Curious Toys

Curious Toys Review

The year is 1915 and Pin, the fifteen year-old daughter of an amusement park fortune teller, disguises herself as a boy to run with the teenage boys who thrive in the dregs of Chicago's street scene.

Unbeknownst to the well-heeled city-dwellers and visitors who come to enjoy its attractions, Riverview Park is also host to a brutal serial killer, a perfumed pedophile who uses the secrecy of a dark amusement park ride to conduct his crimes. When Pin sees a man enter the Hell Gate ride with a young girl, and leave without her, she knows that something deadly is afoot.

The crime will lead her to the iconic outsider artist Henry Darger, a brilliant but seemingly mad man obsessed with his illustrated novel about a group of young girls who triumph over adult oppressors. Together, the two navigate the seedy underbelly of a changing city to uncover a murderer few even know to look for.

Title:Curious Toys
Edition Language:English

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  • David Putnam

    Really wanted to love this book. The writing craft is great. Loved-loved the details of the time period and could've read the book just for reliving that age. I am a proponent of the "Fictive Dream," ...

  • Erin

    Giveaway win!An intrepid young woman who dresses like a boy, stalks a murderer through a turn of the century Chicago amusement park. Curious Toys is my first Elizabeth Hand novel but it will not be my...

  • Lata

    Excellent! Super creepy with fantastic historical detail of 1915 Chicago and a wonderful protagonist, Pin, a girl masquerading as a boy. I liked how Elizabeth Hand brought real-life people (Charlie Ch...

  • Mark

    5 Stars. 5 BIG Stars!Curious Toys by Elizabeth Hand. Release day: October 15th, 2019With this atmospheric historical thriller, Elizabeth Hand conquers another genre and makes it her own.Science fictio...

  • Charlie Smith

    The premise was interesting, and thus, I had great hopes when I started reading. Alas, about a third of the way in I thought I might not finish, but, since a friend whose opinion I respect and trust s...

  • Samantha

    I would be remiss in not beginning this review with a very, very emphatic trigger warning for child murder and pedophilia. If these are trigger issues for you, you’ll need to stay away from this one...

  • ABookwormWithWine

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5Curious Toys by Elizabeth Hand was a very peculiar book, both in content and writing style. I've never read anything like it and I'm not sure if that helped or hindered me liking...

  • Doug

    4.5, rounded up.How one feels about this story would depend a great deal, I would think, on how much one knows of, and appreciates, the life and work of real life outsider artist Henry Darger. I first...

  • Tony

    I really enjoyed this book, particularly the setting: 1915 Chicago Amusement park. I thought Elizabeth Hand captured the time-era beautifully. You could almost hear the carnival music and smell the po...

  • ? Sandi ?

    3.75 starsAll the elements that I like - some characters based on real live people, takes place in the early 1900's, a little bit of a mystery, and set in an amusement park. The protagonist is Pin, a ...