Puppet Master

Puppet Master From riches to rags Milena is growing up in the city of Prague at the turn of the twentieth century Her parents once prosperous theatre lies in disrepair and her life seems to be in ruins and has be

  • Title: Puppet Master
  • Author: Joanne Owen
  • ISBN: 9781842555842
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From riches to rags, Milena is growing up in the city of Prague at the turn of the twentieth century Her parents once prosperous theatre lies in disrepair and her life seems to be in ruins, and has been since that fateful night her father died in a tragic accident and Milena s beautiful, talented Mother went missing No trace of her has been found But Milena has never lFrom riches to rags, Milena is growing up in the city of Prague at the turn of the twentieth century Her parents once prosperous theatre lies in disrepair and her life seems to be in ruins, and has been since that fateful night her father died in a tragic accident and Milena s beautiful, talented Mother went missing No trace of her has been found But Milena has never lost hope that she will come back The day she meets the flamboyant Puppet Master and his menacing proteges, the twins Zdenko and Zdenka, under the shadow of Prague s famous Astronomical Clock in the Old Town square is, coincidentally, the date of her mother s birthday And it s the day Milena s grandmother chooses to reveal to her the story of her ancestors and of her legacy Or perhaps it s not such a coincidence Joanne Owen s debut novel skilfully mingles the legends of Bohemia in a story rich in the traditions of circus, theatre and magic, all set in a city waiting to lay bare a myriad of secrets.

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    1. I really wanted to give this book a better rating but I felt that the plot staggered in the last few chapters and the resolution came too fast without resolving much of the questions and mystery behind the plot.The early chapters of the book were very interesting as it established the characters and the settings very well. It had me looking forward to understanding and delving deeper into the mystery and adventure Milena and company must face. The book isn't a bad one for its genre. It provided [...]

    2. a beautifully printed, quirky fairy-tale children's paperback. it's creepy and full of puppets and folklore. relatively simple plot; probably good for around 10 years old.

    3. Ein Buch über Legenden und Mythen, über die Macht der Fantasie über Magie und altes Wissen…Milenas Vater, ein berühmter Marionettenspieler Prags, ist vor einiger Zeit gestorben. Am gleichen Abend verschwindet auch ihre Mutter spurlos und so wächst sie bei ihrer Großmutter auf. Doch Milena kann ihre Eltern und die Puppen ihres Vaters nicht vergessen, vor allem seine Geschichten sind ihr noch lebhaft in Erinnerung. Als eines Tages Marionettenspieler in die Stadt kommen, ist sie Feuer und F [...]

    4. This is a book written for older children so it was an easy read. Set in nineteenth century Prague and woven through with lots of ancient Bohemian myths and fables this felt like reading the old fairy stories/fables that I'd read as a child.When we join the story Milena is living with her Grandmother her Father (who runs a puppet theatre) is dead and her Mother missing. A new travelling puppet theatre comes to town run by the 'Puppet Master' and his evil twin sidekicks Zdenka and Zdenko. He h [...]

    5. milena prochazkova lives in prague, with her grandmother, baba, and two aunts, katerina and tereza. her father, a puppeteer, had died years ago in a tragic accident where he fell from a ladder while trying to adjust a puppet for his theatre, the house of delights. her mother dissappeared that night and milena's life has never been the same ever since. she still beleives that her mother is alive and that she will come back some day, and on that day they shall re-open her father's beloved theatre. [...]

    6. In historical, magical Prague one cold winter, orphan Milenka and her friend Lukas meet The Puppet Master, a hypnotist of extraordinary skill assisted by some of the creepiest sidekicks children's literature has seen since the Child Catcher. When an invitation to the masters opening night performance arrives alongside a perfectly craved doll of her mother, Milenka can't resist the call to the showJoanne Owen takes traditional Czech folk legend about the founding of Prague and mixes in hypnotism, [...]

    7. Kitabın konusunu, hikayenin başlangıç ve gelişimini, illüstrasyonları, karakterleri ve araya serpiştirilmiş ayrıntıları (yemek tarifleri, otların özellikleri vb.) çok sevdim. Hikaye içinde hikaye şeklinde anlatılan efsaneler ise kitabın en çok sevdiğim bölümleriydi. Ama kitabın yarısını geçip de sonlara yaklaştıkça birden hikayenin inandırıcılığı azalmaya başladı. Sonun bağlanışını zayıf buldum. Telaş ve heyecan olması gereken yerlerde karakterler b [...]

    8. We start off the book with milena in the town square then all of a sudden the events occur almost straight away. The chapters were incredibly short, giving the illusion that I've read a lot even though its only 200 odd pages long. The master spoke with a wide vocabulary and every time he spoke I never payed much I attention as a lot of the things he said was a complete ramble. He annoyed me a lot. The story line wasn't the greatest and I found it dragged in a lot of the places. Also, I found t w [...]

    9. Awesome book to pick up for a quick undemanding read. I love books like this because "quick and undemanding" usually translates to "romance novel" and while there's obviously nothing wrong with the genre, it's not my favourite. I love little books like this that are just a cute story without being too in depth, because my glory all this being a grownup with kids and work and life can get a little hectic so something simple does wonders for this busy reader's soul. If none of that made sense then [...]

    10. I've never been someone to be embarrassed to be caught reading children's books in public, so I can say without a doubt, that this was a wonderful little diversion. I loved the dark, somewhat sinister old-world Prague this book created. It really brought to mind Gothic churches and creepy puppets. And there's just something about children's literature that lets you slip away completely and really, truly suspend your disbelief!

    11. I really enjoyed the little pictures and photos on almost every page. However, I lost interest about 2/3 the way through the book. I gave up because I had other books waiting for me at the library. If I didn't have other, more exciting prospects, I might have finished this one.

    12. I throuroughly enjoyed this book! I loved the whole element of the fables and herbal remodies etc. Love the storyline too!

    13. Picked up to read because the hardback is so well packaged and because the book was recommended by Wendy Cooling.

    14. This book is amazing its witty shocking an odd, interesting, underdeveloped little book with some nice atmosphere although the writting is a little odd still a great book none the less

    15. ehnot bad i really liked how 'exotic' it was. but it went by really quickly, i would've liked a bit more explanation

    16. I really liked the story and idea.At times it was a bit choppy by things happening in the dialogue and not explained how or what exactly happened.

    17. I want to visit Prague SO bad after reading this book, I really think I might save up for a trip one day.

    18. Loved the idea and the setting but the execution didn't live up to my expectations. The language was awkward at times and I felt the story lacked consistency.

    19. Awesomely creepy and atmospheric and made me really interested in Czech history! (view spoiler)[I loved the ending too, how it left things open for a possible sequel. (hide spoiler)]

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