The Thief of Broken Toys by Tim LebbonThe Thief of Broken Toys by Tim Lebbon

The Thief of Broken Toys

byTim Lebbon

Paperback | July 14, 2017

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British Fantasy Society Award Finalist (2011).When a father loses his son and his wife leaves him, he cannot tear himself away from the small fishing village where the boy's memories reside. They're all he has left.Thinking that his life is all but over, he takes to wandering the cliffs, carrying broken things that he always promised his son he would fix, but never did. They're a sign of his failure, and they keep little Toby close.And then he meets the thief of broken toys, and everything begins to change.
Tim Lebbon is a NEW YORK TIMESbestselling writer from South Wales. He's had twenty novels published to date, including THE ISLAND, THE MAP OF MOMENTS (with Christopher Golden), BAR NONE, FALLEN, HELLBOY: THE FIRE WOLVES, DUSK, and BERSERK, as well as scores of novellas and short stories. He has won four British Fantasy Awards, a Bram S...
Title:The Thief of Broken ToysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:149 pages, 7.25 × 5.1 × 0.4 inPublished:July 14, 2017Publisher:ChiZine PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0981297897

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A dark fantasy A very strange story about a grieving couple who become separated following the death of their small boy. The main character is the husband who cannot shake his grief and loses his will to live. Just as desperation seems to doom him, he meets with a strange old man that offers to fix one of the boy's broken toys that the father happened to have with him. In an interesting parallel, as the toy becomes whole again the father is able to overcome some of his grief. He begins to give more broken toys to the mysterious stranger and this results in his quick psychiatric recovery. This story is quite short - about 150 pages - but costs the sames as a regular novel. You may want to get this from the library as a result. As far as the story goes, it is well written but I couldn't really warm up to it. I felt it was lacking substance and I didn't like the ending. I usually love Lebbon's novels but this one just didn't do it for me. If you are into grieving dads meeting with supernatural occurences you might try it. Of course, if you like that, you are better off with "Pet Cemetary" instead
Date published: 2010-12-06