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Strangewood [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Golden , Graham Joyce , Bentley Little
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Strangewood is the name of the fantasy world that made "T.J. Randall" a bestselling children's writer. But sometimes his imagination goes too far.

Sometimes the story is too dark.

Sometimes the creatures are too real.

And now, they've taken away Randall's son . . .

Strangewood is the story of Thomas Randall, creator of Adventures in Strangewood, the most popular series of children's books in the world. Thomas is recently divorced, and dealing with the repercussions of that trauma, as well as the damage it has done to his five-year-old son, Nathan.

But there is other damage being done as well.

Due to his recent life changes, Thomas has begun to neglect the world and characters of Strangewood. The creatures who live there are not at all happy. Strangewood must be saved, but to do so, they are willing to risk anything, even the life of a little boy.

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About the Author

Christopher Golden is the award-winning, L.A. Times bestselling author of The Ferryman and Of Saints and Shadows. Working with actress/writer/director Amber Benson, he co-created and co-wrote Ghosts of Albion, an animated supernatural drama for BBC online. Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. He is currently at work on his new novel, Hollow. There are more than eight million copies of his books in print.

Product Details

  • File Size: 775 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Daring Greatly Corporation (June 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BNNM4O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,524 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun, Horror/Dark Fantasy that should be a Series! November 11, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is one of those books that must be read to be explained, it's that good. Part Horror, part Dark Fantasy Strangewood is the story of a writer's creation come to disturbing, very real life. When Thomas Randall's son falls prey to an inexplicable coma he finds that his son has been taken (well, in spirit, I guess) to the "fictional" world of Strangewood. A world that is supposed to be a figment of Thomas Randall's imagination. But Strangewood is real. Strangewood is at war. Strangewood is dying. And only Randall can save this world from collapse. Only Randall can save his son from a fate worse than death.
The idea of a writer having to face the very reality of his/her creation has been done before, but in Strangewood the story is so expertly crafted, the characters so startling in their vibrancy that you forget the idea that the plot has been done before. Because in this case it hasn't. The world of Strangewood (and its inhabitants) would itself make a very entertaining fantasy series (and in case you haven't heard of Harry Potter there is a market for this). Christopher Golden's talent is excruciatingly apparent in this novel and while I read this I kept thinking to myself "man, this is a fun read" which it was. Probably one of the most memorable and enjoyable reads of 1999 and a book I can't recommend enough. For fans of Horror or Dark Fantasy this is a book for you!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I would nitpick and say this book was more dark fantasy than horror. However, a visit to the world of Strangewood is fascinating and worth the time spent reading it.
The characters of Strangewood are well drawn and quickly became more vivid to me than the "real life" characters. I found the romance in the book (Joe and Emily) to be jarring, less interesting and eventually tiresome. Perhaps I just hated spending time on the romance when I was so fascinated with what was happening in Strangewood. I also enjoyed discovering the relationships between the Strangewood residents and the "real life" folks who were able to visit them. The characters in the story struggled against things they could not control and against their own weaknesses while in a world of suprises and mysteries.
The story is engrossing and Golden is a writer I will look forward to further books from.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Run, don't walk, to get this book! December 12, 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An incredible book, one which will stay with you for a long time after you put it down! Strangewood has one of the most imaginative premises ever conceived of in any genre, but particularly in the horror-fantasy arena where so many new books are just hackneyed rewrites of old novels. Christopher Golden has an amazing gift for creating not only a roller-coaster ride of a plot, but characters to whom you are instantly drawn and about whom you care from word one. The climax of the book will leave you drop-jawed with disbelief. I can't wait for Mr. Golden's next book to come out!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A uniquely creative genre-blending thrill ride October 21, 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The serious battle of good vs. evil has never been so much fun. In this book, some very real humans interact with some very twisted storybook characters. The result pleasantly recalls childhood memories, and slyly releases thoughts of what might have been. The tale includes some personal truths that are thought-provoking without being too "preachy."
The author has an expert handling of genre blending that makes the reader appreciate the real talent on display here. Elements of fantasy, horror, and good old-fashioned human drama all contribute to some pretty impressive suspense. The page-turning plot cleverly built to a logical conclusion, but still left enough room for guesswork. All of characters created for the land of Strangewood are lovable in their own way. You'll become attached to all of them just as easily as you'll relate to the central family whose emotional drama constitute the story's backbone.
