Bev Humphrey (Reviewer) has just reviewed Labyrinth.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
For a die hard fan of the Labyrinth film like myself this book of sonnets based on the movie was a no brainier and I downloaded it from Netgalley with alacrity and enthusiasm! The sonnets follow the cinematic tale exactly and I smiled the whole way through, seeing the scenes in my head as I read the rhymes. The poetry is well written and beautifully descriptive, picturing Bowie's face as described brought tears to my eyes. Nostalgic, quick to read but possibly only for existing fans, but what a great Christmas present it would be for them!
Kelly Garbato (Reviewer) has just reviewed Labyrinth.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The Nostalgia is Strong with This One
Perhaps, in childhood, you a movie saw;
the title of said film, ‘twas Labyrinth.
It told of maiden and companions four,
and featured a beguiling goblin king.
Now thirty years have passed since its release –
in stature has its reputation grown;
so much, that this enchanting fantasy
is to another generation known.
This tale (the most-beloved of my life)
I ventured to encapsulate in verse,
a true love’s labour; sonnets fifty-five,
which now you, gentle reader, may rehearse,
commemorating film in poetry –
humbly, ‘tis dedicated to Bowie.
— 4.5 stars —
So apparently the ’80s are making a comeback? As a child of the ’80s, this mostly boggles my mind; between the aesthetics (leg warmers, snap bracelets, hair bands) and the politics (Reagan; Wall Street), there isn’t a whole lot to wax nostalgic about. But while Aquanet and Hammer pants were indeed awful, there is one beacon shining through the gaudy geometric patterns: 80s movies.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The Breakfast Club. The Goonies. E.T. Back to the Future. Pretty in Pink. Adventures in Babysitting. Gremlins. Heathers. The Last Unicorn. The Princess Bride. And, of course, Labyrinth.
I watched that movie on a loop. David Bowie. Jareth, the Goblin King. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to dance with him,* or be him. Probably a little bit of both? I dressed up as Jareth one Halloween, though thankfully there is no photographic record of this. My makeup game has never exactly been what you’d call on point. Anyway.
I nearly fell out of my seat when I saw that someone had written a sonnet – a whole book of them! – inspired by Labyrinth. I figured it could either be really freaking great, or a total disaster. I was leaning toward the latter, actually, since poetry isn’t normally my thing. I want to like it but, more often than not, I come away with the distinct impression that it mostly just went over my head. Happily, this is not that type of poetry.
Anne Corrigan had me at the prologue. I think the exact moment she captured my heart was with the last line, wherein she dedicates the book to the late David Bowie (hallowed be thy name). And it only gets better from there.
Corrigan’s is a faithful retelling of Labyrinth in a Shakespeare-lite sonnet form. I say “lite” because it’s much more accessible than Shakespeare – and dare I say more fun, too? Though it’s been years since I watched the film (note to self: must rectify this immediately), her sonnets instantly transported me back there: to the Bog of Eternal Stench; the tunnels underneath the labyrinth; and the castle at its heart. I remembered how much I loved Ludo and his bossy little dog-friend, Sir Didymus, keeper of the bridge. Toby, I’m still undecided on. (Crying babies aren’t any more my bag than they were thirty years ago.)
Is this Good Poetry? I have no idea. But it’s fun, heartfelt, and guaranteed to tickle the fangirl in you. It’s the bee’s knees, the owl’s howl, Hoggle’s goggle.
Bundle it with: the 30th Anniversary edition of Labyrinth; a Jareth, Hoggle, Sarah with Worm & Ludo Funko! Pop set; and the David Bowie Retrospective and Coloring Book to make a pretty rad gift pack for yourself or a Bowieligious friend.
* I was eight, okay. Give me a break!
** Full disclosure: I received a free ebook for review through Netgalley. **
Eloise Birnam-Wood (Reviewer) has just reviewed Labyrinth.
