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The Land of Laughs - Jonathan Carroll
The Land of Laughs
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Have you ever loved a magical book above all others? Have you ever wished the magic were real? Welcome to The Land of Laughs. A novel about how terrifying that would be.Schoolteacher Thomas Abbey, unsure son of a film star, doesn't know who he is or what he wants--in life, in love, or in his... show more
Have you ever loved a magical book above all others? Have you ever wished the magic were real? Welcome to The Land of Laughs. A novel about how terrifying that would be.Schoolteacher Thomas Abbey, unsure son of a film star, doesn't know who he is or what he wants--in life, in love, or in his relationship with the strange and intense Saxony Gardner. What he knows is that in his whole life nothing has touched him so deeply as the novels of Marshall France, a reclusive author of fabulous children's tales who died at forty-four.Now Thomas and Saxony have come to France's hometown, the dreamy Midwestern town of Galen, Missouri, to write France's biography. Warned in advance that France's family may oppose them, they're surprised to find France's daughter warmly welcoming instead. But slowly they begin to see that something fantastic and horrible is happening. The magic of Marshall France has extended far beyond the printed page...leaving them with a terrifying task to undertake.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780312873110 (0312873115)
Publisher: Orb Books
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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Bry's Bountiful Book Blog
Bry's Bountiful Book Blog rated it
4.0
This was my first Jonathan Carroll novel, and based on this one I'm certainly interested in reading more of his work. Although a part of the Gollancz Fantasy Masterworks series, this is actually a character drama which slowly unfolds into a magical realism/horror story. In fact, there is no actual...
FriedEgg
FriedEgg rated it
The blurb on the cover described this as "A unique mixture of humour and horror", but for me it didn't really fall into either category. Like his other novel I have read, [b:Voice of Our Shadow|42147|Voice of Our Shadow|Jonathan Carroll|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1169859552s/42147.jpg|968926], it ...
Gregor Xane
Gregor Xane rated it
3.0 The Land of Laughs
Carroll's idiosyncratic writing style is extremely smooth and readable. Although some moments were somewhat cutesy for my taste, I rather enjoyed this book. I'd give it 3.5 stars, if I could.
Books etc.
Books etc. rated it
I love it. The story changed from a normal novel to fantasy midway but the transition was smooth. The end a bit over the top, though.Will write another review later, brain is not cooperating right now...
kravmonkey
kravmonkey rated it
4.0 The Land of Laughs
I had anticipated reading "The Land of Laughs" for months, having had it strongly recommended to me. I finally acquired a copy through eBay and upon beginning the story, found myself utterly drawn in.The story's protagonist is named Thomas Abbey, who is an English teacher. Thomas grew up in the shad...
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