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The Somnambulist by Jonathan  Barnes
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Mar 27, 09

bookshelves: fantasy, library-loan
Read in February, 2009

I finished this novel a couple of days ago and haven't written anything about it so far because, honestly, I can't think of anything relevant that hasn't been written before in other reviews. It's a very good novel, somewhere between historical fantasy and horror, with a dark, witty sense of humor and an interesting narrative style. It's set in Victorian London, but the city in the book falls somewhere between China Mieville's New Crobuzon and Neal Gaiman's "Neverwhere". (Although, come to think of it, the Neverwhere resonance may have been caused by a duo of murderers who made me think of Croup and Vandemar.)

I truly enjoyed this novel (despite the fact that I can't think of a damn thing to write about it!). I'm curious to read the new book by Barnes, "The Domino Men", which was just released this week. From the blurb, it sounds like it's a prequel of sorts, and I believe the title characters may be those two killers I mentioned before. Could be good!
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Todd Johnson Yeah, those two were definitely channeling Croup and Vandemar.


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