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The Gates by John Connolly

The Gates is suspense writer John Connolly’s first foray into young adult fiction writing. While his previous entry The Book of Lost Things featured a young adult, that book’s overall tone is far too dark for the category. The Gates, on the other hand, is an effervescent romp that combines science, religion, urban fantasy, and a generous helping of humor. It reminds me of Good Omens (by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman), without the heavy satire. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2010 in Author: John Connolly, Fantasy, Young Adult

 

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The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

I’ve been sitting on my review of The Book of Lost Things for a while now, mulling over it, searching for something else like it, and generally stewing. There are many modern novels that reinvent fairy tales for their own purpose, but The Book of Lost Things does it particularly well.

In 1939, when England is at war with Germany, a young boy named David loses his mother. He clings to her memory like a worn blanket, and clutches at the stories they shared together, stories that “come alive in the telling.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2010 in Adventure, Author: John Connolly, Fantasy, Literature

 

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