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Something More Than Night [Kindle Edition]

Ian Tregillis
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Ian Tregillis's Something More Than Night is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’s vision of Heaven. It’s a noir detective story starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a priest with a dirty secret, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God.

Somebody has murdered the angel Gabriel. Worse, the Jericho Trumpet has gone missing, putting Heaven on the brink of a truly cosmic crisis. But the twisty plot that unfolds from the murder investigation leads to something much bigger: a con job one billion years in the making.

Because this is no mere murder. A small band of angels has decided to break out of heaven, but they need a human patsy to make their plan work.

Much of the story is told from the point of view of Bayliss, a cynical fallen angel who has modeled himself on Philip Marlowe. The yarn he spins follows the progression of a Marlowe novel—the mysterious dame who needs his help, getting grilled by the bulls, finding a stiff, getting slipped a mickey.

Angels and gunsels, dames with eyes like fire, and a grand maguffin, Something More Than Night is a murder mystery for the cosmos.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2013


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Editorial Reviews

Review

The Coldest War is like a cross between the devious, character-driven spy fiction of early John le Carré and the mad science fantasy of the X-Men…eloquent and utterly compelling.”
Kirkus Reviews

“An excellent journey into an alternate Britain and should please fans of Harry Turtledove and Naomi Novik.” —Library Journal on The Coldest War

“A white-knuckle plot, beautiful descriptions, and complex characters—an unstoppable Vickers of a novel.”
—Cory Doctorow on Bitter Seeds

Bitter Seeds may rival Naomi Novik’s Tales of Temeraire as a sustained historical fantasy.”
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About the Author

IAN TREGILLIS is the author of the Milkweed Tryptich--Bitter Seeds, The Coldest War and Necessary Evil. He lives near Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he works as a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In addition, he is a member of the George R. R. Martin Wild Cards writing collective.


Product Details

  • File Size: 899 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765334321
  • Publisher: Tor Books (December 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DA6XMOC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,549 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, razor tight combination of noir and SF December 16, 2013
Format:Hardcover
"Something More Than Night" by Ian Tregillis is a wonderful, razor tight combination of noir and physics-both meta and quantum.
When Ian first posted the idea for the novel on his blog in February of 2012, I thought it sounded great as I am very much a fan of Chandler and my expectations were high. I was not let down at all. The book is fantastic; the writing is lovely.

We begin with the death of the angel Gabriel. Gabriel was one of the Seraphim and was very dead as his reentry set the sky aglow and drifting bits cause an odd snow in Australia. Bayliss, one of our narrators notes this and reminisces about Gabriel that:

" He wasn’t just lovely, he was the kind of lovely that could make a bishop stomp his miter and curse a long blue streak on Easter Sunday."

Bayliss is also an angel although he has bummed about on Earth and has adopted the mannerisms of a hard-boiled detective. Hard boiled, but like the best of them, he seems to have a soft spot for women in a tight fix and a desire for knight-errantry. That and a touch of rye in his coffee.

During the light show of Gabriel's fall, Bayliss clues us in to why the humans moving around him with downcast eyes aren't noticing much:

"But nobody looks up anymore. That stopped soon after the last satellites died. In the minds of most monkeys, thirty years of meteor showers was weak tea compared to the loss of decent long-term weather forecasts."

This also gives us a nice piece of world-building. The story happens in the not too distant future (50 or so years I would guess) and there has been a war that destroyed the satellites and prevents any new ones from the debris layer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Ian Tregillis, the author of the Milkweed Triptych, follows up that series with Something More Than Night. Defying genre description, Something More Than Night is part Raymond Chander noir, part angel mythology, and part quantum (I think) physics. Mixed together, this story is unlike anything I've read.

Bayliss is an angel with a Philip Marlowe fixation. He's sent to find a replacement for the arch-angel Gabriel, who has been murdered. His attempts to choose a mortal go haywire and he ends up with Molly. Things kind of ramp up from there, as Molly attempts to reconcile her fate and help Bayliss figure out who killed Gabriel and why. At the risk of creating any spoilers, I'll refrain from anymore plot summary.

