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Teddy and the Darkgate

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  25 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Nobody takes a teddy seriously — and that might just save Teddy’s life.

Not that he’ll notice; Teddy is too focused on reaching the lady of his dreams, avoiding a vomiting baby and finding a way to get from Aberystwyth to Clehonger, despite being unable to read a map.

Behind the scenes, things are moving. Dark things. Dark things that would happily kill an idealistic Teddy w
Paperback, 1st, 208 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by grwpgwyn
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Simon M Garrett
May 08, 2012 Simon M Garrett rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm the author of this book so it's impossible for me to review it normally - instead, I'll tell you how the book came into existence, and how it changed me while I was writing it.

At the beginning, I was simply writing down some stories that I had made up, about a large teddy bear I'd bought from IKEA. I was, at the time, very nervous about becoming a dad. Playing with the idea of a large, live Teddy, in the back of the car or around the house, gave me the opportunity to find out how I'd react t
Robin Conley
Jul 09, 2012 Robin Conley rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. It was an interesting read, but I'm not really sure what I think of it. I was hesitant about the plot of the book before I even began reading it, but having an open mind and extreme curiosity, I decided to check it out. I wasn't too sure how the author would work the idea of a living teddy bear into a the story but I think he did it semi-successfully. I will say it was strange to read, and that I didn't like the way Teddy's speech was presented. I think ...more
Jun 15, 2012 Adelaide rated it really liked it
I have gotten Teddy and the Darkgate from a goodreads giveaway, meaning the version I have is a mis-printed draft, and not the proper 1st edition.

Truthfully, when I had first signed up for this giveaway, this definitely wasn't one of the books I had really wanted. My first thought was something along the lines of "Moving teddy bears. Just great. A children's story." But for some reason or another, I had signed up for it, and I'm really glad I did.

This isn't Toy Story where toys only interact wit
Dec 30, 2012 Renee rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I received a complimentary copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I don't particularly like giving negative reviews because I really do believe that just because I don't like a book, it doesn't mean someone else won't enjoy it. This book had me shaking my head throughout in bafflement. I'm left unsure as to who is the intended target audience.

You have a talking teddy bear who drinks toilet water, who feels various levels of pain, who eats and drinks but doesn't need sustena
Dec 05, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I read this book on one day whilst sitting in Belfast airport and I tell you what, I'm sure it was a guarantee that nobody else was reading the same book! And for me that's a shame, because I really enjoyed it!

It's a very simple adventure story, Teddy wants to meet Lady Teddy and he goes out to find her after he sees her pass by his house in a car. On the way he meets a variety of things that talk that usually don't, including sheep, dolls and shoes and then we even take a wander into fairyland
David Caldwell
I won a copy on Goodreads Firstreads.

This was a really nice little story.Teddy,the teddy,is a typical teddy.The love of his owners has Awaken him to the point where he cam walk and talk.But he is not very bright.He is more concerned with being happy and living in the moment.So when his people bring a new baby into their home,Teddy has trouble adjusting to the change.

Feeling neglected, Teddy decides to set out to find a lovely Lady Teddy that he saw drive by one day.Having almost no plan of how t
Feb 15, 2013 Jan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Disclaimer: I knew the author at university.

I approached Teddy and the Darkgate tentatively, because I thought it was a children's book. Within a few pages, I realised that I was wrong. This is a book about love, loss, rejection, belief systems and philosophies of life. It's an action packed adventure story, centred around a soft toy who is brought to life by the love of humans, and who almost loses that life again by following a quest to find true love. It explores the issues around becoming a
Jun 26, 2012 Annette rated it liked it
I received this book from the goodreads first reads giveaway.

