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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Rumpelstiltskin aka the Crooked Man is one seriously scary and diabolical CREEPSTER Trust me, after reading this book, the above image of a sadistic, powerful, child slaughtering MOFO will forever displace your previous perception of old Rumpy being nothingthan a half pint, mischievous prankster with ethical deficiencies a Disney tale this is not a light, comforting happily ever after children s story this is not However, what this story is.is beautifully written, richly Rumpelstiltskin aka the Crooked Man is one seriously scary and diabolical CREEPSTER Trust me, after reading this book, the above image of a sadistic, powerful, child slaughtering MOFO will forever displace your previous perception of old Rumpy being nothingthan a half pint, mischievous prankster with ethical deficiencies a Disney tale this is not a light, comforting happily ever after children s story this is not However, what this story is.is beautifully written, richly characterized and brilliantly executed Put simply it s wheel barrow full of WONDERFUL My feelings for this book surprised me after my intensely passionate, torrid love affair with The Child Thief I sort of felt bad for this book as I really thought it had no shot of being anythingthan a diversionary get my head back together rebound novel I certainly didn t imagine it had any chance of sweeping me up off my feet and carrying me way into its narrative but it did The story made me love it despite myself PLOT SUMMARY Set in England at the outbreak of WWII, young David loves books and stories We meet David as he is watches his mother slowly die from illness When she finally succumbs to death, David is devastated I told you book this wasn t a bright box of sunshine Eventually, David s dad gets remarried to a woman named Rose and the three of them move to Rose s country home where David s half brother, Georgie, is soon born David is given the room of Rose s uncle, Jonathan Tulvey, who shared David s love of books and stories Jonathan vanished as a young boy and has never been seen since The books in Jonathan s room are old and full of ancient stories and many contain odd notes written by Jonathan While Rose is nice and tries to form a bond with David, he finds himself increasingly angry at her and his new half brother He spendsandtime among the old books which begin to whisper to him and David starts to witness strange occurrences, including the appearance of a crooked man watching him Eventually David finds himself in another world where dark, grim versions of classic fairy tale characters exist but are nothing like the way they are normally portrayed The depictions of these characters are outstanding and it often takes a while to identify who they are because they are so stripped of the normal fluffy accoutrements While, most of the tone is serious and even bleak, there are some great moments of comedy For example, in one of my favorite scenes, David encounters the Seven Dwarfs who turn out to be communist revolutionaries and political activists straight out of Monty Python s Holy Grail Their relationship with Snow White is anything but pleasant However, it is very, very funny David soon discovers that he must make it to the King of this new world who might have the power to send him back home However, David s journey is dark and perilous and he is constantly hunted by the crooked man who has his own need of David THOUGHTS The beginning of the story takes its time to develop, but this leisurely pace didn t bother because Connolly does an amazing job with it He keeps us engaged as he introduces us to the characters and slowly allows the fantasy elements to creep and and crawl and bleed into the narrative This makes the transition from our world into the fantasy world feel authentic and seamless In addition, the early events of the story turn out to be critical to the central plot and final resolution of the story and so form important threads in the overall tapestry As alluded to above, I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel given how emotionally spent I was after reading The Child Thief It s a credit to how marvelous a job Connolly did with this work that he was able to hold me enthralled to the narrative throughout The characters are well drawn, with details and shadings to their personalities that make them come alive I bonded with David very early on making the dangers that he faced all thegripping Finally, the plot itself was compelling and page turningly addictive and Connolly s prose and descriptive talents were both excellent Overall, a sensational book that over came great odds to pleasantly surprise me If you get the chance to pick this book uptake it 4.5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED This is definitely not a young adult book If you should try, with best intentions, after reading numerous glowing reviews and having heard Connolly s name bandied about the bookish world, to gift this one to a ten year old, expect stern words and doubts of judgement And for pity s sakes, don t give it to any girls, because it s even less friendly to the female person than Grimms Fairytales In fact, it does bear a strong resemblance to the writing of the dear Brothers, which is not a been a b This