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<ul><li>Format:Paperback</li><li>Publication Date: 2015-10-06</li></ul>
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Night Music: Nocturnes...

Night Music: Nocturnes, Vol. 2 is the second story collection by author John Connolly. Connolly is one of my favourite writers and this collection is a good example of why. The range and diversity of these stories guarantees that there is a little something something for anyone with a love of all things supernatural from the creepy horror of "Razorshins" to the sweet sadness of "A Haunting". It contains 12 stories and novellas and, as in any collection of stories, I Iiked some better than others. My favourite is the novella "The Caxton Lending Library & Book Depository". In this wonderfully imaginative tale, after authors die, their characters, at least those that have become part of our collective consciousness like Anna Karenina or Dracula, move into a hidden library in the British countryside. This august establishment plays a role in another story, "Holmes on the Range" which is a rather quirky tale about the possible consequences of an author killing off a beloved character and later bringing him back to life. The book ends with a fascinating and often laugh-out-loud essay titled "I Live Here" in which Connolly discusses the writers and books that influenced his own writing... among other things including his definitely not-stalking of Stephen King. If you're a fan of the supernatural or just good writing and are looking for something that you can read at your leisure at this busy time of year, this may be the perfect solution although, warning, you may find yourself so engrossed in this collection you may forget to put it down to get back to those other things.

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With his delicate and ...

With his delicate and slightly chilling prose, John Connolly is a writer of distinction, best known for his beyond-excellent Charlie Parker series where excitement, melancholy and belly laughs make for a thrilling read. That Connolly is also a dab hand at the short story is proved by this, his second volume of tales that are magical, unsettling, supernatural and funny - but never quite horrifying. Take Lazarus whom, although raised from the dead by Jesus, is not really alive; or the Caxton Private Lending Library and Book Depository where famous literary characters go when their original creator dies - imagine what happens when the resurrected Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty meet? And then there is the little Irish girl who can perform miracles: her parents are delighted to welcome Vatican investigators - even if they do arrive a day early - never verifying that these are priests, not something more sinister. A superb collection for readers who prefer having their imaginations stimulated rather than their spines tingled.

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This is the second vol...

This is the second volume of John Connolly's anthology of short fiction (eleven short stories and two novellas), all with a supernatural theme. While I enjoyed some of them, and was perturbed (or left somewhat puzzled) by others, I felt they lacked the breathtaking intensity of the first volume. Still, even a slightly better than mediocre Connolly is better than a lot of authors' top quality.

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This was a brilliant b...

This was a brilliant book. I particularly liked the Sherlock Holmes story and John Connolly's essay at the end of the book gives a good insight into the authors favorite horror/mystery writers. This collection of short stories also gives a background to Quayle and the Fractured Atlas. I found it very Lovecraftian tale and adds to the Charlie Parker series.

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