Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Books, Toxic and Wonderful

We have seen a couple of trailers lately for "Love in the Time of Cholera", a romance set in the early 20th century which is based on a well known novel published in 1985. Dementia was warily interested based on the trailer, and asked me to find a synopsis... We won't be seeing the film, and for damned sure will never read the book. The story is a hymn to the nobility of suffering for unrequited love, which is an amazingly toxic concept. Unrequited love is a mental illness, folks; there is nothing noble about it. Gak.

On the other hand, we have two recent offerings by Phil Rickman, writing in this case under the name Thom Madley for the young adult market, "Marco's Pendulum" and "Marco and the Blade of Night". Marco is a 13 year old London boy who is exiled to spend the summer with his hippy grandparents (whom he has never met) in Glastonbury. I can't say enough good about these books; they are "Harry Potter" with less frippery and more soul, full of subtle magic and courage and terror and love. They are on the VERY short list of books that are so good that I was tempted to start over again from the beginning, rather than risk reading something that would suffer unfairly by comparison. I am sure there is someone on my various friends lists who won't enjoy them thoroughly, but I can't imagine who that would be...

Uncle Hyena
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