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The Children's Home By Charles Lambert,

  • Title: The Children's Home
  • Author: Charles Lambert
  • ISBN: 9781501117398
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For fans of Shirley Jackson, Neil Gaiman, Roald Dahl, and Edward Gorey, a beguiling and disarming debut novel from an award winning British author about a mysterious group of children who appear to a disfigured recluse and his country doctor,and the startling revelations their behavior evokes.In a sprawling estate, willfully secluded, lives Morgan Fletcher, the disfiguredFor fans of Shirley Jackson, Neil Gaiman, Roald Dahl, and Edward Gorey, a beguiling and disarming debut novel from an award winning British author about a mysterious group of children who appear to a disfigured recluse and his country doctor,and the startling revelations their behavior evokes.In a sprawling estate, willfully secluded, lives Morgan Fletcher, the disfigured heir to a fortune of mysterious origins Morgan spends his days in quiet study, avoiding his reflection in mirrors and the lake at the end of his garden One day, two children, Moira and David, appear Morgan takes them in, giving them free reign of the mansion he shares with his housekeeper Engel Then children begin to show up.Dr Crane, the town physician and Morgan s lone tether to the outside world, is as taken with the children as Morgan, and begins to spend time in Morgan s library But the children behave strangely They show a prescient understanding of Morgan s past, and their bizarre discoveries in the mansion attics grow increasingly disturbing Every day the children seem to disappear into the hidden rooms of the estate, and perhaps, into the hidden corners of Morgan s mind.The Children s Home is a genre defying, utterly bewitching masterwork, an inversion of modern fairy tales like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Golden Compass, in which children visit faraway lands to accomplish elusive tasks Lambert writes from the perspective of the visited, weaving elements of psychological suspense, Jamesian stream of consciousness, and neo gothic horror, to reveal the inescapable effects of abandonment, isolation, and the grotesque as well as the glimmers of goodness buried deep within the soul.
    The Children s Home For fans of Shirley Jackson Neil Gaiman Roald Dahl and Edward Gorey a beguiling and disarming debut novel from an award winning British author about a mysterious group of children who appear to a

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    1. It seems I m doomed always to miss the point and it seems i have missed the point of this book i don t know the circumstances around the writing of this book, but it feels less like the author had a clear idea of his story s direction in mind and wrote purposefully towards that conclusion and like he wrote a bunch of admittedly arresting and creepy images and then thought shit ending, ending, ending part of the problem is its length in e ARC form, it s 162 pages as a novella or a tor short, i t [...]

    2. In a large estate secluded from town, lives Morgan Fletcher disfiguredBut why From birth An accident Just how ugly is this man These were questions I was curious from the start We learn soon enough that Morgan avoids looking into mirrors just having them around his huge mansion is the best way to avoid looking at himself.His housekeeper, Engel, lives at the house He also develops a close friendship with his town doctor who begins to be at the house daily,at first spending lots of time in the lib [...]

    3. Morgan, a lonely recluse lies alone on his family s vast estate He is grossly disfigured, and has lives here for most of his life Estranged from his sister, who he has not seen since she was nine and sent away to school A Mrs Engel has recently been sent, by his sister he supposes, to take care of him How he was disfigured and what business his family makes their money in is a big part of the story Soon children of all ages begin appearing, they all accept Morgan as he is, but who are these chil [...]

    4. While I must compliment the author for creating something fresh and original, his hard work was lost on me The atmosphere was tense, but this is only useful if its actually leading somewhere Maybe my reading experience was thrown off course by the general impropriety of a creepy old man with a house of children In any case, the author made me feel like I was waiting for something And then it was the ending And I was still standing at the bus stop eying the horizon for my ride As it were Still, t [...]

    5. This book was frustrating on soooo many levels While it was reasonably well written, it didn t make any sense and the ending was deeply unfulfilling A graph of my enjoyment of this book over time would be a bell curve I wasn t sure at first and only carried on reading because it was incredibly short, then the middle showed lots of promise and seemed to be building to an interesting ending,then it all completely fell apart in the last quarter when it became apparent that nothing would be properly [...]

