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ISBN13: 9780743298858
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Equal parts creepy and compelling, this horror book has all the elements of a great read. A literary page-turner with well-honed characters and a story that has you reading at inappropriate times. Crack this one open when you have nothing else on your to-do list!
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Publisher Comments:

New York Times bestselling author John Connolly's unique imagination takes readers through the end of innocence into adulthood and beyond in this dark and triumphantly creative novel of grief and loss, loyalty and love, and the redemptive power of stories.

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book...The Book of Lost Things.

An imaginative tribute to the journey we must all make through the loss of innocence into adulthood, John Connolly's latest novel is a book for every adult who can recall the moment when childhood began to fade, and for every adult about to face that moment. The Book of Lost Things is a story of hope for all who have lost, and for all who have yet to lose. It is an exhilarating tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.

Review:

"Thriller writer Connolly (Every Dead Thing) turns from criminal fears to primal fears in this enchanting novel about a 12-year-old English boy, David, who is thrust into a realm where eternal stories and fairy tales assume an often gruesome reality. Books are the magic that speak to David, whose mother has died at the start of WWII after a long debilitating illness. His father remarries, and soon his stepmother is pregnant with yet another interloper who will threaten David's place in his father's life. When a portal to another world opens in time-honored fashion, David enters a land of beasts and monsters where he must undertake a quest if he is to earn his way back out. Connolly echoes many great fairy tales and legends (Little Red Riding Hood, Roland, Hansel and Gretel), but cleverly twists them to his own purposes. Despite horrific elements, this tale is never truly frightening, but is consistently entertaining as David learns lessons of bravery, loyalty and honor that all of us should learn." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"There is lot of genre-splicing going on these days, and that surely is a good thing. John Connolly is a thriller writer who has earned attention and success for his tough-minded Charlie Parker novels. I enjoyed some of his previous outings and was looking forward to this book, hoping to find the techniques and pace of the thriller imported into the fantastic, perhaps dispensing with tired formulas,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"In an intriguing change of pace from his crime novels, Connolly's book takes readers back into the imaginations they once held as children, reminding them of the time when they created fantasy worlds before adulthood changed them forever. Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"The Irish thriller-writer breaks new ground with this extravagant fantasy....Connolly doesn't know when to stop — by the end, the punch-drunk reader is past caring about the ultimate winner or David's fate." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Connolly's latest effort...pushes his storytelling skills in new directions, resulting in a novel that combines old-fashioned storytelling with modern sensibilities, that includes a moral without being moralistic, much like the best classic fairy tales themselves." Bookreporter.com

Review:

"[Y]ou may never feel quite the same about certain damsels in distress, especially if they're snoozing, as white as snow or draped in riding hoods." USA Today

Review:

"All kinds of things go bump in the night in The Book of Lost Things, which works both on the level of adults who will appreciate its imagination and younger readers who will be able to stretch their imagination." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Review:

"With his evocative style, he takes familiar themes — the loss of innocence, the redemptive power of storytelling — and tweaks them in clever, even perverse, ways." Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

In the tradition of C.S. Lewis and Gregory Maguire's Wicked, bestselling author Connolly (The Black Angel) offers a creative coming-of-age story about one boy's journey into adulthood by combining dramatic themes with edge-of-your-seat suspense and a fantastical imagination.

Synopsis:

The bestselling author of "The Black Angel" offers a creative coming-of-age story about one boys journey into adulthood, combining dramatic themes with edge-of-your-seat suspense and a fantastical imagination.

About the Author

John Connolly is the author of Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow, The Killing Kind, The White Road, Bad Men, Nocturnes, and The Black Angel. He is a regular contributor to the Irish Times and lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at www.johnconnolly.co.uk and read more about this book at www.thebookoflostthings.co.uk.

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writingirl22, June 28, 2007 (view all comments by writingirl22)
Though Connolly offers some creative and eerie twists on old fairy tales, that ground has been covered more empathetically by others (such as Gregory Maguire).

I am not a fan of fairy tale retellings in general--they tend to be cliche--but the pervasive misogyny in "The Book of Lost Things" was especially offputting. In what seems to have been an effort to avoid the damsel-in-distress syndrome, Connolly instead demonizes a number of sexually empowered female villains (a Huntress, and spin-offs of Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty, along with the expected harpies and she-monsters). The only sympathetic female character is saintly to the point of unbelievability, and while her frailty is understandable (she's half ghost...), her willingness to suffer in silence is not realistic.

