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The Lights Go Out in Lychford

(Lychford #4)

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Be careful what you wish for...

Paul Cornell's The Lights Go Out in Lychford continues the award-nominated Witches of Lychford series, described by Seanan McGuire as "Beautifully written, perfectly cruel and ultimately kind."

The borders of Lychford are crumbling. Other realities threaten to seep into the otherwise quiet village, and the resident wise woman is struggling to
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Tor.com
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K.J. Charles
Another in the very strong series about three women guarding the magical borders in a small English town. Often extremely funny, with good banter and an extremely likeable Bechdel-shattering female friendship at its heart. I'm enjoying what Tor is doing with novella series a lot. This instalment has a slightly Pratchett feel in terms of his more serious themes, though with contemporary setting, which I am all for, and there's a lovely sinister/absurd small town Englishness to it. Looking forward ...more
Fiona
I don't know if the magic went out of this book for me, or if I'm just reading it in the wrong frame of mind - plenty of other, positive, reviews would suggest the latter - but something about this book just felt a little flat for me.

It might just be that it was too short - it's a huge piece of the story, but it felt shorter than some of the other novellas in the series. As a result, we never quite settled into the story with any of the characters we follow; there's so many moments that should
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K.V. Johansen
Oh wow, this is good. The depiction of Judith's angry frailty as she struggles against her dementia, trying to save the world from genuine eldritch horrors (finally, a chance to use that phrase!) is powerful. Seeing Autumn mature into her role is also very good. (And the W.I. is fun. I should recommend it to some W.I. women of my acquaintance.)
Attempting to possess my soul in patience till the next one, which will be late 2020.
Rick Brose
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. I was worried I would not remember what was going on, because it has been so long since I read the other books in the series. Cornell does a great job of bringing the audience up to speed without feeling like it is being overly expository. This chapter in the story of the three Lychford witches adds new dimensions to the dynamics of the characters, the town, and the world of magic. Plus it ends in a way to setup some big things to come. Definitely a series that continues to deliver ...more
Tori Thompson
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely wonderful, and devastating. I love this series, I loved this book, I laughed and cried all the way through it. Reading this gave me the same warm and welcome feeling as curling up on my best friend's couch and sharing a bottle of wine with her as we tell each other about our week--it's a deep, meaningful comfort, though not necessarily one that comes easy.

The majority of this book deals with Judith and her worsening dementia, which was really heart-wrenching and painful for me to get
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Alex Sarll
The small English town of Lychford sits on the border with various unearthly realms, the line between them held by three women. Except one of the three did the defences some damage whilst having a bad time in the previous book, and now Judith, the oldest, most ornery but also most powerful of them, is losing her mind. Cornell lost his own mother to dementia recently, and the sections following Judith's wandering, decaying thoughts are painful reading. But he's too good a writer to just splurge ...more
Hobart
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oh, man...I was so glad to be back in this world. Lychford, a tiny little English town that acts as the border between this world and realities beyond our understanding, is a wonderfully conceived and executed setting—just getting to spend time here again was a blast.

I've tried three times now to describe this, and I just can't without letting something slip. So, what's the publisher say?
The borders of Lychford are crumbling. Other realities threaten to seep into the otherwise quiet village, and
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Jacey
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the fourth of Paul Cornell's Lychford novellas featuring Lizzie, the Anglican vicar, Judith Mawson, elderly hedge witch and wise-woman and Autumn, her apprentice wise woman and magic-shop owner. The three of them keep Lychford free of magical threats. The not-so-sleepy village lies on a confluence between magical worlds, and threats seem to come out of nowere. Judith, always a little 'odd' has Alzheimers. She has moments of clarity but also moments of confusion. Her son, Shaun, who knows ...more
Didi Chanoch
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fourth Lychford novella is, to my mind, the best one so far. Which is high praise, as the previous three have been very good to excellent. The third one, A Long Day In Lychford was a difficult read, as it was all about the fracturing of UK society in the past few years, as well as creating the conditions leading to this one. Our three heroines start this one at their lowest point in the series. Full of self doubt, besieged by health issues, fearing and creating isolation. This book is about ...more
Jeannette
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the fourth book in the Witches of Lychford series. Read them in order. They are all very short. It will be worth your time to start from the beginning.

