Friday, January 20, 2012
Review: The Book of Lost Things
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Not-for-children, dark, violent
David is a little boy whose mother has recently died. In mourning and miserable, he doesn't understand when his father re-marries very quickly. Once David is living with his stepmother, the books in his room start talking. The lonely boy starts hearing his mother's voice and seeing odd strangers at the edge of the woods.
Soon the little boy has followed his mother's voice into the dark corners of a new world (much darker than Narnia). As soon as he enters the world, the boy is hunted by the Crooked Man and the wolves. Very scary, as the hungry wolves eat people and want to consume the boy. The book was dark and violent, as David goes on a quest to see the King in order to get back to his world. David must face beasts and trolls and all kinds of violent mystical killers, and make no mistake, they are violent.
I see why this was recommended for me as there are many author “retellings” of the Grimm fairy tales—his stories are much darker and more evil.
Not for children! It was an interesting book, but there was too much violence and death for my taste.
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