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The Cabinet of Curiosities

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Very very good book

The best of the first three by far and I liked the first two just fine. Very interesting plot, with Pendergast at his best and more of a developed character now. It will leave you scampering for 'Still Life with Crows,' and then on to 'Brimstone,' where things really '...
The best of the first three by far and I liked the first two just fine. Very interesting plot, with Pendergast at his best and more of a developed character now. It will leave you scampering for 'Still Life with Crows,' and then on to 'Brimstone,' where things really 'heat up.'

posted by Anonymous on February 20, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

One of the most annoying books I have ever read.

I really wanted to like this book but there were two BIG problems i had with it. The biggest was the new main character. Pendergast becomes the main hero of the series in this book and I can't stand him. The main "FBI Agent" has no boss, is rich, drives around with a ch...
I really wanted to like this book but there were two BIG problems i had with it. The biggest was the new main character. Pendergast becomes the main hero of the series in this book and I can't stand him. The main "FBI Agent" has no boss, is rich, drives around with a chauffeur, can apparently time travel through his imagination, knows EVERYTHING, not just has several hobbies he has studied, he seems to know EVERYTHING, seems arrogant, and apparently has no faults. He is one of the most unlikeable characters I have ever come across. I mean why not just turn him into superman but get rid of kryptonite? (SPOILER) At one point after being gut shot by a .45, having his elbow shattered by the same .45, and still weak from being stabbed in the chest, he preforms surgery on himself. COME ON! I realize there is supposed to be some kind of supernatural element in these books but this character is just terrible.

The second big problem I had with the book is EVERY CHARACTER basically turns into the same character. From the security guard to the head of the museum of natural history every character is (even if sometimes secretly) either an opera fanatic, loves old poetry or "arts" that would be considered to be something only the upper class elitists of the city's population would know anything about or enjoy, and will at some point quote some obscure mantra or passage from a book that 99% of the world would have never heard of. The only thing that really seems to separate "good guys" from "bad guys" (Pendergast being the exception) is that the bad guys are always made out to be snobs. The only reason I finished this book was because I really liked the idea of the story. I am not going to bother continuing the series with Pendergast taking the lead. However I did like and do think that the first two books in the series Relic and Reliquary are both worth reading. Although in Reliquary Pendergast really seems to start coming into his own as a really annoying, and "to perfect" of a hero. If you like books where the main character has basically no faults and the secondary characters all seem to be the same character and recycled from previous books then this is the book for you.

posted by 7792745 on August 29, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2007

    Bad writing if well researched

    These guys are very smart. They learned a lot in those Ivy League colleges they attended, but their writing is ponderous. Characters are one- dimensional and stereotypical. For a thriller, it's way too long--just how many descriptions of specimens in the museum's archives do we have to read before the plot progresses? Do we have to know the geographical details of Manhattan to such a minute degree? Okay, okay,they can download MapQuest. We get it. Descriptions of those over 40 is way off. A 54 year is described as shuffling in the manner of a 154 year old. Jerry Seinfeld is 53. President Bush and David Letterman are 60, just six years older than the murdered museum curator. Would anyone describe these vital men as elderly? Then there's the 96 year old Miss Havisham stereotype dithering away in black bombazine. I know a 94 year old women who plays online bridge and Scrabble in her Danish modern decorated home. I've never seen her in black bombazine. Maybe one can't expect much from fiction written by a committee

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2011

    wouldnt recommend

    I read this book for a class in school. This was the first book i read in awhile and it was really hard to get into. However i finished this book and i wouldnt recomend it to a friend. I think this book is for the older reader.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2003

    Disappointing

    A fun read for about 500+ pages, but then it falls off a cliff. I have to compare it to Stephen King's Needful Things, as a fun story with interesting characters that runs into a brick wall.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2002

    Disappointing

    Comparable to Relic in some respects, but too many elements felt contrived and frivolous, mainly in the latter half of the novel. The sequence of events and characterizations stretched too far out of the realm of believability. (Why are people giving it 5-stars when they haven't even read it yet??)

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