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The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

by Mathias Malzieu

Visual and whimsical, this is something of a steampunk fairytale, but the sweetness has sharp edges. Reading this feels like biting into an extravagant, beautifully crafted, sugar sculpture, only to cut your tongue on the shards.

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Patients end up here when they've broken something but can't afford a 'qualified' doctor. Whether she's fine-tuning, or mending and discussing, Madeleine likes tinkering with people's hearts. I don't feel such an oddity with my clockwork heart when I hear a client complain about his rusty spine.

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Corpse Bride - the film
 

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