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House in the Cerulean Sea de TJ Klune
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House in the Cerulean Sea (edició 2020)

de TJ Klune (Autor)

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"A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret. Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he's given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they're likely to bring about the end of days. But the children aren't the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn. An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place-and realizing that family is yours."--… (més)
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This book offers that wonderful, rare opportunity to use the timeless quote from Two Weeks Notice: "It would be almost impossible for me to tell you how boring it is; largely because it would be too boring."
Have you ever wanted to read Harry Potter, but if the Muggles were the baddies and the hero worked at the Ministry of Magic (complete with the phrase "I solemnly swear" used at least 4 times)? Have you ever wanted to read Chronicles of Narnia, without the Chronicles? A Series of Unfortunate Events, without the Events? Winnie the Pooh, without the wit? Moby Dick, without the white wale? Or without the dick, for that matter?

Add this book to the list of Things I Don't Get, along with the Kardashians and Taylor Swift performing live. I could talk about why I thought this book "was OK" (two stars) for more than 40 minutes, so I'll keep this review long and bitter.

My issues with this book are threefold:
(spoilers below)

1. Show, don't tell.

2. Nothing happens. I was incredibly bored. Plot points include going on a hike and moving a desk. The stakes are incredibly low. Any plot is hidden behind miles of red tape and piles of paperwork. A lot of people insist that this should have been YA and was miscatalogued as adult sci-fi. While I agree that it would have made a great illustrated children's book, I think that marketing to this audience was just a cowardly choice on the part of the publisher, and also, this take really sells YA lit short, because YA isn't just a genre where nothing happens. My expectations were dashed by this book. I was ready for so many things: for Lucy to have a major existential crisis in choosing good vs evil, for the cat to start talking once they were in the magical house, for someone to turn into a dragon. Many reviews also said that this book is super predictable, but I actually found it so boring as to be unpredictable, because I couldn't even believe that so little happened. BUT being boring is not a crime; and if 250,000 people didn't notice or didn't care, obviously it doesn't matter.

2. My Big Issue with this book is that the moral equates being oppressed to being morally ambivalent, I think. What I really want to say is that the author conflates the marginal identities of being queer (which is attacked for being morally wrong, in Our Society [which we're not clear on; more on that in a minute]) with being the subject of cultural genocide. I thought of the residential schools that Native American children were placed in at the very moment that I read the word "assimilation", so I didn't need a reddit thread or TJ Klune himself to tell me that he had taken the idea for the orphanages in the book from the lived history of Native Americans. What I don't get is this: DICOMY isn't putting all of the kids in the world in orphanages because they think they're weird and different and dangerous. BUT they are putting Lucy there because he's dangerous. So, is there a difference there? Were Native American children the Antichrist, even though that's apparently nbd in this world? Did they have the potential to destroy the whole world and actually ~need~ to be raised apart from society? OR is DICOMY putting these kids in orphanages for a different reason, one that the rest of the government isn't actually shocked about and that doesn't just involve treating the children as "second-class citizens"? One of the most egregious parts of this whole book is at the end, when Linus makes the observation that a lot of the "counterprotestors" are young people, and that the old guard is standing on its last leg and waiting to die out, along with all of the harmful ideology...not to mention the fact that good intentions are all that really matter is the message of one of the many didactic monologues? This book came out in 2020.

3. And last, but best: it's obvious that TJ Klune doesn't give a hoot about cultural appropriation, not only because he lifted this traumatic, violent event from history in order to make his book about nothing bad ever happening more interesting, but also because this book is essentially written in a bad British accent. He uses Britishisms sporadically throughout, and it is SO. CRINGE. I was incredibly put off by the references to things like Crunchie bars and lorries, neither of which have any business or need existing in this world, least of all in a world created by an American author~!!!!!!! I found the turns of phrase like "you alright?" "old boy" and "git" affected, disingenuous, and stilted. I was like, is TJ Klune British and just bad at it? Is Marsyas a place in England that I just don't know about? (ftr, Marsyas is a satyr who challenged Apollo to a music contest and when he lost was tied to a tree and flayed.) Are these locations code for English places? Did TJ Klune famously spend a semester in England and wants the whole world to know about it? But no, I didn't find answers to any of these questions when I looked them up. It just seems like he likes to wank off (how's that) to English slang...why.

