Today I have a pair of gorgeous blue books. I'm not sure why they're both blue and without dust jackets but it's kind of cool. And they would be the perfect gifts for that cool person in your life.
The new gift edition of Stardust by Neil Gaiman comes in a cloth case and you can even find a deluxe signed edition online for $150. If you don't have quite that much to spend, the unsigned edition is only $30 and is still fabulous and full of features like pretty blue drawings at the start of each chapter by none other than Charles Vess, a new Wall story and an additional sentimental postscript from Neil himself. And, of course, it still has the same enchanting story inside that I've already recommended before. In fact, I'll be sitting down with this gem in front of a cozy fire sometime soon for a re-read. And although this is a beautiful gift edition, I might just be gifting it to myself.
Out next week, The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Volume 2, a collaborative effort from the HitRecord community, is perhaps not as quirky as the first volume (which I loved) but instead is more melancholy and frequently touches on such things as loneliness, loss and suicide. There are contributions from some tremendously talented artists and with each read I discover something new and my appreciation for this tiny book grows. Paired with the first volume, this would be a thoughtful little gift full of ever-expanding ideas and one lucky person in my life is probably going to receive them under the tree.
Gearing up for a blue Christmas,