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An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place – and realizing that family could be yours.
‘I loved it. It is like being wrapped up in a big gay blanket. Simply perfect’ – V. E. Schwab, author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
He expected nothing. But they gave him everything . . .
Linus Baker leads a quiet life. At forty, he has a tiny house with a devious cat and his beloved records for company. And at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, he’s spent many dull years monitoring their orphanages.
Then one day, Linus is summoned by Extremely Upper Management and given a highly classified assignment. He must travel to an orphanage where six dangerous children reside, including the Antichrist. There, Linus must somehow determine if they could bring on the end of days. But their guardian, charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, will do anything to protect his wards. As Arthur and Linus grow ever closer, Linus must choose between duty and his dreams.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune is an uplifting, heart-warming fantasy tale that’s become a New York Times, USA Today and Washington Post bestseller.
‘Likely to cause heart-swelling’ – Washington Post
‘A modern fairy tale . . . It’s a beautiful book’ – Charlaine Harris, number one New York Times bestselling author
‘Touching, tender and truly delightful’ – Gail Carriger, author of Soulless
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A USA Today Bestseller!
An Indie Next Pick!
One of Publishers Weekly's Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020
One of Book Riot's "20 Must-Read Feel-Good Fantasies"
I loved it. It is like being wrapped up in a big gay blanket. Simply perfect. --V.E. Schwab, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
It will renew your faith in humanity." --Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of the Shannara series
"It's a witty, wholesome fantasy that's likely to cause heart-swelling." --The Washington Post
"The House in The Cerulean Sea is a modern fairy tale about learning your true nature and what you love and will protect. It's a beautiful book." --Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"1984 meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in. Touching, tender, and truly delightful, The House in the Cerulean Sea is an utterly absorbing story of tolerance, found family, and defeating bureaucracy."--Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of Soulless
"Sweet, comforting, and kind, this book is very close to perfect. The House in the Cerulean Sea is a work of classic children's literature written for adults and children alike, with the perspective and delicacy of the modern day. I cannot recommend it highly enough." --Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of Every Heart a Doorway
"Quirk and charm give way to a serious exploration of the dangers of complacency in this delightful, thought-provoking Orwellian fantasy from Klune.... This tale of found family is hopeful to its core. Readers will revel in Klune's wit and ingenuity." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Lambda Literary Award-winning author Klune (The Art of Breathing, 2019, etc.) has a knack for creating endearing characters, and readers will grow to love Arthur and the orphans alongside Linus... fans of quirky fantasy will eat it up. A breezy and fun contemporary fantasy. --Kirkus
"This is a sweet narrative about the value of asking questions and the benefits of giving people (especially children) a chance to be safe, protected, and themselves, regardless of what assumptions one might glean from, say, reading their case file." --Booklist
"This inclusive fantasy is quite possibly the greatest feel-good story ever to involve the Antichrist.... The House in the Cerulean Sea will delight fans of Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children series and any reader looking for a burst of humor and hope." --Shelf Awareness
"A beautiful little gem of both irony and, yes, kindness." --Fantasy & Science Fiction
"TJ Klune is a master storyteller." --The Mary Sue
A delightful tale about chosen families, and how to celebrate differences. --Library Journal
"If ever there was an author to watch out for, [Klune] is definitely that author." --Culturess Daily--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition kindle_edition.
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- ASIN : B095Z4YRLP
- Éditeur : Tor (16 septembre 2021)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 2142 KB
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- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 402 pages
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The story works really well as a stand-alone, but to be honest I wouldn't mind reading about all of the kids' future.
I truly enjoyed all of it, as someone who likes kids let me tell you these ones will really fill your heart with affection, the dynamic between the children and Arthur Parnassus their caretaker is beautiful and the romantic relationship developping between the main characters is truly adorable. Basically this story has a lot of feelings revolving around family dynamics and finding your place with the right people. It has a bit of everything ends well, people become accepting and they all lived happily ever after but i really think we can used some of that ideal.