This book was saved from being one star a few reasons: the reality vs expectations probably made my reaction worse; the audiobook made me hate it a disproportionate amount (I listened to half of it before I couldn't take it anymore), and I thought that the character of Linus actually had a compelling story arc that I haven't seen that often in fiction. The fake British accent, though, is hard to forgive. ( )
  graceandbenji | Sep 1, 2022 |
The epitome of the magical found family story!

Linus Baker is, well, not exactly content with his life working as a caseworker for the Department In Charge Of Magical Youth, but he has his temperamental cat and the sunflowers in front of his house and he’s not looking for anything more. And then his life is turned upside down when he is singled out by Extremely Upper Management for a highly classified assignment.

During his month-long investigation of the orphanage on Marsyas Island, he gets to know its unique inhabitants on a far more personal level than he has ever allowed himself, and discovers what he never knew was missing from his life.

It’s a lot of fun and very comforting and wholesome! ( )
  vvbooklady | Aug 30, 2022 |
Synopsis:
Linus' job is to make sure children in magical orphanages are getting the care they need. He is sent on a special project to report back on an orphanage with the most dangerous magical children living there. What he finds there changes his life.

My Rating: 4/5

I thought this was a good book though I do have some criticisms.

I really enjoyed the side characters of this book. My favorite was one of the orphan children named Sal. He absolutely melted my heart.

Unfortunately, I never fully connected with Linus and, especially at the start of the book, I really didn't like Linus. I grew to like him more as the book progressed but he is a character who is very much a cog in the wheel of things and I was frustrated with his inability to see how his actions were affecting others and to see the far reaching consequences of what he does. Part of the book involves his character arc of learning these things but I just felt like it wasn't enough for me to really like him even at the end of the book.

I also felt that, though the story was fun and had feel good vibes it occasionally moved into the realm of zany and I just didn't love that. I preferred the more realistic moments of this book. I appreciated the humorous things that happened but, for me, the unreality of it all sometimes interfered with what I felt the message the book was trying to give. I did love the messages this book is trying to convey such as don't judge people without knowing them and think about how your actions impact others.

I thought that the setting of the world was interesting but at times I wanted more explanation of how things got to be where they were. There are many elements of the world that aren't well explained and it generally isn't because the main character and those he interacts with don't have the information. They have information that could have helped me understand the world better but it wasn't shared in a way that helped me really comprehend what was happening in their world. These children don't have parents but did they inherit their traits from parents and if so were their parents the last two people, or even last person, with these abilities who then sires a child and is incapable of caring for them due to their circumstances or in some case the government persecution of magical beings? I just wanted a bit more of how we got to the point we were at. Did magical beings previously live amongst people? When did it stop? Why? ETC.

This book does contain a romance which I really enjoyed. It is fairly in the background and nothing is described in detail when it comes to any intimacies but it was a romance I was rooting for and I enjoyed the members involved in the romance as well as the book having LGBTQ elements. I think that this was a very accessible read for people who are still new to LGBTQ romances in their novels and it is very natural and with very little focus on bodies or parts. It is very much a love story about hearts where the romance is concerned.

Overall, I liked the writing style and I liked the book but there were certain things that just didn't work for me as much as I wanted them to.

I think this is one of those books that people will either love or hate. I seem to hear people say either it was amazing or they just didn't like it at all and I can see both sides of that argument. It does have heavy fantasy elements so if fantasy isn't your thing I would say skip this one. ( )
  authorjanebnight | Aug 21, 2022 |
So wonderful!!! ( )
  Tosta | Aug 18, 2022 |
An enjoyable book reminding the reader to live life intentionally and to take a second look at pre-conceived notions. ( )
  ArcherKel | Aug 17, 2022 |
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"A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret. Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he's given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they're likely to bring about the end of days. But the children aren't the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn. An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place-and realizing that family is yours."--

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