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The Magic Spectacles

(1991)
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A YA adventure from World Fantasy Award winning author James P. Blaylock.

A suddenly appearing curiosity shop owned by a small man who might, or might not, be the Man in the Moon; a pair of strange spectacles buried in a fishbowl full of marbles; an old window glazed with sea-green glass found beneath a suburban house; and two adventurous boys who buy the spectacles and climb through the window into a land of goblins, ghosts, and rope ladders that reach to the moon...

Who exactly is Mr. Deener, the fat man who makes magic out of bits of coloured glass, has a passion for glazed doughnuts, and whose seeming twin brother sleeps fitfully in an attic room? And who are the little men who ride out of the forest on windblown sycamore leaves in order to whisper into Mr. Deener's ear? Is Mr. Deener, like a fallen Humpty Dumpty, broken apart? John and Danny need to know. To find their way home they'll have to put Mr. Deener back together again and solve the mystery of the sleeping land - a task that leads them to the pool of reflections in the deep woods and ultimately to a house built of light and magic and memory that sits at the edge of the heart's ocean.

PRAISE FOR JAMES P. BLAYLOCK:
"Blaylock is one of the most brilliant of that new generation of fabulist writers." -- Washington Post Book World

"Blaylock allows us to see the mundane world through new eyes, to perceive the familar as strange and therefore fascinating - for what it is as well as for what it might be." -- Charles de Lint

"[Blayock has]...a gift for drawing characters who are eccentric in delightful and original ways, whichever side of the war they are on." -- Publishers Weekly

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Hardback Editions

February 1991 : UK Hardback
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Title: Magic Spectacles
Author(s): James P Blaylock
ISBN: 1-870338-01-4 / 978-1-870338-01-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Morrigan Publications
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January 1991 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Magic Spectacles
Author(s): James P Blaylock
ISBN: 1-870338-95-2 / 978-1-870338-95-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Morrigan Publications
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Paperback Editions

July 1987 : UK Paperback
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Title: "The Magic Spectacles and Other Tales
Author(s): Molly Brett
ISBN: 0-85503-095-X / 978-0-85503-095-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Medici Society
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Audio Editions

November 2015 : MP3 CD

Title: The Magic Spectacles
Author(s): James P Blaylock
ISBN: 1-5113-4003-7 / 978-1-5113-4003-8
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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March 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Magic Spectacles
Author(s): James P Blaylock
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Magic Spectacles
Author(s): James P Blaylock
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


March 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Magic Spectacles
Author(s): James P Blaylock
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

August 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Magic Spectacles
Author(s): James P Blaylock
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
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