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Marianne Dreams: 04/02/07
When Ian and I were first dating, he raved about a film he had just seen, Paperhouse (1988). When Marianne Dreams was offered as a book ring via BookCrossing, I jumped at the chance to read the book that inspired the film (I still haven't seen the film).
Marianne, the protagonist of the book, falls ill over the summer with an unnamed disease and is confined to bed for a number of weeks. During this time she meets a boy Mark, confined to a mysterious building and unable to walk. The only catch, Marianne only meets him through her dreams. Is Mark real? Does Marianne have control over Mark's environment?
As a children's book it's a great introduction to the horror genre. It is also beautifully (and eerily) illustrated by Marjorie-Ann Watts. The book held my attention and I managed to read it in one sitting (staying up past my bedtime by an hour or so in the process).