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Night Music: Nocturnes Volume 2 Paperback – October 6, 2015
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"Connolly's range is impressive, from a two-page ghost story, "A Dream of Winter," to an old-fashioned bogeyman tale, "Razorshins," set in Maine during Prohibition." (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“It’s difficult to do anything new with the classic ghost story, but Connolly displays a sure hand . . . . Night Music is a good opportunity to watch him take full rein of his supernatural enthusiasms, especially as the days shorten, temperatures dip and a creepy tale read in the dark is most welcome.” (The Portland Press Herald)
“A must-read.” (Booklist)
“Both insightful and entertaining.” (Tzer Island)
About the Author
John Connolly is the author of the Charlie Parker series of mystery novels, the supernatural collection Nocturnes, the Samuel Johnson Trilogy for younger readers, and (with Jennifer Ridyard) the Chronicles of the Invaders series. He lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at JohnConnollyBooks.com, or follow him on Twitter @JConnollyBooks.
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There is an old school flavor to a few of these and if you read the closing autobiographical essay “I Live Here” you’ll know why. Expertly done, as I have come to expect from Mr. Connolly. If you haven’t read him before, then you better start cracking. You have some work to do… Be sure not to miss out on the Parker series either. Trust me. You will not regret it.
*I received an advanced copy of this release from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I can point out many authors who have written a handful of extremely memorable short stories, but very rarely have I encountered such a discovery in a single collection of modern works! Just about everything in this collection will mentally take you away and deposit you into their unique "virtual reality".
As if that weren't enough, so many of these stories were so commanding that I found myself going back to them in my own mind time and time again. I can honestly say that--even though some stories affected me more so than others--there is not a single thing I have to be critical about in regards to NIGHT MUSIC.
John Connolly is a true artist at what he does.
Some of my personal favorites include:
--"The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository": A true book lover discovers his own paradise in the secret of Caxton's Private Library. The exquisite language used in this story really transports the reader into a world where virtually anything seems possible. I found this one beautifully haunting and poetic at once, and it is tied with one other story for my favorite in this collection.
--"The Hollow King": I felt this to be one of the more horrific tales in this collection, with an atmosphere that I, nevertheless, found myself irresistibly drawn to.
--"The Lamia": This was another emotionally disturbing tale detailing the life of a rape victim AFTER the occurrence, and a unique opportunity afforded her. . .
--"Razorshins": A story that combines true crime in the Prohibition Era with a local "superstition".
--"Lazarus": A disturbing look at the life of one of the Bible's most famous "miracles".
--"Blood of the Lamb": A girl with Christ-like healing abilities gets a visit from representatives of the Vatican. This is the other story I consider tied for my personal favorite in this book. Although the material this tale is based upon contains a completely different set of emotions and circumstances, it is one that caught me thoroughly off guard, and I am still unable to get it out of my consciousness.
A very memorable array of stories from first to last. This is a book you will want to go back to repeatedly!
*I received an advance e-copy of this book through NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.*