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Bedtime Story

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  419 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
Following his bestselling debut, Before I Wake, Robert J. Wiersema returns with this exquisitely plotted blend of supernatural thriller and domestic drama.

For novelist Christopher Knox, getting up early every morning to write isn’t bringing him the sense of fulfillment it once did. It’s been ten years since his first novel was published, to some acclaim, and he’s hit a wal
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Random House Canada
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Kerry Vaughan
Oct 01, 2012 Kerry Vaughan rated it it was amazing
I love this book, as soon as I started reading it I was right back to bedtime my brother and I sitting one on either side of my dad as he read us The Hobbit. This book brought back so many memories from that time and then whisked me away on a whole new adventure. The twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat, the quests and battles hungry for more and the mystery woven intricately in kept me reading well after I knew I should have been asleep. Thank you Robert Wiersema for reminding me why ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Corey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wiersema has always had a hint of the magical in his stories up until now, but Bedtime Story pushes him into epic new territory. A story about a boy trapped in a fantasy novel and the father seeking clues to free him, it treads a fine line between realism and the fantastic that would trip up lesser novelists. Weirsema keeps his story straight and his style clear, capturing the feel of Tolkien-like epics on one hand while delivering an affecting portrait of grief and loss on the other. Pair this ...more
Bree Phoenix
Jul 15, 2011 Bree Phoenix rated it it was amazing
"Turning to the first chapter, I couldn’t help myself: with the first sentence it was like I was eleven years old again, reading in the apple tree or the hayloft at my grandparents’ place in Henderson." Parents will always see their children as their little boy or their little girl. It is a fact that neither you nor I can escape. Our parents until they die will view us as the little people they’ve birthed and raised. So when I was browsing the shelves of the library and happened to stumble upon ...more
Jul 06, 2011 Kiley rated it really liked it
How can a book about a child lost in a catatonic state be a fun read? (A) When you somehow know from the start he will emerge, (B) when there's fascinating double, sometimes triple or quadruple, narrative threading going on, (C) when you get to oscillate between YA fiction and adult domestic drama in one book, and (D) when you're almost laughing, in a lovely, on-board way, at the sheer audacity of the author in daring to write such a convoluted, ambitious, thrilling, almost childlike-in-its-thro ...more
Mar 20, 2011 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Gonna go out on a limb here: Robert J. Wiersema has a thing for broken families—maybe not even broken, but in the process of slowly, agonizingly falling apart. That, and childhood trauma of the sort that would likely scar one for life.

The narrative in Bedtime Story is charmingly simple, but layered with an almost unsettling amount of emotional honesty (as much honesty as one can convey through layers of magical realism). A writer whose second book is years overdue, struggles to connect to his wi
Laura Buechler
Jan 02, 2011 Laura Buechler rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book in less than 48 hours, and it is a BIG book. It was that compelling. There are two parallel stories being told: the story of writer Christopher and his young son David, and the narrative of the book they are reading together. Several chapters in, David suffers a seizure and becomes comatose. The narrative of the story, however, continues on, and it soon becomes clear that David has been transported into the world of the book through some nefarious plot. Christopher discovers ...more
Jun 23, 2011 Theresa rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
All I can say is some books just don't work for me. Initially I enjoyed the book and the book within a book concept. However I found the fantasy book within to be poorly written (most likely deliberately so as the author was trying to recreate a pulp-type genre) and couldn't get past this. About 150 pages in, I realized I just didn't care to read the rest and just read the last chapter to satisfy my curiosity.
Christina Difilippantonio-jolley
Very interesting and different concept. I loved the omniscient writing style and the main character of Chris. I couldn't put the book down while reading, but looking back on it, he ending was rushed. Still a good read. If you like the NeverEnding Story, you will love this.
Amanda Kramers
Dec 03, 2014 Amanda Kramers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
As I was reading this book I found myself staying up untill 4:30 in the morning reading it. I am shocked about the way it ended it seamed like there should be a seaqual
Jul 18, 2015 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub-2015
Was slow getting into it but once I got through the first 100 pages I really got into the story. Was an entertaining read. Kept you guessing til the end.
Jan 04, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a fun interesting book and I recommend it.
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Jul 02, 2011 P๏€cɨℓią* ~SLiTsRead rated it really liked it
Pretty good. Reminds me of Neverending Story.
Aug 24, 2015 Ariana rated it liked it
I was very annoyed with the multiple plot lines going on in the beginning. I was less annoyed when I realized it was just two plus the one snippet from the beginning but it was though to keep track of names and threads from the both of them. I eventually got the hang of it and was able to dive into both of them but it took a bit of time.

All in all, I was satisfied with how it played out. I was cheering on the main character in all aspects of his life (career, love, son, etc.) and the plot kept m
Dec 02, 2011 Pooker rated it really liked it
Shelves: canada, fiction
Christmas 2010 booty!

December 1, 2011

I read this book a few months ago. It now sits on my bedside table. I rather like the looks of it sitting there. It's a handsome book and suits my decor. And the title, Bedtime Story - could any thing be more apropos?

