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- Print Length: 386 pages
- Publisher: Devic Rise (May 13, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 13, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KBH5214
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Five stars on any day.
Written in short chapters and imaginative, allegorical language, this story is fascinating to anyone who retains the child at heart. Crossing the boundary from the world of reality into the world of magic is triggered by an old, scruffy box he finds in the village antique’s shop. “Peter felt so sorry for the worn, tired box that he decided he had to take it home; it would be ideal for things of no importance.” Opening it invites him to explore. “Uncovering a carpet of dust and the smell of old wood, Peter saw on the front of the box three unknown symbols.”
Going back to the shop, “The large mahogany clock began to infuse the room with a shimmer of small silver stars. Smoke began to fill behind the glass, as the clock face started to take up a personality all of its own.” Peter inserts the copper key into its keyhole, which is when he steps into a surreal place, in which there are dangers and challenges to overcome. “The evil world of Cirinian cannot retain its darkness with creatures like the sacred shylong in existence; therefore, she must infest them with evil or death.”
At times, the descriptions do become dark, as implied by the title of the book, A Darkened Fairytale: “Hands as big as spades balanced their superior power as they sat on the fragile stools, and the smell of death filled the room.” “Their armour of heavy green scales contrasted against their dark cerise plumage as they glared from bloodshot yellow eyes.” If you are ready to tackle the dangers in this magical journey, you will love this book!
PETER ENCHANTMENT and STARDUST
Bathed in light or drenched in darkness. here is a world that sparkles with wonder and mystery. In the first poem, the author, William O’Brien, opens with a prosaic suggestion:
A drawer is a drawer and a door is a door
One way in and one way out
But by the conclusion of the poem, he arrives at the opposite realization, one that contrasts with the premise that things are just what they are, one that opens the door for the mysticism that flows through the rest of this book:
Staring from those eyes so bright
View things given with new sight
O’brien gives us the magic of words that flow with a feather-light ease. The lines in Wildflower Valley may be whispered, ever so tenderly, by a fairy:
In the magic blades of green
Ladybirds, spiders will be seen
Creepy-crawlies spangled dew
Plum-lipped fairies tiptoe through
And the lines in Devil's Wish may be coughed out of the black mouth of a witch, standing over the blood coming to a boil in her caldron:
All the night
And all the day
Slow dripped blood
The vampire’s way
Matured crow's feet
Mad dog's liver
An innocent's lie
A violent cull
One good mouthful
Makes him fly!
These poems are a reflection of the children’s book Peter: A Darkened Fairytale, but in my opinion they stand on their own, and you will thoroughly enjoy them even if you have not yet read the book that inspired them.
PETER THE WORLD
The author, William O’Brien, conjures up a magical world in which his protagonist, Peter (of A Darkened Fairytale), lives. This is a complex world, made of both light and darkness, where sweet fairies may be ‘hiding in your garden, tucked behind violet flowers,’ but where all is not as it seems, as these fairies just may be vampire fairies. And so, vacillating between hope and fear, you experience this world with heightened emotions. Here is the invitation whispered in your ear:
Has opened wide
Walking with them
Smell and touch
Pages of gold
Edged with luck
Written with brilliant creativity, Surreal Peter invites you to go beyond the familiar, solid reality into a realm where the double edged sword of danger and excitement might be found. Fittingly, the collection opens with a guileful invitation:
Haha ... strange boy
Would you like a journey?
Watch the toys
Tread the beams
Do you want to fly?
Trip to the scene'I am in your head
And I shall never leave
These ‘whispers of insanity’ are not even titled, they just come floating at you from the pages of the book, at times aiming to frighten you:
Fate is turning
Doors now switch
Trapped in darkness
Other times, the author joins you, traveling by your side in this journey
We will have
Walking with death
And always, he offers an outlook for hope, for renewal at the end of this journey. There is always a light that beacons from afar even as we are still in a dark place:
Fire of dragon
Purging the world
Cleanses the palette
Holds new birth
This is a wonderful collection, and when taken together with the body of work that the author, William O’Brien, has created, it illuminates a complete universe of magic in which Peter lives.
Here is a collection of short, enchanting poems from the pen of the poet, William O’Brien. Peter - Crank's Time (Peter: A Darkened Faiytale)sweeps us into a darkened, mystical world. There is a direct relationship between author and reader, as his voice comes directly at you:
Talk and spew
Let them bring
Me to you
Here is one of my favorites, perhaps because it is spooky:
In cold lands
Feel them brush
Upon your face
This collection is comprised of poetry and plot, and all its parts complement each other to create a magical world.
This book was sent to me gratis for an unbiased review.
"Peter: A Darkened Fairytale" is absolutely enchanting. Like the Chinese shop that the young protagonist of this novel visits, this imaginative novel by William O'Brien is "crammed with all sorts of unusual things." The story starts with a perfect setup for an adventure: we have a ten-year old curious and smart boy Peter who is prone to daydreaming, and a mom who is preoccupied with daily tasks.
But this is no ordinary adventure. The author, William O'Brien, uses his diverse experiences, from a degree in geosciences to a master's in science communication, in combination with his childlike vision of the world, to create a fascinating, mysterious, and multi-faceted world for Peter to explore. He brings in elements from a variety of disciplines and ways of knowing to weave this tale, providing the readers with a wide scope of possibilities to explore and ponder.
Peter is fascinated with boxes, especially boxes with secret compartments, holding keys to adventures. Unlike a toy designed for a specific purposes, a box is an open-ended play object that leaves it up to the child to decide what to do with it. It allows for both control and imagination - great things for any child unless that child gets trapped in a box. Then, it could be on to Skinner-style experiments.
The theme of new possibilities seems to be central to this story: there are doors to open, staircases to explore, strange creature to meet, and new experiences to have. That was my favorite book in the collection, but I also enjoyed the "tiny thoughts" and the poetry. Five stars!
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Peter. Dark, philosophical and memorable.