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The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath

(The Peculiar Adventures of John Loveheart, Esq. #1)

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1888. A little girl called Mirror and her shape-shifting guardian Goliath Honeyflower are washed up on the shores of Victorian England. Something has been wrong with Mirror since the day her grandfather locked her inside a mysterious clock that was painted all over with ladybirds. Mirror does not know what she is, but she knows she is no longer human.

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Paperback, 325 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Angry Robot
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Samantha
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was definitely a strange book but I enjoyed it! I would call it a weird mix of Sherlock Holmes, Neil Gaiman and a dash of Stephen King and a sprinkle of George RR Martin.

It was so dark and yet whimsical. Very lyrically written. The story itself unfolded in a very unpredictable way which I rather enjoyed as it kept you on your toes.

Overall, I'm glad it read it and look forward to reading its Sequel.
Mpauli
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very dark and unique fairy tale for adults told in an interesting mosaic kind of narrative. Highly imaginative and filled with sense of wonder.

I think this is one of that stories where the journey itself is the aim of the telling. We follow a bunch of characters, everyone of them talking in first person. The very short chapters aren't presented in chronological order, so the reader needs to stay on top of the dates to put together the whole colorful picture of this tale.

Some of the characters
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Христо Блажев
Часовници отмерват лудостта... тик-так, тик-так:
http://knigolandia.info/book-review/m...

Не ми се иска да ви разкривам излишно от сюжета, на задната корица е казано достатъчно. Фингърс иска власт и вечен живот, Мирър е ключът към тях, а Лъвхарт трябва да му я доведе. Но нещата далеч не са толкова прости – Мирър не е просто момиченце, в миналото ѝ се крие тайната на побъркания ѝ дядо и един огромен часовник, а едни други тиктакащи механизми командват животите на чудовища в човешки облик. За мен ро
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Knigoqdec
2 или 2,5 звезди... мислех си за три, но няма да е честно спрямо Пенумбра.

Книгата е изключително симпатична, както и гледана чисто визуално, така и като четиво. Обладана е от призраци, Смърт, часовници и убийци, това е безспорно. Но също така е и адски хаотична и разбъркана. Според мен дори името й е малко грешно. Аз поне научих за Мирър и Голиат повече от героите около тях, отколкото от самите тях... а и всъщност не научих кой знае колко. Що се отнася до мистерията на часовника - това да, друго
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Kristina
Aug 15, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Наистина искам да й дам много повече звезди на тази книга. Наистина!

С толкова голям кеф и ентусиазъм отидох в книжарницата да си взема тази книжка още в деня, когато я пуснаха. Все пак, вижте й заглавието! Звучи толкова оригинално и мистериозно. Вижте й корицата! Тя е произведение на изкуството, моите адмирации към художника. Прочете описанието! Звучи ви просто невероятно, нали? Точно като микс от Нийл Геймън и Луис Карол! Бих казала и щипка Шерлок Холмс.

Да, ама не! Имах такива големи очаквания
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Frank Errington
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it
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A world of spiritualists, a murderer who kills children and transfers their souls into clockwork pieces of art, a shape-shifting guardian, a possible look at the root of the Jack the Ripper legend, and I still had a difficult time embracing The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath.

Maybe it was the way the story was told piecemeal in a series of vignettes through a wide variety of first person narratives rather than with a single voice. At times it seemed disconnecte
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Ruben (BooksVlogs) Arauz
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Final : 3.85

Es un cuento de fantasía oscura para adultos, si, en efecto se nota, sin embargo, está bien mezclada con una novela policiaca de época. Lo sé, suena muy extraño. En lo personal, es la ventaja y la desventaja de este libro, principalmente porque te llevarás una sorpresa, la narrativa me pareció buena, pero no excepcional para hablar de cuentos, para eso se necesita mucho encanto y precisión, pero lo hizo muy bien.

Lo mejor del libro, los personajes principales, Mirror y el peculiar Go
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Silverius
This books is a bit of a disaster. It starts off well enough, and it kept me turning the pages for quite a while, but the issues with this book far outweigh any positives.

Here's an enumeration of just some of the issues:

-Spelling errors: normally a few mistakes are entirely forgivable - no author or editor is perfect - but the number of typos in this book was simply annoying.
-Unnecessary font stylization: Bee often bolds letters or changes the font size mid-sentence, but I found that it never
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Inna
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Изключително приятна изненада се оказа тази книга!