That is all. No cover copy, no quotes!

December 2, 2011

Okay, the foregoing was a joke. A joke but true. The book is on the table and does look terrific. Books *do* furnish a room. But unlike some folks who only use them for decorative purposes, I
Steven Buechler
Mar 28, 2013 Steven Buechler rated it it was amazing
Wiersma does a great job in keeping the magic of books alive in this technological age with this story. A must read for every bibliophile.

Page 145:
David had been reading a suspenseful section of a novel that he'd been obsessed with for days, and at the moment that the hero of the story is overcome by unknown forces, rendered unconscious and senseless. David had a seizure that left hin unconscious, senseless.
It was a bit of a stretch, but was it possible that he could identify so deeply with a ch
Shonna Froebel
Nov 20, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canadian
A book I couldn't put down. I stayed up this evening until I finished this. I didn't even stop to eat dinner. This book had me until the end. This is what a page-turner is all about.
Chris Knox is working on his second book, which is taking far too long. He makes a living as a columnist for the Vancouver Sun. His son David has just turned eleven, and Chris finds a book in a used bookstore to give to him for a gift. The author wrote a series of four books that Chris read when he was young and he h
Coreena McBurnie
Jul 08, 2012 Coreena McBurnie rated it really liked it
What a great book! There was something so different about this one, with its book within a book set up, as well as the mystery and fantasy, that I could hardly put this one down. The story was cleverly designed and executed.

The relationships in this book are realistic and compelling. I really felt for Chris, a struggling writer in the middle of a marriage that is breaking down and a tenuous relationship with his son, David. He finds that he connects with his son by reading to him at night and wh
Dec 18, 2011 Patty rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this second outing by Wiersema who I think has really hit his stride with this book. The main character is a Victoria writer with severe writer's block and a nurse wife whose patience is wearing thin.When he buys his son a book by a long-forgotten fantasy author the son becomes obsessed by the book, so much so he suffers a seizure. While his parents agonize over their comatose son, the boy has become one of the characters in the book whose only hope of escape is to find a magica ...more
Aug 08, 2013 Linh rated it really liked it
The Bedtime Story was an interesting concept of a little boy who was pulled into the book he was reading. The story then separates into two tales, one in the book, where the boy is fighting to complete a task, believing that that may bring him home. The other story is the one in the real world of the boy's father trying to find a way to bring him back.

I liked the concept and I liked the story but I felt that the author jumped from one story to the other too much for me to really get into either
Jan 25, 2014 Koula rated it really liked it
this was a Christmas gift that i thoroughly enjoyed - good read... nice mix of adventure, fantasy with a strong underlying dose of contemporary reality with all the complexities of living in the 21st century... enjoyed it thoroughly
Jul 27, 2011 Trish rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed dipping in and out of the fantasy of Robert Wiersema's imagination in this wonderful book. I was moved by Chris and David's story, and felt tears prick the corners of my eyes several times as Chris yearned to help revive his ill son. The action moved well, and quickly, making it the perfect book for a cottage weekend away where I could pick it and and put it down constantly without feeling interrupted.

I recommend this novel about imagination, truth, family, and growing up to re
Ms Wendy
Feb 20, 2014 Ms Wendy rated it really liked it
I have read 2 books by this author and really enjoyed them both,I am looking forward to reading more.
Mar 16, 2014 Jill added it
Shelves: 2014printbooks
Very compelling story. I spend the day reading it from cover to cover.
Jan 03, 2014 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Carrie Marcotte
This is a truly original novel. Two parallel stories, as far apart as could be, involving the same character(s) from each - one, a tale of childhood tragedy and the hardships the parents have to go through and the other, a whimsical fairy-tale fantasy adventure. I found myself throughout the novel drawn to the stories and characters, but also to how the author was going to draw these two stories together. The end is a tad disappointing, as the author loses a bit of cohesiveness and the plot gets ...more
Apr 02, 2014 Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
One day read. Very compelling.
Sarah M
Jun 08, 2015 Sarah M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
I found I skimmed through a lot of the book, and I found the end bit kinda of confusing.
Jul 06, 2013 Marcie rated it it was ok
I loved the IDEA of this book...young boy reading a fantasy fiction story falls into the tale and becomes part of the book. Dad keeps reading to him hoping to find a way to rescue him from the story. Kind of neat right?

This was a convoluted and confusing book with weird characters that I never connected to. I kept reading to see if it would get better. It didn't. I most skimmed the parts where David/Dafyd was trying to find the Sunstone in the 'story' parts. Too bad- I had high hopes.
Feb 14, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it
A great read. Hard to put down.

Chris reads to his eleven year son every night. He introduces his son to an author he enjoyed as a youth. His son becomes so involved in the book (a Lord of the Rings type story)that he enters the world of fantasy becoming the main character in the book but in real time he becomes unresponsive and unconscious. "Bedtime Story" switches back and forth between the quest that the son must execute and Chris's frantic efforts to find out what is wrong with his son.
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