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Lanceheim (Mollisan Town Quartet)

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  7 reviews
A fast-paced literary and psychological drama in which the trials and tribulations of a group of stuffed animals illuminate the moral and philosophical dilemmas we all share

While finishing what was to be his greatest symphony, famed composer Reuben Walrus discovers he is going deaf. Desperate to stave off the encroaching silence, he embarks on an odyssey to find a fabled
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Harper (first published November 1st 2008)
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This is the second in a series about a world of stuffed animals that act very human. ("Amberville" was the first, and I liked that one better.) The animals live in a city with pastel colored streets where it rains at exactly the same time every day. They have names like Wolf Diaz (he's a stuffed wolf), Reuben Walrus (a stuffed walrus, and the town's foremost musical composer), Eagle Rothman (an eagle, and the pope), etc. All the vices, treacheries, and weaknesses you might expect in an LA noir b ...more
A repost of my original Amazon review, but this book was so awful, I figure an another warning is warranted here.

A book with a cast made up of intelligent, walking and talking stuffed animals could be interesting and unique. Unfortunately, this isn't. The characters act completely human-- they eat, drink, get drunk, have sex, and have medical problems. Are we supposed to believe that a stuffed animal is having inner-ear problems, described in detail down to the hairs in the ear canal? Other than
Aug 12, 2010 Kate marked it as to-read
Shelves: weirdo, mystery
A noir mystery set amongst a community of stuffed animals?! i have to read this now.
A quirky, noir-ish tale of faith and loss and desperation, all told with stuffed animals as the characters in a strange place called Mollistown. This is the second book, which I had the chance to read this summer, and I'm hoping to read the first (Amberville) later. It was a bit of a mixed bag with me, as I preferred one of the parallel narratives over the other. Maxamillian's story was far more interesting to me than Reuben's. And while the stuffed animals were a neat little twist in the presen ...more
Haven't read Amberville, so maybe I'm missing something, but I found this book to be a little underwhelming (*if that's a word*). It's a mystery of sorts, set in a land where the inhabitants are all stuffed animals. An interesting premise, but nothing is really made of it. Why are the characters stuffed animals and not just people? It seems to make little difference in the course of the story, so it read like a pretty straightforward story of religion and moral dilemmas featuring characters with ...more
This little town filled with stuffed animals, needed a little more magic to keep me interested. Loved the character names though - Reuben Walrus, Bluebird Niklasson, Buzzard Jones, Raccoon Olsen ... Not enough to see me past page 100 though.
Part 2 of 4 in this oddball series - a Messianic tale of a human amidst a city of stuffed animals. Orwell meets plushies...delicious stuff!
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Tim Davys is the pseudonym for a well-known Swedish public figure, and Amberville is his or her first novel.

A dark and stormy night…I was born in a country far, far away. Before the age of 20, I never read a book. Comic books, magazines, and movies taught me how to tell a story. I studied literature, got a job, found a wife, and bought a dog. I studied psychology, got another job, held on to the w
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