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Book Thoughts: The Museum of Extraordinary Things (Alice Hoffman)

Hoffman, Alice - The Museum of Extraordinary Things


Title: The Museum of Extraordinary Things
Author: Alice Hoffman
Genre: Fiction / Historical Fiction     Pages: 385
First published: 2014
Edition: Kindle e-book

I am finding this a very hard book to review.

Let’s start with the writing. This book is set in 1911 New York and the author really manages to bring that time period to life through use of meticulously researched actual events, such as the Asch Building fire and the Dreamland fire. Fire and water seem to be the themes that run through this book.

The book has quite a dark tone and I found it hard to connect with the story and the characters for most of it. Yet by the end I discovered I had actually grown to kind of like this novel. It grew on me as the story progressed for sure. I kind of liked the romance in this story. Yes, there was a bit of insta-love going on, but I have no real issues with that.

Maybe I cannot say I love this novel, but I can certainly appreciate it for its writing and its out of the ordinary characters. Although I don’t think I will be picking up another book by this author any time soon, I actually feel this novel was worth reading.

4 out of 7 stars



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