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The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
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Oct 16, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: own, 2009, book-club
Read in October, 2009

Ever hear the phrase, "you can't judge a book by its cover"? With this book, that phrase is totally obsolete. I picked this book up mainly because the cover caught my eye and the name was intriguing (it's about books). Often when I base my book selection on the appearance of the cover (or the title of the book, see Stuart: A Life Backwards), I am quite disappointed. Not the case here. This book was utterlly FANTASTIC. It's about a boy who loses his mom at an early age, only to find her replaced by a new step-mom and little brother, and sure enough, he begins to harbor feelings of hatred (I can totally relate to this one). He enters this fantastical world where normal fairy tales take on a warped versions of themselves, where you are forced to confront your worst nightmares and a malevolent version of Rumpelstiltskin is waiting to trick you with each move you make. Not only is the novel entertaining in itself, but it also provides lessons on family, love, acceptance, greed and hate. This book was very enjoyable, especially the bonus at the end which contains original versions of all fairy tales mentioned in the book. I would strongly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading, fairy tales and adventure.
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