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A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny
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Sep 29, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: book-club-selection, dark-fantasy, reviewed
Recommended to Kristjan by: GR Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club
Recommended for: Gothic Fantasy Fans
Read in September, 2008

Selected as the Theme of the Month for the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club, I really didn't think that I would like this book much and was mentally prepared to put it aside; fortunately, it was short and actually quite fun (that pleasant surprise was worth an extra star here). Although the story brings together many of the Victorian horror villains (similar to "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"), the true protagonists were really their animal companions as they 'traded' clues about this ultimate game within a diary or journal style narration. The fun was in trying to match up who everybody was with where they fit in the game while at the same time trying to figure out the rules of the game itself ... Suspension of Disbelief really is your friend here; you really need to be able to relax and let go a fair amount of rational thinking to truly enjoy it.
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