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Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun

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Fans of dark fairy-tales like The Hazel Wood and The Cruel Prince will relish this atmospheric and absorbing book based on Guillermo del Toro’s critically acclaimed movie.

Oscar winning writer-director Guillermo del Toro and New York Times bestselling author Cornelia Funke have come together to transform del Toro’s hit movie Pan’s Labyrinth into an epic and dark fantasy nov
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Katie No, you don't. The movie and the book are basically the same, so I think you'd actually like the book better if you didn't watch the movie first.…moreNo, you don't. The movie and the book are basically the same, so I think you'd actually like the book better if you didn't watch the movie first.(less)

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Charlotte May
I just want to flip back to the beginning and read it all over again!
5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"In our choices lie our fate."

This was just as magical and creepy as I had hoped it would be!
I absolutely adore the film Pan's Labyrinth. It is 100% my jam, the perfect combination of fantasy and darkness that just speaks to my soul, and the fact that this novel was taken on by Cornelia Funke - an author I have loved since reading the Inkheart trilogy as a tender teenager, it's fair to say my hopes were through t
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Once upon a time, when the woods were young,
they were home to creatures
who were full of magic and wonder ....

"Here!" She turned the open book to her visitor. "See? That’s a Fairy."

Well. If the girl thought so. Ofelia’s visitor decided to play along.

"My name is Ofelia," she said, trying her best to sound brave and not intimidated at all by the horns and those strange blue eyes. "Who are you?"

"Me?" The creature pointed at his withered chest. "Ha!" He waved his hand, as if names were th
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
This was a turn up for the books, a novel of the mesmerising and stunning 2006 film Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro that I adored, written by the film director and Cornelia Funke, with details and analysis of the film. Reading this bought back the movie in much of its original glory, haunting, tragic, painful, the magical realism, the darkest of fairy tales, immersing me in all its vibrant intensity. There is the young girl, Ofelia, living in the brutality and terrors of the fascist Franco ...more
Helena Paris
"You're getting older, and you'll see that life isn't like your fairy tales. The world is a cruel place. And you'll learn that, even if it hurts."

This was one odd and creepy story...but I liked it! I can see why it's a cult classic.
4.5 stars. Read it in one sitting, I didn't think I would like it that much!

I'm one of the few who were disappointed by the movie, but I still decided to try the book. I didn't remember the movie at all, so I can't compare, but I heard the book follows the same plot with some additional details. Why did I like the book so much in comparison of the movie? That's a mystery!

The illustrations were amazing (I wish there would be more than that, actually), the writing was poetic and the eerie atmosphe
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
I have never wanted to see the film because I think it's the type of film that would unsettle me too much with its dark imagery, and yet as soon as I heard it was to be adapted and expanded upon for a novel I knew I wanted to read it! It's strange how I will read books that have darker themes but won't watch films...I think it's because when I read I don't necessarily clearly visualise the events of the book in my mind's eye but instead I experience these events in a much more abstract manner.

Charles Edwards-Freshwater
First of all, I want to say that Pan's Labyrinth is one of my all time favourite films in the world. It is such a wonderful blend of dark magic, wonder and grim reality that it is everything I've ever wanted from a story and more.

However, the novelisation by Cornelia Funke somehow falls flat. Yes, the story and most of the dialogue remains unchanged, and that's a good thing, as it was already very accomplished and there's no sense in messing with good elements already in place. My issue was more
Patricija - aparecium_libri
This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and I was NOT DISAPPOINTED. Cornelia Funke (+ Guillermo del Toro) did it again.
This is dark, twisted, whimsical and I'd recommend it for Halloween, and definitely not for kids if they don't like scary stuff.
So TGW: Abuse, war, gore, slaughter, torture, death and other.
Eventhough in the synopsis, it says there are multiple stories (which there are), there are all connected and form one bigger story, and also, the main story is always in t
Edgarr Alien Pooh
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro teams up with author Cornelia Funke to bring a novelization of his 2006 movie, Pan's Labyrinth. This review is not a book vs movie comparison as I have not seen the movie.

