I just started and finished a 640 page book. I read straight through with only a pause to get a drink. It is a book lately reviewed and/or mentioned by many. This book is amazing, satisfying, intriguing, mysterious, full of pictures, but not a picture book, and wondrous. It is Wonderstruck, by Brian Selznick. I couldn't read all the reviews, but did read some. None could give away much more than the beginning questions asked by the main character. I was enthralled by the ideas toward the end of the book, and the analogy given that applies to writing. Read the book; you will love it!