The Gates


Who else is ready for costumes and haunted houses and candy??!


Special post today because The Gates takes place on Halloween!


6411440Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Road. 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 in which a pair of enormous gates is visible. The gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings just itching to get out…

Can one small boy defeat evil? Can he harness the power of science, faith, and love to save the world as we know it?

Bursting with imagination, The Gates is about the pull between good and evil, physics and fantasy. It is about a quirky and eccentric boy who is impossible not to love, and the unlikely cast of characters who give him the strength to stand up to a demonic power.

John Connolly manages to re-create the magical and scary world of childhood that we’ve all left behind but so love to visit. And for those of you who thought you knew everything you could about particle physics and the universe, think again. This novel makes anything seem possible.

My Thoughts

4/5 stars

I took my time with this baby and read it during my lunch breaks and it was the perfect book to break up the day. I loved the quirky writing style and laughed out loud so many times throughout the book.

John Connolly’s writing style for The Gates is difficult to explain. There isn’t anything frilly about it; everything is written very succinctly and promptly. When reading it I can picture a dry, sarcastic narrator telling me the story. This sounds like it might be boring but the short nature of the sentences only make the humor stand out that much more. Ridiculous analogies, factoids, and anecdotes are told with such authority that I couldn’t help but laugh and enjoy the weirdness of it.

Samuel Johnson’s personality adds a lot to the story and humor. He was very frank, intelligent, and was put in such odd situations (hello, Gates of Hell opening), and dealt with every situation thrown at him. The book is told in 3rd person POV but we get to experience the beginning of the end with many characters, including Mrs. Abernathy, Mrs. Johnson, CERN scientists, Boswell, and the Vicar, just to name a few. The situations these characters find themselves in are wacky enough and the ways they deal with them were so entertaining.

I’ll definitely be reading book two and I would recommend The Gates to anyone looking for a book in the realm of Neil Gaiman, Halloween, Hell, and humor. Who doesn’t want that, especially this time of year?


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