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review 2017-06-09 16:48
Invisible food, shadow people, and a door with no obvious purpose
The House of Months and Years - Emma Trevayne

This book follows a little girl named Amelia Howling who is uprooted from her 'perfect' house into the home of her cousins who have just experienced a tragedy. If you're anything like me, you'll have little sympathy for this bratty little know-it-all but that thankfully doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment of this book. There's a mystery enveloping this new house which is strangely put together with doors that lead to nowhere and different climates for each floor (don't go in the basement!). Amelia is stubbornly determined to remain aloof from the rest of her family and instead gets swept up in things far more sinister than she at first realizes (despite her assurances of being so clever). For those who like a bit of darker fantasy now and again then this is sure to hit the spot. I'd say the ideal age range would be anywhere from 10-14 (although this is more of a suggestion instead of a rule). For me, I found the fantasy/mystery elements quite good and the imagery excellent. Amelia was the worst but you can't win them all. A solid 8/10.

 

 

PS The cover artist's website: Péah aka Pierre-Antoine Moelo (the artwork is GORGEOUS)

 

PSS I just went to the author's website and I've decide to check out another book that she's written (in the hopefully near future) titled The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief and Sinister. Stay tuned for further developments. ;-)

 

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-04-09 16:42
The Lost House - B. B. Cronin
The Lost House - B. B. Cronin

Grandad lives in an Edwardian house with a great deal of stuff around, in astoundingly fluorescent rooms. I loved the contrast between the detailed period architecture of the rooms and the postmodern colors. Fun.

 

Library copy  .

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review 2017-04-09 14:19
The Secret Subway - Shana Corey, Red Nose Studio
The Secret Subway - Red Nose Studio,Shana Corey

Forgotten engineering, steampunk pneumatic tubes, political machinations: I love stories of grand efforts that get overlooked by history, and trains, so this would be a winner. But then, the art: the puppets, the sets, the costumes! And excellent back matter! Sadly my local library, like many, wraps the dust jacket in a milar/paper cover which is then taped down, so I couldn't enjoy the bonus material on the art, but I get it's really cool. I'm only sorry it isn't also a short film, because that would be awesome!

 

Library copy.

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review 2017-01-24 13:36
Turn-of-the-Century Houses, Cottages and Villas: Floor Plans and Line Illustrations for 118 Homes from Shoppell's Catalogs - R.W. Shoppell
Turn-of-the-Century Houses, Cottages and Villas: Floor Plans and Line Illustrations for 118 Homes from Shoppell's Catalogs - R.W. Shoppell

Here's why I enjoyed looking through a collection of house plans from more than a century ago: it's fun to see how technical innovations drive changes in domestic behavior. Watch the fireplaces vanish as central heating comes in. Watch the "offices" change from many specific tiny rooms to one larger kitchen area. Ponder the meaning of a separate servants' WC, or low ceiling in the cellars, or the designation of "sewing room" disappearing.

Cool stuff.

Personal copy

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