(book cover links to Goodreads)

Keywords: children’s, adventure, world in a world


The book centers on a boy, Bastian Balthazar Bux, a small and strange child who is neglected by his father after the death of Bastian’s mother. While escaping from some bullies, Bastian bursts into the antique book store of Carl Conrad Coreander, where he finds his interest held by a book called The Neverending Story. Unable to resist, he steals the book and hides in his school’s attic, where he begins to read.

I won’t lie. I went into this with really high expectations, and for the first 150 or so pages those expectations held true.

The phrase “dragging middle” was invented for this book. Because, oh my dear Childlike Empress, it would not end. From the second Bastian becomes a player rather than observer the whole thing just became really stagnant. I felt like I was being lead by hand on a tour rather than an organic adventure of any kind.

New place, problem, Bastian fixes it, move on the new place.

The story-telling itself was pretty good (I’m not sure how much of this is the translator or the native writer), but I found myself actively rolling my eyes at every “…. but that’s a story for another time.”

HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU USE THAT PHRASE? It was cute and got a chuckle from me the first time, maybe twice. But after that…? I want to say it appears at least fifteen times, I just started to get tired of all the darting off of the plot.

To sum up:
First 1/3 of the book 5 stars
The rest… cruel and unusual punishment unless you want to be lulled asleep.


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