The Gates to Hell and all that

I should have known you can’t have just one book about dead bishops. Here is another one, although the bishop isn’t the main character, or anything. This is a Halloween book, so go get a copy to get you into a nice demonish mood for the day.

It can be very dangerous for the TBR pile development to go and poke around on other people’s blogs, but when Declan on Crime Always Pays put the first chapter of John Connolly’s The Gates up, I couldn’t resist. And John was extremely charming about being begged for a copy.

The Gates is a very funny book, and very exciting, too. (And what’s more, it’s short, in this age of four-inch thick books.) Samuel Johnson and his dachshund Boswell are out trick-or-treating, slightly prematurely, when they come across something at the neighbours’ house that doesn’t look very good.

It’s not good. Earth is about to be invaded by really bad demons. (But as the more alert readers can work out, Halloween is not a good time for demons to invade anywhere.) 11-year-old Samuel and his friends and his dog have to try and save the world from this new threat. They get some assistance from a friendly demon called Nurd, and information – if not useful help – from the scientists involved with the Large Hadron Collider. Because it just happens to accidentally help the demons find a way in.

John believes in footnotes. Lots of them. They are very amusing footnotes, which is lucky, because I really don’t like the flow of my reading interrupted all the time. But I forgive him, because they are funny. And necessary.

As with far too many authors, I don’t know John’s books at all. In the case of The Gates, think Douglas Adams meets Eoin Colfer. That should do it.

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6 responses to “The Gates to Hell and all that

  1. A book by an author that is a little like Douglas Adams meets Eoin Colfer- Just after I got my copy of the most excellent ‘And another thing…’

    It would be rude of me not to go out and buy it immediately.

  2. It would.

    And it’s not for the TBR pile, you know. Either of them. Read faster.

  3. I think it has a flavour of ‘Good Omens’ (Gaiman & Pratchett).

    I picked the Gates up at random and absolutely loved it. Perfect Hallowe’en reading.

  4. Good Omens is next on my list/pile. Must qualify as a good omen…

  5. Will be interested to know what you make of Good Omens.

  6. I’m loving Good Omens at the moment!

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