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The Stuff of Legend: Omnibus One (2nd Edition) Hardcover – August 19, 2014
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HUGE props to the story taking place in WWll era. Old cars, old toys, old feel of a quieter America. It is awesome that the toys take on a life like persona in "the dark" (the closet) which is the realm of the boogie man! They can die here. What is fun, is picking out images of old toys. EX: a wall built out of puzzles pieces, or creatures that look like a lame play-do project.....because they were a lame play-do project created by the boy.
This Omnibus loses a star because I am nearly finished with the book and just feel like something is missing. The characters are relatable. Their is a traitor in the ranks. The story is good, but I feel it could have been great with a little more back story. I would like to have seen more of the dark and more struggles that developed these characters. Also I am annoyed at how quickly these characters realize their flaws and say they are sorry! That would be a perfect world, but I know a lot of *ssh*les that still can't understand why they s*ck so keep on being the way they are.
Read this book. I am glad I did but will not keep it in my collection due to a lack of reread value.
When they enter "The Dark" they go from just being wooden ducks and stuffed teddy bears and become actual embodiments of what they were meant to represent. A little toy soldier becomes human-sized while the much larger wooden duck becomes a small bird that flies to provide recon.
There's a lot of depth for a book that I thought would be a one-trick pony. Lies, deceit, betrayals, jealousy, love, etc. The story is rife with drama.
The story is such a beautiful balance of victory, tragedy, loyalty, and betrayal. The twists and turns are unpredictable and the sheer creative genius in character concepts is fantastic. The only thing that could be improved is the dialog. At times it doesn't seem to match the flawless quality of the art and plot, but it's not too bad. Not a dealbreaker, it just could've been better.
If you enjoy the style of artwork on the cover, and/or a good plot, this book is for you...