Friday, December 3, 2021

Something About Time Playing an Important Role

The House with a Clock in its Walls

Clock someone reading.

Aarti Saundalkar wrote a piece last month at WhatsOn.ae where the Emirates Literature Foundation put together a list of reads in which clocks or even time itself play a very important role.  You can guess one, can't you?

In the first novel in Bellairs’ 11-book mystery series about a young orphan with a penchant for magic and adventure, Lewis Barnavelt finds himself moving in with his hapless warlock uncle Jonathan and attempting to make friends at his new school.

But when a series of events leads him to accidentally summon an evil witch from the dead, all hell breaks loose and it’s up to Lewis to put a stop to it. Through it all, there’s a ticking clock in the house’s very walls, attempting to bring about the end of the world.

Edward Gorey’s accompanying illustrations throughout the novel only heightens the atmospheric feel and adds a touch of the macabre to an already spooky story. Perfect for fans of series like Goosebumps and The Addams Family who might be looking for something a little more gothic.

One slight correction: 12-book series.  Happy reading!

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