Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review: The Cabinet of Curiosities

The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief & Sinister

Delightfully creepy and varied collection of stories that will please any reader who enjoys feeling that tingle run up his spine. Not for very young readers, but perfect for middle grades on up to adults. The stories are centered around the idea of a sort of museum, run by four Curators (the four authors), who collect both mysterious artifacts and the stories surrounding them. The stories are interspersed with letters the Curators have written to each other, giving hints as to their current whereabouts, or warnings that there is one shadow missing from the latest shipment, and somebody really should locate that sooner rather than later. The book ends with the suggestion that some assistants be found, and invites the reader to look around for the curiosities in their own lives, with Curator Bachman signing off, "I bid you a curious life." Even the author bios are worth reading aloud, and possibly quoting on Facebook...

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