The Melancholy Death Of Oyster Boy & Other Stories is a 90's release from film director Tim Burton which features a collection of short poems and illustrations all with a macabre feel. Just like in his films the cast of characters we meet in these short stories are all outsiders, misunderstood because of how different they are.
My third re-read of the year was completely unplanned and if I'm being honest I had forgotten I even owned this book until I saw it sitting on my shelf last week! I first picked up the book whilst browsing the shelves at Forbidden Planet quite a few years back and remember being a little disappointed by it at the time. As it is such a short book with hardly any text, I thought it might be nice to set aside half an hour to re-read through it.
Second time around I actually found that it was certainly a more enjoyable read than I remembered it to be. The illustrations definitely won me over as I really love the style of them (although I am a fan of Burton's artwork in general) and the short rhyming stories made for an interesting read.
The one thing I wish had also been included is an introduction from the author, sharing more background information on how some of the short stories came to be and what inspired him to write them, but overall I'm pleased I stumbled across this forgotten title.
Don't forget to catch up on my previous re-read of the challenge; The Maze Runner!