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The Book of Lost Things [Kindle Edition]

John Connolly
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

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Book Description

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the loss of his mother. He is angry and he is 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 the myths and fairytales so beloved by his dead mother, he finds that the real world and the fantasy world have begun to meld. The Crooked Man has come, with his mocking smile and his enigmatic words: 'Welcome, your majesty. All hail the new king.' And as war rages across Europe, David is violently propelled into a land that is both a construct of his imagination yet frighteningly real, a strange reflection of his own world composed of myths and stories, populated by wolves and worse-than-wolves, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secret in a mysterious book. An imaginative tribute to the journey we must all make through the loss of innocence into adulthood, THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS is for every adult who can recall the moment when childhood began to fade, and for every child about to face that moment. It is a story of hope for all who have lost and all who have yet to lose. It is an exhilarating tale of grief and loss, loyalty and love, and most poignantly, the enduring power of stories in our lives.


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'The book's epic villainy, mournful tone and tested morality is the essence of Connolly. Worst of all is the Crooked Man, who ranks with the Travelling Man, the Collector and even Mr Pudd among Connolly's most memorable villains. 'THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS is peculiar and perverse and humane, with an incredibly lyrical finale . . . The novel should earn the author new readers.' (The Irish Times)

'What gives THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS such a chilling edge is the way the real and illusory worlds sit so comfortably together . . . and the most wicked of the wicked, who goes by the name of The Crooked Man, at times possesses the kind of guile and plausibility of which modern-day politicians would be proud . . . Even if you aren't normally drawn to stories in which the imagination is given such a free rein, there is something tender, something strangely moving about David's experience of the land called Elsewhere.' (Daily Express)

'Brilliantly creepy coming of age novel' (Mirror)

'A powerful, powerful writer. I got a very real chill down my spine. This is an amazing book.' (Jeffery Deaver)

'Charming, disturbing and outrageously imaginative. A tremendously exciting change of pace.' (Lawrence Jackson, Producer of BBC Radio 4's adaptations of John Connolly's short stories)

'Here Connolly steps directly into the enchanted forest, and the journey along its twisting path is as sinister and unsettling as anything invented by the Brothers Grimm . . . Connolly's control of this material is superb; tension, terror and gallows humour make the book a gripping read. But this allegorical coming-of-age story also cleverly shows the way that traditional stories have been used to reflect the sometimes harsh concerns of our world.' (Eithne Farry, Daily Mail)

'Connolly imagines the emotional cave-in of puberty intelligently, even perceptively' (Guardian)

'A moving fable, brilliantly imagined, about the agony of loss and the pain of young adulthood' (The Times)

'Engaging, magical, thoughtful read' (Independent)

'A new interpretation of old fairy tales, it is imaginative and beautifully written.' (Choice)

'This is no saccharine fairytale, but an eerie fable that's perfect for long winter nights' (Daily Mail)

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'The book's epic villainy, mournful tone and tested morality is the essence of Connolly. Worst of all is the Crooked Man, who ranks with the Travelling Man, the Collector and even Mr Pudd among Connolly's most memorable villains. 'THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS is peculiar and perverse and humane, with an incredibly lyrical finale ... The novel should earn the author new readers.' -- The Irish Times 'Something very special indeed' -- Mark Billingham 'A powerful, powerful writer. I got a very real chill down my spine. This is an amazing book.' -- Jeffery Deaver 'Charming, disturbing and outrageously imaginative. A tremendously exciting change of pace.' -- Lawrence Jackson, Producer of BBC Radio 4's adaptations of John Connolly's short stories 'Brilliantly creepy coming of age novel' -- Mirror

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 350 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V0918O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,475 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Connolly was born in Dublin in 1968. His debut -EVERY DEAD THING - swiftly launched him right into the front rank of thriller writers, and all his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers. He is the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award. (For Every Dead Thing). In 2007 he was awarded the Irish Post Award for Literature.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Adventure 14 Feb. 2007
By H. Ashford VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This is a lovely book. It takes teenager David on an adventure through a fantasy world and a journey along the path from childhood to adulthood. In some ways it reads like a reworking of Wizard of Oz, except that the different aspects of David's personality are integrated in one person (unlike Dorothy's, which appear externally - in the scarecrow, the lion and the tin man). All the same, David has to develop and learn to use cunning/brains (when he solves the riddle of the two bridges), strength and courage (when he defeats the monster in the village), and, hardest of all, love for his step family, before he can defeat his enemies and return home. There are references to various fairy tales and nursery rhymes - some of them twisted and quite dark.

