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Matthew J. Kirby

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Verk av Matthew J. Kirby

The Clockwork Three (2010) 1,006 exemplar, 31 recensioner
Icefall (2011) 475 exemplar, 23 recensioner
Cave of Wonders (2013) 262 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Last Descendants (2016) 225 exemplar, 1 recension
A Taste for Monsters (2016) 189 exemplar, 12 recensioner
The Quantum League #1: Spell Robbers (2014) 177 exemplar, 1 recension
Tomb of the Khan (2016) 137 exemplar, 1 recension
The Lost Kingdom (2013) 101 exemplar, 7 recensioner
Star Splitter (2023) 75 exemplar, 15 recensioner
The Arctic Code (2015) 68 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Assassin's Creed Valhalla Official Novel (2019) 43 exemplar, 1 recension
Island of the Sun (2016) 39 exemplar, 1 recension
The Rogue World (2017) 15 exemplar, 1 recension

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Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 24 (2009) — Omslag — 7 exemplar
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 16 — Bidragsgivare — 4 exemplar


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A Taste For Monsters is an engaging, well-written story of acceptance, redemption, and retribution. In the novel, Matthew J. Kirby combines Jack the Ripper, Joseph Merrick the Elephant Man, and ghostly apparitions to weave a tale not quite like any I've read before. The 1888 London he portrays is grungy, grimy, and very dangerous for Evelyn, our point-of-view character who has a facial deformity---fossy jaw, something I was fascinated to learn about from the pages of the novel---that makes her more sympathetic to Merrick than most and allows her to become his nurse. A gripping read, a very compelling and well-done book.… (mer)
LordSlaw | 11 andra recensioner | Jul 14, 2024 |
Shades of [b:Hugo Cabret|67593|The Invention of Hugo Cabret|Brian Selznick||527941], [b:Thief Lord|113304|The Thief Lord|Cornelia Funke||3313414], and [b:Oliver Twist|18254|Oliver Twist|Charles Dickens||3057979], with a sort of Gangs of New York setting, brought together in a kind of magical, sad, but ultimately hopeful, plot. Once I was about halfway through, I found this big, ambitious first novel hard to put down.

It's basically about three kids with very hard lives wandering around a big 19th Century New England city (presumably New York, though it isn't actually identified as such). They're each deeply troubled in some way, and each yearns for a specific solution to their grief. As it turns out, the answers to their problems lay in working together.

Like another new book I read earlier this year ([b:Boys Without Names|6580712|Boys without Names|Kashmira Sheth||6774144]), there is a lot of child labor in this story. We see how in early America children were kidnapped and sold into slavery, or forced to work long hours to support their struggling families. It's very sad and distressing. But our young heroes are resilient despite the burdens placed on them.

I don't want to give away the plot, which is actually pretty complicated and hard to sum up. Suffice it to say, this has the potential to be really popular, and deservedly so. Kirby has a gift for describing the emotional turmoil his three main characters struggle with, and he makes each of them likable and believable in their own way. Giuseppe is the youngest, a busker with a heart of gold. Hannah loves to read, but is forced to quit school and go to work as a maid when her father can no longer provide for his family. Frederick, the oldest, lives in relative ease as a clockmaker's apprentice, but his memories of living in a terrible sweat shop/orphanage haunt him. Throw in a golem, a spiritualist, a park warden, a mysterious treasure, and an old churchyard and you've got yourself plenty of material for a great story.
… (mer)
LibrarianDest | 30 andra recensioner | Jan 3, 2024 |
good! need to get my hands on the next one soon!
lmauro123 | 1 annan recension | Dec 28, 2023 |
good! need to get my hands on the next one soon!
lmauro123 | 1 annan recension | Dec 28, 2023 |



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