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The Somnambulist by Jonathan  Barnes
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Dec 20, 2010

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bookshelves: horror, mystery, victorian_fantasy
Read from December 20 to 24, 2010

I'm really beginning to like fantasy novels set in Victorian England. Done right, they just have the right mixture of humor, history, mystery, and atmosphere (if you haven't guessed, this particular book fits the bill as well).

I love the descriptions of London during this era; it practically serves as another character within the story. Everything lends itself to a perfect setting for a supernatural thriller involving a man who lives backwards, a reincarnated poet, and the titular Somnambulist (sleepwalker). Crazy characters abound, each with their own mysterious backgrounds or histories, and not all of these are revealed within the book.

This book was also packed with literary references, most of which escaped my notice (when I figured something was a reference, I'd Google it). Someone a little more widely read than I may have a better time with the book.

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