A Night in the Lonesome October
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A group read with some of my greatest friends: OhWell, Sarah, and Tadiana.
First a disclaimer: I lost count to the number of times I read the book. Seriously. I still find something new with each reread. I would also like to welcome Sarah to the light: she finally found the way and saw the truth.
The most common cover of the book is so perfect I cannot help showing it here.
Half of the fun in most of Zelazny's books is to figure out what is going on. For this reason2018A ...more
During the entire month of October, in the late 1800s, in a year when the full moon falls on Halloween, strange forces gather in a village outside of London.
Various iconic characters ― who will be familiar to fans of Victorian literature and classic horror movies ― create shifting alliances, gather herbs, instruments of power and the odd eyeball and femur, and prepare for a mystery-shrouded event that will take place on Halloween night.
A Night in the Lonesome October, published in 1993, isnight.A ...more
MADE THE CIRCUITS. THE THING IN THE CIRCLE changed shape, finally making itself look like a lady dog of attractive person and very friendly disposition. But I was not fooled into breaking the Circle. It didn’t have the smell part down yet
WE TOOK A WALK LAST NIGHT. ACQUIRING man21 ...more
"Carpe baculum!" (Seize the stick!)You know the feeling when you finish the book and with a quiet satisfied and slightly smug smile realize that it was just perfect, as though it was written just for you? Sometimes I get lucky like that.
Roger Zelazny has a unique quirkiness in his narration that speaks directly to me, and A Night in the Lonesome October which I read in one breath over the wee hours of a late October night is no exception.
Zelazny is a genius when it comes to telling a story. The trick here is the narration - the wonderful, clever nthat ...more
The first clue of the kind of upcoming weirdness comes from the dedication, which is to Shelley, Poe, Stoker, Doyle, Lovecraft, Bradbury, Bloch, and Terhune (dog breeder and writer).
The the cast of characters include the watchdog Snuff, and his master, Jack, a man who i ...more
I am a watchdog. My name is Snuff. I live with my master Jack outside of London now. I like Soho very much at night with its smelly fogs and dark streets. It is silent then andclass="gr-hostedUserImg">I ...more
➽ And the other moral of this rereread is : pack rats named after the bubonic plague and that are friends with dogs that are friends with cats Super Extra Especially Wary Of (SE²WO™) thou shalt be and stuff.
P.S. Jack and Jill did NOT go up the hill. I repeat, Jack and Jill did NOT go up the hill. Just so you know. Youclass="gr-hostedUserImg"> ...more
I rarely get chance to read a highly admired book. "A Night in the Lonesome October" by Roger Zelazny is my first review read from Netgalley. Whether you call the genre humour or horror or lovecraftian or mystery, but I am not able to put it into single genre confidently. Unlike my other review reads this book shows clear cut difference bet ...more
A buddy read with the Roger Zelazny Newbies Group, since we wanted to start with a bang!!!
Where do I start??? Let's begin with my thanks to Evgeny, who had the good sense to invite several of us for the Halloween Read and made us read it! Thank you!!!
I had no idea what I was getting myself into. After all, I am not a horror reading type of a gal. However, I believe Horror is the last thing I would associate A Night in Lonesome October with. The first would be smart and secon ...more
I was hooked right away, around the time Snuff and the graveyard dog had a funny conversation and asked to see one another's teeth. One of the characters calls The Game, as it is known, a lunatic scavenger hun ...more
This book is a great blend of mystery spices, gripping suspense, funny dialogues and fabulous fantasy. Mr. Zelazny’s writing style just enchanted me: so straightforward, smooth and so compelling at the same time, with no difficult words or complex descriptions. The story simply is a page-turner.
What gripped me in A Night in the Lonesome October? Definitely the talking animals, the monsters (who entertained Snuff with their mad requests and dangerous plans) and the heroes fro ...more
2019: Read with SciFi and Fantasy Book Club, invited by Anna.
2017: Read with ? group?