    6. What a disappointment I expected such great things from this book the cover was intriguing, the story was described as a neo Gothic, psychological horror, with comparisons to The Chronicles of Narnia after reading this novel, I was insulted by this comparison and The Golden Compass Being such a small novel, from an author I hadn t heard of before, I thought it would be a surprising little treat Alas The Children s Home , by Charles Lambert, tells the story of Morgan a man who has been left disfi [...]

    7. Many thanks to NetGalley for providing this title in exchange for my honest review.The Children s Home was an engrossing, blackly humorous, terrifying read It is difficult to describe all the subtle and creepy nuances of the story without including spoilers and I would hate to take away anyone s enjoyment of coming to this book for the first time I haven t been able to stop thinking about Morgan and Engel, as so much of this story could continue to be told, but Mr Lambert knows when to pull back [...]

    8. Suffer the little childrenMorgan was a beautiful young man but a terrible incident has left him so horribly disfigured he can no longer face the world So he stays holed up in the house his grandfather built while his sister runs the family business that keeps them both wealthy The only person Morgan lets see him is his housekeeper, Engel But one day Engel finds a baby left outside the house The two of them agree not to tell the authorities and so the child becomes part of the household Shortly a [...]

    9. Morgan is a recluse, living a lonely and empty life in his sprawling family home At first, all we know about him is that he is disfigured in some way his face so shocking that he refuses to have mirrors in his house Then Engel turns up a housekeeper that Morgan assumes his sister, Rebecca, has arranged to send Finally, children mysteriously begin to appear at the house Without explanation, they arrive and are taken in and cared for When one of the children become ill, Engel calls in Doctor Crane [...]

    10. Wow I was so happy to read other reviews that reassured me I hadn t lost my mind or my intelligence This book starts out interesting but quickly descends into confusion then goes absolutely nowhere or everywhere.A quick read, at about 3 hours, I don t know who the audience is meant to be but at 56 I enjoy the YA and some childrens books, sci fi, suspense, just about anything that isn t all sex or romance I kept reading, hoping I would get it, and then it was over.There is no sense of time or pla [...]

    11. This is a gothic fairytale with very dark themes running throughout the story It is an unsettling short read that feels very much like a series of surreal paintings with striking imagery Morgan Fletcher, isolated and disfigured, lives in a remote mansion Engel, his housekeeper appears from nowhere Children start appearing and come to live in the rambling house They appear to have a curious knowledge of Morgan and his history A doctor comes and eventually ends up residing The children start to di [...]

    12. In the very last paragraph of this short novel, another character asks the protagonist, Have you learned nothing from all this I m with the protagonist, here I have learned nothing from all this.Read the rest of my review at wanderaven

    13. Read all my reviews on urlphantomhiveoklikes I ve been postponing this review for weeks now because basically I still don t know what to say about it It was by far one of the weirdest books I ve ever read But not in the weird way that I usually quite like No, I was wondering for almost the entire book if I wasn t somehow missing what was going on and what the purpose of the complete story was.Morgan lives secluded from the world in his big house together with a bunch of children and a doctor, bu [...]

    14. 3.5 StarsWow I don t know what I just read, but it was weird I loved the writing and the characters but I think perhaps I missed the point I picked up on some of the themes and ideas but this book was probably one of the most bizarre stories I ve read It was haunting, atmospheric and eerie, and those are things I love in books The tone reminded me of We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.But in the end it was just too convoluted and confusing to speak to me I definitely need to t [...]

    15. The Children s House is a dark and intriguing tale that begins when abandoned children begin appearing at Morgan Fletcher s country estate, a man disfigured from an accident that s left him psychologically scarred, ashamed and withdrawn Isolated from society because he sees himself as a monster, Morgan lives with his housekeeper Engel when abandoned children begin turning up on his kitchen step Longing for the warmth of affection and acceptance he gravitates to these youngsters giving them the r [...]

    16. This book was way out of my normal genres that I read So I wasn t sure what to expect This was an interesting read, it was a bit odd it didn t quite make a lot of sense in places, but then again it could just be me.I understood that Morgan was born a beautiful child and was kept away from everyone, then he was tragically disfigured and became a total reclusive I understand why he was disfigured, that I got, but I have to admit the grandfather s role and what all was up with these mysterious chil [...]

