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Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  297 ratings  ·  72 reviews
A thrillingly dark novel that shows the rare magic that can happen when two dazzlingly original imaginations come together to make a book. Bestselling author Cornelia Funke has written a novel inspired by Guillermo del Toro's captivating 2006 film. Beautiful, haunting, visceral, gutsy, it's a vastly inventive, grown-up modern fairytale, pulsing with power of stories to sha ...more
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Expected publication: July 2nd 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing (first published October 15th 2006)
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    Charlotte May
    1. I love Pan's Labyrinth
    2. I love Cornelia Funke

    Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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 of Sparta ✰ (on semi-hiatus)
    "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.

    Candace Robinson
    Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my all time favorite movies, so if you love it you’ll definitely like this book! The descriptions were gorgeous and perfect. My only complaint is I hate seeing movies first and reading a book second!! Also, I seriously love Guillermo del Toro!!! ❤❤ ...more
    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
    Celia McMahon
    Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Apr 21, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    I’m so ready to be awe-struck and heartbroken all over again.
    Mar 15, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    i can't wait to read this book. Pan's Labyrinth is a hugeee movie fave of mine (fantasy/soft-horror on the screen and my heart is screaming) nd having del Toro himself co-author the novelization with magical realism QUEEN Cornelia Funke?

    *clutches pearls*

    i'm n o t r e a d y

    Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    **I received a digital ARC of this title to review**

    As a huge fan of del Toro's work and of the movie version, I was extremely excited to get my hands on this title. The illustrations are so gorgeous and I absolutely love the cover design.

    The story is broken up into simple and easy to read chapters that make it easy to fly through the book. The chapters sizes are also nice if you're a lunch break reader or a child reading during designated times, you don't feel like you're going to get stuck in
    Omg this has got to be my most wanted book for this year!!

    Hurry up July because I NEED this!!
    Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
    This looks absolutely fascinating. The cover art looks mystical and gorgeous. Pan’s Labyrinth is such a dark and beautiful movie! I think I need this one right now.
    Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

    This being one of my favorite films, I was very eager to read the screenplay. Del Toro's vivid imagination is beautifully demonstrated by his ability as both a writer and director. I found the script online, and finished it in a sitting. No matter how many times you've seen the movie, reading the script helps you further appreciate del Toro's skill as an artist. His dialogue and descriptions are so rich and compelling that I found myself immersed in the story. It wasn't long after I finished th
    I can’t imagine a better author to work with Guillermo del Toro to bring his masterpiece movie to book form than Cornelia Funke.
    If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll appreciate the fact that the novel follows it so closely while filling in some blanks with richly-imagined backstory.
    If you haven’t seen the movie, you will be immersed in a compelling dark fairytale with ties to current history. And then you need to see the movie. Because it is also masterful.
    This novelization makes me very happ
    Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I'm going to be honest: I didn't finish this. I read about 12% and realized this is beat by beat the movie, with a couple of illustrations. Pretty to look at, but I would rather watch the movie. The book does a really good job at inferring all the subtleties in the visuals of the movie, which is nice to have, but reminded me of how strong the movie's visuals are, that we're able to tell so much about the characters from the way they move.

    I guess it's nice to have the story in English too, but I'
    ♠️ TABI ♠️
    I will read literally anything that has Cornelia's name on it okay
    Ashley Delgadillo
    i love the movie but never read the book
    Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Confirmed: the Pale Man is still the spookiest thing in the world.

    This was just beautiful. Binged it in a day. I haven't seen the movie for yeaaars, so while this does follow the film pretty dang closely, it made me be happily reminded of shots and scenes that I've got buried in my memory, rather than feeling too repetitive.

    That said, there's also plenty of fairy tales and backstory of the Labyrinth, Ofelia, the Faun, so on, packed in there, both as interesting new content and contributing to th
    Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I received an ARC of this through my work.

    I'd never seen the movie before reading this (shocker, I know!), so I went into this book totally, completely blind. I loved it. Magical, whimsical, sinister, and heartbreaking all at once, this stuff is right up my alley and that ending really shocked me.

