My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“The Book of Lost Things” is a new-age fairy tale of fairy tales. You know, the ones we enjoyed as children – Snow White, Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel – and others have all had a little makeover and make an appearance in this book, in sinister forms, with villains becoming heroes and vice versa. There’s adventure, monsters being killed, people being saved – the works! And I found this a good change, between all the reality-based fiction I’ve been reading of late.
It could very well be a children’s book, actually. But something adults can enjoy if one loved fairy tales, what they symbolized and especially if you didn’t quite believe in the happily-ever-after once you grew up and life had thrown enough lemons to fill the Pacific with lemonade.
Oh, at the risk of being a spoiler, THIS fairy tale’s happily-ever-after is pretty much that – happily.ever.after. Small mercies, eh? I personally don’t like my book ending in a tragedy – what with all those hours we invest in reading the darn thing!