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on July 20, 2014 :
Haberman clearly has a fertile imagination. The titular house has magical rooms and enchanted objects of all kinds, unique and delightful. Unfortunately, for me these elements didn't make up for the otherwise not very good writing. The cool rooms and objects are just kind of there for their own sake, the characters' personalities are a bit flat and more or less interchangeable, and there are a lot of details that fall apart upon examination. Also, Haberman is fond of starting sentences with things like "In fact," and "By the way," for no particular reason, when it doesn't make any sense in context. This is one of the ways in which the book becomes excessively wordy and, worst of all, slow.
I think there could be a great book in here somewhere, but it needs a lot more editing to uncover.
(reviewed long after purchase)