If you're into mystery, Sigmund Freud and New York society around 1900, then this book would be the book to enjoy, but I don't think this book would gIf you're into mystery, Sigmund Freud and New York society around 1900, then this book would be the book to enjoy, but I don't think this book would gain many followers like Da Vinci Code. It's like, when it's DVC I can hardly wait turning the page, but with this book it's like some part a slow motion, some part a whodunit, some part 'Analyze This' - and after finishing half the tome, you can get pretty exhausted.
There are two important characters in this book, and Sigmund Freud's not one of them, although he plays an important role. One is Detective Littlemore, whom the author chose to exclude from the real action the first 1/3 of the book. I think the author would like to throw us off by dismissing Littlemore's role in the book, until toward the end he ends up taking all the credits for solving the titular murder. The other one is Dr. Stratham Younger, the one who's supposed to take charge investigating both the murder and the reason behind the murder. You get to know him analyzing everything under the sun but when the real action happens to the detective, Younger leaves the room for the night! So we only get to know him from his Freudian analyses... and you'd be entertained by how this guy's so taken by the play Hamlet, I'm so glad I don't major in psychology. It's boringology, pardon my English..
I still have to give this book a 3* because the author provides some interesting historical factoid (like how the Manhattan Bridge was built, and some well-known historical figures related to the city of New York), and to the nerd in me, it's quite impressive. If only he can refrain from explaining a lot about Oedipal Hamlet, I think this book would get much better rating than it has now....more
This book's exhausting to read... really! I don't know how most find this exciting, I've just about had it with all the peculiarity (and Jacob's ho-huThis book's exhausting to read... really! I don't know how most find this exciting, I've just about had it with all the peculiarity (and Jacob's ho-hum peculiarity's, HONESTLY: DOESN'T FEEL SO SPECIAL TO ME!), but then these peculiar kids took me to the 1940's London with all the bombings, aaaaand... I was watching Benedict Cumberbatch's 'The Imitation Game' and bam! everything started to become a little bit exciting, and fun.. but only a little bit. So even though I almost gave this book a 2* for the boring first-half (I couldn't care less with Jacob's growing attachment to Emma, but I love Emma and her firestarter ability!), I gave it another notch for turning Miss Peregrine into... (well, I'm not one for spoilers, so go read yourself!). Now I got headache from trying to remember when exactly Miss P got captured by the wights (What's the difference between wights and hollowgasts? Come again? ....Exactly!) then rescued back. Then I couldn't fathom how these kids who almost ran late for the train to London, managed to get captured by the 'enemies' and fought back and got free then got back to the train to London... my head's spinning with the 'is it possible?' questions. Plus, to me Jacob's not exciting enough - I don't care if he wants to go back to Florida or Wales or London or Timbucktoo.. as long as he doesn't get back to Emma, puhleaazzeee... To me, Bronwyn, Horace and Hugh are more fun to read about! But I'm not losing hope, maybe - just maybe - the final installment would bring me peace (though so unlikely, after all, 99% of my experience reading dystopian/paranormal trilogies can be described in one word: DISAPPOINTING), or make my YA bookcase a wee bit full......more
I thoroughly enjoyed this middle-grade book - my junior high students would probably love this. As most reviewers before me often mentioned, the plotI thoroughly enjoyed this middle-grade book - my junior high students would probably love this. As most reviewers before me often mentioned, the plot has too many holes! Still, if you've read books like Rick Riordan series and most of YA sci-fis, you'd readily ignore holes unless they're the ones on your shirt..
I was quite surprised that I'd be hooked in 5 pages or less, but once you found out the main characters are special kids, with different personalities, somehow pooled in a suspect environment that feels a tad 'screwy,' then you can't wait for the next installment to arrive. I know I can't! I just hope in 5 years my nephew Kenneth will enjoy reading it as much as I did.....more
It's somehow a perfect book for anyone who aspire to write YA books at any age, eventhough the protagonist happens to be a rather annoying 17-year-oldIt's somehow a perfect book for anyone who aspire to write YA books at any age, eventhough the protagonist happens to be a rather annoying 17-year-old. I kinda want more from this book, considering Scott Westerfeld wrote this. However, the "juice" of the book only appeared somewhere in the first AND the last 3 chapters. The middle bulge is filled with YA writers ins-and-outs - an uninformed YA fan would never know what flap monkey is until he or she read this book! I surely want more from the made-up story of Lizzie Scofield (yeah, I keep wondering if Mr. Westerfeld is a Prison Break fan..) but after 500 pages or so, I don't want to see any sequel from this, enough said already!...more