When I started reading this book, I really enjoyed it. The story was cute and charming, and I felt I couldn't put it down. I'm not sure what happened, but about 1/3 of the way into the book, it just couldn't keep my attention anymore. I enjoyed it, but couldn't read more than a few pages at a time. Now, don't get me wrong, that may have just been me. So, I told myself I was going to sit down and finish the story, and forced myself to
Georgiann Hennelly
Apr 11, 2013 Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing
Teddy and the Darkgate is a story about a teddy bear who is just trying to reach the lady of his dreams and trying to find a way to get from Aberystwyth to Clehonger, even though he can't read a map.Things are moving behind the scenes. Dark things, that would happily kill teddy. An idealistic bear who is just bumbling along through the world. The biggest threat is to his dreams. Will a world full of cynical animals and indifferent humans take away all his hopes and wide eyed trust, or will he ...more
Dipika Patel
May 08, 2012 Dipika Patel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of offbeat fiction
Recommended to Dipika by: Jan
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
I'll start with a disclaimer: I know the author. But I didn't let this affect my judgement of this book, which I found to be extremely enjoyable.

Don't be put off by the cover - this is no simple children's tale. Dark undercurrents run throughout the story as Teddy continues on his journey to find another teddy he thinks is his soulmate - and discovers he's part of something much bigger.

My favourite thing about this book is the wonderfully drawn characters. Whether it's a sheep, a doll or even a
Jun 06, 2012 Marylynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
A very engaging story I got the chance to read by winning a First Reads giveaway. The main character Teddy goes on an adventure to find true love, but meets some friends and foes along the way. Things don't always turn out quite how Teddy wants, and he learns a few hard lessons along the way.

Some of the people he encounters seem to be fairly heavy handed metaphors for different religious and social groups, like a herd of sheep calling themselves The Flock, but the way they change as a result of
Jul 14, 2012 Vikki rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book on Goodreads Giveaway

It was a cute story - imagine if Teddy's really did get up to those kind of adventures! But it just didn't grab my attention as much as I would have liked to give it a higher rating. It started off as a quest to find Lady Teddy... and whilst that storyline was dealt with, I ended up feeling a bit lost when the focus shifted from that to Darkgate. It felt a little rushed through. Maybe a re-read would help... At times I found the characters' speech a little ir
Jan 11, 2013 Vicki rated it liked it
GOODREADS FIRST READS WIN: I won this book on Goodreads and was skeptical when I began to read it. I am not totally enthralled with the story, but it does have its redeeming qualities.

Teddy (a real teddy bear) searches for the love of his life, Lady Teddy of Clehonger Cars. Nothing will stop him from finding her. He has fallen in love at first sight. :o)

I think that this book has lessons to teach, if the reader is willing to stick to the story and not prejudge. It is a little weird reading abou
Sep 02, 2014 Lindsay rated it it was ok
My friend won this in a goodreads first-read giveaway.... it's a copy that is unedited and so there are many mistakes in it like missing words, and such. The story itself is really weird to me and a little too far fetched. Something about it just didn't work for me. The way Teddy spoke annoyed me to no end. I understand what the author was trying to do with it but I just found it annoying and distracting and difficult. The only reason why it's "for adults" is because of the violence and language ...more
Jun 09, 2012 Rita rated it really liked it
I won this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. A well written read. Very entertaining. I could not put this book down. You have to read this book you will not regret picking it up and reading.
Jun 16, 2012 Jackie rated it did not like it
I got this book through a Goodreads giveaway. It was advertised as good for adults, but it was not. I made it through 4 chapters and up to page 51, I am going to pass it on to my grandsons. I think they will like it.
-I won this in a GoodReads giveaway-

A cute, quick read about a teddy named Teddy and a big adventure for such a small bear.

I thought this would be a more adult book, but it was fun nonetheless. I will be on the lookout for the future adventures of Teddy.
Aug 02, 2013 Felicia rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from GoodReads first reads. I enjoyed teddy and the adventure but about half way through I did start to drift. If there was a second I would read it just to see what happens next.
Mar 12, 2013 tuttle88 marked it as gave-up-on
Received this through a giveaway back when I signed up for all the giveaways even though I was pretty sure I wouldn't like the book.
Jul 26, 2012 Koko rated it liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. That was a cute story, and I really imagine a film (maybe more for children) based on that book !
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Simon M Garrett was born in England, about thirty miles south west of London. He lived in an ordinary house with his younger brother, but they invented extra-ordinary adventures, and Simon discovered the excitement of creating stories.

However, Simon was told that writing and story-telling was not a real job, that he couldn't spell, that his writing was messy, and that he wasn't a writer. Instead,
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