Simply put, Strangewood is a grand tale that is a great pleasure to read. It is escapist fiction at its best.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Distinctive September 20, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It took me a while to get into this book about a child's fantasy land gone bad, and I never did develop much fondness for the real life characters. Thomas Randall's `divorced father angst' was reiterated until it got tiresome, and Emily's sexual neediness seemed over-emphasized and out of place, which had the effect of making her mind-numbingly boring. The fantasy land characters were far more interesting and better delineated. Some of the conflict at times became comic book-like, which may please you or not, depending on whether you like your action fast and snappy or descriptive and complex. The plot is imaginative and the story does eventually redeem itself and overcomes some of the weak points. Given the poor quality of the horror genre at the moment, this is one of the better books of its type that I've read recently, and it's nice to see an author trying for creativity rather than another `formula' story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Fantasy rarely gets this good January 2, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Christopher Golden's Strangewood is a book that stays with you. At times lyrical, funny, tragic, thrilling, the novel touches the reader on a number of levels. The characters are well-drawn and I'm especially happy with what has to be one of the best written descriptions of a divorced couple that I have ever read. My only real complaint is that I really wish the book had been longer. At times the jumps between scenes happen so rapid-fire I couldn't help but think how much more time I wanted to spend with these characters. Overall, though, a really wonderful book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Halloween Read
I'm a big fan of Mr. Golden and found this to be a solid if predictable short story. It's the perfect little nugget for the Halloween season.
Published on December 28, 2012 by Doc Redbat
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea...
I think this is probably a very well written book, but I found it hard to suspend disbelief and become involved with the extraordinary world the writer has created. Read more
Published on November 20, 2012 by J. Proctor
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could bottle Christopher Golden's imagination!
Strangewood is another dark fantasy by Christopher Golden that positively oozes imagination. In a genre that is cluttered with cookie cutter plots, cardboard characters and... Read more
Published on October 15, 2009 by Erin K. Simons
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Golden's best novels
Thomas Randall is the creator of Strangewood, a hugely popular children's series with echoes of Frank L. Baum's Oz, C. S. Lewis' Narnia, and A. A. Milne's Hundred Acre Wood. Read more
Published on September 11, 2007 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange creatures come knocking...
Strangewood is the story of a writer who confronts his demons come to life. It fits nicely on a shelf with Jonathan Carroll's Sleeping in Flame, and with Stephen King's The Dark... Read more
Published on August 8, 2006 by Earl P. Dean
3.0 out of 5 stars I expect more from one of my favorite authors
I read the entire book on a long plane ride, basically becuase it was very straight forward, fun and easy to read. Having read Mr. Read more
Published on July 21, 2006 by J. Resnick
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites!
This is one of my all time favorite books. Christopher Golden's imagination knows no bounds, and nowhere is that more apparent than in this novel. Read more
Published on September 22, 2005 by luv2read56
5.0 out of 5 stars Strangewood - strange and weird
Being in the Buffy fan community, I'd heard a lot about Christopher Golden, but had never actually read any of his work. Read more
Published on September 21, 2005 by Lana Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Very unique and enjoyable
As another reviewer stated, this one kind of defies description. A writer of children's fantasy ends up being kidnapped by his own creations in order to save their world. Read more
Published on September 19, 2005 by J. Cobb
2.0 out of 5 stars More dark fantasy than horror
The plot reads like a mix between The Neverending Story and a Barker-like rendition of Winnie The Pooh. Read more
Published on June 5, 2004 by Igor
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More About the Author

CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) The Map of Moments. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including Poison Ink, Soulless, and the thriller series Body of Evidence, honored by the New York Public Library and chosen as one of YALSA's Best Books for Young Readers. Upcoming teen novels include a new series of hardcover YA fantasy novels co-authored with Tim Lebbon and entitled The Secret Journeys of Jack London.

A lifelong fan of the "team-up," Golden frequently collaborates with other writers on books, comics, and scripts. In addition to his recent work with Tim Lebbon, he co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola. With Thomas E. Sniegoski, he is the co-author of the book series OutCast and The Menagerie, as well as comic book miniseries such as Talent, currently in development as a feature film. With Amber Benson, Golden co-created the online animated series Ghosts of Albion and co-wrote the book series of the same name.
As an editor, he has worked on the short story anthologies The New Dead and British Invasion, among others, and has also written and co-written comic books, video games, screenplays, the online animated series Ghosts of Albion (with Amber Benson) and a network television pilot.

The author is also known for his many media tie-in works, including novels, comics, and video games, in the worlds of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy, Angel, and X-Men, among others.

Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world. Please visit him at

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