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100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson
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Jun 27, 2010

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After a pretty slow start, this book got weird fast. One minute I'm waiting for some action and answers, the next I'm wondering how I fell into Tim Burton's brain. It got so weird that it was a little hard to understand at times. I'm fairly fantasy versed and even I had trouble interpreting some of the stuff towards the end of the book. Wilson really tried hard to start cramming in characters with speaking styles that were unique to their situation. Unfortunately, this will probably leave many intermediate readers scratching their heads in confusion. The story really dragged for the first half of the book. There really was a lot more exposition than necessary. And then Henrietta fell down the rabbit hole and all heck broke loose. It was dark and creepy and at times, hard to understand. In the end, we didn't really get a ton of answers and I'm not sure that I have much desire to continue the series. I don't know that I will find out who Henry's parents are, or where all the 100 cupboards lead to because, quite frankly, Wilson didn't make me care enough about the characters. I cared enough to finish the book, but was left pretty confused and not having much hope for the next book.
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Molly Johnson I have to disagree. I'm 15, and was 10 when I read the books. I didn't think it was confusing or weird, and when I read it, it immediately went to the top of my favorites list. I don't think anything was dark or creepy, as the author is a Christian and though that isn't obvious in his writing, he definitely keeps the books safe, while having a plot that is immersive. I think the "slow start" you mention is actually helpful, because it sets the scene and I found it to create a believable setting, easy to see in my mind.

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