Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly


Rating: 2 Drink more Mint Juleps before reading (åå)
Pages: 480
Challenges: Once Upon a Time, tl;dr
Synopsis (From BN.com)
High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own -- populatedby heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.
Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.
Review
I can summarize this book by saying it is the Wizard of Oz in a forest with side aventures through off-kilter fairy tales. For example, Snow White calls the dwarfs by number. She has lost her beauty and is very demanding. The dwarfs are praying for a prince to take her off their hands. I thought it was pretty gory and graphic for a young adult book. It did keep my interest though!
Dewey has also finished this book recently and her review is here she really liked the book.

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

I just finished (and also reviewed) this book, but really enjoyed it. Actually, it is not a YA book, but did win an award for appealing to teenagers.