Neil & Kitty!
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jealous!!!! that's beautiful!!!! i freaking love that book!!
How many illustrations are there inside? Hunting around, the listings I find don't seem to mention McKean other than as having illustrated the cover. It looks gorgeous though!
there are batches of illustrations -- not sure how many -- maybe 40? its not every page, but there are clusters.
I love my kindle but a part of me will always love actual books and how beautiful! I am jealous. Although quite frankly that you call him a friend makes me jealous too ha ha ha. So lovely.
That's the copy of the book I have and I'm actually finding it difficult to read because it's SO pretty. I'm like 'I can only take this out to read when I'll be sitting in this place free from all chance of anything *bad* happening to the book."
...maybe that says more about me than it does the book.
How beautiful that book is! I sigh with envy, and will see if I can find one for myself somewhere.
Annnd having looked it up, I'll just see who I know who has a copy I can look at.
Edited at 2013-12-05 08:48 pm (UTC)
and its kitty approved...
Wonderful! And you are right - it is a gorgeous edition (I splashed out and treated myself. It's just so lovely to handle, as well as to read!)