The Book of Lost Things

John Connolly

A modern take on traditional fairy tales, I found this at times predictable but mostly delightful. Even though I basically knew what eventually did happen at the end, I still set aside most of an evening to finish the last few chapters. There are a few moments, namely in the recreated fairy tales, that rang a bit problematic, but then I was glad later by how Connolly handled the concept of “happily ever after.” The retellings of familiar tales come both within the narrative itself and inside stories characters tell — a few magical plot paths lead to the poignant ending.