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ISBN13: 9780743298902
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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.)

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"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)

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"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:

"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:

"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:

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mournsthe death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf forcompany. But those books have begun to whisper to him in thedarkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imaginationand soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. Whilehis family falls apart around him, David is violently propelledinto a world that is a strange reflection of his own — populatedby heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps hissecrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

Taking readers on a vivid journey through the lossof innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Timesbestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling talethat reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.

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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StormLily95, April 11, 2013 (view all comments by StormLily95)
This is probably my most beloved book of all time. I don't usually reread novels, even if I enjoy them, but I have just opened this book for the fourth time! I certainly recommend it to anyone who loves reading.
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Christin, August 24, 2012 (view all comments by Christin)
What a lovely, lovely story! It's an amazing coming of age story with some fantastic twists on some old tales. Highly recommended!
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tealswirls, September 23, 2011 (view all comments by tealswirls)
Great piece of writing by John Connolly. A boy gets lost in a parallel universe during the first world war and is searching for his way back. Connolly takes a dark spin on popular fairy tales like Snow White, and weaves it seamlessly into the storyline. You won't want to put this down one you've started!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743298902
Author:
Connolly, John
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Author:
Connolly, John, Edd
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Coming of age
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 14.28 oz

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Product details 480 pages Washington Square Press - English 9780743298902 Reviews:
"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 , "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 , "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 , "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 , High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mournsthe death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf forcompany. But those books have begun to whisper to him in thedarkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imaginationand soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. Whilehis family falls apart around him, David is violently propelledinto a world that is a strange reflection of his own — populatedby heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps hissecrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

Taking readers on a vivid journey through the lossof innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Timesbestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling talethat reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.

"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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