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The Tooth Fairy

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,550 Ratings  ·  272 Reviews
Sam and his friends are like any normal gang of normal young boys—roaming wild around the outskirts of their car-factory town, daring adults to challenge their freedom. Then one day Sam wakes to find the tooth fairy sitting on the edge of his bed—but this is not the benign figure of childhood myth. This is an enigmatic presence that both torments and seduces him, changing ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published December 1998 by Tor Books (first published January 1996)
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Dan Porter
Nov 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: transrealism
The feeling I came away from The Tooth Fairy with was neither of happiness nor of satisfaction and, although it was a fairly dark story, neither was the feeling anything like despair. Somewhere between those points is some combination of recognition, rememberance, anticipation, and a sense of loss that make up the un-nameable feeling with which I connected with this book. This is a fairy tale and a coming of age story that combine beautifully to remind us of how much we lose and how much we gain ...more
Janette Fleming
Aug 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Graham Joyce surely is one of the most underrated this possibly because he is so hard to market? Is he horror? Is he fantasy? Or possibly `social surrealism'...?

What ever he is his stories are strange, magical and original and he fast becoming one of my favourite authors.

He likes to instill in the reader a feeling of lingering uneasiness …. ‘You come away from the book feeling your perception of the world has been just been knock slightly askew away from what you previously thought
Nickolas the Kid
Η παιδική ηλικία και η ενηλικίωση μιας παρέας μέσα από τα μάτια του Graham Joyce...

Η Νεράιδα είναι πάντα εκεί! Στην πρώτη απώλεια, στο πρώτο ψέμα, στην πρώτη φαντασίωση και στο πρώτο φιλί!!

Η μαγεία, ο τρόμος και το χιούμορ κάνουν την "Νεράιδα των Δοντιών" ένα άκρως ενδιαφέρον ανάγνωσμα!!

Ολόκληρη η κριτική στην Λέσχη του Βιβλίου
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
"Through a window a broken fingernail of moon was visible. It barely illumined the intruder's face, but what Sam could see he didn't like. Two dark eyes, shiny like the green-black carapace of a beetle, flashed at him. The eyes were set deep, each in a squint counterpoised to the other, lurking under a matted shock of black hair. Tangled elf-locks framed high cheek bones and a swarthy complexion... A row of teeth glimmered in the faint moonbeams, a mouthful of blue light. The teeth were perfect, ...more
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-fantasy
This was the book that got me hooked on Graham Joyce. A wonderful tale about a boy growing up and from time to time encountering the enigmatic "Tooth Fairy." THE TOOTH FAIRY is an intriguing dark fantasy that really reminds us to listen to our inner selves more often, as the world becomes an even bigger place the older we get. Excellent novel.
Wayne Barrett
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it

This one is hard to rate. Hard because it is a good book but not what I expected. This is listed under most shelves as 'Horror' and is the reason I started it this month. I can see where some might consider it Horror, but in my opinion, this was a coming of age/ dark fantasy tale.

Even though I was a little disappointed because I was shooting for pure horror for my October reading spree, I was still caught up in the story and was entertained to the end. This is my third Graham Joyce novel and I
Mike Carey
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I met Graham Joyce at Fantasycon last year and asked him which of his books would be the best one to start with. He recommended The Tooth Fairy, so I went ahead and picked it up. I went in blind, as it were - I didn't even read the blurb on the back of the book, and consequently had no idea what to expect.

It was a very compelling read. There's a sense in which the storytelling is deliberately unstructured, depriving you of the usual clues to the direction the narrative is taking. This has the ef
 (shan) Littlebookcove
This is such a beautiful book. I know this feeling I felt it when I read the Lovely bones. It's not quite the same feeling though. I feel I've lost some friends almost. "The heads looked at the gang." there are chapters in this book where the author takes you on a journey. Of childhood, adolescence and dark childhood terror's and dreams All this seems to revolve around "Sam's" the main character in the story personal experiences, sexual awakenings and frustrations. And his best friends too. are ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Joyce walks a prose tightrope by perfectly balancing this story so that the uncertainty and tension pull taut throughout the narrative. It's not so much scary as it is disturbing and unnerving. The journey from child to adult is one fraught with loss, fear, and strange, uncontrollable urges. By far, my favorite character was the psychiatrist whose drinking only slightly numbs the loss of faith he has in his own work.
Mike (the Paladin)
Originally reviewed Jul. 2010
Updated July 2013

