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Book review: The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories 
5th-Feb-2010 03:49 pm
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Tim Burton's illustrated book of verse stories The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories was published in 1997, and although I was interested to see how his rather particular style of filmmaking would transfer to a different medium, I didn't fancy spending so much on such a short book. I did finally pick it up a couple of months ago when it was very cheap in HMV though, and it took me less than the bus journey to the Old Vic yesterday to read it. It's not just Oyster Boy who dies, most of Burton's freakish misfit children meet a sticky end in a macabre but funny collection that's quite entertaining, and the childlike drawings are instantly recognisable as part of Burton's world, but I'm glad I didn't pay full price for it. It may be fun in future to occasionally dip into the the book and read a story at random though.
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