is definitely not a young adult book If you should try, with best intentions, after reading numerous glowing reviews and having heard Connolly s name bandied about the bookish world, to gift this one to a ten year old, expect stern words and doubts of judgement And for pity s sakes, don t give it to any girls, because it s even less friendly to the female person than Grimms Fairytales In fact, it does bear a strong resemblance to the writing of the dear Brothers, which is not a been a bad thing if one enjoys the flagrant telling and the elaborate language of fairy tales That all generally works beautifully here, except that it s oh so very dark and misanthropic a tale that I d reserve it for grown boys who used to be good and are having trouble figuring the path ahead Which, as you might have guessed, is also not altogether abhorrent But, let us speak logically, and dissect this One bottle was filled almost to the top with eyeballs They seemed alive to David, as though being wrenched from their sockets had not deprived them of the capacity to see Another contained a woman s hand, a gold ring upon its wedding finger, red varnish flaking slowly from its nails It begins with narrative we can all get behind, a long tradition in English country houses and cracks in the garden walls, and a young man almost adolescent embarking on an adventure Except this adventure is framed by three salient grimnesses the death of his mother, the father remarried subsequent baby brother, and World War II This is the adult world with danger, his perceptions of it seeped in negative emotions of loss, jealousy, fear, and sometimes even boredom He is being stalked by a Crooked Man, who seems evil, though he cannot say exactly why The young man, David, journeys through the crack and falls into a land that is fairy tale twisted Rescued by a Woodsman, he embarks on a journey to see the king, gain insight from The Book of Lost Things and hopefully return to his own world As the story progresses, he meets different people and occasionally they will tell him stories that echo fairy tales he has read And, in truth, I prefer to hunt children They make better sport, and better trophies for my wall, for they are beautiful A wonderful, traditional format journey to Oz and to home, but Connolly lets it unwindthan a bit toward the end, as he indulges in descriptions of The Crooked Man s evil deeds, in a way that really doesn t matter to the story, and just serves to point out the horrors of the world Incest, torture, murder, draining away life in some ways, I too felt my life drained away by this tale, by the cataloguing of misuse of power, the isolationism of a village, the careless mutilation and torture Instead of uplifted, I felt ground away, like I had been watching a war montage Connolly is not celebrating childhood or impending adulthood as much as outlining it as a horrible, dastardly trap where the right choices will mean honor and loss, and the wrong choices mean torture and loss.And, after all, I have days I feel that way Where the world has pounded me down Where humanity seems too full of itself Where individual kindness feels scarce Which is why I pick up other books This is why Catherynne Valente had to write The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and In the Night Garden, which are almost the exact opposite of this book This book is indeed about Lost Things, the most lostest being childhood itself, except in this version of childhood, what David leaves behind is fantasies of his mother and his first family, not idle days exploring wardrobes, or playing at sword fighting, or looking for moon paths In this book of childhood, the most halcyon of times were pre war and pre illness and so distant as to be barely present Most of the children David knew had by now left the city, thronging train stations with little brown luggage labels tied to their coats on their way to farms and strange towns Their absence made the city appear emptier and increased the sense of nervous expectancy that seemed to govern the lives of all who remained Soon, the bombers would come, and the city was shrouded in darkness at night to make their task harder Atmosphere is well done, if dark and grim Characterization is interesting David is very real, as layered as one can possibly be at that age, struggling with pride, isolation, independence, and a great deal of loss Most of the rest of the characters exist as they do in fairy tales, that is to say, as archetypes There is an off note encounter with the Seven Dwarves, who have become communists an anomaly in that they are supposed to be humorous It s also worth nothing that the Gallant Knight is in love with a man, and while a man of honor, is also a doomed, tragic figure David had an opportunity to examine its face as it hovered it resembled a woman s but was longer and thinner, with a lipless mouth that left its sharp teeth permanently exposed Now those teeth tore into its prey, ripping great chunks of bloody fur from its body as it fed As a final note, to myself and those who follow the humanist footpath I do not think Connolly loves females overmuch Because, wow Aside from the idolized but dead mother, the doomed deer girl, and a friendly female horse, there is absolutely nothing to love here about females I m going to list it here, because I m