18 May 2015

Review: The Museum of Literary Souls by John Connolly

The Museum of Literary Souls by John Connolly book cover
The Museum of Literary Souls is an enjoyable novella with an enticing premise: when a book becomes very popular and is read by thousands, this can bring the main characters to life.

Mr. Berger prefers the company of books, and after an uneventful career as a Closed Accounts Registrar, and never marrying, he retires to the English countryside with his books.

However, Mr. Berger sees a person he thinks looks like a famous character from a book, and following her leads him to the Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository.

I loved the character of Mr. Berger, and the Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository is every booklover's dream! With that aside, I just wished The Museum of Literary Souls was longer. 

I'm confident there's enough content in this story for author John Connolly to make it a novel, and I'm sure many readers would love to join Mr. Berger and explore the Book Depository further.

Great read, great price (less than $2 for the ebook), and brilliant concept, but only three stars because I was disappointed by the brevity.

My rating = ***

Carpe Librum!

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  1. That's exactly why I don't read novellas, they always leave me wanting!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  2. Mmm, not always, but in this case I definitely wanted more time with the main character ;-)

  3. I'm trying to work out why this sounds familiar... Perhaps I just read a blurb about it somewhere. Damn! That's going to play on my mind now!

  4. Oh, did you remember what it was? Sorry I can't help, but curious just the same.

  5. John Connolly took my Grandfathers identity and turned it into a fictional character without permission or giving his family the right to say yes or no you can use his name . It's terrible because even the deceased deserve respect yet they cannot speak for themselves when people like Connolly distort the very fabric of what they worked and died for . He misled readers into a situation of getting their attention by stealing Charlie Parkers name and identity having no concern for the Greatness Of The Legend Bird Is , he is not a fictional character to the world that loves and respects him . Now Connolly is trying to escape the fact he used Birds name by the ignorance of denial and erase the evidence as much as possible . We need people to start standing up and saying stop to people like Connolly who strive to defame Our History here in the US and in this case The World. You are a all time lowlife John Connolly.

  6. Thanks for your comment bc parker, but this book isn't part of the 'Charlie Bird Parker' series. So while I'll leave your comment calling the author a 'lowlife' on my blog under the guise of 'freedom of speech', your complaint isn't relevant to my review of The Museum of Literary Souls.


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