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Heap House

(The Iremonger Trilogy #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,158 ratings  ·  413 reviews
Clod is an Iremonger. He lives in the Heaps, a vast sea of lost and discarded items collected from all over London. At the centre is Heap House, a puzzle of houses, castles, homes and mysteries reclaimed from the city and built into a living maze of staircases and scurrying rats.

The Iremongers are a mean and cruel family, robust and hardworking, but Clod has an illness. He
Hardcover, 410 pages
Published September 5th 2013 by Hot Key Books
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Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-for-kids
Im sorry. I wanted to like this one.

I picked this up at BEA about a month ago. I loved Observatory Mansions and I was looking forward to reading this.

I think I had a conversation that went something like this with Karen

Me: I dont really get it
Karen: Its a book for kids, how can you not get it?
Me: I didnt realize that.
Karen: How did you not know that?
Me: I dunno.

I didnt read the back of the book when I grabbed it off of the Overlook counter. I didnt read the back before I read fifty pages of it
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A quirky and dark read. It is so refreshing to read a story which is utterly unpredictable and has its own kind of logic. Too often stories for young adults do not challenge the reader, but this is different. It captures a fairytale feel, while being unique and enchanting, as well as truly gothic.

For young readers, for old readers, it is a great story and one I would whole-heartedly recommend.

It is still hard to describe - but if you like Howl's Moving Castle, Lemony Snicket or tales of a
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Heap House is Edward Careys first foray into young adult fiction. The author of two of the most original adult novels in recent yearsObservatory Mansions and Alva and IrvaCarey brings his quirky and emotionally resonant style to Book One in the Iremonger trilogy.
For generations, the Iremonger family has been responsible for the Heaps, a tremendous sea of trash outside an alternate-universe London with Dickensian echoes. The story has an Upstairs/Downstairs structure that is masterfully managed
Natasha Ngan
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An utterly captivating story that is weird, highly imaginative, and unlike anything you will have read before. I fell in love straight away with the strange, gothic world Carey has created. Objects that speak? A house full of secrets? Maps?! Yes please! And his hero and heroine are wonderful, vivid characters you'll be rooting for all the way.

For fans of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, Neil Gaiman's Coraline, and Laika's stop-motion films (which I sincerely hope Heap House will
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Heap House was unexpectedly amazing & the best book I've read so far in 2014. I've never heard of a story like it and the writing style is great. Like A Series of Unfortunate Events sprinkled with Dickens. Can't wait to read the second book!
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
For some time, I've pondered whether it is better to tell a bad story well, or a good story poorly. Usually I come down on the side of the former, and Heap House slightly reinforces this position by being the latter.
This book on display at the library caught my eye for one reason only: the author's name, from across the room, looked like 'Edward Gorey.' Upon closer inspection, I saw my error, but discovered it was a story clearly in the vein of Gorey's comics, blending his love of animated
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Remarkable book. Wildly, effervescently imaginative and brilliantly written. Saw some negative reviews on this site and wondered if these people read the same book. Oh, and beautifully illustrated and put together. A tour de force really ...
Every child born to the Iremonger family is given a birth object that they must carry with them their entire lives, for some this isn't a problem - Clod can easily fit a bath plug in his pocket - but for others it makes life difficult, you can't exactly carry around a mantelpiece so Clod's grandmother has lived her whole life stuck in one room. Nobody knows what would happen if they lost their birth object but they know it won't be good and they get the chance to see why first hand when one of ...more
Melissa Chung
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
This book was unlike any book I have ever read. It was a fun entertaining read. Slow to get into, but once I understood the history of the people and Heap House in general it grew on me.

This book is narrated in two POV's, one being Clod Iremonger and the other being Lucy Pennant. Now lets see if I can explain the book.

Clod Iremonger lives in a large patchwork mansion called the Heap House. Heap being garbage, junk, trash, lost things, broken things, crumbling things, forgotten things. Within
Sarah Churchill
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I struggled to get my head around it to begin with, got the characters muddled up and had no idea what was going on. The language also took a bit of getting used to as it's been a while since I read anything quite so Dickensian. Once I overcame those hurdles, though, I loved it!

Dark, gothic and very Tim Burton-esque, the creepiness of the story combined with the language made me forget that it's meant to be a middlegrade book. In fact I counted a few swear words in there too (p*ss, s**t, b**ch)
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Heap House captures a spooky fantastical Victorian England where things are sometimes people that have turned into things. Anyone who liked Harry Potter should enjoy this book. It's due out in October of 2014. Perfect timing for the atmosphere of the book. It is a middle-grade book but intriguing and well written enough for all readers middle grades and above. parents may want to know that there is one use of a moderate swear word by a villain-like character.
Robin Stevens
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very special book. It's this generation's Gormenghast - but, just like Gormenghast, it's comparison-defying, utterly strange and completely unique. It confused me and amazed me, and I loved it.
Amy | shoutame
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
A brilliantly enjoyable novel with a hilarious bunch of characters!

- This is the first book in the Iremonger series, I had not heard of it until I went to the Hot Key Books blogger brunch a couple of weeks ago where it was raved about. I was generously given a copy on the day and couldn't wait to get it home to read!

