The Gates

The Gates

A Novel

Book - 2009
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When Samuel Johnson and his dachshund Boswell go trick-or-treating early, they unwittingly unlock a gap in the universe that opens the gates of Hell, and Samuel must now fight to reseal it.

Simon and Schuster
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 Avenue. 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 which holds a pair of enormous gates—the gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings determined 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. Like Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, this novel manages to re-create for grownups that magical and scary world of childhood that we’ve all left behind but so love to visit.

Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2009
ISBN: 9781439172636
Branch Call Number: FICTION CONNOLLY
Characteristics: 296 p


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Jun 27, 2016

It is a witty, charming book that I was able to share later with my 10 year old son. It was quite reminiscent of Pratchett, with a slightly edgier "gremlins" feeling of mayhem which we both enjoyed.

Nov 22, 2015

funny; style reminds me of Terry Pratchett's Diskworld series

Oct 07, 2015

This book is hilariously witty. I would probably say it is in the same vein as Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I loved that Connolly was able to combine the scientific with the fantastical.

SFPL_danielay Sep 10, 2015

11-year old Samuel, his wiener dog and a disgraced demon are all that stands between Biddlecombe and the end of the world. Doomsday fun!

Yellow_Cat_297 Jul 06, 2013

"The Gates" is an amazing book, with the right amount of horror, humor, and adventure. You even learn a few new things as you read it! It's fit for both kids and adults, and a great read.

Favorite character: Nurd the Scourge of Five Deities.

Oct 03, 2011

I agree with the recent comments, about the wittiness of the author, and how it was a fun read overall. I took this book out because I had formerly read another book by this author and absolutely loved it. However, this one didn't meet my expectations and I'm not sure if I'd recommend it.

May 05, 2011

Imaginative story. The author's simple writing style makes us think that the book is intended for kids, but then again, adults would enjoy it too.

I like the author's wit, which made it fun to read overall.

Feb 16, 2011

Reminiscent of Neil Gaiman's style, but a little more over the top. This was a cute book, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it.

Oct 05, 2010

Fun and quirky.

Jul 15, 2010

Very witty with an engaging story. Highly imaginative.

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x4052383922 Apr 26, 2014

... unlike the small towns in television detective shows, where so many people die that it's a wonder there's anyone left in the town to kill by the end of the first series. You'd imagine that some of the residents might wonder about this and think, "Hmmm, our town appears to be populated entirely by murderers, or people who are about to be murdered, and since we're not murderers then we must be potential victims. Marjorie, grab the kids and the dog. We're going to live in New Zealand . . ."

Yellow_Cat_297 Jul 06, 2013

Although his experience of demons was rather more limited, something told him that if Nurd wasn’t exactly good – and, being a demon, it was hardly part of the job description (‘Wanted : demon. Must be good…’) – he was not entirely bad either. Like most ordinary people, he was just himself.


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Jun 27, 2016

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