THE soon-to-be-released film by Frank Miller, of Sin City fame, looks amazing and a new book, The Spirit: The Visual Companion, covers every aspect of it.
Based on the Will Eisner comic, this is a dark and disturbing superhero film like no other and this stunning book contains interviews with the cast and crew, as well as a director's commentary, colour photos and production art, and scores of exclusive Frank Miller sketches, plus excerpts from the screenplay.
I've always been a fan of Miller's work (including his recent All-Star Batman and Robin) and this is something I hope to find under my tree this Christmas!
Speaking of Christmas, with there being only a few days left until the big day, I thought I'd review the most festive Christmasy book I could find.
I passed on the Bible (not nearly enough mention of Santa), The Night Before Christmas (I get annoyed at Coca-Cola for hijacking the image of the 'jolly elf'), and John Grisham's Skipping Christmas (not very good).
In the end, I settled on a Waterstone's exclusive, Christmas Stories, by the Everyman Library, which is a collection of classic festive tales from such authors as Charles Dickens, Muriel Spark, Saki, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Truman Capote and Evelyn Waugh.
Included is The Story of The Goblins Who Stole a Sexton, taken by Dickens from his own Pickwick Papers. It was the basis for his later tale, A Christmas Carol, which is still a perennial favourite.
This truly is a great collection, full of festive cheer and the meaning of Christmas, and would make a great gift this year.
All that's left for me to say now is ...Merry Christmas!