* Review: Creatures We Dream of Knowing: Stories of Our Life Together by Andrew Marr

Creatures We Dream of Knowing: Stories of Our Life Together by Andrew Marr

Cover Rating: ★★★☆☆
Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆
My Favourite Chapter: “Korniel: The Colt with Purple Diamond Eyes”
Would I recommend? ★★★☆☆

“The moon shining on it made it’s branches look like silver fingers reaching up to the moonlight…The humming in my body felt like an electrical current. I was sure the humming was coming from the tree.”

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About
“Creatures We Dream of Knowing” is a compilation of seven heartwarming stories that probe the wonders of creation through the eyes of creatures who ask those they encounter to open their eyes and hearts to their wisdom.

When a young boy receives a plea in a dream from a frightened colt with purple diamond eyes, he embarks on an unforgettable adventure that leads him from the warmth of his bed to a dark horse pasture where he must learn to use his hands and his heart to rescue the abandoned foal. As the collection of short stories continues, a band of unique characters will meet a creature from the depths of the ocean previously unknown to humanity; travel into an oriental carpet with the creatures who live in it; discover a butterfly who wants to end a war; share a dragon’s story; find out what happens when someone rubs a genie’s bottle with the wrong hand; and perch in the branches of a tree unlike any other.

“Creatures We Dream of Knowing” encourages others to simply imagine what would happen if such beautiful creatures truly existed in our universe.

Review
It’s not very often that you find a book full of spiritual and mythical ideology that’s suitable for both children and adults; with no other motive behind it other than the willingness to make the reader connect to the stories and creatures within. This is what first captured my attention and kept hold of it throughout.

With a book such as this, it would have been very easy to fall into the trap of ‘same-ness’ within the stories; this was completely avoided, each voice and each story remained strongly individual, making it an easy transition between each of the stories.
Despite the strong theme of spirituality, there are messages within each story that you can take away and apply to your day-to-day life. These messages aren’t forced upon you, and they’re not alienating in the slightest; they are, however, there for the reader to find should they wish to.
It would be very easy for a book like this to be ‘same-y,’ but it skilfully stayed away from falling into that trap. My only qualm would be that I found there to be a lot of detail that I didn’t feel was necessary, and instead distracted away from the stories themselves. I found that the ‘sense’ the stories gave you were strong enough and it often felt like the reader was being spoon fed every small detail. My personal opinion is that when discussing spirituality or spiritual creatures, it’s important to allow the reader to build their own ideas and sense of story, but this was taken away by (what I felt was) unnecessary details and parts that simply acted as a ‘filler.’
Having said that, that can be changeable from reader to reader as the way an individual reads can completely change the story. What I may take, another person may not and vice versa. For some, the abundance of detail may be a positive thing; so it’s certainly not something that should put someone off reading this.

Overall
I’m in two minds over this book, there were some truly beautiful moments within in the book; and I fell instantly in love with the first short story. As I carried on, I felt as though some of the magic was lost; I found that some of the beautiful imagery was lost between unnecessary detail. I would have liked to spend more time with these creatures, and less with the real world.
Despite this, the sentiment behind the stories remained strong and it was made incredibly easy to fall in love with the idea of with the creatures we dream of knowing.

* Book was sent for free in exchange for an honest review. 

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