About ten years ago I watched a lovely fantasy series called “Feather Boy” on the television and I was taken by it completely enough to finally read the book; a book I was lucky to find at a charity shop a few weeks ago; such a beautiful tale about a little boy who is bullied and is then asked by his school to do a project at the local care home, where he had to befriend one of the elder residents.
He gets chosen by a lady called Edith Sorrel; this took the boy (called Robert) by surprise as he is the boy that never gets chosen for anything. Little did Robert know at the time that the reason behind Mrs Sorrel’s request for them to work together on the project was because Robert resembled her long dead son, David!
The story starts off like a mysterious ghost story; there is a mild horror element to it for the age range it’s aimed at (9 to 13yrs) and some very mild swearing. However, the gist of the story was that Mrs Sorrel wanted Robert to visit an old house she knew of thirty years ago; a house that is utterly derelict and has a bad history that gives the local children the heebie jeebies. The true story however was less adventurous and in Robert’s mind, disappointing.
The story teaches a lesson, a lesson that it’s easy to make something out of nothing; easy to misunderstand people and have an overactive imagination. The story is written around an old story about a prince who wouldn’t speak and a great firebird. This story is all about rebirth on many levels, it’s quite a spiritual book, very touching and for the first time in my life I have actually cried at an ending I knew would happen.
So, if you love tales about rebirth, revenge, growing up, courage and phoenixes, this book is very much for you.
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Chivalry by Neil Gaiman
The first short story from the Neil Gaiman anthology “Smoke and Mirrors”, “chivalry” was enchanting in that it bought medieval fairy-tale to the modern world and included as a main character a person who is rarely considered for a main protagonist role in literature – an old lady browsing the shelves of a charity shop for some hidden gem; and what she found was a chalice that had unknowingly to her special links to the knights of the round table. A clever tale of bartering and cunning, knights and old ladies, wishes coming true and a taste of real history all rolled into one, made this story, for me, delightful.
Darkness is wrapping itself around me today
It is getting stormy
The rain trickles down my window
The air is getting damp
My bones start creaking with the weather
My muscles start to cramp
But I look on, out that window
To see what weather does
I see grass waving at me in the wind
The atmosphere has a buzz
I feel so sleepy watching this
I dream of better days
But whilst I sit here watching it all
The fire is ablaze
I am wrapped up nice and warm
Watching this rainy weather
Then I sigh and think of you
And how we were together
A smile forms upon my face of memories almost forgotten
How soft your skin was in those days, almost like pure cotton
I fall asleep in my chair, with the memories I hold of you
And I dream of times that were from past, before your sudden adieu
You will live on in my heart; there you’ll always have a place
I remember fondly your sweet and smiling face
I will join you shortly dear
My life has been long but good
And together we’ll be in heaven
Just like lovers should