2012: Re-reading yet again wit ...more
I always try to read someth ...more
And how do I write a review for this book that will do it justice? So cleverly written, and readers will delight in figuring out one by one who each of the “players” in the game are — many of which are characters from Victorian literature. Even though this was my fourth or more go-round with these characters, I stay ...more
It was a great read with a great bunch of people. I added some to my notes & we relabeled the characters on the front cover due to a great ...more
The wild and crazy romp with the supernatural begins on October 1 and ends....fittingly....on All Hallows Eve, and besides the thrashing Jack, you'll encounter favorites likemovies.The ...more
I actually managed to stick to the one chapter a day format of this book, which made for a fun little adventure.
This is the second Zelazny novel I’ve read, having only dipped my toe into his Chronicles of Amber with the first book. Zelazny is a science fiction and fantasy forefather of the 1960s through the 1980s, having influenced the likes of Neil Gaiman and George R.R. Martin. He won 3 Nebula Awards and 6 Hugo Awards, and is most famous for his Chronicles of Amb ...more
Growing moon. Angry cat. Feather in the wind.
Autumn comes. The grass dies.
"A Night in the Lonesome October" is a very different book in so many ways. In so many good ways .
It is written from a dog's point of view and consists of a prologue plus 31 chapters, one chapter for each day of October.
You have no idea what is going on in the major part of the book, but instead you come across all sorts of characters that you might for instance know frofriends. ...more
I'm a Universal Monster nut. I have the stuffed animal collection, the silver screen box, key chains, artwork for the poster of The Creature from the Black Lagoon signed by the artist (and autographs from Ricou Browning and Julie Adams from a convention on it years later), a few other collectables, the collector box set with statues of Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man...I'd have much more but, you know, I'm poor.
This book gets brownie points just for including some of these ...more
I was fortunate to find this at my library and it fit very well thematically into my October Scare Fest reading. I enjoyed it overall. It' ...more
The tone is light, although the subject matter is grim. It seems that on Halloween night, unimaginable horrors will attempt to enter this world. A gathering of powers has come together, some to hold it back, and some to try to help it along.
Throughout the month, these opposing forces are playing a game of positioning, alliances, and grabs for talismans to help their cause or hinder the oppos ...more
Second reading: October 1 - 31, 2014
Third reading: October 1 - 31, 2015
Fourth reading: October 1 - 31, 2016
Fifth reading: October 1 - 31, 2017
Sixth reading: October 1 - 31, 2018
Seventh reading: October 1 - 31, 2019
The best way that I can think to describe it is that I feel like I'm seeing the events of the story out of the corner of my eye, that I can never quite get the full picture. We're given hints, references to puzzle out, dialogue that both reveals and obscures, and a narration that is restrained and secretive. Everything is ...more
This was a pretty interesting story, a lot more interesting than I initially expected. The way it was approached plays a big role in why I liked it so much. And because of the chosen POV I had a blast figuring out which characters was which famous literature hero. And when i couldn't I had my wonderful friends at RZN to help me out (even if I spend most of my time there just lurking).
At first it was a slow ...more
I read A Night in the Lonesome October with some of my favorite gal pals on goodreads. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but what I got was not at all what I had imagined.
The story is told in 31 chapters- each one is a day in October. You are following around Snuff, a watchdog who tells you all about his adventures for the day. There are other animals that are in the story as well working with their human companion to collect items and information for what they refer to as “The ...more
Thus was all our work quickly concluded to everyone’s satisfaction, save for the tired hound. Such times are rare, such times are fleeting, but always bright when caught, measured, hung, and later regarded in times of adversity, there in the kinder halls of memory, against the flapping of the flames.
It was very Octoberish with bits like this:
"I breathed the smells of woodsmoke, loam, and rotting w ...more
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times are rare, such times are fleeting, but always bright when caught, measured, hung, and later regarded
in times of adversity, there in the kinder halls of memory, against the flapping of the flames.”