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J. M. Miro

Autor(a) de Ordinary Monsters

2 Works 1,057 Membros 20 Críticas

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Obras por J. M. Miro

Ordinary Monsters (2022) 1,048 exemplares
Bringer of Dust (The Talents) (2024) 9 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Price, Steven
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Locais de residência
Pacific Northwest, USA



In all fairness, I did not finish this book. I read about 240 pages, but it just isn't my kind of story (I'm really a non-fiction person, and I wanted to try something different). Seems well-written enough, which is why I gave it three stars, but I simply didn't find it compelling.
Eliz12 | 19 outras críticas | Jun 13, 2024 |
The book leans heavily on Victorian ideas of occult spiritualism, mysterious, moneyed clubs that have hidden agendas and... those that no one would miss...orphans. The secret society in question here, run the mysterious "Cairndale Institute", which recruits carefully chosen children to house on its grounds in Scotland. Admission requires special “Talents”, which are the equivalent of undeveloped superpowers. Invisibility and accelerated healing get you a place into the institute, along with some more "unusual" powers, such as the ability to manipulate matter or invisibility. Recruitment is mostly an aggressive rather than a passive process. The Institute’s agents actively seek out children worldwide that no one will miss or question their disappearance, to bring into their program. Overseeing the Institute is Dr Berghast, but his true intentions are clouded to say the least. The story initially follows private detective Alice Quicke, who is employed by the Institute to locate an American "talent", Charlie Ovid, who possesses powers to self-heal. Charlie is incarcerated in a Natchez City warehouse while the local police try to figure out what to do with someone sentenced to death but who can't be killed. The case resolves, but not without some bloodshed, and Alice leaves Charlie with her partner and goes off to find an eight-year-old potential recruit named Marlowe. Soon Alice becomes aware that evil forces are after the boy, and they are both in danger. The Institute, we find out, has a long dark and questionable history, and this history is tied to a disgraced former student...Jacob Marber. Now we have flashbacks involving Jacob now taking us from Scotland to Japan. The story has super-powered battles, supernatural creatures, a portal to the land of the dead and magical artifacts that all make an appearance. The book way W-A-Y too long. After 500 pages with well over 150 more to go...I simply lost interest.… (mais)
Carol420 | 19 outras críticas | May 3, 2024 |
Thanks to Net Galley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

A darkly beautiful fantasy story with rich characters and a great balance of bittersweet moments paired with some witty humor among the horror. It's a little long for my tastes. I might've preferred it broken up into two books rather than one since the pacing of such a long book can be hard to manage, but if you prefer a longer read, this one is definitely for you!
staygoldsunshine | 19 outras críticas | Apr 23, 2024 |
A huge tome of Victorian adventure that is darkly imaginative and infused with a sense of Gothic wonder and magic. I see people comparing it to “Miss Peregrines” and “Stranger Things” and I think think comparison really holds up. It’s got a bunch of misfit, empowered orphans discovering the potential horrors of another world along with a ragtag team of adult characters who all have different motives, as well as a (slightly cliche) villain who wants to access that world.

My favorite parts of this book were 1) the fight scenes, which were SO well written and felt cinematic, and 2) the descriptions of the litches- that is literal nightmare material right there and they spooked me so badly! It’s all so deliciously creepy and atmospheric.… (mais)
deborahee | 19 outras críticas | Feb 23, 2024 |



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