It was lovely, everybody of any age should read it, also the audiobook is awesome.
tags: whimsical goodness, really interesting supernatural creatures, family bond, adopted children, m/m romance, hilarious dialogue <spoiler> everything Lucy says is literal gold i love him so much </spoiler>
content warning: talk of a genocide against a supernatural race, talk and on page action of discrimation, toxic workplace environment, specism against supernatural creatures
Ce livre me rappelle les fables de La Fontaine: il est écrit comme un conte de fée alors qu'il s'agit d'un sujet sérieux: c'est un plaidoyer pour la tolérance et le respect des différences. De plus, il est très humoristique. Ceux qui ont donné une note de 1, se plaignant qu'il contient une histoire gay, n'ont absolument pas compris ce dont ce livre parle. Je suis désolé de voir qu'ils restent dans leur bulle, leur cage mentale.
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Every paragraph, every page....there's an overbearing and preachy lesson. It feels fake and forced. It's like someone decided to write the book and start with the 'agenda' rather than the story. Yes, by all means, write a book about inclusivity and accepting your differences, but do it in a more natural way. Stop telling the reader the same thing on every page, stop making up trite instances to prove it's okay to be different. The book was exhausting. I'm three quarters of the way through and struggling to finish.
I loved this quiet book filled with kindness and love. I cried at the ending not because it was sad but because it was filled with such hope for the future.
40-year-old Linus Baker has been working as a Case Worker at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth for many years and, though he leads a solitary and rather humdrum life, he takes pride in his work making sure that orphanages for magical, non-human children are taking good care of their charges. He never lets himself get attached to the children—until he’s sent to Marsyas Island Orphanage, run by a Mr. Arthur Parnassus, where six extraordinary, potentially dangerous children are living. There’s Talia the garden gnome; Chauncey the tentacle ‘monster’; Sal the were-Pomeranian; Theodore the wyvern; Phee the forest sprite; and Lucy, the son of Satan. Linus must live with them for a month, reporting back to DICOMY, and decide if the orphanage should stay open.
And DICOMY would prefer it if he didn’t fall in love with Arthur and his little family of misfits while he’s there.
The House in the Cerulean Sea is a big, warm, comforting hug wrapped up in a novel, and it’s one of the most hopeful fantasy novels I’ve read. If you’re looking for a book that will bring you shameless joy and fill your heart to the point where you think it might burst, then look no further than this one. It’s such a tender story and a love letter to found families.
As Arthur himself states, calling his house an orphanage makes no sense; no one is coming to adopt these children, as far as Arthur is concerned the children are his, and as such he is incredibly protective of them. Unfortunately he needs to be in a world where magical and non-human people are treated like monsters that need to be feared, to the point where some of the children believe it themselves. With Arthur, however, they’re given a chance at a childhood where they’re able to learn and play and express themselves without having to worry about being punished simply for existing. The orphanage might be where these children live, but Arthur is their home.
It would be so easy for this novel to be twee and so overly sweet it could cause cavities, but Klune writes these children so well and in such a way that it’s impossible not to fall in love with them. They all have their own strong personalities, and their own issues to work through, but at their heart they’re all children who are desperate to be loved and desperate for a place they can call home.
Linus and Arthur are also utterly lovely and it was so refreshing to read a romance blossoming between two adults in their forties, one of whom is a little overweight and whose hair is thinning. Linus isn’t a young Case Worker who’s fresh on the job and learning the truth behind some of the behaviour DICOMY’s strict rules are allowing, but a man who’s been trying to do his best for children for years and is finally able to discover the courage he’s needed to say what he really thinks when he falls in love with this little family, and having an older protagonist at the centre of this novel made the story all the more powerful for me. You don’t have to be 25 and classically handsome to change the world, and some of the smallest changes we make can make the biggest ripples.
This story reads like a Middle Grade novel from the point of view of the adults and it’s wonderful. I can’t recommend it enough.
