Bedtime Story

Bedtime Story

Book - 2010
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Every night novelist Christopher Knox reads to his son David from an obscure fantasy novel. One night, when David is reading the book alone, an inexplicable seizure leaves him in a mysterious state of unconsciousness. As his seizure recurs every night, his father learns that only one thing will calm it, a bedtime story from this strange new book. Both father and son are headed towards a fateful collision of worlds, and a showdown of ancient evils, both fictional and very real.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Random House Canada, c2010
ISBN: 9780679313755
Branch Call Number: WIERSEM
Characteristics: 483 p


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This story is neither fish nor fowl. The relationship struggles between the parents; their sexual tension and his writer's block and drinking indiscretions might be of intereste to an older readership but the pueril search for the evil wizard who put a spell on his 11 year old son through a bed time story is so simplistic I could hardly take the time to read the plot line. I don't know why they bothered to publish this book and I will avoid this author in future. Just because it is Canadiana does not guarantee good reading.

Apr 06, 2013

I loved this book. It seems long but once you start reading it is captivating. I liked how it alternated between the real world and the story world. There were alot of surprises and I absolutely loved the ending. Great book.

Jan 29, 2013

This novel is honestly one of the best I've ever read. It was very engaging and lifts the reader away, I could not put it down! I think Robert J Wiersema is a brilliant, inspiring genius. You will not regret reading this book!

Dec 04, 2012

Loved this book - very engaging, didn't want to put it down.

Nov 15, 2012

The first section was great, a real pageturner. Then the story got bogged down. I wanted more of the fantasy storyline (and possibly some flashbacks to the life of Lazarus Took), less of the modern day, more of the son's story, less of the father's. There were some interesting supporting characters who got dropped along the way, and an unconvincing, power-hungry evil villain. The confluence of events at the end seemed messy and certainly didn't answer all of my questions. For all that, it was still a good read. I just wish the whole book had lived up to the opening.

Jul 11, 2012

Started off with promise but became juvenile. Disappointing. I soldiered through and was not rewarded.

mayfairlady Apr 12, 2012

I found the concept to be a bit of a stretch at the beginning and yet the writing draws you into the story. I was captivated.

Nov 05, 2011

Once I started this book, I devoured it. Very well writen and the story moves along quite quickly.

BPLNextBestAdults Jul 06, 2011

I was quickly drawn into the trying life of Christopher Knox, a one-time successful author, columnist, and father. Christopher is struggling with work obligations, and separated from his wife Jacqui. He decides to give his son David a fantasy novel for his eleventh birthday. With David being a reluctant reader, Christopher makes a habit of reading part of the book to his son every night. David looks forward to their nighttime ritual and is quite enjoying the story. Then he begins to suffer from mysterious seizures and has to be hospitalized when he slips into a coma. Devastated, Christopher is determined to continue to read to David every night until he realizes that there is a connection between the novel and his son’s seizures. It would seem that David has become trapped in the story.
Christopher’s family must work together to uncover the secrets of the novel and defeat their enemies if they are to regain their life and survive the Bedtime Story. They must save David before the story ends.
Definitely a late night page turner for fantasy readers.

Jun 24, 2011

little bit slow at the beginning but then the story grabs you. very hard to put down.

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Nov 15, 2012

My routine demanded that the writing come first, that everything else – e-mail, websites, online writers’ forums – wait until the day’s words were down. Avoiding temptation was the only way I knew that I would actually get the work done.

Nov 15, 2012

Jacqui had been my first reader almost since the day we met. She would give my English papers a quick once-over, but when it came to those early short stories, she was tireless. I would hand her fresh pages and she would hand them back to me so covered in red ink they seemed to be bleeding.
I became a better writer, writing for her.

Nov 15, 2012

“It always amazes me,” she said thoughtfully, “just how much passes most people unaware. It’s like they’re living in a black and white world, completely unaware of the colours all around them.”

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