Monday, February 09, 2015

2015 book 37

Edward Carey's Heap House
I'm not even going to try to describe the plot here, except to say there's a boy from a mysterious family and a girl who's the new servant and a bunch of crazy people and objects. It's all enjoyably weird at the start--it's kind of a whimsical story, very Dickensian but fantastic too. Things get mildly tiresome in the middle (and the romance in particular is not really developed at all, but I guess that's not really the point of the book), but pick back up towards the end as the boy learns crucial information and a bully cousin's secret is revealed. Great atmosphere and plenty of insanity make up for a lot. This is the first in a trilogy, and I think the second is due out this year. B.

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