"Обичам сърца, много интересно нещо е сърцето, а и много вкусно."
Evelyn G.
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5

OH MY GOSH!
I would describe this as a mix of 'The Book Thief' and 'Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children' with a little bit of American Horror Story.

The story was unique and exciting, it was super fast-paste and I flew through it; definitely one of the best and most addicting books I've read this year!
Yuli Atta - Damaged Pages
Aug 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
I didn't want to rate this book so low. I love the cover and the story is really extraordinary  and good but there are so many things that I didn't like that I have no other option but to give it 1 star.

Up to one point the story is very good and I enjoyed it but then, after the 100th page of my copy everything started to go down.
The book begins with Mirror's POV and then suddenly there is everybody's POV but Mirror's and it seems as if this is not a book about her and her protector but about ev
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Dessislava
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Тази книга е едно прекрасно и чудато очарование.
"Удивителната и изключителна приказка за Мирър и Голиат" е шантава история на малко момиче, което е заключено от дядоа си в голям и магически часовник, но е спасено от огромния и добър полицай Голиат, който й става верен спътник. След това се оказва, че Мирър е придобила огромна магическа сила, а всяка такава сила, естествено, е обект на чужд ламтеж и претенция. Така започва преследването.
В хода на действие ще се срещнете с всякакви откачалки, коит
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Lubinka Dimitrova
WTF did I just read? Definitely not for the faint of heart, quite whimsical actually, and the gore, oh, the gore! To be honest, I'm slightly saddened that it wasn't published as an audio book, because its fragmented structure fell even more apart during my tired, sleepy-eyed reading of the book late at night. It gave me some rather intriguing dreams though... 3,5 stars.
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

Hmmm. A hard one to rate. I liked it, but not as much as I thought I would. Maybe 3.5 stars / between "I liked it" and "I really liked it"?

The setting, characters and writing had a twisted fairy tale-like quality, rather close to what I'd expect from authors I love (like Neil Gaiman). Victorian England, for starters, with a dash of the Egyptian craze. An Egyptian princess whose soul may have travel
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Деница Райкова
Започнах да "дебна" излизането на тази книга, още от момента, в който беше обявено, че ще излиза на български. Пожелах я в мига, щом видях корицата. Когато се добрах да нея, измести куп други планирани четива, които бяха по-напред в списъка.
Нека започна от самото заглавие. То описва с абсолютна точност това, което очаква читателя. Една невероятна приказка, но от страшните, които сега звучат още по-стряскащи, защото плашещото идва не от страшни зверове, зли магьосници или странни създания, а от о
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Milliebot
Jan 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one, ever, ever, ever
Mirror was trapped in a clock by her grandfather and came out as something more than human. She wanders England with her shape-shifting guardian, Goliath. When they encounter the evil Mr. Fingers and his “son” Mr. Loveheart, they must tread carefully, because Mr. Fingers is after Mirror’s soul.

This book is hard to summarize, because of the threadbare plot and vague, dreamlike (nightmarelike) prose. Had I not been told about this book by a friend and stumbled across it on my own in the bookstore,
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GrilledCheeseSamurai
I rounded up from what should have been 2 and a half stars if Goodreads would have let me.

There were parts of this book that was amaze-ball reading experiences. Perfectly crafted sentences that were like tiny drops of the bestest candy you have ever had melt in your mouth.

Then there were parts that were disjointed, awkward, and felt like a thorn pricking your side when you are hiking in the hills. So much beauty to look at and then all of a sudden...OUCH.

It's a shame. I don't feel like its the
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Lyubov
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Хубава книжка, чалната, искряща и шарена като кълбо змии с проблясващи на слънцето люспи. Каквото и да дръпнеш все ще те ухапе. За мен не е толкова близка до измисления свят на Луис Карол, колкото до мрачните приключения от поредицата "Лемъни Сникет".

Знаех че ще ми допадне, защото винаги ми е била интересна традицията на жестоките приказки, още откакто слушахме лекции по "Морфология на вълшебната приказка", по време на които се получаваха чудесни дискусии защо и как митовете и легендите прераств
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Marjolein
3.5 Stars

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Read near the end of 2016, but it is certainly a contender for the weirdest book of the year for me. It is difficult to place it somewhere, but if I had to, it would be some kind of adult fairy tale. I really liked the cover.