While the book is short, a novella really, it packs a wallop. One of the main characters has dementia. That's not a spoiler because the book opens in her mind. Page one, dementia. If you've known someone with dementia, this is going to feel real. I certainly cursed Paul Cornell for bringing back all those memories and feelings. Then I
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David Blauvelt
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can never get enough of the village of Lychford

Paul Cornell has done it again! A lovely short featuring the ladies of Lychford. Magic, mixed with the hidden desires of the residents of the small town are about to cause havoc. It's up to the three witches to find a way out. Moving, insightful, and frightfully sad, this book is another gem in this delightful series. Keep it up Paul! And if you can have Benny pop in for a pint, that would be fab!
Anna Livingston
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having lost my father this year, this book was occasionally a rough read for me simply because a lot of it deals with someone confronting their own mortality. But I don't mean that in a bad way – Cornell handled it quite deftly, enough that I found those parts of the book equally compelling to the main plot. And given how the book ends, I'm very curious to see where he's going to take things in the next one.
Runalong
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful new instalment in the Witches Of Lychford series that has one of the main characters exhibiting signs of dementia while the other two have a new magical threat to investigate. This a great fantasy tale but at the same time also looks at humanity’s best and worst natures

Full review https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/ha...
Michael
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. For me, they are just the right length (novella length) with interesting characters who I actually care about. Fortunately, as is obvious from the last few paragraphs, there will be others in the series. The sooner the better!
Jessica DiFelice (thefanaticreader)
I really enjoy this story and these characters. I think this is the final book, but there is definitely room for more with these women. I love the atmosphere of these novellas and the writing. It's very whimsical and fun.
Clare Rhoden
This short novella is very well crafted and great fun - in a witchy kind of way. It definitely makes me want to read more about the Witches of Lychford. You'll devour it in one gulp and come up slightly scared, mostly reassured, and looking for more.
Joy
This isn't the most exciting series I keep up with but it does have a very logical approach to explaining the dimensional worlds of fairy and other worlds of story. Its also an enjoyable afternoon's read.
Elena Gaillard
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ebooks
A beautiful tale of magic and horror. Judith, Autumn and Lizzie are a modern triad of female power, trying to save the world while keeping it worth living in. The Lychford stories should become classics of fantasy.
Jacky Mercury
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story continues

I've read all the Lychford series so far and really enjoyed them. It sounds like there is more trouble to come, though. My only complaint is that the books are too short!

FrauMiest
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Schon das erste Kapitel hat mich kalt erwischt.

Ich habe geweint (viel), gelacht und geflucht. Und mit einem Cliffhanger aufzuhören, ist nicht nett.

Sehr, sehr gut. My kind of witchcraft.
Caitlin Merriman
Oh no. I need the next one of these like now. Oh NOOOO
Iza October
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this series, and this fourth installment does not disappoint!
Debbie
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this series

It was a short novella for such a big event. I’m looking forward to the next story and what will happen to our heroes and the town.
Brian Wright
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Exciting adventure full of twists and turns! I feel these books are good breathing room between big tones. This one in particularly was unique.
Phil On The Hill
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I think Paul gets better with each book. Dementia and pettiness feature strongly here, both themes being well executed. Most enjoyable.
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Paul Cornell is a British writer of science fiction and fantasy prose, comics and television. He's been Hugo Award-nominated for all three media, and has won the BSFA Award for his short fiction, and the Eagle Award for his comics. He's the writer of Saucer Country for Vertigo, Demon Knights for DC, and has written for the Doctor Who TV series. His new urban fantasy novel is London Falling, out ...more

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