I may be strange for saying this, but I'm actually one of those people who liked the Neverending Story movie. (The first one, that is.) When I was little I seriously had a crush on Atreyu and wanted to be the Childlike Empress. I didn't discover the book until much later on. It's been a while since I've read it, but I remember being in absolute awe as I followed the adventures of Atreyu (a very green
Atreyu) and Bastian.
There was so much life, so much vibrancy in that book. It painted a whole world unlike anything I'd ever imagined. Sometimes books draw you into new worlds and they're amazing and beautiful, but at the same time almost mundane
. You've imagined something like it yourself already, or seen a variation on the theme in a hundred other books. But sometimes you get a world that is so spectacularly new that it just makes you sit back and wonder how anyone could possibly have imagined it up. Hiyao Miyazaki's creations are like that for me....and so is this book.
This book seriously deserves more recognition than I think it gets.