Some will like this book. I'm not one of them. While it has what I suppose strives to be a "touching ending" it can't change the rest of the book. This is one of a series of books (by that I don't mean a "series by the same author" I mean a series of books by various authors that treads similar ground) that have followed the same track over the last several years. It's not a new idea, it's the idea of taking an "established" literary form and "flippi
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graham-joyce
The blurbs on the back of the book state : "Brilliant and unclassifiable", "Sharp, freshly imagined" "Complex and funny". All do a very poor job telling us about this book. They make it sound mundane. There is nothing mundane about this. I love the way Graham Joyce blurs the lines between "reality" and "fantasy". I find myself asking what do I think is real...what IS fantasy? There were points in this book that were laugh out loud moments, it could not be helped. There were moments of quiet hor ...more
Dec 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who aren't afraid of the dark
Shelves: magical-realism
What I remembered, rather than learned, was how really terrifying childhood and adolescence can be! The character of the "Tooth Fairy", at once both horrifying and mesmerizing, wraps up all those childhood (pre-puberty) and teenage (puberty) fears into one repelling yet intriguing character. The story centers on 3 boys--Sam, Clive, and Terry--and begins with a large pike from the local pond biting off two of Terry's toes. It's a rollercoaster ride after that, and a dark one at that--imagine ridi ...more
Jan 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Graham Joyce blows me away. He writes sensually? That sounds a bit rude. He IS a bit rude. Earthy. You can almost feel and taste and smell, especially the leaf mold, and the musty smell of an old shed years after the suicide of its occupant.

Here he writes about the evolution of a group of young boys, through to their departure for university. He manages to get right inside their (rather strange) world. The protagonist is (literally?) a character in the Tooth Fairy's nightmare.

And when you think
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Meandering and sometimes meanspirited, Joyce's novel is that rare beast of a coming-of-age story (I'd call it a bildungsroman but I'm not sure the main characters actually learned anything) that defies all conventionality, instead heads in a million disparate directions at once, and comes up bloody roses. The fantastic lives alongside the real, but in shadows, just out of view to everyone else besides one character, and the reader. The characters are children, but the situations presented are de ...more
Oct 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, group-read
I have read several of Graham Joyce books and have thoroughly enjoyed them (Dark Sister and The Limits of Enchantment) and I have wanted to read this one for a while. The Tooth Fairy is a book which is recommended by Stephen King and it was chosen as a group read in the Recommended by Stephen King Goodreads Group.

So we've all heard of the tooth fairy and as a kid I remember putting my tooth under my pillow before bed and waking up the next morning with a quid (from my parents). This it exactly w
Lynne Cantwell
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
IMHO, Graham Joyce doesn't get enough respect in the US, despite the fact that he's won both the British Fantasy Award and the World Fantasy Award. Part of the problem may be that his work is hard to categorize, apart from putting it in the catch-all "speculative fiction" bin. The Tooth Fairy, for example, is psychological horror, maybe. Or maybe it's fantasy. It kind of depends on how you view what the main character is going through.

Well, it's puberty that Sam is going through. But he's accomp
Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη
Το Stand by me με υπερφυσικό, στην Αγγλία του 70, του 80 κάτι τέτοιο. Καλό, δε λέω, αλλά το βαρέθηκα θανατερά.
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Tooth Fairy is a very good coming of age tale with sprinkles of horror (and maybe a wee fantasy, as well.) Sam has a Tooth Fairy - A (dream?) that is leaking over into the real world and causing havoc for the Redstone Moodies. As events unfold, Sam must find a way to disconnect from the Tooth Fairy and stop the intrusion into our world before it destroys all that he loves.

Not a fast moving tale, Graham does a very good job creating an unsettlingly dark atmosphere. While it never gets fully r
PJ Who Once Was Peejay
Jan 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A brilliant evocation of coming-of-age in the sixties, juxtaposed with an hallucinatory sense of wonder--and terror.

Sam, seven at the beginning of the story, has the misfortune of actually catching the tooth fairy in the act of switching tooth for cash. He/she becomes obsessed with Sam, dogging him through his adolescence. Alternately terrifying and erotic, loving and malevolent, male and female, this creature becomes Sam's constant secret and the fantastical backbeat of his life.

