Shadows of the Silver Screen (Penny Dreadful) Paperback – 1 Jan 2013
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"Once again, Edge's deft use of Gothic elements ensures maximum chills and suspense as Penelope and pals race to outwit Gold and his contraption in a dramatic conclusion. The spunky heroine is a captivating one, as is her deliciously sensational adventure." Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2014 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Christopher Edge grew up in Manchester where he spent most of his childhood in the local library dreaming up stories, but now lives in Gloucestershire where he spends most of his time in the local library dreaming up stories. Before becoming a writer, he worked as an English teacher, editor and publisher - any job that let him keep a book close to hand. He also works as a freelance publisher and education consultant and has written several publications about encouraging children to read.
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This time she's pulled into the new and exciting world of the moving picture when the mysterious Mr Gold offers to make a film of one of Montgomery Flinch's tales of terror.
Shadows of the Silver Screen has a similar pace to Twelve Minutes to Midnight, with a slower set-up for the first half of the book before you start finding out what's really going on. The novel has a Sherlock Holmes feel to it, except the supernatural is real in this world.
When Penny left Alfie in London to travel with Monty, I was a little sad because I wanted all the characters to be included. I needn't have worried as we need him in London to track down further clues. I found Penelope not as strong a character as the first novel, but this may have been the effects of ghostly interference. I hope she returns to strength for the third, and I hope there is a third because I am getting quite hooked on Christopher Edge's alternate version of Victorian England.
A highlight of the novel for me were the historical facts the story inspires you to look up. I hadn't heard of Louis Le Prince before and yet I would have called myself reasonably aware of film history (apparently not!) I also loved how the story didn't end where I thought, but still held more thrills. Creepy and gripping, Shadows of the Silver Screen should appeal to anyone with an interest in film, horror, Victorian era, strong female leads and gripping plots.
The heroine, Penelope, is the owner and author of the Penny Dreadful - a popular magazine filled with tales of adventure and horror. But in this latest episode one of her stories causes frightening problems when a filmmaker decides to make a film using his latest new fangled camera...
I really enjoyed this and would recommend it for anyone who likes a good story, even though it's aimed at the 9-11/young teens audience.
For me the best thing about this series is the feel they give you for Victorian London. Whilst there is a paranormal twist it doesn't overtake the story. For me the real joy of this book was following Penelope on her adventures around Victorian London and playing detective with her. Without giving too much away I found the story brilliantly engaging and it kept me completely hooked.
If you liked Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart series you'll love this one too as it definitely has the same feel although possibly aimed at a slightly younger audience.
Fab stuff and well worth a look.
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I like the characteristaion and it was great for a light but satisfying read. Would recommend to those wanting escapism.Published on 23 May 2013 by Heather Walker