    17. Hmmm Okay, I ll give it a go ooh, deliciously creepy to blah blah blah to what in the actual fuck to blah blah blah to aw that s sad Some piercing visual imagery but ultimately a let down with faint murmurings of ideas of forgiveness, loving others and oneself as roads to salvation Plus an unwanted mental image of the Harry Potter mandrake.

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    19. Okay I think most of this book just went over my head with its completely cryptic writing and never actually getting to a point.I mean I read the thing and have no idea at all what this book was actually about Did it have a point A direct story that was told Was there an actual story line and plot that I just missed Still for some strange reason after I finished the thing it was very enjoyable to me I mean didn t get me wrong this story is not horrible The guy and his big house where all of a su [...]

    20. Bizarre Morgan Fletcher is hiding from the world due to his spoiled face The reader knows there was some sort of terrible accident that has Morgan living a reclusive life in his family estate allowing his sister, whom he is somewhat estranged from, in full charge of the family business without him What exactly that family business is that allows him to live in such a lavish home is a mystery As he lurks in shadows due to his disfigurement, children mysteriously appear as if from thin air seeking [...]

    21. This book reads like a dream in the most literal sense of that, resplendent with strange beauty of narrative and dream logic of the plot And for all that, to continue with the metaphor or is it simile, since metaphor is an equation and simile is an approximation and I m not quite sure which one applies here , much like a dream it seems somehow insubstantial, surreal and very odd The basic story is that of a disfigured hermit whose reclusive lifestyle gets interrupted by children, dozens of them, [...]

    22. Lambert is an incredible writer with excellent character profiles that spark off the page The plots are well devised and intriguing that keeps the writer entranced as they work the puzzle of why the children are showing up and what exactly is the reasoning behind this.His detention to detail and descriptive passages are extremely rich with incredible detail The dark fairy tale plot devise is well used and carries the plot forward to its conclusion This is unfortunately where the book lets itself [...]

    23. A fascinating, creepy, eerie, ominous story that never really becomes than the sum of its parts The Dahl comparisons are apt or at least they are to my terrified half memories of THE WITCHES , but there s also a LORD OF THE FLIES vibe permeating the whole novel that creeped me the hell out There s a lot of playful experimentation going on here as well, and it both genuinely unsettled and surprised me at several points, but I m not sure what to make of it all by the end of it Originality goes a [...]

    24. Uhhhh wut Dafuq is this Dafuq was that I was excited by the premise, and the characters and the ambience And thene author lost me And the plot And the end, apparently So, so bizarre 2 stars, and a recommended remedial class in answering readers unanswered questions.

    25. 5 5 StarsIn a large, tucked away estate in the British counryside, reclusive and disfigured Morgan Fletcher resides, hidden away from the world, attended only by his faithful housekeeper Engel and the town s doctor, Dr Crane One day, children begin to mysteriously appear on his estate, from where or why Fletcher doesn t know, and this mystery invades and takes over his once calm and quiet life The answer to the mystery and shadow surrounding the children and their presence slowly unfolds in a cr [...]

    26. In an alternative world that s very much like this one but whose hinted history is rather different, the wealthy Morgan Fletcher, horrifically disfigured years ago when his mad mother threw acid in his face, lives in a remote mansion, hiding from the world His only companion is his housekeeper, Engel.Until, one day, the children start to arrive He has no idea where they arrive from In at least one instance he sees a child just pop out of thin air But they seem to know why they re here, and that [...]

    27. Odd and fairytale like, The Children s Home is a strange dream of a story So many things about it are non specific the country and time period it s set in always remain blurry there is little context to anything the characters accept peculiar and fantastical events with barely a flinch In the most simple terms it s about a man called Morgan, who lives a cloistered life in his vast, walled manor having been disfigured in an accident, the circumstances of which are not immediately made clear, he n [...]

    28. The Children s Home by Charles Lambert, published by Scribner.Category Fantasy Publication Date January 05, 2016This is one of the hardest books I have ever reviewed My first problem came in deciding which category in should be put in, was in Fiction Literature, Horror, or Fantasy I chose Fantasy but still am unsure if that is the correct choice The second problem was in rating the book, depending on the perspective the rating could be anywhere from a 2 to a 4 star rating.Morgan Fletcher lives a [...]

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