It starts out rather like a horror tale. Mirror grandfather, being mad, tried to kill her to conserve her soul in a clock. It turns out that a lot of children are disappearing by the hands of a certain cul
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Koeur
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Publisher: Angry Robot

Publishing Date: June 2015

ISBN: 9780857664426

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.6/5

Publisher Description: 1888. A little girl called Mirror and her shape-shifting guardian Goliath Honeyflower are washed up on the shores of Victorian England. Something has been wrong with Mirror since the day her grandfather locked her inside a mysterious clock that was painted all over with ladybirds. Mirror does not know what she is, but she knows she is no lon
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Петър Панчев
Приказка от 19-и век с медиуми, часовници и една тайна
(Цялото ревю е тук: https://knijenpetar.wordpress.com/201...)

Не е като да не съм чел странни книги, но точно тази прави особено впечатление. Мисля, че може да мине за тийнейджърска, но с много условности, защото съдържа неща, които спокойно биха смутили някой по-стриктен родител. Е, с очите си съм виждал хлапета да проявяват интерес към неотговарящи за възрастта им книги и никой да не се учудва на това. Така че нека поне тук да не бъда толков
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J.P.
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy books that refuse to be pigeonholed. Here's one with fantasy, horror, science fiction, and steampunk elements. A lot of people who have read this are baffled as how to explain it. Think of Alice in Wonderland overtones with a high body count and creepy, kooky characters and you'll get the general idea. One of the very few books I've read where I thought there were too many points of view and the story layout gets a shade more convoluted than it has to but still a very strong deb ...more
Angela Oliver
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beautiful and dark, haunting and mesmerizing. The prose is beautiful, the atmosphere creepy and delicious. The colourful cast of characters, equally delightful. The plot is strange, richly layered and switching between narrators (all in first person). Definitely has that Victorian charm, found in such books as The Night Circus.

A wonderful read, even if quite an unusual one. SIngular and extraordinary indeed.
Yasmin ✨
My first reaction when I finished this: what the fuuuuuuuuck was this.

For real, if there's one thing that this book was, then it's all over the place. The title would make you think that the story is about two characters called Mirror and Goliath. Wrong. It's about nobody at all and at the same time about everybody ever.

The book starts off with some chapters about Mirror and Goliath. I rather disliked these chapters, because it was a boring story trying too hard to be creepy. The simplicity of
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Silviya ☾
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
The book is really similar to Alice in Wonderland. It’s weird, unnatural and at first sight it seems as a children’s book. Unfortunately...
Check the whole review in my blog ! ♥

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Irina Peneva
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Малко шантава, малко откачена, много странна книга. Саркастичната гротеска беше очарователна и много интересно построена. Влюбих се в сравненията на Ишбел Бий, макар понякога да бяха твърде хаотични и неясни в цялостта на абзаца.
Красиво написана книга, пълна с шантави странности, която напълно заслужава да използвам тези комбинации от епитети и описателни фрази.
Или ще проумеете тънката, много типична за британски автор, нишка на подигравателен хумор, или вероятно няма да харесате книгата. Финалъ
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Krasimira Stoykova
Хмм, откъде да започна?!
Тази книга съвсем, ама съвсем не оправда очакванията ми. Представях си нещо прекрасно и магическо, нещо тайнствено и пленително, очарователно и завладяващо, а в действителност получих една много странна измишльотина и сбирщина от отблъскващи фантасмагории.
Какво ли нямаше в тази книга - кръв, отсичане на глави, изяждане на деца, открадване на души, слизане в Подземното царство, много калинки и старинни часовници, ексцентрични личности, шарлатани, ядене на сладкиши (някои
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Wiebke (1book1review)
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is fascinating the way it tells the story, slowly and through the perspectives of mostly all the characters involved, jumping around in time and space.
The characters themselves are all interesting and especially Mirror and Goliath are lovely to read about.
John Loveheart is a weird and crazy character that you just like and dislike at the same time while you are wondering how he gets away with the stuff he does.
There is quite some violence in the novel, but it just seems so casual it is
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Волю или неволю, всички малко или много съдим книгите по кориците. А корицата на „Удивителната и изключителна приказка за Мирър и Голиат” от Ишбел Бий просто крещи „ПРОЧЕТИ МЕ!!!” ... А вие прочетете ревюто на книгата от "Книжни Криле"!

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Gergana
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was freaking insane. I don't know what i feel about it. I'm somewhere between the one star and the five stars, but don't wanna give it three stars, because the book doesn't deserve that much.
Strange loves, pedophilism, a lot of Death, weird retrospections and absolutely mad personages. That was this book... I like the book, but at the same time i absolutely despise it. Pfff, i don't know, really...
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