For many readers, Labyrinth will have been their first introduction to the idea that shining fairytale creatures may come with a sting in the tail. Fairies can bite, and even the Goblin King may prove tricksy and false. It's an idea that's gained traction in both high fantasy and urban fantasy, old novels and new, although the concept draws us back to the earliest retellings of Tam Lin.
The literary techniques of Shakespeare, too, have been no stranger to reinterpretation in recent years. A trilogy of Star Wars films have been filtered through the Bard's distinctive style - why shouldn't Labyrinth be next?
In this effort, perhaps more than in other recent Shakespeare pastiches, form and content feel appropriate, even harmonious; while Star Wars may be ill-suited to iambic pentameter, the Labyrinth experience feels more naturally open to the poetic form. Indeed, readers more accustomed to poetry than to Jim Henson productions wouldn't be excessively surprised if the Lady of Shallott or the Belle Dame Sans Merci drifted past in the background. And while, in places, Shakespearean posturing may give way too abruptly to modern phrasing, readers might distract themselves by spotting the references to Bowie's other works. Here, adding another level to the author's challenge adds another layer to the readers' enjoyment; what could have been a shallow exercise in form becomes referential and witty, throwing a knowing wink to prove that Corrigan knows her audience.
For fans of the film, the book will prove to be a novel way of experiencing a familiar narrative. For poetry aficionados, the remarkable task of relating a film plot through sonnets will be technically striking, if not earth-shattering. And for all of us, the lingering question remains - whatever next?
Rose Pettit (Reviewer) has just reviewed Labyrinth.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Labyrinth by A. Corrigan is a collection of 55 sonnets written by the author based on the famous Labyrinth movie.
This short book takes us on a poetic journey of the classic Labyrinth. There are also mentions of David Bowie from the movie. I liked the way it was turned into poetry as it created a new way to see the movie from a different perspective.
I think this would be a good book for anyone interested in Labyrinth and for that matter Bowie also.
Would you purchase this book for yourself or a friend? Yes
Chantale F (Reviewer) has just reviewed Labyrinth.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This isn't what I usually review but I love Labyrinth so I figured I would read it and review it.
It is very well done and I admit I had the movie in my mind just as I was reading this book.
Would you purchase this book for yourself or a friend? Yes
'Labyrinth: One classic film, fifty-five sonnets' by Anne Corrigan was something I almost passed on. The idea has cheesiness all over it, but it is actually quite good and seemingly a true labor of love.
The film and dedication are told in 55 sonnets. I'm no expert on sonnets, so I don't know if these held true to a form of juxtaposing, but the basic form, rhyme and meter felt right.
I wish more of the story of how this came to be were in a preface to this book. The author is a huge fan of the film and felt like the adaptation novel lacked the more poetic feel of the movie. It was written for the film's thirtieth anniversary, but also became a tribute to David Bowie. There are references to Bowie songs woven in and the book is dedicated to him.
If you have a Labyrinth fan in your life, this was a loving tribute and I thought it was executed very well. Bravo!
I received a review copy of this ebook from Troubador Publishing, Matador, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
by Wayne McCoy
When I saw this book, Labyrinth by A. Corrigan, essentially Labyrinth told in sonnets, I knew I had to read it. A. Corrigan broke the film into fifty-five sonnets. I think this was cleverly done. I really enjoyed reading my favorite movie broken into poetry. I highly recommend it for fans of Labyrinth.
by Joseph Spuckler (NetGalley reviewer)
I love this novel. The characters are very creative and interesting to read about, which keeps the reader captivated. I have loved the movie for years and this novel does not disappoint! A definite must-read!
by Tiffany Neigel (NetGalley)
Anne Corrigan has worked for several years as an editor. Outside of work, she has written fan fiction, and has had several poems published by Earlyworks Press, the Pre-Raphaelite Society, and Iron Press.
She is also the creator of a poetry blog, Ladies Who Don’t Have Time For Lunch.