Quick Blurb: John Connelly’s The Book of Lost Things starts off strong, with an evocative hook that instantly draws you into the story. But the middle hundred pages or so felt like needless padding, and I started to lose interest. Much of what happens feels random and disconnected to the overall plot and the development of its single protagonist. The finale manages to tie things up nicely, but fails to live up to the promise of the first few chapters. That isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy The Book of Lost Things, it’s only that, what started out as a four star novel (my highest rating) dropped down to three. It’s still a great book, mind you, but it falls short of the masterpiece that it could have been, and of the books that inspired it, namely, The Neverending Story and The Last Unicorn.
In our second ever podcast, I discuss The Book of Lost Things along with Madeline Miller’s Circe, with my ever-insightful co-host, Heather. So if you’re a book nerd, like we are, or you just love great stories, please give us a listen!