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The Infernals by John Connolly
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Jan 13, 2012

really liked it
Read from January 13 to 20, 2012

When the demons Shan and Gath become brewers, writes author John Connolly in his YA novel The Infernals, they “discovered one of the secrets of happiness: find something that you would have done anyway as a hobby, and convince someone to pay you good money to do it instead.” Then in one of his many footnotes, which cover everything from quantum theory to language he expounds: “Most people will spend their lives doing jobs that they don’t particularly enjoy, and will eventually save up enough money to stop doing those jobs just in time to start dying instead. Don’t be one of those people. There’s a difference between living, and just surviving. Do something that you love, and find someone to love who loves that you love what you do.
It really is that simple.
And that hard.”
This insightful quote is just one example of this novel’s brilliance. In a story filled with pathos and occasional gasps of ultraviolence (anyone still connected to their inner thirteen year old boy will appreciate how Connolly doesn’t shrink from the gore) he pauses for sweet interludes like the above footnote. In his own way Connolly demonstrates the potential of YA (limitless basically) as Francesca Lia Block does in hers. I loved this book even as it hated the way it shone a spotlight on my own shortcomings as a writer.

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Reading Progress

01/17/2012 page 210
66.0% "Amazing novel - YA yet combines setting of Hell with intro to physics/philosophy"

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