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"Patrick writes with imagination, skill and confidence, and it's clear that They Mostly Come Out at Night is the beginning of something brilliant." - FantasyFaction.com
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"Fantastic world building. In-depth characters. Dark Fantasy with a twist of horror. Exquisite storytelling. Highly recommended!" - InkedBrownies.com
About the Author
He has been writing for most of his life, and has been reading for pretty much all of it (with help from mum and dad at the beginning). Benedict's life changed when a substitute primary school teacher read his class part of The Hobbit and later loaned him the book - he fell in love with the fantasy genre and never looked back.
They Mostly Come Out At Night is his debut novel, and is the first novel in The Yarnsworld series.
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- Publication date : June 16, 2016
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 202 pages
- ASIN : B01DL8S8F6
- File size : 4038 KB
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #159,833 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First off I absolutely loved the format of the story. The chapters being split between Lonan's day and then his dreams was great. I also loved the folk tales that separated the chapters. The folk tales were some of my favorite parts for this story. I love back story and history and this was such a nice way to present it and tell the stories of this world.
Where I had a problem with this story was the characters. I did not like Lonan very much or any of the villagers for that matter. Mother Ogma was the only exception. I felt like the way they interacted and the dialogue was somewhat awkward.
Adahy's story was much more appealing to me. I liked Adahy as a person was looking forward to what I thought he would become as a ruler.
Towards the end as the two stories came together I found myself enjoying it more than the beginning. Even Lonan became more likable, if still kind of off in my opinion. I liked the story telling decisions that were made in the last few chapters. While the ending was not happy, I myself was happy with how it ended.
While this was not my favorite book I definitely see potential in Mr. Patrick and I am looking forward to seeing where he will go next with the tales of Yarnsworld.
The mythology in particular is interesting because it’s a combination of European and Native American influences into something totally new. At first it seems like these folk tales are just world building or a distraction from the main story, but they actually provide important clues and become more closely involved with the plot as time goes on.
All is not what it seems in this story and the twists surprised me in several places. Yet the ending feels inevitable when it comes. I almost wanted to look away from what was happening but I had to keep reading until the last page, hoping against hope that things would turn out better. One character, the Pale Lady, had the hairs standing up on the back of my neck.
This book is a prime example of dark fantasy, not in the newer sense of “grim dark” that dwells on explicit violence and gore, but in the classic sense that straddles the line between fantasy and horror. There’s an oppressive tension throughout the book, a fear of what could be out there in the dark, horrors brought on by both monsters and men. It starts with the promise of the beautiful cover and the ominous title, and doesn’t fail to deliver from there, right up through the bittersweet ending. It’s sad but fitting to the rest of the story.
It’s part of a series, but it’s a complete story arc on its own. A peek at the second book in the back hints that it will be a new location with different characters, so I think they’re intended to be stand-alones in a shared world. Either way, I’m eagerly looking forward to the next book. This is an amazing debut from the author and I want to see more of his writing.
I’d recommend this book to fans of Tanith Lee, Charles de Lint, and Terri Windling. If you like dark fantasy with a new take on fairy tales and folklore, you should definitely check this out.
COHESIVE. From start to finish, every part of this book moved towards the same goal: telling one grand, totally integrated story. It fluidly moves from past to present, legend to reality, doubt to certainty. It is a pasodoble--a dance between the bull and the matador--where there is teasing, prodding, advancing, retreating, until the final moment of reckoning. Benedict Patrick is to be complimented for the lightness of his authorial foot, keeping our eyes glued to the dance even as he continually upends our premises and expectations. He flits from one timeline to another, from POV to POV, and we are with him every literary chasse, drag, promenade, coup de pique.
Folk tales started many chapters--quirky, wondrous...and more than what they appear to be. These vignettes are enjoyable independently but grow in meaning when viewed in the light of the overall story arc. Mr. Patrick draws on old legends, refreshes their threads, and weaves them into a new tapestry that feels novel while retaining their mystery and exoticness.
WEATHERED. This tale simply has an aged feel to it the way a proper legend or myth should. It is a tale that has surely grown in the telling, seeped into various cultures and peoples. It draws on the age-old tradition of fashioning stories to explain the origin of the world and the creatures that live in it. Without giving a spoiler, let's just say I will never look at a squirrel the same way again. (Gluscabe! I shall not forget your majestic origin!)
