The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
A Novel

66%

12 Critic Reviews

The result is less a novel in any genre than a catalogue, a dispiritingly detailed outline for something Connolly might like to write, if he only had the time, or the talent, or a decent editor.
-Guardian

Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author John Connolly's unique imagination takes readers through the end of innocence into adulthood and beyond in this dark and triumphantly creative novel of grief and loss, loyalty and love, and the redemptive power of stories.

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book... The Book of Lost Things.

An imaginative tribute to the journey we must all make through the loss of innocence into adulthood, John Connolly's latest novel is a book for every adult who can recall the moment when childhood began to fade, and for every adult about to face that moment. The Book of Lost Things is a story of hope for all who have lost, and for all who have yet to lose. It is an exhilarating tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.
 

About John Connolly

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John Connolly is the author of Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow, The Killing Kind, The White Road, Bad Men, Nocturnes, and The Black Angel. He is a regular contributor to The Irish Times and lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at JohnConnolly.co.uk. Declan Burke has published four novels: Eightball Boogie (2003), The Big O (2007), Absolute Zero Cool (2011), and Slaughter’s Hound (2012). Absolute Zero Cool received the Goldsboro/Crimefest "Last Laugh" Award for Best Humorous Crime Novel in 2012. He also is the editor of Down These Green Streets: Irish Crime Writing in the 21st Century (2011). He hosts a website dedicated to Irish crime fiction called Crime Always Pays.
 
Published November 7, 2006 by Atria Books. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Book of Lost Things
All: 12 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 2

Guardian

Below average
on Sep 23 2006

The result is less a novel in any genre than a catalogue, a dispiritingly detailed outline for something Connolly might like to write, if he only had the time, or the talent, or a decent editor.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Aug 28 2006

Despite horrific elements, this tale is never truly frightening, but is consistently entertaining as David learns lessons of bravery, loyalty and honor that all of us should learn.

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Blog Critics

Above average
on May 02 2010

I’ll never look at Red Riding Hood the same way again.

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Book Reporter

Above average
on Oct 16 2007

THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS, with its grisly violence and sexual perversions, is not as much of a departure as it might seem at first.

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AV Club

Above average
on Jan 25 2007

The Book Of Lost Things is single-mindedly harrowing and rarely playful.

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USA Today

Above average

He takes outrageous, albeit entertaining, liberties with these characters, exchanging their virtues for canyon-size failures of character.

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Pajiba

Above average

A little slow in the beginning, but a great fantasy novel.

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Boomtron

Good
on Jun 28 2008

The Book of Lost Things is a brilliant take on a modern fairy tale.

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Greenwood Public Library

Above average
on Jun 26 2012

It is a very well written book and I would certainly recommended reading it, but not to someone who gets scared easily.

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Helium

Good
on Nov 01 2009

Connolly adapts very well to this new style of book, and makes the book just as interesting and compelling as the Charlie Parker series.

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Gather Books

Below average
on Mar 15 2007

The Book of Lost Things is a decent book, but it's also misleading, disappointing, and not something I'd recommend.

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Fantasy Faction

Good
on Mar 12 2011

I suggest this book for someone who enjoys dark fantasy, with some dark humor, combined with some gore and terror. You won’t be disappointed.

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