Review: Curioddity by Paul Jenkins



Publisher: St. Martins Press

Publishing Date: August 2016

ISBN: 9781250026156

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.4/5

Publishers Description: Will Morgan is a creature of habit—a low-budget insurance detective who walks to and from work with the flow of one-way traffic, and for whom imagination is a thing of the distant past. When a job opportunity enters the frame in the form of the mysterious Mr. Dinsdale—curator of the ever so slightly less-than-impressive Curioddity Museum—Will reluctantly accepts the task of finding a missing box of levity (the opposite of gravity).

Review: A pretty impressive debut novel that combines character development and movement to create a wonderful story line.

As Will Morgan stumbles through life, he cynically analyzes the actions of others while internalizing his own pain. It is often laugh out loud funny the way his cynicism boils to the surface in the rendering of daily interactions. The writer really gets at the meat of Will’s persona, so much so that you root for him at every turn in hopes that his dismal existence meets the cathartic. As his life becomes more complex with the meeting of a deranged old man, it also becomes the very thing that you hoped for Will. Almost 5 stars but at times a little too Douglas Adamsy.

Well played sir, well played.