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Kabinet Čudesa (Pendergast #3)

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  21,772 ratings  ·  1,177 reviews
U Kabinetu čudesa, Preston i Čajld se vraćaju u čuveni njujorški Prirodnjački muzej, poprište njihovog klasičnog bestselera The Relic, jer muzej skriva stravičnu tajnu prošlosti. U devetnaestovekovnom Njujorku, publika je hrlila da vidi kolekcije čudnih i grotesknih predmeta, nazvane “kabineti čudesa”. Danas, na donjem Menhetnu, moderni stambeni neboder treba da iznikne na ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published by Solaris (first published June 3rd 2001)
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Jamie Yes, they elude to one but this is my first Preston & Child book so I'm not sure the name of that previous novel.
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Mike (the Paladin)
Okay...I gave it a 5 star. Not many of those on my list, but I gave Relic a 4 and the only way to up that was a 5. I'm a little surprised at myself for the rating. This is a very good read and I have it on my shelf. I obtained it after listening to the audio (in a vehicle). I only do that if I figure I'll possibly reread at some point.

The atmosphere in this book combined with the imaginative story line is, if not great, just short of it. These books seem to have a largely female readership... No
Sadly, I've now read all of the Pendergast novels, at least until the new one comes out this summer. Fortunately, I seem to have inadvertantly saved the best for last! Cabinet of Curiosities is definitely my favorite of all of them. At a construction site in New York City, workers unearth more than thirty skeletons, evidence of a serial killer operating more than 100 years ago. Soon afterward, a chilling series of copycat murders are perpetrated by a killer dubbed The Surgeon by the press. Agent ...more
After a horrible discovery of a XIX century churnel house made by construction workers, people start dying. The manner of these recent deaths is the same as the old murders, so the press gave the killer a name - The Surgeon. Considering how weird all this is, it is no wonder Pendergast gets involved. There is a lot of him in this book.

I have a feeling this book tried to cram as much as incompetent and corrupt people as it it possible. It certainly wins the prize so far. The first two had their o
The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child was a huge disappointment to me. Throughout this book I wondered why it was so revered in the mystery world. My husband picked up this copy almost a year ago for me and has been waiting patiently ever since for me to read it. After reading a particularly taxing book, I was looking for something lighter and exciting to read, so I picked this up. I'm still somewhat confused as to all the five star ratings on Goodreads, and if someone ...more
Super Pendergast returns! Praise HIS might!

Yes, THAT was the worst part of this book. When I was reading about his "super powers" I thought something like: "What the hell?! Is that Marvel or something?". Meditation, ability to experience historical events and play chess or bridge in the mind. Pendergast is the type of person who knows EVERYTHING better than you and probably can speak fluently in more than 90% of known languages. Add to this incredible stamina and nearly absolute resistance to a
Since I have a hearty bus commute these days, I do a lot of reading. Though I love fine literature, at times, when on the bus, I just want a good pulpy detective novel and this is one of the best I have read so far. Co written by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Childs, this ghoulish, gothic tale set against the backdrop of contemporary Manhattan is one of those books that will keep you up till 3 AM if you aren't careful. These authors have written quite a number of books together and though I have ...more
I loved this book and it was even better as agent Pendergst was in it from the beginning. as I've come to know now the book has a really creepy factor.. there's a murder site discovered from over 100years ago but some similar murders are happening. the book was so will written and I loved all the characters. it kept me fussing and that's one thing I lie about these
books, and they are hard to bout down. one interesting is you find out a lot more about Pendergst and some of his family. if you lik
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Carrie Rubin
Creepy and dark. Murders committed in the 19th century resurface when bodies are found buried beneath a building, and soon, modern-day killings occur with the same gruesome MO. Is it a copy-cat killer or is something else at play?

I'm really enjoying the Pendergast series. The authors suck you in from the get-go. The endings are a bit weak--for this one and the first two--but the rest of the story more than makes up for it. I've just started the fourth book, Still Life with Crows, and I know it's
Oh, this book was so nearly a five star. 20 pages from the end and I thought it was clinched. But alas, the final reveal was a little disappointing, the inevitable last explanations were sketchy and motives were threadbare.

