- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: ChiZine Publications (3 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781926851129
- ISBN-13: 978-1926851129
- ASIN: 1926851129
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 18.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,650,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Door to Lost Pages Paperback – 3 May 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
The story-line that runs through everything is one of elder gods and an ancient battle. The story (stories?) that sit on top of this and play out in and around it have a much more modern feel. The mysterious bookshop of the title seems to be passed down from orphan (sort of) to orphan - it's only deserving or understanding souls that can take on that particular privilege/burden.
The stories themselves are by turns strange, uplifting, infuriating, erotic, wonderful and slightly surrealistic. I'd like to compare them to something but I simply can't think of a comparison that would do them justice.
This book almost certainly isn't for everybody, and I can see it garnering a whole load of 1/2 star reviews from people that probably should have bought another book to start with. If slightly odd horror-fantasy is your thing though, then you'll almost certainly enjoy this.
I want to read more in this world. I want to find out more about some of the things mentioned in passing - the "lioness" for example, the book cover matching the tattoos, and Giovanni and his book. The whole thing has the potential to grow into an amazing expanded with new delights around every corner.
After tolerating her drug addicted parents for ten the first ten years of her life, Aydee finally decides to run away from home. The cold concrete of the streets soon envelops her, until out of reality comes a giant lioness to offer comfort and warmth. Waking up the next day ten-year-old Aydee witnesses a battle between two winged creatures that appear outside of the vision for everyone else on the crowded inner-city pavement.
From the wounded skeleton angel, Aydee is sent in search of both help and answers to which she is directed to a mysterious bookshop known as Lost Pages. There she is given a new life, amongst the crammed and overcrowded bookshelves. And over the years that follow, she too will meet those that too come in search of answers to those questions that have always troubled them. Through the shop door will come customers from all walks of life, each baring their own story and their own demons.
Lost Pages is where the books that tell the tales of forgotten and lost histories can be found. A corner in the universe where the threads of time collide. A place with answers. A place where many eventually see their true home...
The novella begins by leaping through an open door into a mindboggling world of gods and monsters, demons and angels; all at war with one another in the chaos of dreams and multi-layered timelines.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
I first picked this book because something about the book store reminded me of the Cemetery of Lost Books in Carlos Ruiz Zafon's books but then it seemed to twist into something else. Some readers might find a bit of Neil Gaiman in this author since some of it did remind me of American Gods, which I wasn't particularly fond of (and I think one of the only people who feels that way). There is a battle going on throughout the book between darkness and light, nightmares and good dreams, Angels and Demons but its all sort of vague and the Lost Pages bookstore is at the center of it. I would say if your a Gaiman fan you might really enjoy this book.
The novella contains a brief (skippable) introduction, followed by a prologue and six stories spanning a number of years. The bookstore is not the primary setting or focus of all the stories, but it is one of the elements that link them. As is Aydee, the central character of the first story, who is introduced as a neglected and abused 10-year-old girl. The store, Lost Pages, came into her life at a time of need, as it had done for others over the years. It's not your average, florescent-lit chain store. Rather, it had echoes of Carlos Ruiz Zafón's Cemetery of Forgotten Books. And, readers, who among us isn't seeking a mystical bookstore?
There are many other mystical/mythical elements to the tales, some of them rather new-agey for my liking. (But my tolerance is low, and there wasn't so much that it was off-putting.) But those stories, some of them, were pretty "out there" and weird. This is another thing that can be off-putting to some readers and appealing to others. The stories contained a provocative mix of stark realism and fantasy, innocence and experience. Do know going in that there are repeated references to substance use and abuse. Additionally, there are graphic depictions of a broad spectrum of sexuality, some of it unconventional. What I'll say is that I think Mr. Lalumière showed restraint and didn't get too carried away with the weirdness. His writing is very strong, and the imagery was vivid and interesting.
Interesting. That's a word I returned to time and time again while trying to describe this book to a friend. It seems like such a bland word, but I'm stuck with it. There was nothing bland about this book. And there are worse things than being "interesting." And if I can't ever find the door to Lost Pages myself, at the very least I hope to find more of these stories.
The world of these stories looks much like our own, with the charming "Lost Pages" used book store as a central feature. This isn't just any book store, though, it carries texts that no other seller does, and that might not even exist outside its walls. For me, books have always been a window into other worlds and ideas. Lalumiere gives literal meaning to that, since the store and its owners connect the mundane world to one where divine forces battle for mortal minds.
I found only one story less than satisfying - the last, a self-indulgent narration of writer's block (and we can ignore the seeming oxymoron of writing about that subject). But, in an collection of stories, one ranks below all the others. At least it came last. The rest carry a Lovecraftian sense of larger forces and of people attuned to them, but without H.P.'s pervasive darkness and florid language. On the whole, a very enjoyable read.