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The Book of Lost Things Paperback – August 30, 2011
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Crossley provides a smooth, professional reading of this heartfelt story of loss and discovery. Connolly's fairy tale for adults chronicles the adventures of David, a 12-year-old boy growing up in WWII England. Still mourning the loss of his mother to cancer, David is desperately trying to adjust to life with a new stepmother, a new half-brother and a father who, because of the war, is never around. But everything changes when David stumbles through a magical gateway and into a realm of familiar, yet decidedly different, representations of classic fairy tales. Searching for a way home, he is pursued by the Crooked Man, an evil troll who must strip David of his innocence in order to retain his power over the kingdom. David learns lessons of bravery, loyalty, acceptance, sacrifice and, finally, the power of love and family. Crossley's narration is articulate and measured, bringing a respectful dignity to the author's prose. He takes the same care with the book's multitude of characters, whether it is David, the Crooked Man or a hilariously funny band of anti-capitalist dwarfs. A lovely tale, skillfully told.
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About the Author
John Connolly is the author of the Charlie Parker series of mystery novels, the supernatural collection Nocturnes, the Samuel Johnson Trilogy for younger readers, and (with Jennifer Ridyard) the Chronicles of the Invaders series. He lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at JohnConnollyBooks.com, or follow him on Twitter @JConnollyBooks.
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Interesting enough story. I felt it was pretty slow most of the time. I think since I was reading this book to fit the action tag, that I wanted it to be more fast paced and action - thriller type. It wasn't that, which left me a bit disappointed. However, I think if I had gone into it expecting a fantasy book, I would have enjoyed it much more. Enjoyment really does hinge on expectations. I did enjoy seeing the characters from some beloved stories turn up with surprising twists. ***potential spoiler*** I'm left unsatisfied with the ending though as it read more of a dream or afterlife than of David actually visiting another world. I'd much prefer to believe that other worlds exist rather than try to wrap stories in a neat bow and make them fit in our world. ***end of spoiler***
A good passage:
"Stories were different, though: they came alive in the telling. Without a human voice to read them aloud, or a pair of wide eyes following them by flashlight beneath a blanket, they had no real existence in our world. They were like seeds in the beak of a bird, waiting to fall to earth, or the notes of a song laid out on a sheet, yearning for an instrument to bring their music into being. They lay dormant, hoping for the chance to emerge. Once someone started to read them, they could begin to change. They could take root in the imagination, and transform the reader. Stories wanted to be read....They needed it. It was the reason they forced themselves from their world into ours. They wanted us to give them life."