Let's put all that aside for a moment. I don't read a lot of mysteries anymore. They're really more of a throwback to my teen years. Every now and then, however, I feel the need to dip back into my "comfort" genre. And I was very comfortable here with Preston and Child. There
Hazel Bright
***please note: serious spoilers in this review***

This book started out in an interesting fashion, but a lot didn't make sense. For example, 1) I never understood what Nora found attractive in Smithback, he seemed like a fop and a simp. Maybe she wants to get a divorce in a later book in the series. 2) I never saw why Pendergast chose Nora. 3) Very dumb epiphanies - the final room to room walkthrough with the insects, then the lizards, then the clothing, then finally the armor - somehow help the
Charlie (NJBiblio)
The Cabinet of Curiosities is the third in the Pendergast series by Preston and Lincoln, but the first book I have ever read by these authors. I found this during the Borders liquidation sitting alone and was simply intrigued by the description. I was not at all disappointed.

The character of Pendergast is rather unique. Even though I missed the first two installments, where I am sure there is a better fleshing out of the character, I felt that I did get to know, and really like him in this work.
Apr 05, 2013 Robby rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pretty much anyone.
Recommended to Robby by: Self
(4.5) Everything that can be said has been said about this book. Since I'm a two finger typist, I'll be keeping my two cents worth of comments brief. I really enjoyed this book but no surprises there; I'm a big fan of the Preston @ Child collaborations and this was not a disappointment. I found the book to have that eerie, spooky, adventuresome feeling that I've grown accustomed to and expected from this pairing of great writers; each an accomplished author on their own behalf. But, when they te ...more
Jane Stewart
2 ½ stars. Careless logic. Things are not well thought out. Audiobook narrator not good.

Too much stretching things out at the end. The bad guy catches victims, you know they are going to die, but the authors interrupt the scenes too much. Example: Someone wakes up and finds themselves in chains. Scene switches to other. Bad guy talks to the prisoner. Scene switches to other. Bad guy injects something into prisoner. Scene switches to other. It was too manipulative for me.

I was bothere
This book was soo good and creepy. I truly did not know if the main characters would survive or not. A very twisted plot. I did not see the killer being who it was revealed to be. The house of horrors was amazing! Loved this book. It was as good as Relic. Way better than book 2 which lacked a good plot & execution. I adore Pendergast soo much.
Pendergast - has to be one of the most unique/aritculate/mysterious characters created for our reading pleasure. In his third adventure/case, the creep factor is in full gear. And, with Nora Kelly and Bill Smithback, a pair that met Pendergast before...and still don't know what this pale FBI guy is all about. Great stuff.
Ruthanne Davis
My third (and third in the Pendergrast series) book by the daring duo of Preston and Child. This was definitely the best so far!

One reason was getting a to bettrr know and understand the mysterious and rather misanthropic FBI agent Pendergrast. Add to that a stunning plot of buried remains found at a construction site and a mad scientist trying to extend life for very ominous reasons, and you have all the excitement you can possibly handle.

Expert plotting along with good character development re
This is a book that draws you in and then keeps you on your toes and looking over your shoulder for the rest of the book. It wasn't until nearly the end that I figured out who the "surgeon" was. A well kept secret in a well written book.
Bernie Gourley
Cabinet of Curiosities features many of the hallmarks of a Preston and Child novel. First, the lead is FBI Agent Pendergast. Special Agent Pendergast has three things that no FBI Special Agent in the history of the FBI has ever had: 1.) a fortune, 2.) the ability to pick and choose both his assignments and the jurisdiction he works in, and 3.) about 200 vacation days a year to learn things like ikebana and to read random scholarly publications in disparate fields such that he is an expert on the ...more
Uhm...this book owns my face. No, seriously. This book is amazing. It's extremely smart and well written, with impeccable details-- both medical and just every day things. I'm not particularly fond of female protagonists in crime/mystery books as they tend to play the damsel in distress card often. Nora Kelly, on the other hand is just as badass as the boys. She's smart, has a backbone and knows her shit. Pendergast is amaze-balls per usual. There is a story within a story here, the present day ...more
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child released their 3rd book featuring Special Agent Pendergast in 2002, and since I'm new to the authors, I've just gotten around to reading it. When a brutal 36 person ancient murder scene is unearthed at a construction site, SA Pendergast and archeologist Nora Kelly dive into the investigation of an old doctor who performed brutal surgeries on living people. But just as they get deep into their findings, a fresh run of murders occur that have strange similarities ...more
Hali Sowle
The third in the FBI Special Agent Pendergast series takes place like the previous 2 books in NYC, but the only returning figure this time is William Smithback, who know has moved into the journalistic heaven of working for the New York Times. The book opens at a construction site where a previously undetected underground chamber has been opened by a backhoe. Inside is a gruesome discovery 36 bodies that appear to have been dissected and then stored in nooks in a basement under a "Cabinet of Cur ...more
Red Heaven
Before picking this up, I had only read two of Douglas Preston's solo efforts and neither was particularly enjoyable, so I had some reservations. Sure enough, I was not prepared for Pendergast. I thought he would be a run-of-the-mill law enforcement agent, much like in the film version of The Relic. It took a while to adjust to how peculiar and offbeat he is, but by the end of the book, I found I liked the character and am eager to read more.

