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Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun Hardcover – 2 July 2019

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  • Publisher : Katherine Tegen Books (2 July 2019)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062414461
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062414465
  • Reading age : 14 - 17 years
  • Dimensions : 17.78 x 2.57 x 22.86 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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★"A richly told story that blends fairy tale magic and historical tragedy to create an eerie, chilling look at the many faces of evil."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

★"Charged with the monumental task of adapting an intricate film to the page, del Toro (The Shape of Water, 2018, etc.) and Funke (The Griffin's Feather, 2018, etc.) have avoided merely describing the film and instead have elegantly recrafted the narrative.... Dark and mesmerizing."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

★"Reminiscent of C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia series and Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this creatively cryptic tale will enchant readers who delight in fantasy."--School Library Journal (starred review)

"A fearless and moving adaption of the film, and a gorgeously-written, emotional, frightening parable about the courage of young women amid the brutality of war."--Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Gone

"Fans of the film will enjoy this in-depth exploration and reimagining of the source material, while newcomers will have no trouble getting into the story, though its dark themes and occasional gruesome scenes aren't for the faint-hearted."--Publishers Weekly

"Funke maintains the tale's dark beauty, filling it with imaginative details, complex characters, love, and history, as well as humanity's evils. With pages hauntingly framed in trees and gorgeous full-page illustrations, this book will creep into the minds and hearts of readers and linger there."--ALA Booklist

"Perfectly unsettling and deeply felt, this reminded me of the best kind of fairytales wherein each chapter is a jewel that, when held up to the light, reframes how we see the world around us."--Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen & Aru Shah and the End of Time

From the Back Cover

This book is not for the faint of heart or weak in spirit. It's not for skeptics who don't believe in fairy tales or the powerful forces of good. It's only for brave and intrepid souls like you, who will stare down evil in all its forms.

Inspired by the critically acclaimed film written and directed by Oscar(R) winner Guillermo del Toro, and reimagined by New York Times bestselling author Cornelia Funke, this haunting tale takes readers to a darkly magical and war-torn world filled with richly drawn characters including trickster fauns, murderous men, child-eating monsters, courageous rebels, and a long-lost princess hoping to be reunited with her family.

Perfect for fans of the movie and readers who are new to del Toro's visionary work alike, this atmospheric and absorbing novel is a portal to another universe, where there is no wall between the real and the imagined. A daring, unforgettable collaboration between two brilliant storytellers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This was a brilliant way for me to experience an endlessly fascinating story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 July 2019
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Nia Ireland
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting dark fairytale
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 September 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 July 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 July 2019
This book is a little jewel! I love the film and this book isn't just a narration of the film but it adds flavour to it! Descriptions of places and the psychology of the characters are just amazing. Magic unveils to you by reading this story
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Tristan Sherwin
3.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful retelling, but has serious pacing problems
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 December 2020
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3.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful retelling, but has serious pacing problems
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 December 2020
Once upon a time—2006, actually—I set out on a quest to watch Pan’s Labyrinth. It was one of those rare and refreshing cinematic experiences that captivated my imagination and made me think, ‘now, here’s something different.’ Since then, I’ve been a huge fan of Del Toro’s storytelling ability, which has taken on something of the nature of the fairy tales he crafts; he weaves gold from straw, beautifully interlacing the world around us with an otherworldly ambience.

Naturally, when I heard that a book was coming, I was curious. Would this work? After all, the treacherous journey from film to book has been attempted many times before, and it’s pathways are strewn with the corpses of prior attempts.

So how does the novelisation measure up to the film?

Well... erm... um... OK... ish, I guess.

The movie obviously has the visual advantage in painting the presence of this dark fairy tale. On the other side, the book gives some glimpses into the story that easily slip through the cracks of the movie—a big plus for the book, and something I enjoyed. The book does convey the same magical story; the enchantment is there, the threat and danger are there, and the depth of characters are certainly there (more so than the film). However, its the prose that lets this adaptation down.

As a plus side, the book attempts to tell this tale in the same way a fairy tale is told. The fairy tales that are layered throughout this story (and which are integral to its background) are told exclusively in this fashion. Whereas, real world events are narrated in a semi-fairy tale way, hinting at us that real life is just a dangerous and otherworldly. I enjoyed this stylistic approach; it suited the mood and nature of the story perfectly. Sadly, from time to time, when the real-world events got dramatic, this semi-tone fashion failed to convey the scenes suitably. It’s wasn’t a problem with word choice etc., but more to do with pace and transition. If there were only a few extra sentences leading in, through and out of these scenes, it would have made a world of difference. This doesn’t happen all the time, though; most of the time, it’s a smooth journey. But when these transition problems turn up, it’s like hitting a pot hole. Which is a shame, because they sadly interrupt what is, in the main, a beautiful retelling of the movie.

To end on a positive note: There’s plenty to enjoy here, and, as a big plus, I don’t believe that you have to have seen the movie to relish this story. That said, for those of us who have seen it, it will make you want to rewatch it again. Which isn’t a bad thing.

Ps. For those who have never seen the film, this is not a fairy tale for kids!
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S. Hackshaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Good though I prefer the film
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 October 2019
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