Yet again a problematic question, for although I love short books, I’m not sure up to how short may be considered a ‘proper’ book. So I’m going to write about this little book that I recently bought and loved very much.
Lyra’s Oxford contains a short story, a fictitious map and a couple of other meta-fictional knicknacks. I love maps of fictitious locations and meta-fictional extras, which is why The Black Dossier is also my favourite volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I had borrowed all three of core books of His Dark Materials from the library, but when I saw this one I had to buy it. I love the A-format, the red cloth binding and pseudo-woodcut illustrations. The series itself I don’t like consistently but this book is just perfect.