logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: The-Cabinet-of-Curiosities
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-09-09 01:24
Looking for a scary book this Halloween?
The Cabinet of Curiosities: 40 Tales Brief & Sinister - Emma Trevayne,Katherine Catmull,Stefan Bachmann,Claire Legrand

If you enjoy creepy short story collections then I think I might have found the perfect book for you. (Maybe this could be your Halloween read!) What makes this collection even more interesting is that it was compiled by 4 different children's authors. Claire Legrand, Emma Trevayne, Katherine Catmull, and Stefan Bachmann banded together to write The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief & Sinister (the Internet has 36 and 40 which is thoroughly confusing even though I've read the book). This book has a little bit of everything and with the added benefit of different author's voices it is certainly never boring. There's magic, mystery, and straight up horror (just to name a few). The black and white illustrations that accompany each story are absolutely perfect (Great job, Alexander Jansson!) and were honestly one of the reasons why I picked up this book in the first place. They've laid out the narrative in a very unique way as they've styled the chapters like the different drawers and cubbies of a traditional cabinet of curiosities. The authors are the 'curators' of this unique cabinet and the stories are the background for each of the 'items' they've collected for the separate compartments. This helps to connect all of the disparate stories into one cohesive collection and keeps the pace moving. All in all, a solid collection that I might find myself drifting back to for the spooky season. 10/10 

 

 

Source: Goodreads

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
text 2015-09-25 16:00
Fabulous Finds Friday: September 25
The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and Artists - Mur Lafferty,Holly Black,Lev Grossman,Cherie Priest,Jeff VanderMeer,Alex Grossman,S.J. Chambers,Jess Gulbranson,Gio Clairval,Eric Orchard,Ekaterina Sedia,Jayme Lynn Blaschke,Ann VanderMeer,Charles Yu,Will Hindmarch,Ted Chiang,Jeffrey Ford,Michael Moorcock
Fledgling - Octavia E. Butler
Walks With Men: Fiction - Ann Beattie
New Amsterdam - Elizabeth Bear
Phoenix Rising - Philippa Ballantine,Tee Morris
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Thirteenth Annual Collection - Patricia A. McKillip,James Sallis,Ursula K. Le Guin,Jane Yolen,Geoffrey Brock,Michael Marshall Smith,Douglas E. Winter,Ellen Datlow,Charles de Lint,Susanna Clarke,Gary A. Braunbeck,Gene Wolfe,Peter Crowther,Steven Millhauser,Thomas Canty,Kelly Link,Elizab

I've been on a short story/anthology kick, as well as on a mission to find genuinely good steampunk. There are other things mixed in here, but those items have been on my radar the most during my bookstore missions lately.

 

The Thackery T. Lambstead Cabinet of Curiosities edited by Jeff and Ann VanderMeer

 

Fledgling by Octavia Butler

 

Walks with Men by Ann Beattie

 

New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear

 

Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 1) by Tee Morris and Philipa Ballantine

 

The 13th Annual Year's Best Fantasy and Horror edited by Ellen Datlow (all hail the fantasy anthology queen)

 

Like Reblog Comment
review 2015-01-25 05:06
Cabinet of Curiousities
The Cabinet of Curiosities - Douglas Preston,Lincoln Child

In the 19th century, New Yorkers flocked to collections of strange and grotesque oddities called "cabinets of curiosities." Now, in lower Manhattan, excavators uncover the remains of 36 people murdered and gruesomely dismembered over 130 years ago by an unknown serial killer... and similar killings are happening again.

This is the third book in the Agent Pendergast series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, following on from their debut work 'Relic' and its sequel 'Reliquary'.

I enjoyed CoC most out of the three, and in my opinion Preston and Childs' writing and the stories are getting better each time.

Cabinet of Curiosities is regarded by many Pendergast fans to be one of the best of the stories. I shall reserve my opinion until I have read more in the series.

Agent Pendergast is an awesomely unique protagonist and one of my favorites, my only negative point about him is that his skills border on being almost superhero-like at times.

One word of wisdom from reading the first three in the series: Although each novel is a 'stand-alone' story, I recommend reading them in order of writing as each book refers to events which happened in the previous stories. The reading experience will be richer overall, if read in order.

