The Book of Lost Things Paperback – 5 Apr 2007
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Brilliantly creepy coming of age novel. (Mirror)
'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)
John Connolly has a cult following for his crime novel and can clearly plot twists and turns. He has applied that talent to his own life by producing a very different book . . . a highly original novel using stories that we all know. But think twice before reading his version of Hansel and Gretel to your kids. (The Times)
Special tenth anniversary edition, with black and white illustrations and a new afterword.
Bestselling author John Connolly turns his unique imagination to the ancient tradition of legend and fairytale in this engrossing novel about the loss of innocence and the enduring power of story in our lives.See all Product Description
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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".
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.
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!Read more ›
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I loved this book. Purely for the wonderful ideas held within and the darkness of the some of the characters balanced by the kindness of others. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Ian Leppard
I didn't purchase this book from Amazon but I enjoyed it so much I thought that I had to leave a review. Read morePublished 18 days ago by laura watson
Really quite poor. The premise looked very promising, which is why, even not being familiar with the author, I purchased it. Read morePublished 29 days ago by C
This is a most amazing tale! I highly recommend it to everyone. I read it years ago and it was my introduction to the writing of John Connolly.Published 29 days ago by Ms A Mc Donnell
At first I thought it might be a book for children but it's definitely an adults tale. I loved all the story lines,the brief light relief for a chapter and then back to dark fairy... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Swayzek
Reaad this already and passed it to a friend. Really good book, that's all I'm saying.Published 2 months ago by Paul