The Book of Lost Things

The Book of Lost Things

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High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own -- populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things. Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 470 pages
  • 138 x 213 x 33mm | 404g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 074329890X
  • 9780743298902
  • 278,290

Rating details

60,124 ratings
3.97 out of 5 stars
5 34% (20,714)
4 38% (22,753)
3 21% (12,349)
2 5% (3,299)
1 2% (1,009)

Our customer reviews

The book seems like it is a child's book, but it is far from it. It is too complex for children and many of them don't know the stories referred to within the book. Though it isn't necessary to know all of the tales, I can greatly appreciate the re-interpretation of the many classic story tale characters, seeing them in any form is a treat. There were a number of sections of the book I just wanted to skip. The story telling was at times bland and boring, I only wanted to read the good stuff, which in this book, is the action or the meeting of those classic characters. I had to push myself to make it past the first few chapters, as it wasn't what I chose this book for. Just as I was getting bored, something would happen, which is the only way I finished the novel. A writer should be able to keep your attention through the character building portions of their novel, but this just wasn't happening here. I wanted to care about the boy, but there really was no reason to. I wanted to hate the crooked man, but he didn't seem that bad. The lines between good and evil were constantly blurred and left me uninterested. Reviewed by Jessica for Book more
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