The other two main characters, Nora Kelly and Bill Smi
36 skeletons discovered on construction site, dated XIX century. New bodies popping up, murdered in the same exact fashion. Agent Pendergast, thinking the murderer the same in both cases.

And that's it. Half of the surprise stuff was revealed in the blurb and no, there isn't much more behind it. Basically the entire plot boils down to tracking the culprit and Final Confrontation with Miracle Out of the Blue ending. The ending was botched totally and completely; I couldn't believe it could end via
Preston and Child took five years after Reliquary to present us with a continuation of the Pendergast series. I didn't read this until very recently, but had I been old enough for Preston and Child in the late 90s-early 2000s, I would have probably considered this one worth the wait.

I enjoyed the previous pair of books in the series, Relic and the aforementioned Reliquary, but I considered this one a step above the previous two because this one was just more my thing. I am a little leery of mons
Oh man this book... How can you not love a book with a genius, not-really but sorta albino, can do whatever he wants FBI agent who's from a rich but seemingly depraved New Orleans family as the hero?

I mean, it's obviously really not that great but at the same time the ridiculousness of it all makes it fantastic. I especially love all the name dropping of stuff they make sure to include in lieu of actual characterization. To paraphrase "Pendergast [aforementioned genius not-quite albino. Did I m
This was by far, for me anyway, the best of the three Pendergast novels for me. I'm late to the game in reading these books, but I'm enjoying getting caught up for certain. We learn more about Agent Pendergast in this book, not a lot - he's still pretty much a mystery, but we get a glimpse of some backstory, what makes him tick. We also get a new cast of characters assisting him from Relic and Reliquary, though one or two from those two make an appearance as well.

The crime this book covers is in
I wish I had read this book before the others I read that showcased Agent Pendergast! In previous reviews I've written, I mentioned how Pendergast seems to be part investigator and part David Copperfield. In this earlier book, it clearly states that the Pendergast family has magician blood running through their veins. Perhaps those latter books don't seem so far-fetched anymore (well, maybe not). The synopsis of this book is well stated. The mystery begins with a construction site unearthing a t ...more
Joey Francisco
Upon recommendation from a fellow writer I read this book, and loved it, all but for the ending. It was dark, looming, deliciously decadent in the splendour of the past and it of course appealed to my love of museums and science.

I recommend this book and give it four stars, and truly wish I could have given it five. Preston & Child are consummate writers, and I applaud them for this work, and because it was so well-written, it allowed me to breeze through and read all 629 pages in a mere fo
At first I, my mind was in conflict whether to read the book or not. But alas! I am in lucky reading at the present and I therefore say I am very very enthralled by this book.
I noticed that my fingers are getting cold by the grip I've been having when reading the book, it totally is a lip-biting thriller that got me hooked!

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Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley. Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school--he was almost immediately expelled--he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston. Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle; the loss of his two fr ...more
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Relic (Pendergast, #1) Reliquary (Pendergast, #2) Brimstone (Pendergast, #5; Diogenes, #1) The Book of the Dead (Pendergast, #7; Diogenes, #3) Still Life With Crows (Pendergast, #4)

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