With echoes of Gregory Maguire's and C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, author John Connolly introduces us to a cast of not-quite-familiar characters - like the seven socialist dwarfs who poison an uninvited (and unpleasant) princess and try to peg the crime on her stepmother. Or the Loups, the evil human-canine hybrids spawned long ago by the union of a wolf and a seductive girl in a red cloak.
As war rages across Europe, David is violently propelled into a land that is both a construct of his imagination, yet frighteningly real - a strange reflection of his own world composed of myths and stories, populated by wolves and worse-than-wolves, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a legendary book...The Book of Lost Things.
©2006 John Connolly; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC.
I didn't hate this book but I didn't understand who exactly it was written for...
It's very grim, dark and gruesome to be a children's book, but it is still a children's story at heart, which makes it not the most stimulating reading for adults. It's too child like for grown-ups, while it is way too violent and twisted for kids. There were some good moments, but overall not a story I will carry with me.
The narrator was excellent however!
Not very often does a book come along that warrants me to write a review. This isn't to say that the stories are bad but never has a book moved or impressed upon me such a feeling of fullness like this one. Written when sequels were becoming the rage, this book stands out as a lily among dandelions. It does not need a sequel to convey the message that we should all be grateful and cherish our loved ones. A true masterpiece, one that I know I will definitely share with my children and hopefully they will share to their children to come.
This was a very heavy book that has a very strong theme of death and twisted horror throughout, it does have a few redeeming moments although few and far between. It strongly plays on the main characters loss of innocence, in that he discovers sexuality in a dark and twisted way which made me feel ill. This book left me feeling depressed and yet drew the conclusion that life is fragile and we should not take for granted the time that we have left.
I'm a new listener and have only completed three books on Audible and I have been lucky enough to thoroughly and utterly enjoy every single one. The Book of Lost things was different- it opens your mind to another world that revolves around imagination and a child's love of stories. It sucks you in and leaves you holding your breath until the very last word is uttered.
I loved the fact that this book was completely original, yet had familiar fairy tales threaded throughout the entire story. Each tale had an unexpected twist on a micro level, while the story itself had twists and turns on a bigger scale. You were left thinking you knew what would happen next, and then being thrown on the ground when the rug was pulled out from under you from the next surprise.
He brought depth and tone changes that left you painting the images in your mind with each inflection.
“And, in the darkness, David closed his eyes as all that was lost was found again.”
I enjoyed every moment of this book. John Connolly is becoming one of my favorite authors . I also enjoyed the narration by Steven crossely. he really made you feel like you were in the story alongside the characters.
amazing experience, already working on the rest of his novels. I connected immediately with the character and the story. couldn't stop listening except when I HAD to sleep.
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