The Book of Lost Things

by John Connolly | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 074329890x Global Overview for this book
Registered by dancing-dog of Cordova, Tennessee USA on 3/10/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by dancing-dog from Cordova, Tennessee USA on Saturday, March 10, 2012
from amazon.com:
High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own -- populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.
Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.

Journal Entry 2 by dancing-dog at Cordova, Tennessee USA on Sunday, April 01, 2012
Wow, I thought this was a fabulous story. Part tweaked and twisted fairy tales and myths combined with a young boy dealing with grief and growing -up, it was mixed adeptly into a very readable and enjoyable fantasy.

Then at the end, a very interesting conversation with the author plus a big section where all the fairy tales used were discussed and analyzed. we are given their origins and then the most widely used original version (which was usually the Brothers Grimm version) - I found this fascinating.

On it's way to azuki next ...

Journal Entry 3 by dancing-dog at Cordova, Tennessee USA on Thursday, October 25, 2012

Released 6 yrs ago (10/18/2012 UTC) at Cordova, Tennessee USA

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mailed to azuki - owed from a swap on BookObsessed

Journal Entry 4 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Friday, October 26, 2012
I'm so glad to have won this in the Books about Book swap, it sure sounds interesting. Thank you.

Journal Entry 5 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Friday, May 03, 2013
The book starts out a bit like a typical adventure story of a boy: a magic portal transports him to another world, where he encounters creatures from fantasies and fairy tales: werewolves, harpies, dwarfs, a castle with a sleeping beauty... on a quest to find the king to help him go back into his own world. However, this book is so much more than a YA adventure. It delves deep into the psychology of the boy. It is about a boy confronting his own demons, acknowledging the death of his mother, resolving the consequential change in his family and growing up into adulthood. It's dark, but also offers bright glimpses of hope.

Really enjoy the bonus section at the end, where the author talks about the many fairy tales and fantastical creatures mentioned in the books. I have missed some reference when I read, so it's interesting to read about them. The original tales are included too, for the benefit of those who can't quite remember the tales.

Saving this for someone who has it on her wishlist.

Journal Entry 6 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, August 27, 2013
received from my birthday partner. Thanks so much!!!!

Journal Entry 7 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Monday, June 23, 2014
My mom, AceofHearts, passed away from breast cancer on September 17, 2013. Aside from being one of the best people I know, she was an avid reader and took immense pleasure in Bookcrossing, her book club, and reading many great books. Unfortunately she didn't get around to reading this book.

We had similar tastes in books and would share them whenever we read something we enjoyed. This book sounds interesting so I'm going to keep it to read.

Journal Entry 8 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, April 06, 2018
David is a twelve year old boy that's just lost his mom. David's father eventually moves on with a new woman, Rose, and they have a child together. David feels left out and forgotten. He turns to books to pass his time, and finds that they whisper to him from their shelves. Slowly the characters start to come out of the books and David in to them. Eventually David finds himself within one of his books and needs to find the King to figure out how to get back home.

This is a coming of age story, mixed with fairy tales that don't end up the way we all think they do. David learns that "happily ever after" actually means "eaten quickly". David finds out he's a very brave boy and learns what is really important to him.

This book was a bit slow to get in to because it started off very cliche. A boy who hates his step-mother, how many times have we read stories like that? But once David got in to the book, I was much more interested in the story and really enjoyed the different takes on fairy tales. Snow white was a good one. This was a fun read, with a lot of extra (and unnecessary) bits at the end about the fairy tales used.

Journal Entry 9 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, August 16, 2018

Released 11 mos ago (8/17/2018 UTC) at Mississauga, Ontario Canada

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