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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: ChiZine Publications; First edition (April 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781926851129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926851129
  • ASIN: 1926851129
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,099,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Claude Lalumière (claudepages.info) writes weird fiction, edits anthologies, and has published hundreds of nonfiction articles. With Rupert Bottenberg, Claude is the co-creator of the multimedia cryptomythology project Lost Myths (lostmyths.net).

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It seems like such a bland word, but I'm stuck with it.
Susan Tunis
I expected the writing style to be a bit more lyrical than it was, it was a bit simplistic in style for the creativness and strangness of the stories.
K. Eckert
There was however a varied mix of sexual encounters that might not be suitable for younger readers.
ReadingGrrl

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Tunis TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
I don't know that I would have seen this little book if it were not for an intriguing review in PW catching my eye. And I think what intrigued me is that this slight novella of linked stories was set around a bookstore. Surely I am not the only hard-core bibliophile that is immediately attracted to tales involving bookstores and booksellers?

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.
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I got an ebook of this book through NetGalley(dot)com. This was an interesting collection of short stories all based around a bookstore called Lost Pages. The stories are some-what ambiguous and quite varied as far as their content goes. They were an okay read, but the writing style wasn't spectacular and the stories were all a bit vauge.

The book starts with a intro that's nothing special. It's followed by a prologue and six additional stories all featuring a girl named Aydee and a bookstore called Lost Pages. The stories span a number of years and in the background feature a battle between some good and evil Gods; all of which is tied into the various stories.

I will start by saying this is a collection of stories for adults. The first couple stories are intriguing and relatively innocent. The first story talks about how Aydee left her home and ended up at Lost Pages. The following one talks about a young boy Billy who hunts monsters in his spare time and uses Lost Pages as a source of information. The stories that follow these have a lot of unconventional sex described in detail. There is sex with same sex partners, sex in groups, voyeurism, etc. Hence, the reason I would say adults only for this collection.

The concept of Lost Pages is a wonderful one, that all book lovers will enjoy. Lost Pages is a bookstore that contains books that don't exist elsewhere and cover topics that are magical or no longer remembered by the rest of society. People find the Door to Lost Pages when they need something...other...in their life. Very cool concept.

The writing style of the story was so, so.
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In compliance with FTC guidelines, I received this book through Netgalley.com

In truth I barely know where to start with this review so bare with me.

The Door to Lost Pages is a series of short stories that all revolve around the bookstore Lost Pages and the dark god Yamish Lot. These have apparently been published separately before and are now in one novel. I found this is to be a really cool idea and was really looking forward to seeing what fantastical world Lalumiere had created. They are surprisingly complex short stories and from the description of the novel I wasn't quite expected what I received. I was expected more fantasy based storyline but instead there is a sort of gritty realism to the novel as a whole. There are of course fantastical elements that are linked to the worlds mythology and parallel universes but it's somewhat over shadowed by the straight forward manner in which the author describes the human interactions.

I enjoyed the stories Bestial Acts, Let Evil Beware!, and Lost Girls. Mainly because these are the three that deal directly with Aydee and I enjoyed the near straight forward plot of them. But the other three stories I wasn't very fond of at all (Dregs, Dark Tendrils, and Coda). I found these to be confusing and far too blunt to be enjoyable. I can admit that this is impart my fault as I was expecting what I was giving in the first two books which follow children, but instead of that same childish fantasy I got graphic scenes of sex. I found it tad misleading. The writing of these three are choppy and confusing, and at times downright frustrating as you try to figure out exactly what is going on.
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