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A Night in the Lonesome October

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ISBN13: 9781556525605
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Loyally accompanying a mysterious knife-wielding gentleman named Jack on his midnight rounds through the murky streets of London, good dog Snuff is busy helping his master collect the grisly ingredients needed for an unearthly rite that will take place not long after the death of the moon. But Snuff and his master are not alone. All manner of participants, both human and not, are gathering with their ancient tools and their animal familiars in preparation for the dread night. It is brave, devoted Snuff who must calculate the patterns of the Game and keep track of the Players — the witch, the mad monk, the vengeful vicar, the Count who sleeps by day, the Good Doctor and the hulking Experiment Man he fashioned from human body parts, and a wild-card American named Larry Talbot — all the while keeping Things at bay and staying a leap ahead of the Great Detective, who knows quite a bit more than he lets on.

Boldly original and wildly entertaining, A Night in the Lonesome October is a darkly sparkling gem, an amalgam of horror, humor, mystery, and fantasy. First published in 1993, it was Zelazny's last book prior to his untimely death. Many consider it the best of the fantasy masters novels. It has inspired many fans to read it every year in October, a chapter a day, and served as inspiration for Neil Gaiman's brilliant story “Only the End of the World Again.”

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“Sparkling, witty, delightful: Zelazny's best for ages, perhaps his best ever.” Kirkus Reviews

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"A cheerful, witty, well-crafted fantasy....It's deft, understated good humor and spare, poetic prose reaffirm Zelazny as one of fantasy's most skilled practitioners." Publishers Weekly

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"The last great novel by one of the giants of the genre." George R. R. Martin

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"Jack the Ripper meets Dracula, Dr. Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes, and a few other choice individuals in this romp through the annals of literary horror and mystery....Zelazny's quirky humor and Wilson's appropriately creepy drawings complement each other in grand style." Library Journal

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"A madcap blend of horror tropes and fantasy....There aren't many authors who would set out to write a novel in which the Wolfman and Jack the Ripper were the two heroes....And I'm not sure anyone else could have made it work." Science Fiction Chronicle

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"Bewitching...a supernatural romp." Philadelphia News

Synopsis:

Boldly original and wildly entertaining, A Night in the Lonesome October is a darkly sparkling gem, an amalgam of horror, humor, mystery, and fantasy. An epistolary novel from Jack the Rippers dog Snuff with one diary entry for each night of the month of October, this story features major Gothic characters from the 19th-century — including Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Victor Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man — along with their beloved animals, trying to piece together a frightful and ingenious puzzle that will decide the fate of the world. First published in 1993, and Zelazny's last book prior to his untimely death, many consider it the best of the fantasy masters novels; it inspired Neil Gaiman's brilliant story “Only the End of the World Again,” as well as fans to read a chapter a day, every October.

About the Author

Roger Zelazny (1937-1995) is best known as the author of the critically acclaimed Chronicles of Amber series. He wrote more than 40 novels and won the Nebula award three times and the Hugo award six times.

Gahan Wilson is an award-winning author and cartoonist whose artwork has appeared in numerous publications, including National Lampoon, the New Yorker, and Playboy.

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Cheri P, January 27, 2015 (view all comments by Cheri P)
Ugh.

I know this book is well-loved by many, but I just cannot count myself among them. Did I hate this book? No. Did I like it? Not really. It's a book group book, so I read it, thanking my lucky stars that it was a quick read.

The conceit is interesting but did not pull me in. Too clever, too cute. I liked the people/familiar idea, though. My favorite was the cat.

There's a good chance I just didn't "get it." But you know? I hated James Joyce's Ulysses because I didn't get that one, either. Whenever a book is so referential it requires volumes of previous knowledge, I get irritated.

I can see how others could like that. But me? I'll just move on to November, and leave October to Jack. And Jill. And the hill.
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salamane, January 1, 2015 (view all comments by salamane)
I first met this book on tape through my local library, and I adored it. Zelazny takes classic horror story villans -Dracula, Frankenstein, etc - and brings them together in a mysterious mystical battle of `openers vs closers`. All of this you read from...the perspective of a dog. Good humor, fun art, and a story I read every year at Halloween. I was more than a little happy to see this appear on the Powells 2014 top 5 list. Zelazny in general is worth you time. He writes wonderful classic science fiction often with a quirky sense of humor and irony. Get this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781556525605
Author:
Zelazny, Roger
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press
Illustrator:
Wilson, Gahan
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Rediscovered Classics
Publication Date:
20141031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 288 pages Chicago Review Press - English 9781556525605 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Sparkling, witty, delightful: Zelazny's best for ages, perhaps his best ever.”
"Review" by , "A cheerful, witty, well-crafted fantasy....It's deft, understated good humor and spare, poetic prose reaffirm Zelazny as one of fantasy's most skilled practitioners."
"Review" by , "The last great novel by one of the giants of the genre."
"Review" by , "Jack the Ripper meets Dracula, Dr. Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes, and a few other choice individuals in this romp through the annals of literary horror and mystery....Zelazny's quirky humor and Wilson's appropriately creepy drawings complement each other in grand style."
"Review" by , "A madcap blend of horror tropes and fantasy....There aren't many authors who would set out to write a novel in which the Wolfman and Jack the Ripper were the two heroes....And I'm not sure anyone else could have made it work."
"Review" by , "Bewitching...a supernatural romp."
"Synopsis" by , Boldly original and wildly entertaining, A Night in the Lonesome October is a darkly sparkling gem, an amalgam of horror, humor, mystery, and fantasy. An epistolary novel from Jack the Rippers dog Snuff with one diary entry for each night of the month of October, this story features major Gothic characters from the 19th-century — including Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Victor Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man — along with their beloved animals, trying to piece together a frightful and ingenious puzzle that will decide the fate of the world. First published in 1993, and Zelazny's last book prior to his untimely death, many consider it the best of the fantasy masters novels; it inspired Neil Gaiman's brilliant story “Only the End of the World Again,” as well as fans to read a chapter a day, every October.
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