Thursday, October 6, 2011

Booking Through Thursday - Odd Books

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This week's question...

What’s the oddest book you’ve ever read? Did you like it? Hate it? Did it make you think?

My answer...

At first I couldn't come up with anything and wasn't going to answer, but then I remembered one...The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly.

An excerpt from

It’s a few days before Halloween, and Samuel Johnson and his dachsund Boswell witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Avenue. The Abernathys don’t mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld, but when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe. A gap that holds a pair of enormous gates—the gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings just itching to get out….Can one small boy defeat evil—and harness the power of science, faith, and love to save the world as we know it?

In his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book.... The Book of Lost Things. The Gates

I read this for a reading group I was leading a few years back. The group chose this book and since I was leading the group, I felt obligated to read it. I really didn't like this one at all. It was a chore for me to get through it. I just don't think it's my type of genre. I've read books in this genre (Fantasy) that I do like, but this particular one wasn't my thing. The killer is - nobody else in the group finished the book and I ended up discussing it with myself (it was an online group)and I didn't even find out who voted for it.


  1. I couldn't ever read the excerpt, so understand why no one finished reading it. Sorry you put forth so much effort to read it. What a bummer!

  2. I have this one sitting on my shelf, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Hopefully I'll like it more than you did.

  3. Here's my answer:

  4. Yvonne, I read this book a few years ago. It was definitely not my usual genre, but I did enjoy its strangeness (but not its violence).


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