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The Book of Lost Things: A Novel (original 2006; edition 2007)

by John Connolly

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Title:The Book of Lost Things: A Novel
Authors:John Connolly
Info:Washington Square Press (2007), Paperback, 480 pages
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The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly (2006)

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I only read the first 20 pages or so, and I just couldn't get into it...It seems like a good idea, but maybe I just wasn't in the mood to read about an OCD kid. ( )
  rjc146 | Jan 23, 2015 |
This one started off slow and too YA for me. It seemed like a Gaiman wannabe (which is actually a good thing to wannabe because Gaiman is awesome but I think you know what I mean). Then the Dwarves showed up and they were hilarious. It stayed good (for me) after that.

Couple of quips.

Using famous fairy tales and just changing them around a bit seems kind of lazy but once the full plot is understood it makes more sense.

The main character was a kid around 10 or 12 (can't remember) so the story felt like it was for kids but then it got REALLY dark at times so I wasn't sure who it was really meant for.

I would like to see a movie of this. ( )
  ragwaine | Jan 13, 2015 |
I loved this book.
Fairy tale, quest, coming of age, this book has a bit of everything. I wasn't bored a minute while reading, as a matter of fact I'm sad that I'm done.

A highly recommended read for those who like (the more adult version of) fairy tales. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Jan 2, 2015 |
A fary-tale story for grown-ups. John Connolly proves that he can write more than just thrillers. ( )
  MaraBlaise | Dec 11, 2014 |
I really liked this book. I have a soft spot for fairy tales and darker twists. The strange interweaving between the magical world and the real world was fascinating. I loved how the books seemed to whisper and mumble and talk to David, but no one else seemed to hear. Was it real? Was it imagined? Was it a medical condition? It remains a mystery. And I think it's absolutely perfect like that.

I liked the stories within the story, especially because there was always a twist.

The characters were really quite lovely. How David responded to Rose, and the relationships between the characters. Little details, like how David commented to his father that Rose gained weight, and the father told him to never, ever say that out loud. How things come out of David's mouth that sounds rude, but isn't what he intended. Little things. I could imagine it all playing out. Connolly said that this is a fairy tale book for adults, and I think it is true.

The ending was really freaking great because I honestly didn't know who the Crooked Man was until his name almost slipped out. The king was obvious, but the revelations of the end made me gasp and keep turning the pages. The reason why he was there, the reason for needing Georgie's name, the introduction of Anna. It was right. It fit.

I read the afterword by Connolly and I almost wish I didn't. He wrote about themes and symbolism, and then the book seemed more like an English assignment than a book I wanted to read. But whatever, that's beyond the realm of the book.

Four stars because I really liked this book. I really hope it's not a one-time-read, because if later I try to read it and I don't like it as much, I might drop it down to a 3.5. But right now, it's a solid 4 stars.
Recommended for those who love adult fairy tales. ( )
  NineLarks | Sep 15, 2014 |
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In addition to borrowing The Woodsman and Roland from ancient tales, Connolly brings in such bedtime-story stalwarts as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, and Little Red Riding Hood. But he takes outrageous, albeit entertaining, liberties with these characters, exchanging their virtues for canyon-size failures of character.
added by Stir | editUSA Today, Susan Kelly (Dec 20, 2006)
This is an adult novel steeped in children's literature that cannily makes its 1940s junior protagonist credibly ignorant of aspects which the grown-up reader, or any modern kid, will catch at once.

Written in the clear, evocative manner of the best British fairy tales from JM Barrie to CS Lewis, The Book of Lost Things is an engaging, magical, thoughtful read.
added by Stir | editThe Independent, Kim Newman (Sep 25, 2006)
Good ideas, these afterthoughts, every one; but rather than go back and write them in, he sticks them down in the pluperfect and hurries on. The result is less a novel in any genre than a catalogue, a dispiritingly detailed outline for something Connolly might like to write, if he only had the time, or the talent, or a decent editor.
added by Stir | editThe Guardian, Colin Greenland (Sep 22, 2006)

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Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told to me in my childhood than in the truth that is taught by life. - Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805)
Everything you can imagine is real. - Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
This book is dedicated to an adult, Jennifer Ridyard, and to Cameron and Alistair Ridyard, who will be adults too soon. For in every adult dwells the child that was, and in every child lies the adult that will be.
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Once upon a time—for that is how all stories should begin—there was a boy who lost his mother.
He would talk to them of stories and books, and explain to them how stories wanted to be told and books wanted to be read, and how everything that they ever needed to know about life and the land of which he wrote, or about any land or realm that they could imagine, was contained in books. And some of the children understood, and some did not.
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High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own -- populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.

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Taking refuge in fairy tales after the loss of his mother, twelve-year-old David finds himself violently propelled into an imaginary land in which the boundaries of fantasy and reality are disturbingly melded.

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