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The Abernathys don''t mean any harm by their flirtation with Satanism. But their practices just happen to coincide with a malfunction in the Large Hadron Collider that creates a gap in the universe. A gap that opens the gates to Hell.
"Connolly plays this potentially spooky scenario strictly for laughs, larding the narrative with droll jokes, humorous asides and...slapstick pratfalls....Though billed as 'an adult book for children,' this light fantasy will strike even adult readers as divertingly whimsical."
"Any reader who appreciates the imaginative fantasy of Neil Gaiman or the gentle wit of Christopher Moore will find a kindred spirit here."
From the Publisher
British crime fiction writer John Connolly tries something a little different with THE GATES, a funny, well-plotted story about a trip to hell taken by young Samuel Johnson and his little dachshund Boswell. Maybe he should have known not to knock on 666 Crowley Road a few days before Halloween, but there's no way Samuel could have anticipated seeing four amateur wizards conjuring open a gateway to hell! Taking matters into his own curious little hands, Samuel descends. Fortunately, hell is populated by quirky demons (and its streets are named for famous mystery writers), because the devil that Connolly describes is downright frightening! Appropriate for horror-curious young adults and fun-loving adults.
Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween, which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Road. The Abernathys don't mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld, but when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe, a gap through which a pair of enormous gates is visible. The gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings just itching to get out....Can one small boy defeat evil? Can he harness the power of science, faith, and love to save the world as we know it?Bursting with imagination and impossible to put down, The Gates is about the pull between good and evil, physics and fantasy. It is about a quirky and eccentric boy, who is impossible not to love, and the unlikely cast of characters who give him the strength to stand up to a demonic power.In this wonderfully strange and brilliant novel, John Connolly manages to re-create the magical and scary world of childhood that we've all left behind but so love to visit. And for those of you who thought you knew everything you could about particle physics and the universe, think again. This novel makes anything seem possible.