This was a cool book. I was pulled in right from the beginning. Many of the illustrations had so much detail I hated to move on with the story.I loved the setting. It reminded me of the worlds I created as a kid, where I could escape behind the walls of rooms to find myself in another place. I don't know if the train station in paris actually has hidden rooms but I hope so. Then there's the orphan ,Hugo, who is just trying to survive while he waits for the return of his not-so-loving uncle who unbeknownst to Hugo is dead and lying on the bottom of the Seine
. I'd like to think I'm not the only child who fantasized about being on my own. very cool. The story about the automaton was fascinating as well. I want one. I'd love to learn more about this and in fact there is more info about them at www.fi.edu/pieces/knox/automaton/. check it out.
The rest of the story about the movie guy was less riveting for me and at times i was bored by it. There was never any explanation about why this guy completely gave up making movies and became resentful, angry, and anti-film (and anti-automatons). I could see if the film world had something to do with the loss of his friends but I don't think it did. no connection, no explanation. Also, I thought the pictures that Georges Mieles created were creepy. Interesting but creepy and it made me wonder who the target audience was for this book.
I'm glad I bought this and didn't just borrow it from the library because the pictures are definitely worth another look.