I've marked it down to 4 stars because, for me at least, it reads like teen fiction - it's basically a thriller given a fantasy setting and a little bit of a message - and this book doesn't match up to the best of fantasy fiction (eg the Narnia books, or Phillip Pullman's Dark Materials Trilogy). The material is rich enough to carry so much more. For instance we could have been asked to question (just a little) our notions of right and wrong - ie is it always "good" to kill our enemies? Without wanting to give the end away, it would have been nice to have been left with a question mark over whether the ending was really "morally right".
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars everything the brothers grimm film wasn't 15 Sept. 2006
Format:Hardcover
Once again this author has hit the mark of great story telling. This is a story of a young boy(David) who loses his mother and has to adjust to life without her. His father eventually re-marries and they are soon joined by a new half brother. David, feeling left out retreats into a world of books and stories.

When they all move into his stepmothers house, things become rather strange.

David finds a hole in the garden wall which transports him to a magical fairy tale like land of werewolves,trolls and the evil crooked man.

I don't want to divulge too much of the plot, so I'll just say that this story is a fantastic mix of fairy tale and horror. Much like the Brothers Grimm film, this story contains a collection of the famous fairy tales all coming together in the fast paced adventure. That is the only similarity as 'The Book of Lost Things'was a far supperior story.

Not knowing the premise of this book, I thought it would be another action/thriller type book like his others. I have enjoyed all of J.C.'s books, but this one has been the most amazing story yet. It may have been very different to the Charlie Parker books, but it still shared the same dark tone that all his books follow.

This was one of those books I had a hard time putting down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 16 Sept. 2010
Format:Paperback
I loved this book. That doesn't seem a strong enough statement somehow. This book is in my top 5 ever and I'm an avid reader. It's a beautiful fairytale for grown ups full of magic and mystery. The story follows a young boy whose father has remarried and had a baby with his new wife and how this young boy deals with the loss of his beloved mother and jealousy towards his new step-brother. What follows is a beautiful tale of adventure and acceptance as the boy's stepbrother is stolen away by a mysterious figure and his journey to rescue him. I really don't want to give too much away but I highly suggest you read it. A perfect book to curl up with on a winters day with plenty of hot chocolate.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairy Tale for Grown-Ups 30 April 2007
By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In this stand-alone novel Connolly has adapted or taken extracts from a number of classical fairy tales to create one story, which in common with The Chronicles of Narnia takes place in Second World War England and involves a secret portal to a magical mystery land with battles of its own being fought and involving half-human, half-animal hybrids. While on the one hand it's tempting to suggest that this is purely an indulgence on the author's part, there's no denying that it's well written and the imagery and atmosphere he creates - so often a Connolly strength - is probably his best to date because he has given himself free rein to fantasise as much as he wants to.

In my own paperback copy, an unusual supplement to an already unusual book includes an `interview' with Connolly in which he is asked such questions as why he wrote the tale at all. I won't spoil things here, but I do find it curious that the novelist finds a need to justify the writing of a story and to publish those reasons in the book itself. Not that it matters, it takes a little while adjusting to the nature of the story after the very different style of the Charlie `Bird' Parker series but once the reader becomes familiar with it, it makes for entertaining reading. Despite its fairy-tale underpinnings, however, this is not a story for young children; there is no bad language at any time but some of the violence, while pretty tame compared to traditional Connolly fare, would make for an uncomfortable bedtime story for your seven-year-old daughter!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
An adults fairy tale, but a dark one that makes you think and question!!!!

Very compelling, extremely good!!!! Read more
Published 17 days ago by lala
5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant
I've cried, I've been scared and laughed. Please read this book. It's firmly in my top favourites now. Read more
Published 29 days ago by C A Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars My most favourite book ever
My most favourite book ever, couldn't put it down and bought everyone I know a copy for Christmas and they love it too. Read more
Published 2 months ago by shonagh roy
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Published 2 months ago by Treacle well
1.0 out of 5 stars This could have been great, but...
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Like a few people, I had really high expectations for this book, because the blurb made it seem exactly the sort of thing I love; adventure, fairy-tales,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bucket
5.0 out of 5 stars ... an over used saying but in this case its perfect, I genuinely...
I know it is such an over used saying but in this case its perfect, I genuinely could not put this book down. It is now firmly placed with all my favorites
Published 3 months ago by richard
4.0 out of 5 stars Grimm but beautiful
4.5 stars

This reminded me a little of Patrick Ness' YA novel on grief, A Monster Calls, both books featuring children coping with the loss of a mother to illness. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. J. Noyes
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghoulish fairy tale retelling
Long been a fan of John Connolly and his Charlie Parker Novels but wasn't sure what I would make of his reworking of these tales but really enjoyed it,
Published 3 months ago by Mr. G. J. Mcglone
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting, erudite and very, very funny.
The Book of Lost Things is magnificent; it pleases on so many levels. It’s an adventure, a quest, an examination of the psyche of childhood. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Clodagh Phelan
5.0 out of 5 stars John Connolly books.
Very good read. Can't wait for his next book.
Published 4 months ago by jan
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