Pan's Labyrinth is a gothic, mystical, magical fantasy but dark, oh so dark. The story takes place in Spain during the reign of General Franco during WWII. Franco, as you are aware, was aligned with the Germans during the war and with a magical twist, the plot reflects the Fascism of the
h o l l i s
So, I totally thought this was an MG story and hahahaha no.

I don't know about the rest of you but when I think Pan's Labyrinth I think [insert creepy dude with eyes in the palms of his hands here]. I only saw the movie once, a million years ago, and I thought this was an extension of the story or just inspired by it. But from what I understand (because I sure don't remember enough to say for certain) is that this is an expanded, additionally layered, version of the movie itself.

Which should tell
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the prettiest books and one of the most hauntingly beautiful stories I own. Some of you might be familiar with Guillermo del Toro's movie of the same name and yes, it is that story.

Ofelia is a young girl living in Spain during Franco's regime. Her father is dead and her mother has remarried so she is now living with the dreadful Capitán Vidal. Her mother is only 32 years old but already disillusioned and heartbroken and therefore not able to really connect and communicate with her
Nils | nilsreviewsit
‘Only books talked about all the things adults didn’t want you to ask about - Life. Death. Good and Evil. And what else truly mattered in life.’
Pan’s Labyrinth was originally a Spanish fantasy/horror film written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, that I believe was released in 2006. To say that I enjoyed the film would be such an understatement because to tell the truth, I absolutely adored it and still do. In my opinion it is one of the best fantasy films there is, and will always be special
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-shelf, fantasy
My friend got me a beautifully illustrated version of this book and it has been a delight to fall into this story again. I'm sure a ton of us have seen the original movie.

This book is very much that story.

How does it compare? Well.

Is it as freaking DARK as the original fairy tale? Yes. Scarily so. The sense of oppression, desperation, magic, and YA horror is evident from the beginning and culminates in a true tragedy by the end.

Although some people might see the light and happiness in this, I su
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Many thanks to HarperTeen for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

I enjoyed the story but the truly amazing part of this book was its gorgeous design.

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Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A splendid companion to the movie (and more on that in a moment), and a nicely packaged YA (young adult) fantasy/historical fiction crossover. As a fan of the movie (again, see below), it's hard for me to be objective about the book, so I'll leave the objectively to others.

As a general rule, I fall into the camp of always reading the book before seeing the movie because, well, I'm a book person, books are always better, movies always leave too much out, etc... Sometime you get those cool moments
Arezoo Alipanah
Jun 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
It is such a sad and dark fantasy! The whole story is perfect, just like the movie. But without the lullaby song, it's like something is missing from Pan's Labyrinth.

About the audiobook:I was listening it in audible and the narrator had such a sweet Spanish accent that made the story even more amusing.

این کتاب واقعا زیبا بود. فیلم رو کامل پوشش داده بود و بعضی داستانا و افسانه ها رو حتی طوری اضافه کرده بود که از خلاقیت نویسنده میموندم:) و متن خیلی روونی داشت.
نمیدونم شاید وسواس منه، ولی هزار تو
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019, fantasy
I don't know why I was expecting something different from the movie as the movie came first...

I really enjoyed it, I love that type of a bit darker and twisted tales so I was happy listening to it. And Guillermo does the narration so it was even better!!!
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
“In our choices lie our fate”

2.5 stars

I am not a fan of reading books that I have already seen as a film. Mostly because I often have the feeling that I only remember the scenes in the film and can hardly let my imagination run wild.

