Extraordinarily Bad Book

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18144053-the-museum-of-extraordinary-things&#8221; style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img alt=”The Museum of Extraordinary Things” border=”0″ src=”https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1392575125m/18144053.jpg&#8221; /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18144053-the-museum-of-extraordinary-things”>The Museum of Extraordinary Things</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3502.Alice_Hoffman”>Alice Hoffman</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/959090265″>1 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
I wanted to love this. I really did. Because I loved “The Dovekeepers” and I wanted more Alice Hoffman.<br><br>It was awful.<br><br>The prose was clunky and felt forced. The structure, whereby the story is told in first person by one protagonist, then shifts into third person from the same protagonist’s POV, and then switches to first person for the other protagonist and then third person for him, kept me from building up any kind of reading momentum.<br><br>I could not believe it was written by the same author as “The Dovekeepers”. The male protagonist is supposed to be a Jewish street kid who skirts the wrong side of the law. The female is a teenage girl who’s been kept as a curiosity by her magician/”scientist” “father” in his Museum of Extraordinary Things. She’s got a deformity in her hands that makes her look fish-like. I guess. But anyhow, he’s directed her reading and she’s read a lot of the classics. The problem here is that both protagonists sound exactly the same. There’s no difference at all between their voices. And the third-person accounts sound the same as the first-person ones. It’s terrible.<br><br>Then there’s the prose. Two examples of badness follow.<br>”Coralie kissed him quickly, then whispered that she had given him her heart. It was not possible to live without one’s heart (NO DUH — my comment), yet she was smiling when she backed away.”<br>Then, this gem:<br>”And what of monsters?” Coralie wished to know. … “Can they love?”<br>Maureen tenderly ran a hand over her charge’s dark hair. “We know quite well they can,” she murmured. “For we know that they do.”<br>Isn’t that some kind of circular logic? I know because I know?<br><br>Then there’s the “plumlike butter”…I understand what she means, it’s a butter-like spread made from plums. “Plumlike butter”, however, to me means butter that is round, fleshy, and covered with a skin. It’s inaccurate.<br><br>I almost didn’t finish this and I don’t know why I did. I was hoping it would get better…no. It didn’t.<br><br>There’s three days of my life I can never get back. Did this get good reviews when it came out? I’d look, but I’d rather forget about it now that it’s over.<br>
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