not going to ever re read this book, and someday, someone will ask why the dead mother view spoiler The Loups born from Red Riding Hood s sex The harpies The grossly fat, selfish Snow White The Evil Huntress obsessed with finding the perfect prey The Evil Enchantress asleep behind the wall of thorns The girl in a jar, about as close as one comes to a refrigerator in a non refrigerator world hide spoiler One of the most beautiful, happiest passages in the book Stories were different, though they came alive in the telling Without a human voice to read them aloud, or a pair of wide eyes following them by flashlight beneath a blanket, they had no real existence in our world They were like seeds in the beak of a bird, waiting to fall to earth, or the notes of a song laid out on a sheet, yearning for an instrument to bring their music into being They lay dormant, hoping for the chance to emerge Once someone started to read them, they could begin to change They could take root in the imagination, and transform the reader Absolutely beautiful, and absolutely true It came alive to me, but not in a pleasant way,in the way of being lost in a forest and arriving at a town where nobody speaks your language and everyone looks at you askance, and you feel you may not be safe after all, which is why on my own personal scale, it s about an okay On the technical side, I d say it s a four star, meaning generally well written, lovely use of language, recognizable themes, consistent story All that said, it s not a book I d ever give and would recommend to only a few Part fairy tale and part psychological study, I found this to be an engrossing and powerful book Recommend to everybody, particularly those who have used reading and books to get themselves through difficult times, especially in childhood.I don t look at this book the way some readers apparently have as sci fi or fantasy, but instead see it as showing the redemptive power of books and stories in children s and adults lives And as an account of one boy s inner life and imagination.I m not sur Part fairy tale and part psychological study, I found this to be an engrossing and powerful book Recommend to everybody, particularly those who have used reading and books to get themselves through difficult times, especially in childhood.I don t look at this book the way some readers apparently have as sci fi or fantasy, but instead see it as showing the redemptive power of books and stories in children s and adults lives And as an account of one boy s inner life and imagination.I m not sure which way the author intended it, but it s a wonderful coming of age story For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be This turned out to be a lot darker and crueller than I expected it to be But in a good way.Now, if you consider reading this with or to your children don t If I had to set an age limit I would say 13 years, at least This is some real twisted Coraline shit Don t mistake it for anything else.It starts off promising but without any hint where it is going It could have been a historicalFor in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be This turned out to be a lot darker and crueller than I expected it to be But in a good way.Now, if you consider reading this with or to your children don t If I had to set an age limit I would say 13 years, at least This is some real twisted Coraline shit Don t mistake it for anything else.It starts off promising but without any hint where it is going It could have been a historical novel for all I know Maybe magical realism Don t let yourself be fooled, this is prime time fantasy.The writing captured me right away It created a magical and fairytale atmosphere and pulled me right in One thing is for sure, John Connolly can write.A few chapters in, when the main character left reality for the parallel fantasy world, I wasn t sure this magical atmosphere would hold Suddenly too many things happened at once, the pace increased and new characters were introduced almost every page.Luckily, Connolly managed to keep the atmosphere from crumbling and built an incredible and dark tale, based on many familiar characters and stories from popular fairytales Just keep in mind that this is anything but Disney The author stripped the fairytales of most romanticising aspects and went back to the original and often cruel version of the tales He gave them his own, sombre twist and developed an exciting and often surprising plot view spoiler I just have to talk about Roland here, for a minute We are introduced to this strong and tall knight in shining armour, who takes the main character under his wing for a while After a time we get to know him a little better and find out that he is looking for someone, another knight, whose picture he keeps hidden in a locket around his neck I could smell the gay from far away His was such a beautiful and tragic story, and I really wanted to knowabout him, he deserved a happy ending, but I knew, and he knew, that there was no such thing in his future Which made my heart ache a littleEnough rambling hide spoiler There are many fairytales out there and many of them include lovely princesses with fancy dresses and beautiful hair If you are ready to find out what Snow White is really like, or what unspeakable truth lead Red Riding Hood off the path and into the