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Das Gift der Schmetterlinge (Tales From The Sinister City #3)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  612 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Rache, Schönheit und Verderben: Toxisches aus dem Higgins-Laboratorium: Hectors Vater wurde von Gulliver Truepin, einem hinterlistigen Betrüger, in den Tod getrieben. Der Waisenjunge hat Rache geschworen: Eines Tages wird er den Mörder finden. Tatsächlich entdeckt Hector, dass Truepin als Baron Bovrik auf dem Schloss der eiskalten Lady Mandible ein luxuriöses Leben führt. ...more
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Published 2010 by Oetinger (first published June 5th 2009)
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Nov 11, 2009 Richuaby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ssr
a minor charachter in this book was trupein he was the infamous eyeball collector.He went town to town scamming people but he wanted to go into "retirement" so he needed to pull of the mother on all shams and his victams were the fitzbaldy's, hector the son of mr. fitzbaldy wanted to revenge his fathers name and his life so he fallowed trupein now know as the baron to town and his knowlegde of butterflies intrested him becuase his host was throughing a midwinter fest and she needed butterflies s ...more
J.L. Hilton
May 31, 2013 J.L. Hilton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kept me guessing. Very original. Have to love a book that uses words like coruscating, diurnal and crepuscular. I wouldn't call it steampunk, but definitely neo-Victorian alternate reality, kind of a gothic Dickens meets Poe. Intriguing, creative way to tell a tale, with combinations of omniscient narrative (switching back and forth between various POVs), letters, fliers, advertisements, and crossovers from other books in the series (apparently all stories happen concurrently and overlap in part ...more
Oct 06, 2009 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edward Gorey once said, "I suppose I know a few tots who would like my books." In his day the man perfected the art of the macabre, helping to raise whole generations of children with a taste for the darkly humorous. Kids who continue to indulge such tastes have a strange array of books to choose from these days. They could read some Lemony Snicket, find old Charles Addams cartoons, or perhaps dip a toe in the waters of F.E. Higgins. I first read an F.E. Higgins book roundabout two years ago whe ...more
Sep 06, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-series
Higgins is a really good author. I immensely enjoyed The Black Book and wish I'd read the middle one, The Bone Magician, which I somehow missed.

Hector Fitzbaudly, a child of wealth and learning, is suddenly paupered and orphaned because of the actions of a conartist who blackmails his family. Hector wanders into Urbs Umida (the seedy side of town we were introduced to in The Black Book) blindly, focused only upon revenge. When he gets his chance, will he take it?

I love that Higgins pulls in li
Flora Smith
Dec 15, 2013 Flora Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third story in the Tales From the Sinister City Series. Its a bit gothic, creepy, and a bit on the dark side and wonderful fun for all.

Hector lives on the wealthy side of Urbs Umida and enjoys crossing over to the wrong side of the river for adventure until he finds himself an orphan with no other place to go. Filled with revenge against the sinister Truepin, he soon finds himself embroiled in a mystery.

Mysteries woven into other mysteries, this story contains threads of the previous
Aug 23, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love FE Higgins' work and this one did not disappoint! Creepy, mysterious, and very odd --if this is your thing, you will like this book!
Jul 04, 2014 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another book that I have had on my shelves for years but never got round to reading so when I needed something to listen to next in my car and I saw this on the shelf at the library I thought I might as well listen to it instead.

The narrator wasn't bad, he wasn't as gripping as some of the others I've heard and he did a really silly accent for one of the characters which threw me off everytime he spoke but other than that he does quite a good job.

This story follows Hector as he journeys
Aug 19, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this trio of books. Not a trilogy, as each book is separate from the other, but the three stories share overlapping characters and settings. The only issue I had with this story was the scene with the cat; being a cat lover, and remembering this is a YA novel, the scene was overly gruesome and NOT appropriate for the age range which this book was intended. Overall however, the story was gripping, dark, and intertwined with a good message; revenge is never as good as first th ...more
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Hector Fitzbaudly leads a privileged life. He lives in a mansion with his father, wears stylish, expensive clothes and goes to the best school. He and his father are free to spend as much time and money as they wish on their magnificent butterfly collection.

