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Nocturnes by John Connolly
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Jun 03, 2009

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I thoroughly enjoyed John Connolly's novel, The Book of Lost Things, and thus was intrigued by this volume of some of his short fiction pieces. For the most part, they were enjoyable supernatural stories, if a bit predictable. Very rarely was I outright surprised by something that Mr. Connolly wrote, and for me, the mark of a good horror story is that it surprises you. There were also a few plot holes in his stories, particularly in the Charlie Parker novella, which bothered me as I read. I also found myself questioning Mr. Connolly's perception of women - throughout his stories, they are generally presented as either complete innocents (children, dead wives, virgins) or evil entities (witches, werewolves, vampires). I'm loathe to call him sexist, however, and may concede that most of these issues stem directly from the perception of women in most horror tales. Above all, the stories were interesting and moderately thrilling, and Connolly's writing is quite enthralling and skilled.
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