Thursday, June 5, 2008
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
I'd heard so many great things about The Book of Lost Things, and I wasn't disappointed. This book is delightfully creepy! I explained it to someone as "fairy tales, if you were having a nightmare about them."
David, an unhappy young boy, due to various events in his life, enters a frightening world by slipping through a wall in his garden and suddenly finds his life in danger. Fairy tales come alive, but with disarming twists. David embarks on a journey through this other world trying to find his way home, and on the way he matures greatly from a young boy to a young man.
I would compare this book somewhat to Neil Gaiman's work. The writing style is different, but the aura of the book is very similar. I saw this classified somewhere as young adult (I think maybe someone tagged it as such in LibraryThing), but, really, I think the target audience is older. It reminded me a bit of Stephen King, but brainier, if that makes any sense.
If you've reviewed this book, leave me a comment and I'll link to your review.
Other reviews at:
The Written Word
the hidden side of a leaf
things mean a lot
This completes the Once Upon a Time II challenge! And it fulfills the C author spot in the A-Z challenge.