One night, Hector’s father receives a mysterious guest…and from that night forward Hector’s life begins to unravel. The mysterious man knows something about Hector’s father. Hector’s father is willing to pay a steep price to keep the man quie
Rickey Russell
The Eyeball Collector was a discount read. I found it in one of my local retail chains very cheap so I bought it. Mostly because of the title and the cool design of the book cover. I had never heard of this series and after reading it discovered it was part of a preteen novel series aimed at getting young boys to read. Here is something I have learned over the years, A good story is a good story. Don’t let marketing get in the way of reading something with pre-conceived notions that it is not re ...more
May 05, 2012 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 11, 2010 Kerstin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hector schwört Rache. Sein Vater ist von dem hinterlistigen Betrüger Gulliver Truepin in den Ruin getrieben worden und vor Gram gestorben. Und das wird Truepin büßen müssen. Unter einem Vorwand schleicht Hector sich auf dem schaurigen Schloss der eiskalten Lady Mandible ein, wo Truepin – inzwischen in der Maske des vornehmen Baron Bovrik – ein luxuriöses Leben führt. Die Lady bereitet gerade das jährliche Mittwinterfest vor, und Hector bekommt den Auftrag, für eine besonders spe
Feb 13, 2010 Bookish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Puzzling riddles


...and Butterflies?

The Eyeball Collector has got it all. A villain as dastardly as Count Olaf, with an eyepatch and multiple disguises. An orphan straight out of a Dickens novel with thieving compatriots reminiscent of the Artful Dodger and company. A cold and imperious noble, Lady Mandible, who has mysterious plans of her own. A spine-shivery, gothic atmosphere tinged with menace.

At first I saw nothing. The moon was behind the swollen clouds and the sheeting
May 26, 2010 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
This is not a bad book; it is quite well written with a very intricate plot. However, it is a very dark book that left me quite a bit upset overall.

Young Hector Fitzbaudly has found himself thrust into a life of poverty as a result of a horrible scammer and blackmailer by the name of Gulliver Truepin. Truepin's misdeeds lead Hector's father to kill himself, placing Hector all alone on the bad side of town without a penny to his name. Hector vows to get his revenge and quickly finds an opportunit
A middle-grade book with boys in mind and part of a series of 'Tales From the Sinister City' (Urbs Umida) a kind of steamy Victorianesque place of gaslamps, cobblestones, pickpockets. The book is populated by characters with names like Lord Mandible, Oscar Carpue and Lottie Fitch. Our hero, the gently brought up and well-educated Hector Fizbaudly, loses everything when his rich businessman father dies after having been blackmailed by the dastardly one-eyed Gulliver Truepin. Swearing revenge, Hec ...more
Oct 19, 2011 Karissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in Higgins Tales from the Sinister City series. All of these tales are separate stories, but the characters do have some cross over from book to book. I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the first two books, but it was still a wonderful story. Unlike previous stories this story didn't really have any element of magic to it; it was a creepy and fun historical mystery with a heavy Victorian overtone to it.

Hector is the son on a wealthy wine merchant. He has led a life
Amirah A Bakar
May 11, 2014 Amirah A Bakar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Out of the three books of the series, I definitely enjoy this book best. Hector's pain and realisation are real, although perhaps not for someone his age.

Hector is certainly a fun character to read; his love for riddles, and for butterflies after studying them with his father.

And imagine how happy I am to know that my favourite character from the first book makes his appearance! And it seems that both him and Hector are getting well and quickly too.
This was just wonderful. The straightforward writing makes even the frequently tough vocabulary manageable. Set in a dark, alternate English-like past, the story pulls the reader through some pretty bleak scenes and morbid events but still manages to preserve some humor and lightness. Not likely to be very popular, but some kids will be entranced.
Oct 25, 2009 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great sequel to The Black Book of Secrets in the uniquely dark world of F.E. Higgins where everyone has a dark secret past. The story again pits the good-hearted heroes against wholly decadent and twisted villains who seek to feed their dark lusts at the expense of the innocent and again the struggle is not only against their evil plots and devices alone, but also against becoming as corrupted as the villains in the process of foiling their evil plots and exacting revenge.