Having read rave reviews for The House in the Cerulean Sea, this was a highly anticipated read, and I was prepared to find myself disappointed if it didn't live up to expectations, however, thankfully that was not the case. I completely get the hype around the book, and have to say it is one of my favorite reads of the year so far.
The first few chapters revolve around Linus' rather drab and mundane life working at DICOMY. The author writes with a rather quirky sense of humour, which did gain my attention from the off, and once Linus is set his special assignment, I was intrigued as to what he would uncover at the Marsyas Orphanage. It wasn't until Linus arrives at the Island though that I fell completely in love with this book, and after that it really was just a glorious escape of a read, guaranteed to put a smile on my face. In fact, I'm not sure I've read anything quite as uplifting in a while; this book is like a syrupy treat!
The characters in this book were so vivid and full of life. The children at the orphanage in particular completely stole my heart, every single one of them, and often had me in stitches. I loved Arthur, and I also really enjoyed watching the change in Linus, how he was helpless but to fall in love with the children and way of life on the Island too, and just loosen up and learn to live in the moment, as opposed to by the rules. In fact I thought Linus made for rather a refreshing and unlikely hero, and I also enjoyed the little sprinkling of romance in the book too.
The book is not very heavy on plot or action, it is in essence a simple story, but that didn't lessen my enjoyment of it. In many ways this read like a sort of fable or fairy-tale for adults. It had strong messages and themes at its heart, and yes, sometimes these messages were hammered home a bit, and perhaps could have been conveyed a bit more subtly, but that didn't stop the themes from resonating.
This is a story about acceptance, of not judging people because they are different or fearing them for their differences. Whilst in the book these themes are explored in relation to Magical Beings and how they are treated and viewed by humans, they are of course just as translatable in real life. The book highlights the dangers of bureaucracy, whilst also championing the power of the voices of the few, because even if just one person makes a stand, it can trigger a change. The story also encourages one to be brave, both in terms of standing up for those around you and challenging views, but also in terms of living one's own life. It can be easy to become complacent, to accept one's lot, even if deep down one wishes for something else or to be somewhere else, and I loved this aspect of Linus' arc, in terms of how he found a more fulfilling life by being a little braver and more adventurous.
Overall, this was a really refreshing and heart-warming read, with a unique voice and style, important themes and wonderful characters who will stay with me for a long time.
Our erstwhile hero, Linus, lives in a lonely, colourless bubble. He has his little house, he has his somewhat aloof cat Calliope, and he has the job he loves likes-ish as a Case Worker at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. That is his lot in life and he has accepted it. Linus lives his life by the book, the one in question being a hefty tome entitled 'Rules and Responsibilities' and published by his employer, DICOMY. It is that very adherence to the rules that sees him sent off on a special assignment, one that will call into question the beliefs he has held dear for most of his life.
This is a captivating story about found family, prejudice, fragile hope, fear and love. A story of six very special, very amazing, children and the adults in their lives. I fell in love with the antichrist, a white-haired gnomish girl, a boy who just wanted to be a bellhop, a girl who made things grow, a teenager with words in his soul and a wyvern with a not-so-secret hoard. My heart was stolen from the very first page and never given back. I want to stand on that island in the cerulean sea, visit that garden, tip the boy who does my laundry, watch plants emerge from the ground, read those typewritten words, add buttons to that hoard and dance to Bobby Darin. I want to meet a phoenix, an island sprite, a revolutionary, I want to meet those children and the adults who care for them.
I laughed, cried, swooned and cheered as I read. My heart broke repeatedly but was always put back together again by the love these perfectly mismatched individuals held for one another. Linus and Arthur are the most unlikely, ill-equipped men to be partners and parents, yet they were the best Dads in the world - ever.
The House in the Cerulean Sea will stay with me for a long time. The characters have created themselves a home inside my heart and I have no intention of ever asking them to leave. I am now on a mission to persuade as many people as I can to read this delightfully charming tale. A tale as beautiful as this one should be compulsory reading.