The Land Of Laughs (FANTASY MASTERWORKS) Paperback – 14 Sep 2000
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"Jonathan Carroll is a cult waiting to happen." --Pat Conroy
""The Land of Laughs" is a book for anyone who has ever believed that a favorite book could be a safe place to go when things get hard." --Neil Gaiman
"I envy anyone who has yet to enjoy the sexy, eerie, and addictive novels of Jonathan Carroll. They are delicious treats--with devilish tricks inside them." --"The Washington Post"
Jonathan Carroll is a cult waiting to happen. "Pat Conroy"
"The Land of Laughs" is a book for anyone who has ever believed that a favorite book could be a safe place to go when things get hard. "Neil Gaiman"
I envy anyone who has yet to enjoy the sexy, eerie, and addictive novels of Jonathan Carroll. They are delicious treats--with devilish tricks inside them. "The Washington Post"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The would-be biographer of a great children's novelist discovers there is real magic in the written word.See all Product Description
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There is some very, very excellent characterisation in this novel, its a great book of human relations with lots of literary musings on relationships, reflection on feelings, thoughts and action, not least of which are living in the shadow of the great achievements of others, writing and a great love story.
The central male character is anything but heroic, in fact he's pretty weak and surrounded by stronger women, however you dont ever lose sympathy for him and this works well when some pretty nuanced menace and terror creeps into the plotline.
I have to say that there is a real punch in the finish, straight-up human horror, gut wrenching in its simplicity and you share the mix of emotions that it throws up for the characters. However the book doesnt end there, from the shock and awe it progresses to an epilogue which is as uplifting as it is perfect in its economy of words.
I found this book really easy reading, I was sorry when it came to a finish and it was time to say goodbye to the characters, and I'd recommend it to any fans of mind bending fiction like Philip K. Dick's novels, specifically Time Out of Joint or The Cosmic Puppets. It's also a major book for book lovers as the story begins with the meeting of too total bibliophiles. Excellent.
The plot is a wonder, though I feel you have to like the fantasy genre to get the full impact out of this seductive and adventurous book. As the novel progresses it becomes subtley more attractive as a read. Though it does test one's ability to suspend disbelief. It's a book that you might start out dismissing and then slowly succumb as the events suck you into the story. I ended by enjoying it enormously. Only 241 pages, and well worth your time.
This sttory is simply magical, good read, intresting characters. you will not be able to put it down.
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I was really looking forward to reading this, having heard lots of positive things about it, but, what a disappointment. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dodwell
Book arrived really quickly,in minimal packaging. Great condition. Very happy with my purchase. It's a cracking story too. It's great to be able to save then enjoy ..Published on 6 April 2014 by charmain sombach
This is one of the greatest debut novels I've ever read. As someone else has said in another review, the central idea here has been filched several times since but it's never been... Read morePublished on 10 Mar. 2008 by Marc Lyth
When you read Jonathan Carroll you never know who or what is going to turn up next.
It's fairly certain to be a weird and wonderful journey, and here again the writing... Read more