Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Next on my list to read

Today I was lost in the mile-high stacks of my favorite local bookstore, Powell's (got to give a shout out!) and came across a book I'd previously failed to see on goodreads, or hear about, or whatever.  I can't imagine how this book as escaped my attention.  It's SO right up my alley.  I haven't started it yet. Mostly because as a bad Powell's customer, I wanted to find out if it was on the Kindle, which is way cheaper than a new book at Powell's. Oh, and I didn't buy it.  (sorry Powell's - you know I love you, but I also love shoes, purses, and Anthropologie, and a girl's got to pick her battles) 

There is a Kindle version, but, I should have bought the book at Powell's anyway.  Because now I sit here and want nothing more than to have that book in my hands.  What was I thinking?  I don't even own a Kindle! I'm an idiot.  I'll probably have to go buy the book tomorrow.  Or beg the iPad off my husband.  Which is unlikely to happen because he needs it for work.  I swear he does.  (Hubby's Site - better give a shout out to him too!)

So here's the book: The Boy with the Cukoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu

A fantastical novel, a wildly inventive tale—by turns poignant and funny, lusty and wrenching—about love and heartbreak.

Edinburgh, 1874: born with a frozen heart, Jack is near dead when his mother abandons him to the care of Dr. Madeleine—witch doctor, midwife, protector of orphans—who saves Jack by placing a cuckoo clock in his chest. It is in her orphanage that Jack grows up, amid tear-filled flasks, eggs containing memories, a man with a musical spine.

As Jack gets older, Dr. Madeleine warns him that his heart is too fragile for strong emotions: he must never, ever fall in love. And, of course, he does: on his tenth birthday and with head-over-heels abandon. The object of his ardor is Miss Acacia—a bespectacled young street performer with a soul-stirring voice. But it’s not only Jack’s heart that’s at risk, it’s his very life—and doubly so when he injures the school bully in a fight for the affections of the beautiful singer.

Now begins a wild journey, of escape and pursuit, from Edinburgh to Paris to Miss Acacia’s home in Andalusia, where Jack will finally learn the great joys, and ultimately the greater costs, of owning a fully formed heart.

So, as you can imagine, I'll probably be back at Powell's tomorrow, securing this probably fantastic book.


  1. OOoh. It does sound cool. Kind of a YA, historical fantasy -- one part "Of Human Bondage" and one part "Pinocchio." Hope it doesn't disappoint!

  2. It was excellent. Weird. But definitely excellent. I ended up listening to it because my Audible credit came the same day I wanted it. Read by Jim Doyle (the narrator for the now off the air Pushing Daisies). It was a great read out loud book.