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The Book of Lost Things (original 2006; edition 2011)

by John Connolly

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Member:ryvre
Title:The Book of Lost Things
Authors:John Connolly
Info:Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2011), Edition: Original, Paperback, 368 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, spec fic, fantasy, 2012

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I'm such a sucker for a fairy tale. I enjoyed it but was overcome with sadness for David & his losses until the last two pages. ( )
  PiperUp | Aug 14, 2015 |
Wow! Intense!
This is not a children's book by any means. A 12 year old boy is the protagonist, but this is definitely for the older set.
Connolly is a good writer. He is real, harsh, imaginative. He makes no apologies.
I especially liked how he ended this book. ( )
  jenngv | Jun 25, 2015 |
I'm not sure what to say about this. For some reason I found it slow going - but I cannot see why. The conceit was original to me, but I've heard that others have done it, notably Stephen King. It was much more adult than I thought it would be. Not a lot of great insights though - the only reason it's not a simple juvenile, imo, is the gratuitous gore. The sex is even more subtle than it would need to be to earn a YA label. I will say one thing -- one comic scene, no matter how hilarious, does not leaven an entire adventure. The almost unrelenting intention of intensity wasn't so effective, because I grew numb. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
A book about dreams, fairy tales, a boy dealing with the loss of his mother, his farher's remarrying, his half brother being born, feeling left out, and about growing up. A wonderful book I never heard of before. ( )
  sandra.k.heinzman | Apr 2, 2015 |
A book about dreams, fairy tales, a boy dealing with the loss of his mother, his farher's remarrying, his half brother being born, feeling left out, and about growing up. A wonderful book I never heard of before. ( )
  sandra.k.heinzman | Apr 2, 2015 |
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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)
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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.
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 074329890X, Paperback)

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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