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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 12, Grace rated it really liked it. Very entertaining. May lead to other follow up reads! Sep 30, Joe rated it really liked it Shelves: biography. Short biographies of some fascinating and mostly truely bizarre people.
Very easy to read. Mar 22, NormaCenva rated it liked it Shelves: giveaways-first-reads. This book is beautifully made, it was really funny to read and informative too! May 29, Nick rated it liked it. Entertaining and lighthearted look at some interesting and strange characters. Jan 02, David Campton rated it really liked it Shelves: history , non-fiction , humour.
A delightful miscellany of people who thought and frequently acted outside the box and influenced the modern world to a greater or lesser degree, for good or ill. Some would make interesting dinner guests and others I wouldn't want to be within punching distance.
It is the sort of book that devotees if QI or Radio 4's The Museum of Curiosity would love, and I might have given it a bit higher score if there weren't so many typos in it. Nov 24, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: first-reads , non-fiction , own. I was overjoyed to have won this book in a GoodReads giveaway, as the premise sounded amazing and it did not disappoint. This book is the literary equivalent of sitting on the late bus, the one with all the nutters, drunks and outcasts, and they are all sitting next to you.
The Odditorium contains a few pages each on a large number of eccentric characters, in a reference book sort of format. You will surely have h I was overjoyed to have won this book in a GoodReads giveaway, as the premise sounded amazing and it did not disappoint. You will surely have heard of some of them, but perhaps not known the entirity of their history, and with a weird variety of people some of the biographies are more interesting than others. Each chapter ends with a "Seeker's Directory", with books and films and things to visit to find out more about each of the eccentrics.
I frequently found myself going off on a tangent searching for more information, or books, wanting to know more than some of the all too brief entries provided by which I mean, the length meant certain detail was omitted, rather than the entries were too short overall - they are a good length to get an overview, but the more interesting creatures you will want to find out more about. Thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and educational to boot. Jan 16, Peter rated it really liked it. Anton rated it really liked it Dec 28, Jeneva Paul rated it really liked it Apr 12, James rated it really liked it Apr 07, Jake rated it really liked it May 21, Fatima rated it it was amazing Nov 19, Stefan Hull rated it really liked it Mar 16, Sarah rated it really liked it Dec 29, Tracey rated it really liked it Feb 20, John Hudspith Batey rated it liked it Apr 25, Mark Vent rated it it was amazing Jan 27, Ben rated it really liked it Dec 10, Karl rated it it was amazing Apr 13, Siobhan Ward rated it liked it Jan 02, Aradhya Makkar rated it it was amazing Apr 08, Jim Seitz rated it liked it Dec 29, Dave rated it liked it Nov 03, Alice Fellar rated it liked it Apr 19, Darren rated it really liked it Mar 09, John Wood rated it liked it Oct 10, Kyle rated it liked it Jan 26, Grim owns the Odditorium and collects various Odditoria including a talking pocket watch.
Grubb enters into life at the Odditorium but begins to realize that there are things worrying Mr. The black fairy and Prince Nightshade want some of the Odditoria from Mr. Fun book. I can't wait to see where the story-line goes in the next book. View all 12 comments. Updated to include this additional review written by my 13 year old son: Alistair Grim's Odditorium is an extremely well written book, with many twists and turns and very good combat scenes.
The plotline of the book has a depth that not very many books have. The series could go anywhere at this point.
I'd like to rate this book at 4. Full review, originally posted at www. Replace the giant peach with a large, bizarrely-shaped mansion with strange powers and even stranger inhabitants. Smears, as a baby. Smears believes Grubb was left for her by the Yellow Fairy and loves him intensely. Smears accepts him only because of pressure from his wife, and in the hope that Grubb will prove to be a useful apprentice to him when Grubb gets older.
Which Grubb does: Mrs. Smears dies when Grubb is about six years old, and Mr. Smears promptly puts him to work doing all of the actual chimney cleaning, while Mr. Smears sits below and barks orders at him. Grubb is miserable, but terrified of being sent to the workhouse for the poor. When Grubb is about twelve, matters come to a head when some young bullies chase him around an inn where he is cleaning chimneys, intent on beating him up. In terror, Grubb hides in the trunk of a guest at the inn.
Grim — is loaded into a horse-drawn coach and whisks Grubb away to a new life in Mr. Mechanical samurai warriors protect the mansion, lights and objects glow with an eerie blue light, brooms sweep the floor by themselves, fairies play mischievous tricks. Grim invites him to stay.
More adventures await Grubb — including dangerous ones, as the evil Black Fairy and his necromancer lord, Prince Nightshade, seek to defeat Alistair Grim and steal his magical sources for their own nefarious purposes. Grubb will need all his brains and luck, and the help of some friends, to escape their clutches and protect the Odditorium and those who call it home.
Funaro shows an impressive amount of imagination and does a solid job building a world where magic exists in Victorian-era England. As he explores this strange and wondrous new world and finds both friends and enemies, his determination and his sense of honor are endearing, and also make him a good role model for young readers. For example, blue, red and yellow represent different types of magic, and when combined for example, when red and blue magic combine to make purple can gain additional power.
Some middle grade books are so delightfully magical that, even as an adult, they suck me into their world, but those books that transcend their age category are relatively few for me. Still, I do think young readers who like adventurous fantasies will love this book, so my 4-star rating reflects my belief in how well its intended audience will like it. Thank you so much, Gregory! View all 13 comments. May 21, Darth J rated it really liked it Shelves: fast-paced , would-recommend , witch-wizard , series , better-than-i-thought-it-would-be , dragons , amazing-artwork.
This was almost a 5 star book for me. Going into this, I thought the whole thing would be great.
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The artwork is incredible, and much of the tone and style were reminiscent of Rowling's first Potter book. There's a bit of a steampunk element to this, but not overly so.
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It also has a lot of familiar, Disney-esque pieces to it but it's also refreshingly original and whimsically gothic. First we have an orphan named Grubb who is deposited onto the doorstep of strangers by the Yellow Fairy. He This was almost a 5 star book for me.
He later comes to find himself in the employ of Alistair Grim, a dapperly-dressed sorcerer. His Odditorium is filled with semi-sentient objects like a watch that talks and a broom that sweeps of its own volition as if they were taken from Beauty and the Beast. Also inside the Odditorium are his assistants: Mrs. Pinch a witch and resident cook , and Nigel Stout view spoiler [a revenant who is now posing as his twin brother hide spoiler ] who must wear goggles to conceal the blue animus flamin' out his eyes. The villain in this story is Prince Nightshade, view spoiler [who I suspect is actually Abel Wortley hide spoiler ] an apparent rival to Grim.
And is assisted by the Black Fairy as much as the Yellow one aids Alistair. It was as if the author handed this portion of the book off to be written by someone else, and they just made a goofy mess.
ipdwew0030atl2.public.registeredsite.com/map727.php Not only that, but the villain becomes a bit of a joke when he decides to wag his butt at his crowd of trolls and goblins, completely losing any threat or scare that he previously had. It's bizarre, clunky, rushed, and was out of tone with the rest of the novel. If that's a trigger for you, you may have to just hold onto your butts and somehow find a way to move past it.
For me, Alistair Grim's Odditorium started out really strong and was everything I wanted it to be up until the tone fell apart at about the last 50 pages. Still, most of it was really worth my time and the book itself is gorgeous. Seriously, I want a Barnes and Noble leather-bound edition of this immediately; I can already picture it as purple and black with silverleaf pages and accents.
And since this book is put out by Disney-Hyperion you know the movie is coming soon, if not already in development.