THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS by John Connolly
This week's book was originally recommended on one of the many, many lists of Halloween reads I perused while in search of hauntingly fantastic tales in September and October, but I have to say, I didn't find it frightening or creepy in the least. To me, it was like reading something similar to, but much darker than, THE NEVERENDING STORY, which I loved. And I loved this one too. It was brilliantly imaginative and haunting.
It tells the tale of David, a young boy who has recently lost his mother. He has trouble dealing with her absence and turns to books for comfort. But there's something lurking inside the stories, something cruel. And it has an ulterior motive for David.
This is a beautiful book. The language is lovely, drawing you in and painting fantastical worlds filled with kindness and cruelty, shadows and new beginnings. It's a worthwhile read for the language alone but the story is not to be missed. So few books contain so much story, so well told, that will leave you filling as full and content as this one did. Definitely pick this one up. It's an incredible read.