One more thing is that as a Christian, I do not appreciate the amount of times certain characters use Jesus' name as a cuss word.

Cabinet of Curiosities: Good but not great... 3 stars.
(less)

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
text 2014-12-18 20:37
TBR Thursday
Mr. Tucker & Me: A Short Story - Gregor Xane
Omega Point - Guy Haley
The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and Artists - Mur Lafferty,Holly Black,Lev Grossman,Cherie Priest,Jeff VanderMeer,Alex Grossman,S.J. Chambers,Jess Gulbranson,Gio Clairval,Eric Orchard,Ekaterina Sedia,Jayme Lynn Blaschke,Ann VanderMeer,Charles Yu,Will Hindmarch,Ted Chiang,Jeffrey Ford,Michael Moorcock

Other than Mr. Tucker and Me, Omega Point, and Cabinet of Curiosities, my other big purchases were the rest of Saga - Volume three and beyond - and the French Crow one through five from Comixology. 

 

I still have a load of comics to read from the current Humble Bundle, too, and I need to read Reality 36 before I start Omega Point.   (Omega Point is the sequel to Reality 36.)

 

My plan is to continue on comics this week, and hopefully finish Reality 36. 

 

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
text 2014-12-18 00:40
US Amazon Ebook Sales I'm Looking At...
The Best American Crime Reporting 2009 - Jeffrey Toobin,Otto Penzler,Thomas H. Cook
Judgment Ridge - Dick Lehr,Mitchell Zuckoff
Birth of the Chess Queen - Marilyn Yalom
Scorpion Tongues New and Updated Edition: Gossip, Celebrity, And American Politics - Gail Collins
All the Best Rubbish: The Classic Ode to Collecting - Ivor Noël Hume
The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and Artists - Ann VanderMeer,Jeff VanderMeer,Minister Faust,Kelly Barnhill
A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare - James Shapiro
It's All Greek to Me: From Homer to the Hippocratic Oath, How Ancient Greece Has Shaped Our World - Charlotte Higgins
Madame Tussaud - Kate Berridge
A History Of The Wife - Marilyn Yalom

All of these are priced from 99 cents to 1.99. Or at this moment at least. No idea of the quality of some of these - they're here because I once read something somewhere that made them sound good. I'm still narrowing down which I'll pick myself. If something in here you've read is exceptionally great or absolutely awful, do chime in!

 

I figured I'd stuff as many of these into one entry and maybe some of you folk would be interested. Because as usual my I'm Interested In This list is always a mishmash of subjects - lots are things that caught my eye eons ago and are only now on sale. Also there were more books than this - this is just the amount I decided to share before I got tired - narrowed down from 58ish books. Some I dropped since they were more than 1.99, which I always feel is a great price for "oh I'll give it a try." Which is why I currently have so many unread ebooks. ...Which is my way of saying, fair warning, perhaps pay no attention to all this.

 

While I haven't made my mind up on everything I can tell you what I did buy immediately - the one on Madame Tussaud. Because it's one of two books on her I've wanted and the woman has always fascinated me.

 

I'm assuming all the book images above will give you links to Amazon (again US Amazon, check to see if there's price matching in your location) - here are the ones that wouldn't fit:

 

Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies: A Film Critic's Year-Long Quest to Find the Worst Movie Ever Made by Michael Adams

 

Talking to the Dead by Barbara Weisberg

 

The Man Time Forgot by Isaiah Wilner

 

Love and Madness by Martin Levy

 

Anne Frank by Francine Prose

 

Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus

 

The Lives of the Muses by Francine Prose

 

The Best American Crime Writing 2006 (Best American Crime Reporting)

 

Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

 

Reality Matters: 19 Writers Come Clean About the Shows We Can't Stop Watching by Anna David

 

The Fellowship by Roger Friedland (Author), Harold Zellman (Author)

[I'd forgotten this was on Frank Lloyd Wright and had to look it up because I thought it was about LOTR]

 

The Greedy Bastard Diary: Around the States in 80 Days by Eric Idle

 

The Map That Changed the World by Simon Winchester

 

Note, if you're going to make an impulse buy on Amazon sales, go for the ones marked 99 cents more quickly. Those sometimes go away in a matter of hours. The higher the price the longer you can dither while making up your mind.

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?