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The Tooth Fairy [Paperback]

Graham Joyce
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28 Aug 2008
Seven-year-old Sam Southall loses a tooth, and that night he's visited by a sinister, rank, foul-mouthed, mercurial Tooth Fairy, a demonic being that apparently only he can see, but whose malignant influence spills over onto his family and friends. The Tooth Fairy Sam throughout his growing years, teaching him to make mischief at school, influencing his actions. One day she insists that Sam have his friend Terry sleep over. That same night, Terry's father shoots his wife, his other children, and himself . . .

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (28 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575082631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575082632
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Terror Eight title: dark fiction for hot summer nights!

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Graham Joyce was born into a Coventry mining family and now lives in Leicester. In addition to writing he teaches a Creative Writing course at Nottingham University.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic horror 17 May 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
You know the Tooth fairy right, cute little pixie type with wacky hat. Loveable creature much admired by young children as it sneaks about taking discarded teeth and swapping them for vast sums of money. Turns out they are not quite that nice after all.

Sam accidentally sees the Tooth Fairy one night and things take a downward turn from then on. You see, this tooth fairy, is an evil manipulative spirit and the fact that he/she is seen binds it to Sam, neither is particularly happy with this situation.

This book is not really about fairies though, good or bad. It's about growing up; it's about dealing with all life's problems through a difficult adolescence. It is, in fact, a coming of age story.

Set in the late sixties the book also plays out in tandem with the sexual and cultural revolutions taking place in that period. Sam and his friends are faced with increasingly complicated and often tragic family histories. Trying to make sense of this whilst being confronted with an often malevolent spirit makes Sam's life particularly difficult and for the reader, particularly interesting.

Graham Joyce's use of a normally happy childhood symbol in an altogether more malevolent form is genius. It allows him to exaggerate and emphasise the difficulties Sam experiences growing up. That difficult period of puberty as new feelings and experiences begin to come to prominence is given added mystique.

Needless to say sex plays a prominent role throughout the book as Sam's urges awaken against the background of a general rise in promiscuity in the late 60's. The offsetting of Sam's innocence with the Tooth Fairies experience provides a rich vein of confusion in Sam's mind which Joyce exploits to the full.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I'm reading the Tooth Fairy for the second time now, having looked it out for a friend. Once I'd found it I couldn't put it down (both times!) and my friend is going to have to wait!!! It's an absolutely FABULOUS book. The action starts right on the first page and the whole book is fast moving, exciting, imaginative and very gripping. I'd encourage anyone to read it - it's certainly one of the best books I've ever read and parts of it have stayed with me for years. Also, like one of the other reviewers, I too think The Tooth Fairy would make a great film - the imagery is so vivid! It's definitely a book that can be read again without loosing any of its excitement. I'm certainly going to buy more of Graham Joyce's books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful prose, not easily forgotten 9 May 2010
Grotesque, beautiful, repulsive, compelling, hilarious, tragic, magical and very very erotic! Rarely have I read a book that provokes so many conflicting emotions. The angst of growing pains and awakening sexuality is very skilfully crafted and will, no doubt, strike a chord of recognition with many readers. The enigmatic character of the Tooth Fairy will haunt you long after the final page.

A minor masterpiece.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book not to be read in the dark! 5 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Lots of other people have already left feedback covering how I feel about this book so I'll keep this quite short. I read this years ago and have re-read it a couple of time since. Now that in itself is saying something as I rarely read books more than once. This is a dark book full of the horrors of the night mixed with the confusion of puberty. Is the tooth fairy real or just part of the characters psyche? Who knows, certainly not the boy himself that's for sure. I lent my copy to a friend who made the mistake of reading it in bed just before trying to sleep in an otherwise empty house. She still hasn't forgiven me and had to keep the light on all night. I would say that this is my favourite of Graham Joyce's books but don't let that out you off reading the others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting and beautiful book. 25 Mar 1999
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A thought-provoking and haunting account of the painful journey through childhood and adolescence. Scenes from this book have stayed with me since I first read it almost two years ago. They're not exactly comforting, but I think the fact that I can still recall them so vividly is testament to the power of Joyce's prose.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely NOT for Children! 2 Feb 2013
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This is probably the weirdest book I've ever read. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it, but I was certainly shocked.

The idea of introducing sex via this medium was very clever, though I can see why people might accuse the author of trying to shock. However, it was innovative and he pulled it off in style. I certainly can't think of a more original or disturbing way to introduce sexuality than the initial sexual scene. Or perhaps I just did - and it wasn't pleasant...

Since reading this I've bought Some Kind of Fairy Tale as I want to give the author another try, but I found the repetition of certain words and phrases particularly annoying. The sentence: "He/she was puce in the face" appeared at least three times, and girls' legs were continually compared to swords.

Personally, I don't like unusual words/phrases or similes/metaphors to be repeated at all, unless there is a specific point to be made by doing so.

3.5 Stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book of all time 27 Aug 2009
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I purchased this copy for a friend but its been a favourite of mine since my teens. Coming of age story with a surreal fantasy bent. Reminds me of the style of ' The Wasp factory".

Definitely Graham Joyce's best novel.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Could not understand this book
Published 4 days ago by Walden
2.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and weird
Very creepy and weird. Not sure I really got the point of it. I realise it's some kind of seminal horror work, but I didn't really enjoy it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nao Cat
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I really wanted to like this book. It sounded like it would be dark and scary and a good read. It wasn't. It was more like a bad, low budget, channel 5 film. Read more
Published 3 months ago by GreenKing
1.0 out of 5 stars Depressing
Not for me, while initially the characters were intriguing the question of whether the tooth fairy was real or not just didn't work for me.
Published 3 months ago by Eamonn Shiel
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Very unique and unusual novel. Well written with a compelling plot that keeps the reader engrossed. Part coming of age story and part horror. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mossyo
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this author...
Just brilliant...again!! A great story of a small town, the kids, the friends, the parents. As usual, greatly but simply described and rich enough so you get the feel of everyone's... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Kaidas
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, disturbing and fanastic
I loved it.

In the vein of Neil Gaiman or Stephen King, it is a viscerally disturbing story of a young boy's reluctant fascination with his own personal "Tooth... Read more
Published 6 months ago by MRS S URWIN
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit Disappointing
Expected a lot more in terms of creepiness.Lots of teenage angst,and a well written book,but I was left a bit disappointed. Read more
Published 8 months ago by kathleen gibb
4.0 out of 5 stars Mash-up fantasy, horror, comedic social commentary. And it works
Graham Joyce's Tooth Fairy is a coming of age book in the same way as Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane is, or John Connolly's The Book of Lost Things. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lady Fancifull
4.0 out of 5 stars The Tooth Fairy
The Tooth Fairy, is a very strange book and in a strange way was a good read, worth a read.
Published 8 months ago by diane
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