The Gates by John Connolly

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Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween, which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Road. The Abernathys don't mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld, but when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe, a gap through which a pair of enormous gates is visible. The gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings just itching to get out....

Can one small boy defeat evil? Can he harness the power of science, faith, and love to save the world as we know it?

Bursting with imagination and impossible to put down, The Gates is about the pull between good and evil, physics and fantasy. It is about a quirky and eccentric boy, who is impossible not to love, and the unlikely cast of characters who give him the strength to stand up to a demonic power.

In this wonderfully strange and brilliant novel, John Connolly manages to re-create the magical and scary world of childhood that we've all left behind but so love to visit. And for those of you who thought you knew everything you could about particle physics and the universe, think again. This novel makes anything seem possible.
 

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 September 27, 2009 by Atria Books. 308 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Children's Books. Fiction

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At their most primal levels, science and fantasy are both about that which might be.

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BC Books

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John Connolly is known for his series about Charlie Parker, an unlicensed private detective who cons...Beware the Gates of Hell! Opening soon!

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The idea that the Hadron Collider provides the power to earth-based demons to open the Gates of Hell is funny, but Connolly also brings up the possibility of alternate universes and worm holes that younger readers interested in science will love.

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Reviewing the Evidence

The book is intended for young adult readership, but it certainly doesn't stand comparison with Pratchett's books for the same audience, and falls a very long way short of GOOD OMENS.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Denise Hamilton Minneapolis Star Tribune 4 of 5 Stars "As I was reading John Connolly's whimsical and wicked ‘adult book for children,' oh my, did I miss having a child around.

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Spinetingler Magazine

John Connolly undertook quite a change three years ago when he wrote The Book of Lost Things, a fairy tale for children of all ages based on tales and legends heard at an early age.

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Chamber Four

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ReviewingtheEvidence.com

Having plunged his reader into a convoluted and fantastical plot line, Connolly frequently pauses to digress on such varied pedagogical rants as discussions of Lewis Carroll's mathematic theorems, St. Thomas Aquinas' musing on "how many angels fit on the head of a pin?," and even a brief explanat...

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Arlington Library

Thus, Samuel and his faithful dog Boswell, are the only living witnesses to the demon coming through the portal and taking over the body of Mrs. Abernathy.

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