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Fantasy World in Neverwhere

by Neil Gaiman
Headline Book Publishing
PS3557 G141N Central Library

In Neverwhere,Neil Gaiman has created yet another wondrous yet completely believable universe- London Down. Richard Mayhew, our unlikely hero, starts out an ordinary young man, with an ordinary job, living in ordinary London. That all changes when he chances upon a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. Little does he know that his instinctive decision to help this stranger would forever change life as he knows it.

He finds himself erased from his world and transported into the realm of Lady Door, the mysterious girl he saves. Her universe is one filled with shadows, darkness, monsters and Richard finds himself tried, tested and terrified at every turn. He becomes an unwilling companion of Lady Door on her journey to seek out her family’s murderers and when pursued by vicious assassins, her unlikely protector.

In the end, Richard of London Above lost much but the magic of London Down has surprising power of its own. There was a pleasant and unexpected twist at the end that made the read particularly satisfying. I believe that this will be a book that will interest all fantasy lovers out here.

Rococo Rocks for Kamikaze Girls

Kamikaze Girls
Director: Tetsyua Nakashima
PN1997.2 Kkg Central Library Multimedia

Based on the popular, hip and ultra cool shojo manga, the movie is a faithful adaptation of the book by Novala Takemoto. This charming story about Momoko, a 17 year old student who lives a humdrum existence in rural Ibaraki prefecture. A perfect “Lolita”, Momoko fantasizes about French rococo, dreams of living in the Versailles palace and decks herself in bonnet and frilly dresses of 18th century France. Her idyllic existence is rudely interrupted by Ichigo, a tough-talking, tomboyish member of a girls’ biker gang. Despite their initial mutual antipathy, the duo strikes a unlikely friendship as they travel on a quest to find the legenday embroiderer, a journey that takes them to back-ally pachinko parlours, chic boutiques and epic bike-punk battles. The movie promises an exhilarating  roller coaster ride of live action, animation, fantasy and sheer imaginative wackiness.

Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabe

Brave Story

by Miyuki Miyabe
PL856 Miyb.B 2007 Central Library

From Japan’s queen of crime fiction, Miyuki Miyabe turns her attention to children, fantasy and magic in her latest book. In Brave Story, young Wataru Mitani’s life is a mess. His father has abandoned him and his mother has been hospitalized after a suicide attempt. Desperately he searches for some way to change his life—a way to alter his fate. To achieve his goal, he must navigate the magical world of Vision, a land filled with creatures both fierce and friendly. And to complicate matters, he must outwit a merciless rival from the real world. Wataru’s ultimate destination is the Tower of Destiny where a goddess of fate awaits. Only when he has finished his journey and collected five elusive gemstones will he possess the Demon’s Bane—the key that will unlock his future. Each of the gemstones represent charity, bravery, faith, grace and the power of darkness and light. Brought together, they have the immeasurable power to bring Wataru’s family back together again.  Packed with action, imagination and humour, Brave Story is a delightful ride through the magical realm of a child’s fantasy.