Le Squelette en Prières


There are few things in this world that I love more than I love books. Until very recently, my favorite kinds of books were those with stories written in them… Then the goddess of OmaLinda’s Boondoggle Emporium chose to sponsor Witches in Fiction 2013… to the Bone’s eighth giveaway, by taking a half-dead tome and altering it back to red and black enchanting life, and now I find myself loving a book that is its own story.

Oma Linda said she loved “the way the back of the book turned out; looks old and bloody in a reverse color way. The graphic of the praying skeleton is perfection in a frame from the Graphics Fairy…” My Oma luv is enjoying the art of giving books another life, and “not only the altering but the smell of the old books, the feel and texture of the thick paper pages and cloth bindings… tactile overload but such a rush.”

Le Squelette en Prières (The Skeleton in Prayer)
Answer the following question, if you wish to bring home this uncanny story:
If someone could alter any book back to life for you, what theme would you choose and why?
for extra entries:
- read "Splendor House... the Dream," over at Ye Olde Crone’s Gazette, and come back here to let me know if anything about the story's setting or characters remind you of h The Skeleton in Prayer (3 entries)
* This is an international giveaway  
* Ends Tuesday, April 16th at 5:13 pm EST
Happy 4th Blogoversary, my Wicked Darlings ;-)
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32 comments:

  1. Wow! Love this book! I I could choose an altered book, I'd choose a horror one.

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    1. Oh, the things one could add to a horror altered book. Yum!

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  2. "The Happy Prince" alter it back to life and change that bittersweet ending! I think this is sensational, no wonder Oma is pleased with the results, the colours, the tones, the altaresque way the whole thing comes together!!! Fantastic!!! Now wondering if 'Dorian Gray' may be a better choice for this treatment, yes, Dorian spewing forth, his evil not contained by the book cover boundaries that bind his tale? Awesome - yep Oma, this is very inspired & maybe a series of these may develop?

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    1. I think I just had a vision of The Picture of Dorian Gray exploding out of an altered book in a Harry Potter gone wild sort of way...

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  3. Oh I did a new post http://sunshineshelles.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/these-dudes-aint-got-no-body-no-body.html Now I have to ponder the next question AFTER I read Part 4 of Splendor House!!

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    1. I can't wait to read your Splendor House thoughts...

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  4. Love this book...I love the art of making and altering books.
    So mesmerizing. So tactile!!
    I would love to see a new look at a sunrise or a sunset in an altered book!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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    1. The balance that would emanate out of an altered book of the sunrise and sunset makes me smile with anticipation ;-)

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  5. A book about travel & adventure...altered to the theme of cryptids, specifically, the Beast of Exmoor. Ah, if time travel were offered, that is where I would go. Not to a specific time, but place...to see what the Beast truly is.

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    1. Oh my, just imagine... different scenes on different pages... popups and everything. I want it!

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  6. A book of bones, and archers, of course ;)

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    1. Bones go with everything. It would be perfect ;-)

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  7. That is an amazing creation....thought I'd left a comment already yesterday:/...guess not lol :D XXX

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    1. The colors are my favorite part of the visual. But I've been thinking about that skeleton on her knees for a while. I'm hoping you come back and tell me what you think of the posture...

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  8. If I could have a book altered back to life for me and I could choose the theme, I'd want it to be themed around Baba Yaga and her fabulous house. I have a deep love for Baba Yaga (and her chicken legged home as well), so having her bring the dried bones of an outcast book back to life would thrill me. ^-^

    As for how OmaLinda's story reminds me of The Skeleton in Prayer... I think that it's kind of a mood thing... the colors of the altered book are dark and rich, just as her story is. Penny is also starting to think she's crazy, and feeling like her life is spiraling out of control, but is wary of asking her friends for help. The skeleton's praying pose looks supplicating.

    Thanks, Magaly, for hosting so much fun and thank you to OmaLinda for gifting someone with such a beautiful book... and even more for spinning a tale that's captivated me utterly! =D

    XOXO

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    1. Baba Yaga's house with bony feet sticking out of the pages would be striking (I might be a bit obsessed with bones...)

      I agree with the "supplicating" look. It seems like there is almost nothing left, not even blood or flesh, just hope and bones.

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  9. This is fantastic! I want this altered book ;o) Please ;o) Oma Linda is so talented! I don't know if I could create this!
    This is a hard question! I would want something that flows with positive energy and makes me smile. I would want some crows, a touch of winter, a sprinkle of Autumn and some dancing fairies ;o) Too much to ask for? LOL! ;o)

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    1. Dancing fairies seem just like the thing to make anyone smile (and by 'anyone' I mean 'ME!') and no, I don't think it's too much. I want it, too!

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  10. This is another hard question! I have been reading Oma Linda's amazing story!
    I have been thinking about Penny, when she can't remember her "person" after having wild sex. I think she is sending out a little prayer to remember who "it" is ;o)
    Also, Dr. Firth's Clinic and Splendor House Cafe is the same address! Many suicides and murders over what happened! Many bones and I bet many prayers of asking why, for what happened to these women!

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    1. I've been thinking about Penny, too. Feeling so worried about how things will turn out. About the mystery of the secret lover (molester?).

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  11. Oh ladies, your lovely comments about the altered book make my head spin and the fact that you like my "story" makes me happy. Thank you all for your love....Oma Linda

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    1. Well, your book made me smile, so there!

      I hope you had a great birthday, Oma!

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  12. Oma Linda's story and her altered book are amazing! I've thought of the book theme I would want altered back to life and the only thing that comes to mind is any book about the time of dragons and wizards when magick was all around would do. Now that the bone mask has been introduced into the story of Penny and the history of Splendor House is coming to light I think the skeleton on the altered book plays well with the To The Bones theme.

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    1. The colors and the wildness of an altered book of dragons, wizards, magic... yay!

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  13. Oh how I LOVE this altered book! It looks divinely gothic with a Victorian flare of vampires. ;-)

    If I could have any book altered and brought back to life, it would be on ancient herablism and rituals. Not like so many modern ones that are full of commercial fillers that tell a better selling tale.

    It's late and I will have to go for now, but I will come back ASAP to read Ms Oma Linda's tale and comment here on it. Hugs sweetie! Mina

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  14. Gothic and Victorian, indeed!

    The idea of an altered herbalism book makes me cackle in delight. I'm imagining popups that burst into life!!

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  15. For my choice any older and abused book would do, as the theme would be renewal and rebirth. I envision something very green, very wild and very nature oriented. A tree or wild growth emerging from the pages withing showing how when objects decay and return to their original form, new life is reborn from it keeping the eternal cycle of life moving along.

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    1. Green and wild are always welcomed in my life!

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  16. *laugh* What I keep thinking is that I'd like to see a few books teachers killed for me by requiring them and then analyzing the soul out of them - I'd love to see them altered to let some life back into them!

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    1. And so many students, too. I swear that while in high school (and college) I endured way too many books that needed a bit (okay, a lot) of altering back into the world of the living!

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  17. The story reminds me of this book, as the the old soul (skeleton) who prays for peace to come to Splendor House. Though I know he wants his son's depravity stopped, he must also want his spirit to rest.

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    1. It was the first thing that I thought. That most of the characters in Oma Linda's story are on their needs praying for some kind of relief.

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