Jenkins’ Curioddity is a wonderful romp on the flip side. It’s learning to see the world through a shaman’s eyes, a contrary-man looking at the world from different angles. It’s all about waking up to–or reawakening to–the magic that surrounds us on a daily basis.
Private investigator Wil Morgan lives a dreary life in a rundown apartment, working out of a rundown office. Every day at work, Wil is assaulted by the off-kilter clanging of the monstrous clock tower next door. Every day is trudging drudgery. Until the day it’s not.
Mr. Dinsdale, curator of the Museum of Curioddity, hires Wil to find a box gone missing from the museum. At first Wil plays along with what he thinks is naught more than a grand joke. Despite his skepticism, Wil begins to follow Dinsdale’s advice and un-looks at the world around him. What he finds in pursuit of the box is nothing short of amazing.
I loved the writing style of this book. It is the wry humor I’ve come to love from British writers. I really liked Wil. I could relate to his curmudgeonly grumbling. Yet it was amazing (to me) to see him rediscover the joys of magic that he had been forced to lock away when his mother passed. In Wil I see the journey of the fledgling shaman, the novice alchemist.
Lucy is a nice contrast to his brooding. Very little fazes the chipper young woman. I’d love to read more books set in this world, for sure. I loved the cover, too, by the way. The silhouette on the front actually reminds me of Mycroft from the BBC’s Sherlock.
Highly recommended if you like fantasy and/or tongue-in-cheek humor.
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