This was a very interesting book, and I found myself getting caught up in trying to figure out the whole twisty mess. The characters were engaging enough to keep me wanting to know more about them and caring what happened to them. The setting was definitely unique, as a large portion of the story took place in the Pleroma, a not-quite-heaven where the angels live. Bayliss is a great unreliable narrator, sliding into the noir model very well. As the publishers description states, the maguffin is grand and the payoff to the story is well worth it.

I did find some of the slang and physics descriptions a little distracting, but not enough to keep me from reading on.

Overall, this was a good book. It wasn't exactly my cup of tea, but it was definitely unique. Props to Tregillis for trying something new, different and clever. If your a fan of Tregillis's writing, or like a new spin on old noir favorites, then definitely check out Something More Than Night.

I received a preview copy of this book from Macmillan-Tor/Forge in exchange for an honest review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Paved With Good Intentions February 10, 2014
Format:Hardcover
I was conflicted on how to review Something More Than Night. It's a unique and highly ambitious noir-style mystery set partially in Heaven and partially on Earth, with a gift for integrating unusual ideas, characters, and language. Ultimately, though, the book feels like the victim of its own ambition: the very things that set the book apart are carried a bit too far, leaving me unable to recommend it wholeheartedly. I'd give it 3.5 starts, rounding up to 4, since any book that made me think so much about it afterwards is worth trying, even if just to see if it's your cup of tea.

If you'll allow me to borrow a stylistic conceit from Tregillis, here is what did and didn't work for me:

What I liked:

The Worldbuilding: Tregillis has a gift for smoothly integrating a number of different concepts, from religion to noir to futuristic urban fantasy, much more smoothly than I had either anticipated or hoped for. The near-future world he's created feels surprisingly plausible and he's great at showing rather than telling the reader what is going on.

The Style & Language: I would not have guessed that Tregillis would be able to pull off a pastiche of Chandler-esque noir patter, detailed quantum physics, and multiple changes in perspective as well as he did. While some of the detective language is a bit difficult to manage, if you push through you'll find that you get most of it, Clockwork Orange-style. His use of metaphors also lends itself to some beautifully constructed passages. While I'm not generally a fan of books whose perspectives switch back and forth between chapters, he pulls it off well… and in some cases (like a split-viewpoint fight that occurs midway through) to spectacular effect.
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3.0 out of 5 stars In the Earth of the near future, global warming is destroying the...
Bayliss is both a nickel-grabbing shamus and an angel. Mollie is a hot red-head out on the town with her brother in Melbourn. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peter S. Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Tregillis has become one of my favorite authors and this book only...
Ian Tregillis has become one of my favorite authors and this book only confirms what I like about his writing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dan Campos
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read with a consistent voice.
I was surprised how much I liked this book. It really hits on some out-there metaphysical topics, but in an oblique way. Read more
Published 2 months ago by W. Collins
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip this
Skip this. Better noir knock offs exist. The bad Sam Spade lingo is annoying. Try Terry Pratchet's Good Omens instead.
Published 2 months ago by VoxPop
4.0 out of 5 stars Angels meet noir meets scifi
An interesting book mixing angel lore and old fashioned noir in a future earth that has been ruined by war, pollution, and climate change. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B
5.0 out of 5 stars A monument to beautiful form and cinematic delivery.
First things first, this book is incredible. The language itself pulses and writhes with a rhythm like Bach via Skrillex, poetic on one hand and then delightfully gritty and true... Read more
Published 4 months ago by .....
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love over-the-top-Noir you will get a huge kick out of this.
The narrative style is amazing. If you don’t smile while reading Bayliss’s POV chapters you may have misplaced your soul. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Eneasz M. Brodski
2.0 out of 5 stars Fallen Angels
The story here is too complex and ingenious to really summarize. However a clever storyline does not a readable novel make. Mr. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Al Hence
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concepts, unsatisfynig book
Ian Tregillis is an obviously intelligent and very imaginative author with a broad spectrum of knowledge. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Matthew T. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting genre mix, very entertaining book!
Take a hard-boiled Philip Marlowe detective mystery, mash it up with a bit of science fiction and a near future earth, a bit of Thomas Aquinas, and you get a fascinating and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Richard E. Rae
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