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100 Cupboards (100 Cupboards Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

26 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

A bookseller's perspective

I work in the Children's Department at a Barnes & Noble store, and I read all the kids' books I can, just because I love many of them. I think a good story is a good story, regardless of the age it is written for; indeed, sometimes the best stories are the ones written...
I work in the Children's Department at a Barnes & Noble store, and I read all the kids' books I can, just because I love many of them. I think a good story is a good story, regardless of the age it is written for; indeed, sometimes the best stories are the ones written by authors who were not targeting a specific audience, but writing simply to write. I loved 100 Cupboards. (Another bookseller read it and enjoyed it, and so several of us picked it up and all loved it.) It was well-written in a fresh and unique style, and I found the characters and plot interesting and just different enough from the usual fantasy fare that it stands out. Henry, the protagonist, is an odd boy, which I think some readers will identify with; his cousins are funny and realistic kids. I liked how nice his aunt and uncle were to him after his growing up with bizarre parents, and I think it's implied that they weren't caring enough. The worlds the cupboards lead to are interesting, scary, odd - even the boring one -- the post office -- is interesting. Why a post office? I like that. The author has about a hundred possibilities for stories with all the cupboards in Henry's attic room, and he barely scrapes the surface in this book. I hope very much that we find out more about Henry's world, his parents, and all those other worlds in future books. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a slightly different fantasy book.

posted by BookFiend9 on October 17, 2008

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2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Corrupt file

I have no idea how good this book is because it won't load into my son's Nook. It downloads as a corrupt file and can not be opened with Adobe Digital Editions, so I can not transfer it into our Nook.

posted by ErikinCa on January 23, 2011

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    Corrupt file

    I have no idea how good this book is because it won't load into my son's Nook. It downloads as a corrupt file and can not be opened with Adobe Digital Editions, so I can not transfer it into our Nook.

    2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    Is it...?

    Is this book scary? Because I REALLY can't read scary books. :) Please reply if you know the answer to my question. Thank you!
    ~Cyndy
    P.S.Please title your review,"Scary Question Answer". Thanks!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Bad

    I hated it so much.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

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    Like the concept, not its execution

    First off: ages 9-12? The writing is way to complicated and the book is too gory for this age group . . .

    I'm usually a sucker for beautiful, lyrical writing. But sometimes, I feel like authors try too hard to attain this. N.D. Wilson writes as though he's trying to make every sentence a masterpiece and, although I can understand why he'd attempt for it, it doesn't end well (at least in my opinion). His sentences are clunky and really take away from any immediacy in the story.

    And for the story itself, I felt the idea BEHIND the story was more interesting than the book's execution of it. Henry York goes to Henry, Kansas to stay after his parents were kidnapped. In Henry, Henry finds 100 cupboards in his house that lead to different worlds.

    However, the book took maybe 100 pages to get to any point of action (the opening of the cupboards). And after that, everything seemed suddenly rushed and without point. Henrietta (Henry's cousin) gets lost in a cupboard suddenly because she's curious and he has to find her. Suddenly he finds a random boy that follows him back for no reason. Suddenly a villain is introduced: a witch with no real backstory, no motives, and no personality traits other than PURE EVILNESS. She's one of the most cliched evil characters I've ever read about, complete with a cat to stroke and all.

    Worse than this, is the characters. They don't really have personalities. Dialogue seems to bounce off of them with no real thought behind it. Henry, for example, was a character I could not identify with at all, and it's beyond me how any young adult could identify with him. The apathy he has for his parents' plight is almost inhuman. At one point he says himself how he wished he'd be more worried about them, but really doesn't care. When he finds out secrets about his parents or even himself, he brushes them off. There's no shock or anything!

    "Oh, your parents weren't actually your parents."

    Henry: "Oh, okay." And that's that. The matter ends.

    I'm being really mean and sharp-tongued; I apologize, but this book just didn't do it for me. It's a series and I can find it in almost every book store, so I guess it's doing well.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2009

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    Dont waste your time or money

    I was not impressed. They will publish anything these days. Whats worse is that people keep giving books like these good reviews. Stop it! the book was a waste of time! I borrowed this from the local library, so at least I didnt waste my money.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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