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Something More Than Night Hardcover – December 3, 2013
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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.
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I started reading and realized that the book was a choice between two men and I hate that because somebody is going to get hurt. I usually like lighthearted books because I have a stressful job and like to read for relaxation. I guess I did not read the book description good enough. I was interested enough to continue and it was good but the ending was a crash. We never really heard what Dylan felt after reading the letter. It just ended. Then there was an epilogue and that was just as bad. I know that the two characters got together (do not want to spoil anything too much) but the ending is important too. A good book should grab me from the beginning. Keep me interested for the journey and fulfill me in the end. Why read a book to be disappointed in the end. I don't know if I could read any more books by this author if this would happen again.
Something More Than This also felt honest. Katy's confusion felt real, and her indecision between two possible loves was something I could see happening to any young woman. I loved the way she stumbled upon her answer.
I also loved all of the supporting characters in this book. Katy's best friend Mimi was hilarious! Her brothers were also very interesting. I would love to read more about them.
Something More Than This was a really fun, cute book to read. I would definitely suggest it to contemporary romance readers.
There is so much of this book that deals with our experiences as humans in the face of the divine and the unknowable (both as angels and as physics) that it makes me feel as if I can truly relate to the characters and their plights.
And just wait until you get to the end.
Great literature is defined by characters you come to know and love. You rejoice with their joys, you weep at their sorrows, you mourn their death. There are no loveable characters in Tregillis' novel, only the conceit of a fallen angel playing to the script of a gumshoe detective and allusions to Raymond Chandler and Philip Marlowe.
The novel was didactic more often than it was enjoyable, going to great lengths to explain the angelic hierarchy described by Pseudo-Dionysius (On the Celestial Hierarchy) and Thomas Aquinas (Summa Theologica). Unlike Aquinas, Tregillis is no intellectual, philosopher or theologian, but content to rehash and repeat descriptions without interpretation. Mistaking Tregillis for Chandler would be like mistaking smoke for the cigar... wholly unsatisfying compared to the source.
In the end, "Something More than Night" is an interesting conceit devoid of a soul. It lacks the philosophy of Aquinas. It lacks the heart of Chandler. It's an interesting novel that is more gristle than meat.