Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Graven Images by Paul Fleischman
Not only was I intrigued by the three stories in this book, but I was also bewildered by the illustrations of Andrew Glass created.
Paul Fleischman created a combination of supernatural “things”….a wooden statue, a weather vane, and a sculpture…and eerie stories unfold.
The Binnacle Boy, the books first story, reminded me of an Alford Hitchcock movie. A boat, the Orion, drifted ashore the coast of Maine and the entire crew was dead! The only way to find out what may have occurred is to find out what a wooden statue witnessed. The wooden statue is that of The Binnacle Boy.
The second story, Saint Crispin’s Follower, a comedy oriented them, revolves around an odd phenomenon. A weather vane points in a different direction of the wind. How is this possible?
And the third story, The Man of Influence, tells the story of a sculptor named Zorelli. He is commissioned by a ghost-like figure to mold a statue his likeliness.
These stories were for the advanced readers. Suspenseful and thought provoking, but a bit advanced.
I was especially interested in the multiple book covers that are available. I think I found at least four. I’m still wondering why this was done and how many are actually out there?