The Inventor’s Son by S.B. James

The first book in a series set in a world that could have been. A steampunk setting with a paranormal twist where vampires, witches, and other characters roam the streets of London and Paris.

The story revolves around a teenage boy named Ethan, whose father is a reclusive inventor. When Ethan’s father goes missing, he finds out that his father has kept a few secrets from him. On a quest to find his missing father, he also discovers that he has paranormal powers.

The narrative is pretty good, but the language comes through as rather blunt.   

The Innocence of Objects by Orhan Pamuk

Such a great book by Nobel prize winner Orhan Pamuk. He shares the story behind his book Museum of innocence, a book that gradually turned into a quest for material objects to accompany the protagonists of the novel.

The actual museum exists in physical form in Istanbul, Turkey. This book is not only a nostalgic tribute to Pamuk’s upbringing in Istanbul, it is also a tale about the narrative possibilities of material objects. You will get the most out of this (nonfiction) book if you read the novel first, but anyone with an interest in the phenomena of collecting will be rewarded.

Morbid Curiosities by Paul Grambino

Morbid? No, not at all, just beautiful! This lavishly illustrated book presents 17 collectors of curiosities and oddities. The common theme seems to be death in all its forms. Each collector gets a brief presentation and their collections are presented in detail with astonishing photos.

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