My dad once said to me, "You give a lot of books three stars." I do.
AHHHHH!!! < -- me after learning Brian Selznick has a new book out and me after reading Brian Selznick's new book
The Marvels fits right in with The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck. It's full of mystery, interesting characters, complex story lines. The format of The Marvels is slightly different from the other books I mention in that one story line is solely illustrated and the other is solely narrated. I think this makes it feel denser than Selznick's other books in this style.
The book also contains the first character of color (that I can remember) out of these three of Selznick's novels. But he's only mentioned in passing, so that was a little disappointing. (There's other representation in the book though that's handled well.)
It was vaguely reminiscent of Angela Carter's Wise Children at the beginning, but I think that's just the Shakespearean influence and the acting family dynasty.
Summed up: worth the wait, moments of brilliance, made me cry.