Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

The Children's Home by Charles Lambert (♦♦)

Due to his mother's smothering affection, Morgan Fletcher grows up to become a disfigured millionaire who has seen very little of the world outside his mansion. That changes, when children begin appearing somewhat mysteriously at his front door and he has no other choice than to provide food and lodging. Within months of their arrival, strange discoveries are made in the mansion's attic, and a leader emerges among the children who reveals the purpose of their visit in due time.

The Children's Home has been compared to works like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Golden Compass, but in my opinion that comparison is overly ambitious for it lacks their appeal. The children's behavior and purpose seemed more in tune with Lord of the Flies than with inverted fairy tales, though there are elements of it in this novel. Even when the events described are supposed to be disturbing, they sound so trivial, perhaps because the plot doesn't seem to be moving at all.

Overall, The Children’s Home was a miss for me.

DISCLAIMER: I received from the publisher a free Galley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Okay, I guess I won't add it to my TBR list!

    1. I don't recommend it at all, Dorothy. :-(

  2. Oh I haven't heard of this one. Sorry it didn't work out for you.


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