SATISFYING. This is a standalone novel which reminds me of something I had almost forgotten with all the cliffhanger and ambiguous endings that have become quite popular and can be satisfying in a different way. THEY MOSTLY COME OUT AT NIGHT delivers closure from whence comes the satisfaction that proceeds from knowing you have come full circle and can look back and truly see the relevance of everything that came before.
As I closed the book and reflected on the story, I was confident I grasped the characters' motivations, impetus, choices. I may not always agree, the outcome may not always be what I hoped, but all was clear. This book tugged at my heartstrings because even as I may not necessarily have made the choices the characters made, I understood the the emotions and values behind them. Fear, love, jealousy, anger, sacrifice--these are all things we have intimate knowledge of. As Lonan, Adahy, Mother Ogma, Jarleth, Maedoc, Branwen and the others wrestle with their dilemmas, I was right alongside them, appreciating the difficulties, contemplating the difference between foresight and hindsight and the doubts, second-guessing and finality that attend it. This is what Mr. Patrick's writing allows.
This does not mean that there are no more stories to tell involving these characters, only that the writer has put paid to this particular narrative of their lives.
If I have a quibble with this book it might be that it is too short--not because it is incomplete or unresolved, only that I want more. I did not want the vignettes to stop coming, I want to know more about the little moments of the characters' lives that may not be entirely relevant to the overall story arc but would give me a longer peek at the details of their fascinating existence. I hope to dream of the Magpie King and Artemis and Lonan and all the others for some time to come. Here's hoping I have owl blood running in my veins.
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The world in this book is steeped in old fairy tales and folk legends, and it is a truly fascinating and beautiful world that's been created. I loved the traditions that the people clung to, the totem animals they worshiped and even the "Knacks" that people develop are all genius ideas.
There are many twists and turns to this story and I never knew where it might go, which excited me greatly. I also loved how there are numerous tales that are put in after each chapter that build the world up and flesh it out even further.
I ordered the second book "Where the Waters Turn Black" before finishing the first so it has arrived today and I shall be starting it soon! Cannot recommend this book highly enough if you are a fan of fantasy and genius storytelling.
interrupted the flow of the action, though I can see some readers liked them.
There are 2 "plots" to the book. Lonan is shunned by most of the villagers for something that happened
years ago. He begins to have vivid dreams about the Magpie King and his son, Adahy, with the "story"
continuing in his next dream.
Then there was the story of Adahy and his servant/friend. Later the two plot lines came together.
I didn't feel any of the characters had any depth to them and I really didn't like the ending of the book.
I will not be reading any more in the series.
It's a fairytale, but it's of the old, dark kind, where the fairies aren't pretty and kind, and where the magic doesn't sparkle. Technically, there aren't any actual fairies in the story, but you get the idea.
What there is, is a sense of depth, mystery, and darkness. The forest is not a safe place, the world isn't kind, and the people who live there do what they must to survive.
As for what it's about...
Well, I'm not going to tell you.
I saw the cover and became curious. I downloaded a free short-story from the author, and then decided to give this book a go. I had no idea what it would be about, except it took place in the same setting as the short-story. That was enough for me.
This is a book I picked up because I felt good about it. I still haven't read the description.
Sure, the story is good, and towards the end I had that “just one more chapter” feeling, but it's the mood/feel/vibe of the story that will stay with me, and which will make me read more books from this author.
This is dark fairytale done right.
The characters, so far, as 1 dimensional and, at this relatively late stage in the book, it still seems to be delivering back story as scene setting. And the fairy stories / folk tales in between each chapter are a bit distracting. I'm not sure where the book is headed but having stuff inserted like that is just going to interrupt the rhythm and break up any tension.
So, apologies to the author, but I'm giving up.
They Mostly Come Out At Night is a horror-fantasy novel in which a village is besieged by mysterious monsters. The story focuses around Lonan, the village outcast, and the trials and tribulations he faces both within and without the village when he is beset by dreams of Adahy, son of the Magpie King.
While a fantasy story, there is no conventional means of magic but something I found far more interesting and enticing: Each resident of the village has a "knack," one particular thing they have immense talent in. Without giving too much away, it's a focal point of the story without ever being overly indulged in, a compliment I would also pay to the story as a whole.