With this book, I hoped for a kind of retelling instead of a written version of the film with a few additional short stories. Don't get me wrong, I liked the basic story, but I didn't feel any tension and I followed Ofelia's tests more like a report of events, w
Dan Lutts
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Wonderful story! Review to follow.
David J

Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my favorite films--like, top ten favorite. Director Guillermo del Toro brought realism and magic and fantasy and history and fairy-tale and the power of words together and made something truly spectacular. So there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to read this illustrated adaptation as soon as possible. If you’re a fan of the film, it’s an enjoyable and fun read but not necessarily a must-read. It should be quite exciting for those who aren't familiar with th
Michael Sorbello
Synopsis: It's 1944 and the Allies have invaded Nazi-held Europe. In Spain, a troop of soldiers are sent to a remote forest to flush out the rebels. They are led by Capitan Vidal, a murdering sadist, and with him are his new wife Carmen and her daughter from a previous marriage, 11-year-old Ofelia. Ofelia witnesses her stepfather's sadistic brutality and is drawn into Pan's Labyrinth, a magical world of mythical beings.

Review: A dark fairy tale about disobedience in the face of wickedness. I per
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
4.5 stars

This book is something special and I really enjoyed my time while reading this.
I absolutely loved the movie and when I saw that this book had been published in honour of the film, I just had to get my hands on it.

Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun has such a beautiful and moody setting and you couldn’t help but feel like you’re reading a dark fairytale.
As I saw the film, I knew the plot and what happens, however I still felt enchanted and felt like I couldn’t put this down.

Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
This was a nice adaptation of the film, but I think it lacked any sign of Funke's writing and style. She was clearly fit to the challenge of making this story work in written form, and I think the insight into the characters and the deeper exploration of the world was nice, but it just didn't stand out. Maybe if I was a bigger fan of the movie this would have made more of an impact, but I think I was chasing more of Cornelia Funke's traditional style when I picked this up and it just wasn't ther ...more
The Nerd Daily
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Isabella Stocka

I may be too old or grown up for Funke’s books, but every time she publishes a new one, I simply have to get it. Inkheart and Reckless are fantastic trilogies and The Thief Lord is one of my favourite books and movie adaptations of all time.

What makes Pan’s Labyrinth so special is that it is a movie-based story and that alone made me excited to read it. But the real phenomenon, which left me speechless, is the fact that Funke is c
Apr 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
I’m so ready to be awe-struck and heartbroken all over again.
Amber J
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler free way. If you feel anything in my review is a spoiler and is not already hidden in spoiler brackets please let me know. Thank you.

Ofelia and her mother is moving to be with her new step father. A horrible man who only married her mother so that she would give him a son. When Ofelia is lead to Faun by a fairy he tells her that she is a long lost princess and she has to pass 3 trials to come home. I would just like to note that there is

Jude: The Epic Reader
Disclaimer: I have never seen the movie although I really want to (especially after reading this). I have listened to the movie soundtrack a thousand times; it is one of my favorites.
This was a really haunting beautiful story with a mix of fairy tale tropes and horror. I will probably watch the movie sometime around Halloween.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adult, 4-stars
Pan's Labyrinth is one of my favorite movies and I had to buy this book. RTC. ...more
Celia McMahon
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm watching Pan's Labyrinth as I write this review because it seems like the right thing to do. As one of my favorite movies of all time, I had to request this title from Edelweiss. I told them I would give them a leg to be able to review this title. Since they allowed me this honor, I think one of my legs now belongs to Katherine Tegen. This review may contain spoilers for those who have not seen the movie.

When I first saw Pan's Labyrinth in the theater, I knew right away that it would cement
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"In our choices lie our fate."


I will read literally anything that has Cornelia's name on it okay, which was the main reason I wanted this book. But I'd also seen the movie a few years ago and enjoyed the darker fairytale aspect of it . . . and honestly the movie was so much better. Sure, this has Cornelia Funke's lovely way of writing about it, but it's just so scattered and literally the movie step-by-step, albeit toned down in a few parts (mostly regarding the language) to make this more a
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Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican director mostly known for his acclaimed films Pan's Labyrinth, The Devils Backbone, Crimson Peak and the Hellboy film franchise. His films draw heavily on sources as diverse as weird fiction, fantasy, horror, and war. In 2009, Del Toro released his debut novel, The Strain, co-authored with Chuck Hogan, as the first part of The Strain Trilogy, an apocalyptic horror s ...more

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