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.


Anonymous said...

I haven't yet finished my challenge list and don't think I'll be able to by the deadline, although I did read three great books for it!

Ana S. said...

I can sense where you're coming from with the Neil Gaiman comparison. I'm glad you weren't disappointed with this one! My review is here

Somer said...

Nymeth - what a fantastic review! Makes me wish I had put more time into mine...ha! I'm lucky to find time to post a review at all most days!

Stephanie - Three great books is better than none!

Debi said...

This is actually the book that I have in my pile as my fifth choice for Once Upon a Time, but it's getting so close to being over that I'm thinking I ought to pick something shorter instead. Decisions, decisions.

Glad you enjoyed it! Sounds like I certainly will when I ever get around to it.

Somer said...

Debi - The Book of Lost Things is really a pretty quick book, so you could probably sneak it in.