Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day
I'll continue to read more of her books because they keep surprising me!
dammit, i wish i liked urban fantasy.
i've tried a few times, but nothing has clicked for me yet. there's a quote in this book: Magic is real. Once magic is real, nothing is entirely out of the question, which unintentionally sums up my resistance. if "nothing is entirely out of the question," all tension is compromised - anything can be just magically fixed, which lowers the stakes a bit. ...more
3.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:
Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day is a beautifully-told but slightly illogical novella about ghosts who can’t ― or won’t ― yet pass on, some of the surprising powers ghosts have over humans, and the fearful powers that human witches have over the ghosts. But on a deeper level it’s about those who are unseen and homeless, and about the power of love and of finding inner peace.
In 1972, Jenna dies in Mill Hollow, Kentucky as a young woman. Distraught o ...more
Another (too) short but sweet tale set in a unique, urban fantasy setting from a wonderful storyteller.
I think Seanan McGuire's greatest strength is her imagination and it's apparent in the worlds she creates. This novella is further evidence of that. In less than 200 pages she builds an interesting world of ghosts and witches with unique sets of abilities inhabiting Manhattan.
Unfortunately that's also this book's greatest weakness. In less than 200 pages she's busy building her wo ...more
Partially. The thing is, this UF is a ghost story where the ghost is just trying to get by, dealing in the coin that only she and her ghostly friends can spend... Time. Time and Ghosts. I guess Alan Moore has it right that we become creatures of the fourth dimension after we die! :) Or something. :)
But even though this is a pretty cool UF setup and I love the idea, we'v ...more
The world is full of stories, and no matter how much time we spend in it—alive or dead—there’s never time to learn them all. They just go by so quickly.
Seanan McGuire has a talent for finding hope in the darkest of places; in this case, death. Behind its mystery front story, this novella is a study in the family you find and in finding hope in death. Dusk or Dawn or Dark or Day is a compelling mystery about the disappearance of ghosts in New York, but honestly, what stands out here is the ne ...more
3.5 Dark Start Stars
I normally don’t give warnings for books but I feel like this one might need one.
Warning: This book touches on death and suicide. If these are trigger points for you then maybe skip it. But if you are up for a darker read than most of Seanen McGuire’s other works then give it a try.
The beginning of this is pretty dark. Jenna has just lost her sister to suicide only to right after get caught in a storm and die too. --Not really a ...more
This book isn’t your typical ghost story. While it includes a significant number of urban fantasy elements, there is also a darkly profound, rather despairing thread running beneath its surface. Thematically it is also on the weightier side, dealing with topics like suicide, survivor guilt, and emotional trauma. Fans of Seanan McGuire are still going to love her engaging storytelling style and loveable characters, but if ...more
Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day is an entertaining little book about ghosts and witches, both of which are depicted in rather different ways than the norm. The main character, Jenna, is a ghost who works on a suicide help line and keeps cats. Definitely not your usual ghost.
There is some interesti ...more
This is a dark book, one that deals with suicide and how much it taxes the people closest to the person that took that way out of life. Maybe that wasn't the point of the book, because the ...more
Overall, I liked the ideas in the story more than how they were actually executed.
Forty years ago Jenna’s sister Patty, who moved away to New York committed suicide and Jenna was so distraught about her beloved sister that she tragically died soon after. And ever since she’s tried to atone for not seeing her sister’s pain, working at a suicide prevention hotline, and hoping that she can accumulate enough time and repay enough debt to one day see her sister again.
But when the ghosts of New York starts disappearing, evil preying upon them, Jenna is the only one who can help....more
McGuire's writing style is again beautiful and haunting - and that first chapter!
She offers us a ghost story with a difference, full of detail and pathos. I loved discovering how she re-though the dynamics between humans, ghosts and witches. It is a fascinating and rich world. As for Jenna's journey of redemption, it stays with you. I just wish this was longer...
This book is just beautiful and similar to "Every Heart a Doorway," McGuire takes an urban fantasy theme and makes it ...more
Jenna lives a solitary life, working by day in a coffee shop and by night as a suicide hotline counselor. Her day job pays her bills and her night job earns her the minutes of life that will move her ghostly existence further towards her eternal rest. But then she receives a warning from a friend that all the other ghosts of New York have suddenly disappeared.
Jenna is a deeply sympathetic individual with a sad story, and a sadder existence, with a way of moving for ...more
I read this novella just because of the title. I had no idea what this was about, but I trust Tor.com novellas to be, if not always great, at least always interesting.
And it was, but I have to say that I thought this was going to be a horror book, and it's not creepy at all. It's a ghost story about grief, growing old and letting go.
The main character of this book is the ghost of a girl who died by suicide in 1972, and she's now a grown ghost who works at a suicide hotline. She also ke ...more
McGuire's short novel has one of the most remarkably powerful openings I've read. Even though it is the prologue, I don't want to spoil it for those that haven't read it.
Once into the novel proper she builds her world - a New York full of ghosts - with consummate skill. The she spans myth and fairy tale and realism brought to mind Charles de Lint, and there can be no greater praise. (Seriously. If you haven't read him I am not saying he's one of the greatest fantasy writers in the Engli ...more
I never left, not in body, not in bone. Dusk or dark or dawn or day, I've been here the whole time.
one of the biggest releases of last year was seanan mcguire's every heart a doorway. everyone was reading it, everyone was talking about it, and it showed up on a bunch of 2016 favorites list. i read it, liked it enough, but it didn't impress me that much.
this novella, however. this was everything i was expecting her other book would've been for me.
the plot of this is pretty simple - the ghosts ...more
Seanan McGuire is easily my favorite urban fantasy author. Her wr ...more
I loved how McGuire gave a spin to the entire Ghost story, how Ghosts are "made", how they keep living, how they can live... all that was so very different and special in a way and not in any way i ever read before, so thats fantastic!
I also love the witches elements in this. The magic is completely different but clearly understandable without the need to have pages on pages to explain the system.
The writing was FAN-fudging- TASTIC!
From start to fi ...more
Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and ...more