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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Conor will have the tests of his life to face up to and they will be presented to him in many forms.
This is not a terrifying story.
The shift between dreams, nightmares and reality really make this a interesting read.
This is a wonderful poignant story of melancholy and happiness. Disguised in this story of a monster a force that nightmares are made of is really a bigger message to whoever ponders on its meaning. This story will be remembered alongside many great stories it challenges our worst fears of Loss and facing up to truths, as a child just like our protagonist Conor or as an adult. A real tearjerker of a tale written so well, flows fluently and takes you to a realm of escapism to youth to nightmares and to the one you love more than anything mum.

One last point, sleep well and dream pleasant dreams and do not fear for nightmares.

“You do not write your life with words, the monster said. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”

“Who am I ? The monster repeated, still roaring. I am the spine that the mountains hang upon! I am the tears that the rivers cry! I am the lungs that breathe the wind! I am the wolf that kills the stag, the hawk that kills the mouse, the spider that kills the fly! I am the stag, the mouse and the fly that are eaten! I am the snake of the world devouring its tail! I am everything untamed and untameable! It brought Conor up close to its eye. I am this wild earth, come for you, Conor O’Malley.”

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Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 08 December 2011

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