The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

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We enter the realm of Fantastica, where things are going badly wrong. The realm is being swallowed up, slowly but surely, by advancing puddles of nothingness. ...If you enjoy fantasy and roaming round totally new worlds populated by the outlandish and bizarre, then I'm sure you will enjoy this book!
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Bastian embarks on a wild adventure when he enters the magical world of Fantastica, a doomed land filled with dragons, giants, and monsters, and risks his life to save Fantastica by going on a very dangerous quest.
 

About Michael Ende

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Children's author Michael Ende was born on November 12, 1929 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He worked as an actor, director, film critic and scriptwriter before turning to writing children's books. His best known work is The Neverending Story (1979), which was adapted into a film and two sequels. Another book, Jim Knopf and Lukas the Engine, was made into both a television and radio series. Ende died in Suttgart, Germany on August 29, 1995.
 
Published January 1, 1983 by Doubleday & Company. 377 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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All: 7 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 2

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by HighKick on Apr 01 2012

I think that you should be at least nine to read this book because if you are younger you won't understand it when it switches between the two worlds, and if you are older you won't appreciate the adventure and the magic.

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Christian Science Monitor

Below average
Reviewed by Pamela Marsh on Nov 09 1983

Just to open this one is to suffer disappointment and be vividly reminded that it began its life in Germany as a child's book, for how can anyone take seriously a book published in colored ink...morals, if they are to do their job properly, must be whipped up vigorously into the plot and not allowed to just lie there in undigested lumps.

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Kidz World

Excellent
on Jun 05 2015

The Neverending Story is the ultimate magical classic. This fantasy story goes beyond dragons and fairies; you’ll find will-o’-the-wisps, night-hobs, rock chewers, racing snails, gnomes, Greenskins, purple buffalo and so much more! You’ll never find a more magical adventure, not even in Harry Potter. It’s a must read for absolutely everyone.

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Fantasy Book Review

Above average
Reviewed by Dark on May 31 2015

The Neverending Story is undoubtedly a classic in many ways - unique world and philosophy, and some extremely nice concepts. Nevertheless, it feels a distinctly flawed gem. Had the whole book been of the quality of the first half I would gladly rate the book much more highly despite possible translation errors.

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Good
Reviewed by Jill Marshall on Jun 03 2015

We enter the realm of Fantastica, where things are going badly wrong. The realm is being swallowed up, slowly but surely, by advancing puddles of nothingness. ...If you enjoy fantasy and roaming round totally new worlds populated by the outlandish and bizarre, then I'm sure you will enjoy this book!

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A Dream of Books

Good
Reviewed by Samantha on Jul 10 2014

I was swept away as I entered the amazing world of Fantasia and joined Bastian on the most incredible adventure of his life. Michael Ende's writing is truly wonderful and the story is timeless...A magical and captivating story, it's one of my all-time favourite books.

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Belle's Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Belle on Jun 18 2012

...it was like reading two books, the first part of which I absolutely loved, while the second part gave me mixed feelings...Overall, I liked the book, but I didn't adore it the way I thought I would. If I was to rate it as two separate books, as it felt, I'd give the first half 5/5 and the second 3/5. I guess that averages out to...

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