woods, you should make sure to read this book.P.S I m hoping for Guillermo del Toro to discover this book and adapt it.Findof my books on Instagram Fugue state, formally Dissociative Fugue usually involves unplanned travel or wandering, and is sometimes accompanied by the establishment of a new identity Fugues are usually precipitated by a stressful episode.in world war 2 era england, young David loses his mother after a lingering illness and begins to experience strange dissociative episodes, often involving the sounds of books whispering to him and usually ending with him falling into unconsciousness soon enough, his father finds a n Fugue state, formally Dissociative Fugue usually involves unplanned travel or wandering, and is sometimes accompanied by the establishment of a new identity Fugues are usually precipitated by a stressful episode.in world war 2 era england, young David loses his mother after a lingering illness and begins to experience strange dissociative episodes, often involving the sounds of books whispering to him and usually ending with him falling into unconsciousness soon enough, his father finds a new wife named Rose a nurse at his mother s hospice and David finds himself with a stepmother and an infant half brother David is deeply unhappy with this development after the new family moves out of london to Rose s country home in order to escape german bombers, David realizes a shadowy, crooked figure has sinister designs on him and his brother one night, after a particularly bad argument with his folks, David hears his mother s voice calling him following that voice, he crawls into a hole within a sunken garden just as a german bomber also falls from the sky and crashes into that garden he emerges into a sinister fantasyland his quest Find and Rescue His Mother his nemesis The Crooked Man.John Connolly is best known as a respected writer of an excellent detective series his strengths have been widely reported gorgeously dark and lush descriptive skills, a sensitive portrayal of private eye Charlie Parker an unusually tormented protagonist tragic even for a genre noted for its sad, sad heroes , and a unsettling ability to mix the prosaic with the supernatural to startling effect in this book, Connolly takes each of those gifts and streamlines them in a way that is appropriate for the reader of young adult or even children s literature although this novel is very clearly an Adult Fairy Tale the result is pleasingly distinctive there are many scenes that are striking in their psychosocial nuance, their foreboding atmosphere, their ability to evoke that wonderfully shivery feeling of fearful anticipation my favorite passage happens early on David s daunting entry into the strange fantasy world an eerie vignette that is a model of careful, suspenseful writing, featuring unearthly quiet, child like flowers, a a taciturn Woodsman, the smoking remains of the german bomber, bleeding trees, a house in the woods with a Giger like exterior, and a gathering of evil wolfish beings Dionysian imitatio, a literary method of imitation conceived as the practice of emulating, adaptating, reworking and enriching a source text by an earlier author.Book of Lost Things is a book of mythopoeic templates revisited, revised, regurgitated, remixed, and reimagined we have an entire company of Big Bad Wolves, reconfigured as ambitious wolf men, born of a grotesquely slutty Little Red Hood and sprung from the nightmares of a juvenile king a perhaps not so Wicked Stepmother a malevolent and terrifying Sleeping Beauty Childe Roland, transformed as a brave gay soldier in search of his long lost lover trolls and harpies and a savage, hungry Beast a young girl s spirit in a glass jar and our villain, a gleeful child thief, a striker of dark bargains, a Rumpelstiltskin, an old old devil The Crooked Man.the use of revisionism is, sadly, not always successful a comic interlude with the socialist Seven Dwarves and an obese, monstrous Snow White is depressingly unfunny and a little desperate at least to this reader and a long part near the end, depicting various torture chambers and examples of The Crooked Man s terrible villainy seems to be merely an excuse for Connolly to indulge himself with a gloatingly vicious array of sadistic tableau both sequences were eye rolling and sigh inducing.but those are aberrations despite them, Connollythan succeeds in creating delightful and intriguing reinterprations of figures from fairy and folk tale even better, David s character is a slow burning but dynamic one, changing in bits and starts from boy to man with each new encounter he is a realistically flawed protagonist as well as a brave and endearing little hero Memento mori, a Latin phrase translated as Remember your mortality , Remember you must die or Remember you will die it names a genre of artistic work which varies widely, but which all share the same purpose to remind people of their own mortality.the novel s extended endings were a brilliant surprise to avoid spoilers, i ll just say that i was entirely taken aback by the meaning of The Book of Lost Things itself and evenmemorably,intensely the closing pages no nonsense illustration of the potential and or inherent tragedy of human life in general and the idea of that tragedy no matter how intimate somehow not really being that