The Gates - John Connolly My first impression of "The Gates" was marred by the annoying little footnotes that peppered the first several chapters. I thought they were a little "twee" and contrived. Once I got past the bulk of them and could focus more on the story, I am happy to say that I enjoyed reading this. I will be looking for "The Book of Lost Things" and see what else Mr. Connolly has written.