All in all, though it started out with a fascinating insider's view of obsessive-compulsive disorder and a psychotic break from reality, the novel disappointed.
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csi_monkey, September 2, 2006 (view all comments by csi_monkey)
No one knows books better than bestselling author John Connolly. His newest creation, The Book of Lost Things, is an incredible tale and perfect depiction of life, love, loss, adventure, and the coming of age for one unique and courageous boy, David. 12-year-old David finds himself engrossed in his recently late mother?s favorite books and literally ends up in a fantastical world similar to those of his beloved novels, yet far greater and more terrifying than he could have ever imagined. Upon entering this new land, David encounters werewolves, kings, queens, trolls, a horrific huntress, a knight in shining armor, and monstrous flying beasts.
While some of these creatures are frightening, nothing compares to the book?s main villain, The Crooked Man. He is a character of deceit, murder, and tricks. The Crooked Man brings to mind the conniving and chilling criminals that haunt Charlie Parker, the beloved private detective from several of Connolly?s previous bestselling novels.
Throughout this magnificent story, John Connolly successfully mixes the journey of David with some of our favorite childhood fairy tales, added with that special Connolly twist. He so brilliantly illustrates the power of books and the way they affect our lives. The power they wield over us and the power we wield over them. Without us, books could not come to life and spread like a wildfire throughout our imaginations. Without them, the world would be a far less interesting and enticing place. Where else would one go without such a beautiful escape from life?s everyday struggles? Stories live inside us and we must give each other life for us both to prosper.
Overall, I can?t say enough great things about this book. Although some die-hard Connolly fans may be skeptical as he bravely treads through new waters, rest assured, he never disappoints. His descriptive writing and poetic storytelling make this new page turner an enchanting novel that?s wicked good fun for Connolly fans and first time readers alike.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743298858
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Connolly, John
Publisher:
Atria Books
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Stepfamilies
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Coming of age
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Atria Bks Hdcvr
Publication Date:
November 7, 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.73x5.58x1.13 in. .96 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Atria Books - English 9780743298858 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Equal parts creepy and compelling, this horror book has all the elements of a great read. A literary page-turner with well-honed characters and a story that has you reading at inappropriate times. Crack this one open when you have nothing else on your to-do list!

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Thriller writer Connolly (Every Dead Thing) turns from criminal fears to primal fears in this enchanting novel about a 12-year-old English boy, David, who is thrust into a realm where eternal stories and fairy tales assume an often gruesome reality. Books are the magic that speak to David, whose mother has died at the start of WWII after a long debilitating illness. His father remarries, and soon his stepmother is pregnant with yet another interloper who will threaten David's place in his father's life. When a portal to another world opens in time-honored fashion, David enters a land of beasts and monsters where he must undertake a quest if he is to earn his way back out. Connolly echoes many great fairy tales and legends (Little Red Riding Hood, Roland, Hansel and Gretel), but cleverly twists them to his own purposes. Despite horrific elements, this tale is never truly frightening, but is consistently entertaining as David learns lessons of bravery, loyalty and honor that all of us should learn." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "In an intriguing change of pace from his crime novels, Connolly's book takes readers back into the imaginations they once held as children, reminding them of the time when they created fantasy worlds before adulthood changed them forever. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "The Irish thriller-writer breaks new ground with this extravagant fantasy....Connolly doesn't know when to stop — by the end, the punch-drunk reader is past caring about the ultimate winner or David's fate."
"Review" by , "Connolly's latest effort...pushes his storytelling skills in new directions, resulting in a novel that combines old-fashioned storytelling with modern sensibilities, that includes a moral without being moralistic, much like the best classic fairy tales themselves."
"Review" by , "[Y]ou may never feel quite the same about certain damsels in distress, especially if they're snoozing, as white as snow or draped in riding hoods."
"Review" by , "All kinds of things go bump in the night in The Book of Lost Things, which works both on the level of adults who will appreciate its imagination and younger readers who will be able to stretch their imagination."
"Review" by , "With his evocative style, he takes familiar themes — the loss of innocence, the redemptive power of storytelling — and tweaks them in clever, even perverse, ways."
"Synopsis" by , In the tradition of C.S. Lewis and Gregory Maguire's Wicked, bestselling author Connolly (The Black Angel) offers a creative coming-of-age story about one boy's journey into adulthood by combining dramatic themes with edge-of-your-seat suspense and a fantastical imagination.
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of "The Black Angel" offers a creative coming-of-age story about one boys journey into adulthood, combining dramatic themes with edge-of-your-seat suspense and a fantastical imagination.

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