tragic at all just simply a part of the greater cycle of life, death, and rebirth i hate to end a review with a tv show reference but if you have ever seen the last 10 minutes or so of Six Feet Under s final episode a wondrously sad, wistful, yet somehow uplifting experience you will know exactly what i mean the ending of this rather fantastic book is equally moving Extraordinary book, really special.Story about the seven dwarves made me laugh Magical book I have my eyes on Nocturnes now of Connolly. I stayed up till 1 last night to finish this book I REGRET NOTHING.Recently I ve taken quite a fancy to fairy tale re tellings You can go right ahead and blame Gail Carson Levine for that The Book of Lost things belongs to that genre, albeit a bit LOTdarker.The book begins by introducing us to 12 year old David who has just lost his mum He finds out that his dad is getting remarried and pretty soon finds himself with a baby brother, whom he hates on sight Deep in his depression, he be I stayed up till 1 last night to finish this book I REGRET NOTHING.Recently I ve taken quite a fancy to fairy tale re tellings You can go right ahead and blame Gail Carson Levine for that The Book of Lost things belongs to that genre, albeit a bit LOTdarker.The book begins by introducing us to 12 year old David who has just lost his mum He finds out that his dad is getting remarried and pretty soon finds himself with a baby brother, whom he hates on sight Deep in his depression, he begins to hear voices coming out of the books he and his mum used to read together That is when he first sees the Crooked Man One late night, David hears his mum s voice calling out to him, asking him to come rescue her from something horrible He follows her voice to a hole in the garden wall and ends up in fairy tale land with no way of going back the hole in the wall closes after he passes through And that is when things get nasty.Immediately after arriving, David runs into the Woodsman The Red riding hood one who rescues him from certain death at the hands of a group of half human, half wolf mutants Now, David has to find his way back by searching for the Book of Lost things with the help of the Woodsman and the brave Knight Roland, while escaping the werewolves and the ever lurking Crooked Man, who follows him everywhere he goes Another novel to have been mistakenly classified as a children s story, the Book of Lost Things, is like a roller coaster ride inside a scary, haunted house filled with your deepest, darkest nightmares involving live, flesh eating monsters and blood LOTS of blood But, not to worry there is light comic relief in the middle, in the form of view spoiler a tyrannical and grotesquely obese hide spoiler Snow white and seven view spoiler , extremely downtrodden hide spoiler dwarves That part is hilarious DO NOT MISS.BUT, the rest of the book is seriously creepy, though notso than the villain of the story, the Crooked Man To say he is a bad, bad man would be the understatement of the millenium in the entire galaxy He is fiendish, horrifying, diabolical, wicked, cruel, savage, monstrous, malicious, inhuman, infernal Freedictionary.com ran out of synonyms here SERIOUSLY, YOU GUYS, VOLDEMORT S GOT NOTHING ON THE CROOKED MAN You ve been warned.P.S The ending is amazing and wonderful and moving and very coming of age y and I CRIED So shoo, go read it now &FREE BOOK ↛ The Book of Lost Things ☛ 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 ThingsTaking 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 Didn t like this book as much but it did motivate me to sketch Fable like, but not YA.John Connolly s 2006 revisionist fantasy will draw many comparisons due to it s fable mythical themes Most notably will be a comparison to CS Lewis Narnia books since this is set in England during WWII and our young protagonist finds his way into an alternate world It s alternate fairy tales will also draw comparison to both Gregory Maguire and L Frank Baum The urban fantasy parts made me also think of Charles de Lint s fine work.Because of the youthful hero and the Fable like, but not YA.John Connolly s 2006 revisionist fantasy will draw many comparisons due to it s fable mythical themes Most notably will be a comparison to CS Lewis Narnia books since this is set in England during WWII and our young protagonist finds his way into an alternate world It s alternate fairy tales will also draw comparison to both Gregory Maguire and L Frank Baum The urban fantasy parts made me also think of Charles de Lint s fine work.Because of the youthful hero and the fable like tone, some readers may call it YA, but I would amend to highlight young ADULT This is most definitely NOT a juvenile book because of it s subject matter No doubt, many of Grimm s fairy tales were darker than the colorful musicals that Disney has twisted them into, but Connolly drives on past dark into grisly and sometimes disturbing His creation of the character of The Crooked Man was truly inspired.Because of the subjects of loss, abandonment and adopted relationships, this also made me think of A Monster Calls, though this lacked the emotional tug of that great book Connolly succeeds in creating a psychological examination of a young mind under stress and dealing with some heavy issues while also telling a pretty good fantasy story.Recommended