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Stuart Oldfield has lived in the UK for all of his life. A veterinarian by training, he has had a varied career as a practicing vet, a regulator of medicines, a publican, a cartoonist, and now as a smallholder in the wet, wet hills of Wales. The concept and plot for the White Rabbit books were developed during a series of solitary meditation retreats – the actually writing of the books was spread over about 15 years.
The cover design for the books is by Janet Watson, using Stuart's own illustrations. For those people who like them (assuming there are some), more of these illustrations will soon be on display on Stuart's website – watch this space!
on Sep. 17, 2012 :
The story continues on. Our hero has found his way to the bottom of the rabbit hole, and it becomes a bit clearer that he hasn’t just been invited down for tea. He’s made some friends, and is beginning to learn to go with the flow and to trust people who say they can be trusted… no, seriously.
As you read, you begin to feel frustrated for Le Hero and the myriad of characters that continue to help and hinder him. The imagery continues; a wash of mental flavor that reminds you to stop and smell the roses. Our friend Loofah continues to search all the mirrors in hopes of helping, but seems to lose track of what exactly it is he’s here for. Does he want to complete the quest? Does he want to go home, or merely fit in? A flash of understanding – Ah! – moves you on to the next chapter, and the next.
He meets a new personality (Monsieur Dentressangle) that allows him to completely relax in the face of adversity. At long last, someone is here to help… and while Norbert comes along with the frustrating feeling of just wanting to shake him a tiny bit, he makes you so comfortable that you almost don’t want to see beyond the rim of your own glass.
Loofah moves from scene to scene, dragging the reader through honey and psychedelic homes, where normal is anything but. We move through the story to find him realizing that not everything is as it seems, even in this upside-down world. This story is sans white knight in the typical format, but a page-turner just the same. If you’re a fan of heady imagery, this is something for you to read.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)