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Standard Disclaimer:

This is a brief discussion of John Connolly and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Connolly.

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Connolly: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)

I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Connolly tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Connolly worthy; in sum, to help you rank John Connolly (and the works by Connolly listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.


Secondary Disclaimer:
This page has not been updated in a long while; consequently, external links (if any) may lead to dead or moribund pages. I am now cleaning up these pages as fast as I can, but I am one man and it may take me a while to get to every page needing link checking (or even the “Other Resources” section added). Sorry. Please be patient.

A Few Words About John Connolly

Connolly's only speculative-fiction novel (he did also do a collection of "supernatural" short stories) is the one listed below, so this is essentially a review of that book.

All in all, the book explores a theme that is fairly familiar in fantasy fiction: the young adult who crosses from our world to another, perhaps in reality or perhaps only in his or her imagination (the reader is typically left to ponder which) to escape a bad life situation, and who is then matured by experience in that real or imagined world--an almost perfect example of the Campbellian heroic round. Connolly writes well, and can present sterotyped material without it seeming sterotyped, but--while he offers some interesting twists--in the end it is not a major re-telling of the tale. It is well worth reading, and is pleasing and insightful enough to stand re-reading at some point, but it is not a major work.

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Other John Connolly Resources

Connolly is known chiefly as an author of crime fiction. He has his own web site, John Connolly, which includes a blog. There are quite a few web pages that reference Connolly, but seemingly few or none that provide much information or analytical insight into his works; about the most utile is a short piece on the Bookrags.


Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by John Connolly ***




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