In contrast t
Κατερίνα Θεοδώρου
Στην πραγματικότητα, κάτι λιγότερο από 3 αστέρια (=μου αρέσει)...ίσως γιατί το έψαχνα χρόνια και το περίμενα διαφορετικό...ισως γιατί ο Τζόυς νομίζω στα άλλα του έδινε περισσότερη ένταση... ίσως γιατί περίμενα πιο ξεκάθαρα πράγματα και γεγονότα ή κάτι παραπάνω σε σχέση με αυτά, αλλά στο τέλος έμεινα να λέω "ε, και;"...
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
[9/10] A disturbing coming of age story set ib rural England around the 1960's. The Moodies is a band of friends reminding me of movie favorites like The Goonies, Stand by Me, The Outsiders or American Grafitty. What is particular to this story is the continuous balancing act between the quirky comedy of growing up pains and the horror elements that rear their head from the very first page, where a huge pike bites some toes from the foot of one of the boys. It goes darker from here, but I had ma ...more
Dec 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
I loved this odd book and found it very difficult to put down. It's a character driven coming of age story about three young boys growing up in apparent normalcy. But underneath the veneer of normalcy simmers unexpected moments of darkness and danger. As the boys deal with life's many pitfalls -- growing up too smart, too dumb, too mediocre -- lurking in the shadows is a vicious tooth fairy which only one of them (Sam) can see. This tooth fairy is not the sweet version of childhood dreams but a ...more
Aug 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to classify this book. I suppose you'd call it a fantasy but if that suggests magic etc., then that's altogether wrong. It's about a boy who is haunted by a nightmarish and sexually predatory tooth fairy. It's never entirely clear whether or not the tooth fairy is real or imagined. Though often disturbing, the book is also very funny and even poignant in its painfully detailed evocation of adolescence and there are some remarkably original flashes in the writing. Uncomfortable but comp ...more
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this enigmatic book and the beautiful characters within.
Athena Shardbearer
Buddy read with Shandra

Man...I was looking forward to liking this one, but I just couldn't anymore.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
(No spoilers)
A bold foul mouthed scary story.

This reading was for my book club at Goodreads and the topic was "scary/horror". And indeed it was. I was totally taken by surprise by this coming-of-age novel about Sam and his friends.

Sam lives in a small town in England with his parents. He is a typical boy until he looses a tooth at the age of seven and by some horrible mistake he can see the toothfairy, who is an ugly scary monster that will only cause trouble and disaster in Sams life. He is sen
Jun 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Three and a half stars. The Tooth Fairy isn't really a horror novel. I'm not entirely sure it is even supernatural. What I'm sure about is that this is the strangest coming-of-age novel I've ever read. On the night he loses a tooth, seven year old Sam places it under his pillow and in turn encounters a strange creature who is like no tooth fairy that you have ever heard of. The tooth fairy and Sam become connected through his childhood as the creature appears and reappears taunting and seducing ...more
For my enjoyment, probably a 2 star. It was just ok. For the writing though...probably a 3 star. It was vulgar, yes, but the writing was still good IMO. I don't think I'll easily forget, Terry, Sam, Clive, Alice, Linda....and even though a nasty character, the Tooth Fairy. I do think this book will stay with me.
I started thinking how much better this story could have been with these characters....had they not been so "mature" for their ages, used such foul language and in the case of the tooth f
Mar 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Buddy read with Athena.

DNF at 28%…

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I tried….

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Pretty early on, I was bored. The description of the Tooth Fairy had me intrigued, but that quickly fizzled. Perhaps this is a case of expecting something different than what I got? I dunno…but I thought this would be a scary, creepy book. And it sooooo wasn't….For now, I'm calling this a DNF. Maybe the urge will hit me to pick it back up later...
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Graham Joyce (22 October 1954 – 9 September 2014) was an English writer of speculative fiction and the recipient of numerous awards for both his novels and short stories.

After receiving a B.Ed. from Bishop Lonsdale College in 1977 and a M.A. from the University of Leicester in 1980. Joyce worked as a youth officer for the National Association of Youth Clubs until 1988. He subsequently quit his po
“Through the window a broken fingernail of moon was visible.” 4 likes
“I LOVE HORSES!' shrieked the Tooth Fairy over his shoulder.” 1 likes
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