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Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
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Feb 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: first-reads, sea-story, own, advance-reading-copy, historical-fiction, europe
Read from March 19 to 23, 2011 , read count: 1

This review is of an advance reading copy I received via a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

In Jamrach's Menagerie, Jaffy and Tim, friends and rivals growing up in 19th century London, embark on an ill-fated overseas adventure hoping to capture an elusive "dragon" for their employer. The pacing is uneven throughout, but the narrative carries such emotional depth and presence that I can forgive this minor fault. It's surprisingly intense. Don't be fooled by the book's title and whimsical cover design...this is not a light read. Somewhere along the way it morphs into Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors out on the open water.

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Reading Progress

03/19/2011 page 16
03/21/2011 page 77
25.0% "I am enjoying Part 2 much more than the beginning of the book. Eager to read about the adventures to come."
03/23/2011 page 217
71.0% "Started to drag a bit in the middle but now cannot put it down. Completely absorbed."
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