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Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat

(Life Indigo #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Kasper Mützenmacher keeps a divine “wishing hat”—a thought-operated teleportation device—locked in the wall safe of his Berlin hat shop. According to an old prophecy, after Kasper’s Greek ancestor stole the wishing hat from Hermes, Fate cursed his progeny to sell hats, on pain of mayhem or death. Kasper, however, doesn’t mind making hats, and he loves Berlin’s cabaret scen ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by Curiosity Quills Press
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I think that all the characters were fallible human beings who were very believable, but not always likable. The villain, who did really terrible things in Nazi Germany, became more sympathetic when we learned about the background of that character. The villain also attempted to engage in redemptive actions after WWII. In the end, I felt that this character was a tragic figure with some serious psychological problems.

The "cursed" hat was the only fantastical element in the book. Otherwise it wa
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I’m not sure how to classify Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat, it is at the same time so many different things. Based on the title, one would guess a fantasy novel about the ‘cursed hat’ which is also a teleportation device. Based on the cover, a second world war novel about Nazi Germany. But in the end, it was more than even a combination of those two.

Spanning most of the lifetime of Kasper Mützenmacher, the story for me fell apart to
Dave Higgins
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Weaving a thread of the fantastical through the very real history of prejudice in mid-twentieth century Europe and America, Fentonmiller provides a compelling insight into some of the ways facing cruelty can turn a person cruel without allowing hope to be overwhelmed by the bleakness of concentration camps and race riots.

Kasper Mützenmacher owns a small hat shop in 1930’s Berlin. And a teleporting hat that his family stole from the Greek god, Hermes, and are prophesied to bear until they fulfil
Tonja Drecker
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a well-woven tale, which mixes history and myth in a moving yet tension filled way.

Kasper is a hat maker living in Germany right before WWII and although he has friends opposing the building Hitler movement, he himself tries to stay out of trouble. But Kasper harbors secrets. His family is cursed thanks to a magical hat his ancestor stole from Hermes, one which teleports him to any place he wants. He refuses to use it until the Nazis arrest his girlfriend and allow a man who removes wom
Paula Dyches
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm going to start out with my morality rating - I'd place it as definitely an adult read due to language and depth of sexual content. It's just not a book I would want my teenagers reading. That being said I was a little surprised in the direction the story went, based on the description I had expected more mythology and magic and this had some but not a lot... it had more on the side of a historical fiction book. It was a little slow in parts but overall a very entertaining storyline. The narr ...more
Terence Hawkins
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay, that's a lot of title. But worth it.

This is an amazing debut novel--wildly imaginative, powerfully written, funny, and deeply humane. However mythic his characters--they include a Nazi interrogator with the power to make women incapable of seeing their own faces and a talking wish-granting hat once owned by the god Hermes--Fentonmiller renders them fully and credibly. Equally impressive is his deft handling of a broad range of time and space--from Weimar Germany to sixties Detroit. This is
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fascinatingly entertaining story. For a second book in a row, I could not put it down--finishing the book in 4 days. I was a little skeptical of the premise at first, but it drew me in and I was mesmerized.
Paula Lyle
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
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This is not the book I thought I was going to read. I expected a fantasy about moving from here to there by hat, which is an extremely small part of the story and mostly happens behind the scenes. This is an odd book about the many types of discrimination and bigotry that shape our world. From Kristallnacht to race riots in Detroit, the book weaves them all together. Unfortunately it requires a great deal of coincidence and downright ridiculousness to get from one to the other. I appreciate the ...more
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A high octane adventure that will captivate the reader on this mind blowing adventure!

What an AWESOME read! Very different. I wouldn't even know which genre to put this novel in. A magical hat.. passed down through the ages from father to son for fifteen hundred years or so! And, it takes you wherever you wish to go! Think of a place.. wish.. and POOF! There you are. Now, what would you do if you lived in Germany in the twenties.. the thirties? When would you decide it was time to leave your hom
Keith Fentonmiller
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Kasper Mützenmacher's Cursed Hat is the debut book from Keith Fentonmiller. A book that takes the reader on a challenging journey through Nazi Germany and the United States, where the story's characters face constant trials in what is a very emotional and original story. A mixture of alternate history and urban fantasy would be my guess. It is a book that explores the depths of human tragedy and misery - and even though it takes place in the past - it is something that I believe, many people wil ...more
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Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This book was weird.

Kasper Mutzenmacher's family has a wishing hat that can take them wherever they want to go. In exchange the males of the family are cursed to make hats or always be restless and unhappy. Meanwhile, in Germany the Nazis are coming into power and a villain named Klaus brainwashes women into believing they have no faces. And Kasper marries a woman named Isana and is a really shit dad.
From there things get really confusing and the plot becomes....weird. As in, not very cohere
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