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The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
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Mar 28, 2009

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Summary: David is 12 years old, in England, during World War II. Shortly before the war breaks out his mother dies from a long illness, and he is saddled with a step-mother and a new half-brother. Longing for his old life with his mother, he enters a fantasy world, looking to escape his real life, and what he finds is a journey to a king and his Book of Lost Things.

Review: I liked parts of this book and I hated others. I liked the beginning, except that the boy appeared to be descending into madness. Once he crossed into the new world, I hated the fairy tales that were inserted, merely, it seems, to adjust your perception of fairy tales in general. The fairy tales that were inserted into the story had a much better way of doing that (i.e. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, etc...). I did like what the Book of Lost Things ended up being, and I enjoyed the way that the lupes were the King's greatest fear come to life, and that they died with him. How our fears haunt us.

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