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The Secret of Lost Things

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  • Posted May 25, 2009

    Beautiful

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Hay's language is beautiful, though like others said, it is pretty advanced and a dictionary is definitely handy to have next to you. While I found her writing style lovely, I did find it incongruous for an 18-20 year old protagonist to speak in such a manner.
    Now that I think of it, my rating for this novel may simply be because of the language. It was interesting, and I couldn't stop reading, but as others have mentioned the plot sort of ambled along without achieving or revealing any coherent point. I recommend the novel, but I think it is definitely one of those books that people will either like or dislike with little middle ground.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2009

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    Well researched, just not interesting.

    While Ms. Hay does a good job of researching, as per her end notes, her story isn't creative. It's predictable. And, predictable in the setting of a New York City used bookstore is disappointing. The NYC used bookstore is a place for unleashed imagination, unique people, and the thrill of belief of the discovery of treasures unrealized by shop owners.
    Instead, the book gives a line-up of a young girl from Tasmania, an Argentine mother of a lost son, a budding trans-sexual, an albino, a scrooge of a shopkeeper with no love for books, etc. The intentional composition of such an odd cast makes the entire book feel intentional and dull, as if directed by Ms. Hay. There simply isn't a point at which the characters become animated, make their own decisions, and have their own lives.
    Would she consider writing non-fiction? Her description of the reclusive, wealthy collector's mansion is engaging, and makes me wonder if she has yet to find her true style.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    An intriquing book

    As a former bookstore owner and a mystery fan I found this book appealed to both aspects of my life. The offbeat characters remain believable and real throughout the book. Some of the information about real people also lent to the interest I had in this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2007

    A Search for a Book

    A very intriguing novel about a search for a lost manuscript of Herman Melville. Hay has created interesting characters for the Arcade- a mis-match of oddities from an albino to a transvenstite- all with unique quirks, all with something to hide. Unfortunately for the main character, Rosemary, she is too naive to be living in that world. Her young sheltered innocence can at times be rather frustrating to the reader, who knows more than Rosemary does, and yet still has to watch her fumble through the warnings and awkward situations. Still, a rewarding novel with a happy ending that won't disappoint.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

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    I didn't like it, at all...

    ....It seemed to start with the promise of something better, but, my impression is that the author also lost interest towards the end..... or, the novel was totally beyond my scope.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

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    Unusual characters

    Loved the characters with their group dynamic. Ending had to be but loved the journey getting there.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2009

    So So

    Disappointing. Expected a bit more about Melville. The characters seemed contrived and most not very believable. Glad to be finished and on to something else more worth the time.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2008

    Didn't Deliver

    I agree with a previous reviewer that the plot sounded interesting. Unfortunately, it did not deliver on its promise. Like that reviewer, I found Rosemary's naivete very annoying after a while and all the characters seemed disjointed and I could not work up much empathy for any of them.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2008

    Kind of boring

    This sounded interesting but to be honest it plowed on without much of anything happening. I considered giving up about 100 pages into it. I finally finished but felt nothing when it ended.

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