I am greatly enjoying t
Scarlett Sims
I didn't realize when I picked up this book that it was part of a series. In fact, I didn't realize it until I got to the author's note at the end. It reads well as a standalone but I still want to read the other books. I love the setting... sort of a Victorian fantasy world. Nothing strictly speaking supernatural happens, but in the same style as A Series of Unfortunate Events rather improbably things happen and I believe the book is not set in "our world." It was quite dark and disturbing at t ...more
Audra Deemer
Hector Fitzbaudly gets his wish to experience the seedier side of Urbs Umida when his father is blackmailed with a secret form his past. Finding himself penniless and homeless, Hector realizes this is not the life he wants and he decides to seek revenge. Unfortunately, the Eyeball Collector is a master of disguise! This book is called a “polyquel” by the author, as it contains elements from both The Black Book of Secrets and The Bone Magician as well as its own mysteries. This book may not inter ...more
Chris Lynch
The first I'd heard of F.E.Higgins was when she gave a speech at my daughter's school Speech Day last July, and handed a prize to my little treasure. She of course plugged her three books - The Black Book Of Secrets, The Bone Magician, and this one.

Then, an eerie coincidence. My Dad gives me a copy of 'The Eyeball Collector' a few days later as a birthday present. Spooky!

It's a great little gothic yarn. It will be a few years before my young'un will have the stomach to read this! More macabre th
This book seems perfect for Middle School-age boys: moments of humor, that deliciously gross factor that age group loves, a world they can believe. And riddles.

The plot is pretty simple: boy's father dies after losing his fortune, boy plots revenge, boy almost realizes revenge. The titular man is a blackmailer (among other things) and the to-be-revenged-upon character, with just enough "ewww" in him. Lady Mandible is creepy, and the name! Really: mandible? Love. It.

Not quite a sequel, it's a new
Dec 17, 2010 Fenestra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Puzzling riddles


...and Butterflies?


Hector is a plucky and likeable hero, with a special gift of riddling and another of cultivating butterflies. The antagonist, the ever-devious Baron Bovrik de Vandolin, is a wonderfully developed character who justifies his trespasses against Hector with flashbacks of his childhood.
The writing style F.E. Higgins uses is simply put: entrancing. Higgins keeps you on your toes through every truly unexpected twist and turn of the book.
Dec 06, 2009 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What's not to like about a story where a boy loses his father and everything they owned, seeks revenge, and along the way ends up chasing a one-eyed lunatic to the mansion of an even more deranged noble lady, where he gets to encounter some pretty disturbing food and clothing choices, an angry hog that wants its own revenge, and mysterious deaths? The language is a little more advanced than the average brain-candy that's often published for this age group, but the story is well worth it! Recomme ...more
Another wickedly wonderful installment in the Tales From the Sinister City series. In this volume Hector finds himself in the grimy city Urbs Urmida. After previously living a life of privilege Hector is now struggling to support himself after his father's fortune is lost because of shady business dealings. Hector is hired by the man who caused his father's financial demise and vows to seek revenge. The Eyeball is my favorite in the series and in my opinion the darkest of the three. I would reco ...more
Sep 05, 2010 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-fiction
The final book of the trilogy by F.E. Higgins. All these books are very fresh in their ideas. This one in particular is full of intrigue, scandal, plotting, death and murder!

Written in the perspective of a young boy whose father was blackmailed and ultimately died, leaving young Hector alone and penniless. His drive to seek revenge on the blackmailer leads him to a strange manorhouse called Withypitts Hall, run by the eccentric Lady Mandible who has an odd taste for the macabre.

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This was not my favorite of the three paraquels (that still goes to The Black Book of Secrets), but I really enjoy F.E. Higgins' stories and style. There were some tragically funny and ironic bits (particularly involving the feast at the end) that really appealed to the darker side of my humor. The characters are quite unique - often funny and bizarre (like Lord Mandible and Mrs. Fitch) or sometimes strangely creepy. I felt that some of the darker sides of Lady Mandible's character however, nev ...more
Rhonda Cooper
Oct 28, 2015 Rhonda Cooper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
another morbid morale tale
Apr 14, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark, cute and quick.
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