Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Book of Lost Things

I started the first few chapters of The Book of Lost Things thinking that I wouldn’t enjoy it but I’m glad I didn’t quit the book halfway. It had a slow start but it picked up from the seventh chapter onwards. It’s a great book that is filled with fantastic adventures, featuring some of the fairy tales that most of us are familiar with but told with a dark twist.

The book starts with twelve year old David, suffering the loss of his mother’s death due to terminal illness. He then becomes resentful and angry at the arrival of a new woman in his father’s life and his anger and resentment grows when they expect their first child together.
Full of sorrow from his mother’s death and angry with the developments happening in his family; he begins to hear voices from the books that he reads. With the introduction of The Crooked Man who succeeds to lure David into his world, David’s adventure in the mysterious realm begins and so does his journey of self-discovery. The overall book is dark and most times gory, yet the adventures were great and you will see how David matures through each challenge he faces.

I love the way Connolly weaves well known fairy tales into his writing, my favorite is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which was definitely the funniest part of the book. Obviously I can’t disclose too much in case I spoil it for those who haven’t read it yet. The characters and the storyline are so outstanding that I continued to think about it long after I’ve finished reading the book.

For me, the best part of the book is definitely the ending. The Book of Lost Things is one of the best books that I’ve read and I highly recommend it, though be warned that it is a bit gruesome and those who hate gore might want to stay away from it.
This is actually the first time I’ve read a book from John Connolly and I look forward to reading more of his work in the future. If you’d like to know more about the author, please visit his site here.

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5 comments:

Robin said...

Nice review! I agree that it was a little slow in the middle, but the ending was so powerful. I'm glad I read it, too.

DesLily said...

glad you enjoyed this book. I read it last year and enjoyed it as well, which was a surprise to me and it sounds like it was to you too!!

cj'alhafiz said...

Nice one!! miss ulat buku. I'm looking forward for ya nex review..

Melody said...

I enjoyed reading this book! Everything in it is so magical and intriguing!

Nely said...

Great review and thanks for the heads up about the slow start. I shall be reading this soon.

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