    I was excited to finally watch the movie after reading the novel, and it was like watching a really awesome, faithful movie adaptation of a great book. If you haven't seen the movie yet, I recommend re
    May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    4.5/5 stars

    *I was provided with an ARC of this book by the publisher, in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Firstly, I want to state that I’ve never had the pleasure of watching the movie version of Pan’s Labyrinth and so only had a vague idea about the story itself, therefore, I’ve had no way of comparing the book to the movie. What I will say though, is that I can definitely see how it w
    Amit Verma
    Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I watched this movie few years ago; and I was thrilled with pain and fear it carried in its lap. It is one of great movies with great characters and rememberable dialogues.
    This book is based on this story which is thrilling, different, fast paced and innovative.
    Story is real fodder for imagination but amount of darkness and pain it depicts, makes me doubt; if it is suitable for kids.
    Their is pain and cruelty at every page with few triumphs in between.
    Language is Innovative and you can feel sc
    Michael Cook
    May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    3.5 out of 5, rounded up to 4
    ARC provided by HarperCollins, via Edelweiss

    Novelizations of movies can really be a hit or miss affair. The best ones take the events that happen within a film and expand upon them in ways only a novel can do - bringing readers into the thoughts of the characters within a film and showing those same events from a different angle or with extra bits that the film might not have had time to show. Unfortunately, most film novelizations don't do that - they to just be fai
    Angelique fernandez
    I looove this book! I think I ought to give it 10 stars! Need I say more? c= lol
    Deborah (WhiteRabbitWriter)
    “Although we may wish for it, true magic is a scary thing.”

    Cornelia Funke is probably most well known for writing the Inkheart trilogy, a series I have read and loved many times. Fans of the trilogy will know that the final book, Inkdeath, showed Funke’s talent for weaving a darker fairytale. In Pan’s Labyrinth, those talents ran rampent.

    At it’s heart the story is bittersweet; following the characters from their arrival at the Mill House, a station for the soldiers who are hunting rebels in the
    Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    There's often a lot of talk about the quality of films based on a book that has been converted to the big screen, but what happens when a much respected film gets transformed into the written word? Pan's Labyrinth, a Spanish-language film by critically acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro is my favourite film and when I saw this book I knew I had to see what it was like. Cornelia Funke, an illustrator and storyteller, is the given the task of transforming the dark fairytale to life... and on th ...more
    Elli (Kindig Blog)
    Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I watched the film of Pan’s Labyrinth just over 10 years ago now and remember really enjoying it so was excited to receive the ARC for the book. I think, judging from other reviews I have read that watching the film a long time ago was actually a really nice way to enjoy the book. A few reviews have lamented the fact that this is just a straight retelling of the film, but for me I couldn’t really remember how the story ended or what happened in particular detail which meant I still enjoyed it an ...more
    Sara Key
    Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I absolutely loved everything about this book! I could read it over and over again and never get fed up.
    I read this in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down, though I did try to distract myself so as not to finish it too soon. I was disappointed that it wasn't longer, but that said, I could have read this story for days and still wanted more. This is the kind of book that made me develop a love of reading in the first place. Amongst the hundreds of books I have read this is one that really s
    Unseen Library
    Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I received a copy of Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun from Bloomsbury Australia to review.

    Pan’s Labyrinth is a Spanish-language dark fantasy film written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Thirteen years after its release, Guillermo del Toro and bestselling author Cornelia Funke have transformed the screenplay of the film into a beautiful work of prose.

    Pan’s Labyrinth is part of a modern tradition of fairytales in which children have fantastic adventures whilst the
    Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is truly a wonderful epic and dark fantasy that I fell in love with. I love the creepy fairytale vibe I got from this book and the illustrations in it are hauntingly beautiful.

    I was super excited when i got accepted to review this book! I love the film and I couldn't wait to read this book! I love it so much and I will most likely buy a physical copy of the book because it's beautiful. Also you don't need to have seen the film to read the book!

    The main part of the book is set in 1944 Spai
    Leonie Byrne
    Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: fantasy
    Thank you to Netgalley, the authors and Bloomsbury publishing for my arc of Pans Labyrinth in exchange for an honest review.

    Synopsis: based on the hit film Pan’s Labyrinth follows the story of Ofelia a young girl living in a war torn world and unsure where to turn. It has magic and whimsy in a backdrop of terror and despair.

    Ok, confession time, I haven’t seen the film this book is inspired by, I know a lot of people sing its praises but I’ve just never got around to it. Perhaps if I had seen the
    K.S. Marsden
    Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    When Ofelia and her mother move to a remote village in Spain, a fairytale is about to come to life.

    I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
    This was a beautiful dark story, and everything I hoped for.

    Ofelia is just a simple girl. She is the daughter of a tailor; misses her dear, late-father; and distrusts the wolf that her mother has married. Oh, and she happens to be young and innocent enough that she does not blind herself to the magic in the world, like the grown
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    The Movie 2 6 Feb 08, 2008 03:32PM  
    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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