Welcome to the Alistair Grim's ODDITORIUM blog tour!
This cinematic, action-packed middle grade fantasy adventure set in Victorian London brims with fresh magic and has the cozy feeling of a classic.
Grubb, age twelve (or thereabouts), has never known anything beyond his miserable existence as a chimney sweep, paid only in insults and abuse by his cruel master.
All of that changes the day he stows away in the coach belonging to a mysterious guest at the inn that he is tasked with cleaning. Grubb emerges from Alistair Grim's trunk and into the wondrous world of the Odditorium. Fueled by a glowing blue energy that Grubb can only begin to understand, the Odditorium is home to countless enchanted objects and an eccentric crew that embraces Grubb as one of their own.
There's no time for Grubb to settle into his new role as apprentice to the strange, secretive Mr. Grim. When the Odditorium comes under attack, Grubb is whisked off on a perilous adventure. Only he can prevent the Odditorium's magic from falling into evil hands-and his new family from suffering a terrible fate.
Grubb knows he's no hero. He's just a chimney sweep. But armed with only his courage and wits, Grubb will confront the life-or-death battle he alone is destined to fight.
Meet The Characters
Some folks in the North Country:
Grubb: Name spelled like the worm but with a double b, Grubb is twelve years old and the narrator of our story. A chimney sweep by trade, he can also read a bit and count higher than his fingers and toes.
Mr. Smears: Grubb’s brutal master, his favorite pastimes include drinking beer and knocking down Grubb for no reason in particular.
Mrs. Smears: Gentle and kind, she died when Grubb was six or thereabouts.
Mr. Crumbsby: A swindler and the proprietor of the Lamb’s Inn, he is fat with red whiskers and spoils his twin sons rotten.
Tom & Terrance Crumbsby: Fat, redheaded devils like their father, the Crumbsby twins eat loads of jam and enjoy beating up Grubb when they catch him.
A number of relevant persons in and around London:
Alistair Grim: Fortune hunter, purveyor of antiquities, and, some say, mad sorcerer. He is the inventor of the Odditorium, a house of mechanical wonders, and thus the chap after whom our story is named.
Prince Nightshade: Mr. Grim’s nemesis and archaeological rival, the self-proclaimed prince is an evil necromancer capable of absorbing magical power.
Nigel Stout: Alistair Grim’s coachman and all around right-hand man, he is big and bald and wears a pair of thick, black goggles.
Mrs. Pinch: Mr. Grim’s nearsighted housekeeper and cook.
Lord Dreary: Mr. Grim’s business partner and longtime friend.
Kiyoko: A fierce shinobi warrior and prisoner in Nightshade’s castle.
Judge Mortimer Hurst: An enemy of Mr. Grim’s, he sentenced Nigel’s brother to hang a decade earlier.
About The Author
Gregory Funaro grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, and wrote his first story, The Ghost in the Window, in the fourth grade. He considers this to be his finest work, but unfortunately it has been lost to time. Following high school Greg majored in theatre at the University of New Hampshire, and after various acting gigs, received his AM in Theatre Arts from Brown University and an MFA in Acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. Greg teaches drama at East Carolina University, and is busy working on the next book in the Odditorium series.
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Don't miss this week long tour. Each stop not only features something unique for readers, you can also enter to win a copy of the book.
January 5- Me, Myself & I
Meet the Odditorium Characters Blog Post by author with book giveaway
January 6- Mundie Moms
Book Review with book giveaway
January 7- Carina Books
Q&A with author with book giveaway
January 8- Chapter by Chapter
Fashion Accessories for the Eccentric blog post by the author with book giveaway
January 9- Ex Libris
Odd and Amazing places to visit blog post by the author with book giveaway