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Friday, April 18, 2014

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

This latest book from Alice Hoffman is so dramatically different from anything else I have ever read I enjoyed it for that aspect alone. The story is a compilation of multiple mysteries, masterfully woven together creating a dramatic tale that unravels a little bit at a time throughout the book.

I found a few things disappointing about this novel. The pace is slower than I prefer. For every revealed plot twist there is a lengthy period during which the characters contemplate their circumstances, both past and present. Additionally, while I found the mysterious elements of the novel fascinating and gripping, the love story that develops between the main characters is too contrived to be convincing. The Museum of Extraordinary Things, though incredibly creative and astoundingly original in creation and presentation, ended up being a solidly average read for me.

You will find an official plot line description at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18144053-the-museum-of-extraordinary-things?ac=1.

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