- We follow the main protagonist Clod Iremonger, he lives with his family in the massive heaps of rubbish that surround London. The Iremonger family reside over the heaps and have
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haunting and atmospheric -- a love child born of Dickens (Bleak House and Our Mutual Friend are both clear touchstones for Edward Carey), Edward Gorey, Neil Gaiman and E. Nesbit. Set in a an alternate Victorian London in a house amalgamated from the detritus the Iremonger family has sourced from the heaps of discarded trash emerging from the growing city, this first installment in a trilogy is a strange adventure tale that is slow to start but always rich in language and imagination. Of course, ...more
Wart Hill
Mar 16, 2016 marked it as gave-up
Duller than I expected :(
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Heap House, a palace located among the heaps of refuge from every thing that London has tossed. Every scrap of discarded lunches, each broken bit deemed useless, even people for whom no place exists in London Society get dropped off to eke out a living scavenging the rubbish.

Clod Iremonger has lived in Heap House all his life. In fact, he never expects he'll leave, though he hungers to know of places far beyond the bizarre architecture that makes up his home. He catches glimpses through that
Sep 29, 2014 marked it as wish-list
Shelves: published-2013

Description: Chosen by Luminaries author Eleanor Catton as her Guardian Book of the Year, Heap House is the gorgeously illustrated story of the Iremonger clan and their gothic, eccentric world.

Young Clod is an Iremonger. He lives in at Heap House, his familys mansion at the center of the Heaps, a vast sea of lost and discarded items whose ever-shifting masses have been known to swallow people alive. The Iremongers are an odd old family, each the owner of a Birth Object they must keep with them
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gothic
I don't know how I feel. Honestly, I'm lost. This is a very weird, creepy and morbid book in the best way, it was even funny at times! The illustrations at the beginning of each chapter were a highlight I looked forward to and helped me imagine everything that's happening and relate to the characters more. The characters and the house were like a puzzle that you wanted to decipher as quickly as possible, you always wanted to know more. I also loved how the actual house was a very big subject, ...more
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting book.

At first I was not sure. It was too... Weird. Normally, I would say that is a good thing, however, this made the book seem slow.

And then, it hits you. You come to terms with objects shouting out names and the world being piles of unwanted objects. You start to get a thirst for wanting to find out 'What on earth is going on?'

The book is full of intrigue, fabulous quirky characters, and wonderful moments of adventure.

Stick with it and just wait till you meet the
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Clod Iremonger a boy who hears things especially things his family gets when they are born, called birth objects. his birth object is a bath plug (now getting to the other part of the story). The Iremongers own the London heaps and are very rich they send servants to work in the heaps and also the heap house. But when Lucy Pennent comes to work in the heap house, everything changes...........................
Lindsey Lane
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Are you anxiously awaiting Neil Gaiman's next book? Have you re-read the fairy tales or Charles Dickens one too many times? Are you longing Lemony Snicket? Then pick up Edward Carey's HEAP HOUSE. It is genius and funny and will fill every reading void you didn't know you had. Promise. Plus, if you go to Edward Carey's site, you will get a birth object. And that's just cool.
Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
DNFed after 90 pages.
Read it in French so no rating as my opinion can be biased by the translation but from what I could see, I didn't like the writing style at all.
No characters were likeable to me and even if I was intrigued by the settings, the first 90 pages didn't make me curious about the plot.
It had massive Tim Burton vibes but I couldn't find the magic there.
Next !
Karen Rye
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, 2014
This is a brilliant, dark and twisted story. A great opening to what promises to be a captivating series that I will watch out for eagerly. Beautifully crafted in terms of both prose and of Hot Key's wonderful presentation. Great thrill of a read.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the premise. I enjoyed discovering the frightening reality of the Iremongers. What I didnt enjoy was the storytelling. It dragged on for me, and I felt that I didnt really know the protagonists, even after reading hundreds of pages. I can see the appeal for others, but its a nah for me. ...more
Giulia (juliareadingdiary)
*2.5/5 stars.

This book has been compared to Tim Burton's films and it's a very fitting comparison in terms of atmosphere and characters: dark, whimsical, original.

The year is 1875 and the Iremongers are a big wealthy family living just outside of London, in the middle of a dump: their house is surrounded by huge heaps of trash that are not under their control anymore, as the disposed objects around them, both inside and outside their house, act in a very strange and unpredictable way.
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars! What an utterly utterly unique world Carey has created! And that is rare to discover. The story plodded along a bit in the middle but then I was captivated at the end and I must read the next one!
Pat Walsh
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Weirdest book I've ever read. I loved it!
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed hanging out with this dark and eccentric family.

Quite entertaining and enchanting.

However, this is a trilogy and I must read all three novels in order to know the whole story.
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I loved the format, and the characters, and the overall point. It's just...It isn't necessarily a world in which one wants to live for 400+ pages! There's a lot of garbage in this book. And death...I do like Edward Carey. I did enjoy it...but not. Kinda.
Olivia Sussex
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is a hoot
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Edward Carey is a writer and illustrator who was born in North Walsham, Norfolk, England, during an April snowstorm. Like his father and his grandfather, both officers in the Royal Navy, he attended Pangbourne Nautical College, where the closest he came to following his family calling was playing Captain Andy in the schools production of Showboat. Afterwards he joined the National Youth Theatre ...more

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