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.
This is a fun, easy summer read. The story is somewhat predictable but there are some twists in well known fairy tales. I would recommend the book to anyone that likes the fantasy genre and is looking for an easy beach read.
I love all of Stephen King books- even the less popular ones. Magic, post-apocalyptic, and mystery are all big draws for me.
This is a book I'd like to buy and own. Great narration and beautifully written.
Mad for Westies
John Connolly's central character in this book is similar to the boy hero/protagonist in his Infernals series -- a young man going through the trials and tribulations of determining who he is and his place in the world. The story tell is rich and at its heart is the triumph of good in a boy's soul over the forces of evil. Terrific narration brings the characters to life, and the ending was very satisfying. Well worth a listen.
Narrator was very talented and easy to listen to... A good mix of nightmarish scenes and clever escapes... Uplifting overall
David versus the Crooked Man. David is the main character, a young boy who loses his mother to sickness, tragically. Connolly's description of the death of his mother through the eyes of David was very touching. The story starts in earnest when David travels through a gateway in the garden to an enchanted world and battles his fears and his imagination. The story gets darker and darker as David continues his journey to the King who can hopefully help David return home. There are wolves that talk, monsters, evil men, and other characters that are sinister and have evil intentions.
The story is a blend of twisted fairy tales and adventures including adaptations from Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rumpelstiltskin. The reader is outstanding. Steven Crossley truly brings this story to life. It is not a long story, but is action packed and, as mentioned earlier, very dark.
There are some elements that are very thought provoking in this story including Roland's apparent sexuality which, to be honest, I am not sure really adds much to the story.
David grows strong and becomes a very brave young boy through the course of the story. He prevails in the end in a very satisfying way. Though the story meanders a bit, the end is very well done.
I enjoyed the story very much and recommend it. The reading is outstanding.
Although I am no longer a teenager, I love the how the teen fantasy books transport you to another world. I have been in search of a story that is geared towards adults and has the same affect. This story did if for me. It was addicting and I was sad when it was over.
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