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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444706748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444706741
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Brilliant. I loved every word of it. John has found a voice that compares favourably with Stephen King and Monty Python which is not an easy trick. The Gates is delightfully horrific and hilarious and will create legions of fans among the living and undead, who will be bloodthirsty for more. (Eoin Colfer)

Destined to be another runaway success appealing to both young adults and their parent alike. (Sunday Independent)

Incredibly enjoyable. (FHM)

A demonic, darkly comic tale . . . satisfyingly peppered with science, history and amusing footnotes on everything from St Thomas Aquinas to quantum theory, and will go down well with readers of Eoin Colfer and Lemony Snicket. (Daily Telegraph)

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Funny, scary adventure with a dachshund, demons, science - and footnotes

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Colin Leslie on 17 May 2010
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How do you categorise John Connolly, crime writer - yes certainly. Supernatural writer - well yes most of his crime novels have had a supernatural overtone so supernatural crime writer then. What about his book of horror short stories, Nocturnes - so that makes him a supernatural, crime, horror writer. Then there is his fantasy/fairy tale The Book Of Lost Things - so he is definitely a supernatural, crime, horror, fantasy writer. And then there is The Gates, damn it.....tell you what, lets just describe Connolly as one of the finest genre writers working today and lets hope The Gates is the book that lets everyone see the breadth of that talent.

Samuel Johnson and his dog Boswell (ha,ha) decide to get a head start on Halloween by trick or treating a few days early. Among the surprised neighbours to find a small boy dressed as a ghost on their doorstep are the Abernathys. The only problem is this quiet unassuming couple have invited some friends round and intend to open the Gates of hell. Only Samuel, Boswell a couple of friends and a demon called Nurd can prevent this catastrophe.

Quite unlike anything Connolly has written before, although there were hints with The Book Of Lost Things, The Gates is a laugh out loud fantasy. The problem with most comedy fantasy is that it's either not very funny (recent Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals excepted) or it's funny but with a convoluted i.e. not very good plot (are you listening Mr Rankin). Douglas Adams was one of the few writers who could consistently pull off humorous writing. John Connolly is a naturally funny guy, at a recent reading he had the audience in stitches with his observations on the Da Vinci code etc. and thankfully this has come through well in this story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mutlien VINE VOICE on 15 Oct. 2009
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I loved The Book of Lost Things and expected this to be much the same... How wrong I was.

This is basically a simple tale about a boy and his dog who discovers that the neighbours are up to demonic things in the basement and that they have triggered a potential 'End of the World' when all manner of demons and devils spill out.

Then there's the demon 'Nurd' - who is just the best comic Demon with feelings.

At times this is Pratchett meets Python, others it's Blackadder meets...well, you get the idea.

Some of the humour had me laughing out loud on the train into work, and yes, some of this is old in terms of comedy, but hey - it's damned funny and well worth an investment... Especially if you're wondereing just might what happen when the Hadron Collider actually starts to do it's thing - read this book and you'll see what I'm going on about.

I loved it - it's a glorious romp, a simple read and one that I will re-visit during the dark journeys to work in Winter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Mar. 2010
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What does a devilish summoning ritual, a sleepy little British town and the Hadron collider all have to in common?

Well, according to John Connolly's first book for kids, they're all going to contribute to the impending end of the world, aka the invasion of demon armies from Hell. "The Gates: A Novel" aims to be a quirky fantasy story with Porsche-driving demons, an evil undead bishop and a likably eccentric preteen hero, but Connolly is hampered by a tendency to talk down to his readers.

The Abernathys and their buddies the Renfields decide (out of boredom) to try a demonic summoning ritual in the basement (which is fairly inevitable if you live at 666 Crowley Road). Meanwhile in Switzerland, a weird blue particle appears in the Hadron collider and vanishes.

Apparently these two events just happen to coincide, and succeed in opening a doorway to Hell and allowing some demons to come through and possess the bodies of the Abernathys and Renfields. As if this weren't bad enough, the only person who knows about this is eleven-year-old Samuel and his faithful dog Boswell -- and of course, nobody's going to believe him when he says that Mrs. Abernathy is a tentacled servant of the Great Malevolence (aka Satan) and is planning to destroy the world.

And because of what he knows, Mrs. Abernathy is planning to dispose of Samuel to keep him from interfering -- but she hasn't reckoned either with the boy's determination or ingenuity. Samuel and his little band of friends must somehow stop Mrs. Abernathy's plan to bring the Malevolence into our world, even as their town is infested with flying skulls, lizard-women, gargoyles, horned devils, and the evil undead rising from the grave (including an evil bishop who likes to do unspeakable things with pokers).
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Richard Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Oct. 2009
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I had never heard of John Connolly, but this books sounded a bit like something that Christopher Moore would write so I though I'd give it ago!

The basic story is as follows. Samuel Johnson decides to go trick or treating a few days early and finds one of the families who live down the road (at 666 Crowley Avenue) are not too impressed by his visit. After being shooed away he cathes his neighbour dressing in magical garb and he sees then enact a magical spell that opens a gateway to hell, the original energy for this comes from the Large Hadron Collider which opens a worm hole between there and here! From there we get a wonderfully tall tale about demons trying to take over the world and Samuel and his friends trying to stop them. It's all firmly tongue in cheek and is good clean fun. It is probably aimed at children 10+ but as the father of a 9 year old I also enjoyed it. There are a few scarey moments, but nothing that takes it into the realms of being a young adult book.

It really did remind me of a Chris Moore book (but with the adult scarey bits removed), if you are a bit older you may also enjoy the following books Practical Demonkeeping (Pine Cove Series) and The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror which run on similar themes but with more mayhem.
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