A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A monster showed up after midnight. As they do…

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming… This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Group meeting: Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 6 pm A Monster Calls on Goodreads Patrick Ness‘s website Monster VERDICT: Our rating:  4.33 A great start to the year 2013 with A Monster Calls, which earned an overall rating of over 4 STARS!  Obviously, we all enjoyed it.  Some highlights from our discussion:  

“I was intrigued by the illustrations and the folklore feeling of A Monster Calls.  The personification of the boy’s feelings and actions are very well done.  It’s a story to be shared.” –Kate

“A blend between fantasy and realistic fiction, this novel deals with the prospect of death but not in the way I’ve normally seen it done. You don’t really find the real point of it all until the end, in a way that Ness handles quite beautifully.” –Roxana  

“Absolutely took me by surprise.  Moving and deep.” –Rebecca

“Will appeal to many people of all ages; Ness did an exceptional job of pulling the pieces of the story together and the illustrations are really an added bonus!”  –Aly  

“The stories had a similar quality to that of Deathly Hallows and the Princess Bride.”  –Leslie

“A Monster Calls questions the various shades of pain and guilt, the real and the imagined.  A beautiful, magical, and wonderfully sad book.”  –Jane  

“Ness masterfully weaves a story which reminds us of our own demons and fears.  A heartbreaking tale.” –Alfonso

About the audio: “You get glimpses of rage and dishonesty… Jason Isaacs’ performance gives the same ominous feeling which matches the illustrations; still just as moving…” –Alethea   Our menu: Since the story is set in the UK, we had British inspired food for our meeting:  Shepherd’s pie, pea salad, hot tea, and English trifle for dessert. shephards pietrifle    

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