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MirrorMask

MirrorMask

Written by Neil Gaiman

Narrated by Stephanie Leonidas


MirrorMask

Written by Neil Gaiman

Narrated by Stephanie Leonidas

ratings:
4/5 (80 ratings)
Length:
1 hour
Publisher:
Released:
Oct 10, 2006
ISBN:
9780061130601
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Helena is about to embark on a most amazing journey.

Raised in a family of circus performers, she’s always dreamed of leading a more ordinary life. But when haunting music draws her into a strange and magical realm, one where anything can happen, her real life is stolen by a runaway from the other side. Helena must rescue the realm from chaos in order to win back her own not-so-ordinary life.

MirrorMask is a breathtaking film written by bestselling author Neil Gaiman and brought to life through the vision of acclaimed artist and director Dave McKean. This original novella is Helena’s tale in her own voice, a stunning and magical journey.

Publisher:
Released:
Oct 10, 2006
ISBN:
9780061130601
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Neil Gaiman is the celebrated author of books, graphic novels, short stories, films, and television for readers of all ages. Some of his most notable titles include the highly lauded #1 New York Times bestseller Norse Mythology; the groundbreaking and award-winning Sandman comic series; The Graveyard Book (the first book ever to win both the Newbery and Carnegie Medals); American Gods, winner of many awards and recently adapted into the Emmy-nominated Starz TV series (the second season slated to air in 2019); The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which was the UK’s National Book Award 2013 Book of the Year. Good Omens, which he wrote with Terry Pratchett a very long time ago (but not quite as long ago as Don’t Panic) and for which Gaiman wrote the screenplay, will air on Amazon and the BBC in 2019. Author photo by Beowulf Sheehan


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  • (3/5)
    it's... fine. Nothing special, but perfectly acceptable in all ways. More a fantasy of a middle aged man who wants to think that the girl who's fighting with him isn't his real daughter than the fantasy of a pre-teen girl who wants to run away.
  • (3/5)
    Hmm. I didn't like the MirrorMask movie as much as I wanted to, but at least it was a spectacle, a whirl of colours and lights and fantastical landscapes. The book doesn't capture that as much as one would hope, and I didn't get particularly invested in it, either.

    I'm awfully fond of The Really Useful Book and the flying books and the idea of having to capture the book you want in a butterfly net, though.
  • (2/5)
    I was confused by all the dream symbolism.
  • (3/5)
    This is basically one long dream sequence. It had some nice imagery and cool characters, but ultimately it felt a lot like other dream-as-metaphor stories I've read: everything the girl does in the dream, no matter how bizarre, has some kind of impact on the real world. In short: decent but not my favorite Gaiman tale.
  • (5/5)
    Utterly fantastic just as the movie :)
  • (4/5)
    Helena is a 15 year old girl who hates her life in the circus. She tells her parents she just wants to run away and have a "real life". Unfortunately, Helena's mom then falls ill, and while she's in the hospital, Helena is thrown into a very strange dreamland: a strange, dark realm like a mirror of her own, but the dark side... Helena meets some strange characters while she seeks to find the key to saving her mom and returning to the other side.This was a quick and fun read. I'm almost wishing I'd opted for the longer screenplay version of this book, simply because the art work included here left me wishing I could see more, and the descriptions of some of the characters and places Helena encountered sounded really freaky!! But yay, shortly after I put it in my Netflix queue, I noticed it's on Starz this month anyway, so I set up TiVo to record it. :-)
  • (2/5)
    Disturbing and not high on my list of recommendations. A girl gets tossed out of her own world into the Mirror world where things are pretty ugly. The one positive is that it is a short audiobook which can be listened to in less than 2 hours.
  • (3/5)
    The story is fine but the movie is so visually stunning that it's probably not worth spending time on the book instead.
  • (4/5)
    Quick listen. Interesting telling of a dream. Not my favorite book of his but worth it for the hour.
  • (5/5)
    MirrorMask is an Alice-in-Wonderland-style tale about a girl who works in her family circus and wishes to escape to real life. Instead, she dreams that she becomes part of the elaborate, nonsensical world she has drawn on her walls. There, she find that her life has been taken over by another, and her only way of escape is bared by beautiful and grotesque figures like floating giants, rainbow-winged sphinxes with human faces, and a selfish juggler named Valentine.In part, it’s a coming-of-age story, but sparkling or shadowed by the fantastical, twisted, and lovely incomprehensibility of a dark dream. It is also charming to adults and children alike because it is a picture book, in which the lines of words themselves grow or shrink, twist and entwine with the illustrations, or change colors from light to dark. Simple, unexpected – everything one who loves Neil Gaiman has come to appreciate about his work.