I thought this book would never end, but finally I have defeated it. Now I have read The Nature of Monsters once beReview from A Journey Through Pages
I thought this book would never end, but finally I have defeated it. Now I have read The Nature of Monsters once before and I remembered it fondly as a tale of great horror and distaste. I had apparently forgotten how slow a read it was compared to what I am usually reading (Young Adult and Juvenile).
The world of this book is horrific, intriguing and historical. It's focus is on London in 1718 and the several things that happen during that time period, most focused on the scientific pursuit of deformed babies. Superstition says that a mother's imagination is the cause of a baby's deformity and it is this "theory" that the main "scientist" of the book focuses upon.
Eliza is a character of great naivety in the beginning, mistaking lust for love and being duped by her husband to be and appearing to be sold away by her mother afterwards. For all of that she finds herself learning and aged by her situation and all the mistakes she makes.
The world of 1718 London drowns you out, the prose, the environment, nothing kicks your mind from the time period.
The thing about this book though, is I love the impression it leaves on me, but I hated reading most of it. I just don't have the patience for it apparently....more
The Thirteenth Chime is the first of a series involving the idea of "imprinting" in the supernatural, haunted houseReview from A Journey Through Pages
The Thirteenth Chime is the first of a series involving the idea of "imprinting" in the supernatural, haunted house, ghostly way. The focus of this story is very intriguing. The thought of a grandfather clock that might just be haunted, and in a very dangerous way, is scary and made me wonder. The back story and history of both the building and clock were very well done as well, and I liked how the information was released intermittedly.
On the other hand, though I enjoyed the idea, I can't hold back the fact that the prose had a habit of being subpar compared to other published books out there. It's very "he did something, she did something" with a lack of style to the writing. The character interactions felt forced or stilted as well, which is funny because when the characters were by themselves their private thoughts and actions flowed well. I'm trying to think of a specific way to help the author break out of the habit of prose, but it could also be because it is her first book, I definitely plan on reading the second book as I love the idea of this series and want to follow it more.
The story itself was quite good, though it could have benefited from a few more layers, in my opinion. My favourite character was David, hands down, I'm hoping that it's just him who reappears in the next book because I felt like he was the most developed and interesting out of them all. I think the fact that he is an EMT reflects the situations he gets put in perfectly. It gives him experience in emergency situation, some first aid ability and support for his need to help people.
All in all I couldn't help but be reminded of Karina Halle's Experiments in Terror series, and I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for anyone searching for a similar idea of a book. I will admit Halle is a much better writing (but I pretty much worship her feet so that's to be expected). This book is horror and will send chills down your spine.
P.S. Apparently the author started out as a book blogger, so go her for making the jump....more