The Infernals

The Infernals

Book - 2011
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From New York Times bestselling author John Connolly, a wonderfully strange and brilliant novel about a boy, his dog, and their struggle to escape the wrath of demons. Young Samuel Johnson is in trouble. Not only is his eyesight so poor that he mistakenly asks out a letter box on a date, but an angry demon is seeking revenge for Samuel's part in foiling the invasion of Earth by the forces of evil. It wants to get its claws on Samuel, and when Samuel and his faithful dachshund, Boswell, are pulled through a portal into the dark realm, the home of the Infernals, it gets its chance.

But catching Samuel is not going to be easy, for the Infernals have not reckoned on the bravery and cleverness of a boy and his dog, or the loyalty of Samuel's friend, the hapless demon Nurd, or the presence of two clueless policemen and the unlucky, if cheerfully optimistic, driver of an ice-cream van.

Most of all, no one has planned on the intervention of an unexpected band of little men, for Samuel and Boswell are not the only inhabitants of Earth who have found themselves in the underworld. If you thought demons were frightening, just wait until you meet Mr. Merryweather's Elves. . . .
Publisher: Toronto : Atria Books, ©2011
Edition: 1st Atria Nooks hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451643084
9781451643107
Characteristics: 311 p. ; 23 cm.

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Yellow_Cat_297 Jun 19, 2013

'The Infernals' is an amazing follow-up to the first Samuel Johnson tale 'The Gates'. It switches from eccentric and hilarious to deep and haunting, and is brilliant all throughout.

Favorite character: Nurd

raydat51 Feb 22, 2012

The dwarves alone are worth the reading. The entire cast of characters are indelibly stamped on my memory. Connolly understands human nature, especially the stupidity and capacity for self delusion of adults (see the scientists). There is real sadness to leaven the story and keep it from utter silliness as well as love and the beauty of friendship. I highly recommend this to adults and young readers.

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Yellow_Cat_297 Jun 24, 2013

Yellow_Cat_297 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Yellow_Cat_297 Jun 24, 2013

Most people will spend their lives doing jobs that they don’t particularly enjoy, and will eventually save up enough money to stop doing those jobs just in time to start dying instead. Don’t be one of those people. There’s a difference between living, and just surviving. Do something that you love, and find someone to love who loves that you love what you do.
It really is that simple.
And that hard.

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