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my new favourite book!,
This review is from: The Gates (Hardcover)this book is incredibly well written, the lead character samuel is extremely funny and engaging, with an amazing imagination-the only downside to having a good imagination is that nobody believes you when you start talking about hell and demons escaping from it. This book literally makes you laugh aloud (if you plan on reading it on public transport, you will get some funny looks from people). The story is written with footnoting which is unusual but effective, allowing Connolly to add sarcastic cheeky comments that give the novel its addictive quality-as a reader you do adapt to this pretty quickly so you hardly notice that you're flicking to the bottom of the page. Samuel is brilliantly constructed-he could be a real child, the way he thinks is so realistic that as a reader you are intantly drawn to him. Connolly writes as though the reader could be a child, but the language and the style of the narrative reveal its nature as a book for adults to enjoy-a fun reminder of childhood, with a story suitable enough to read to a class of reasonably young children (although you would have to explain what a hadron collider is)This book really is unique- I'm an English Literature 3rd year student, and I can honestly say you won't find another book quite like this one, it is definitely a must-read!
Definitely suitable for anyone who loves Neil Gaiman-Connolly is even better!