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Stories 90-97

Finished up "Nocturnes" by John Connolly (finally!), including the two novellas:

90.  The Wakeford Abyss
91.  The Bridal Bed
92.  The Man from the Second Fifteen
93.  The Inn at Shillingford
94.  Mr. Gray's Folly
95.  The Cycle
96. The Reflecting Eye: A Charlie Parker novella
97.  The Cancer Cowboy Rides

All very chilling; The Bridal Bed is rather wistful (what happens when we promise to "love forever?"); the Cycle somewhat predictable (a woman hurries to get home before the onset of her monthly cycle); and The Wakeford Abyss and The Man from the Second Fifteen are very similar to each other.

The Charlie Parker novella definitely has me wanting to read at least one full length novel with the character at some point.  It seems like the Parker books are not as horror-based as these short stories are, from what I've read about them.  But I still like the character.

The Cancer Cowboy Rides, the other novella, seems like the start of something longer; I wonder if he'll expand it at some point.  It was interesting reading this after having read "Infected" by Scott Sigler -- both deal with the spread of an infection, but in very different styles.

Overall, a great collection, highly recommended!

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caffyolay
Apr. 29th, 2008 06:57 am (UTC)
These are precisely the stories I have left to read. I think, like you, that I'm going to want to read at least one of the Charlie Parker books. Might find something in the library perhaps. Connolly's writing is superior enough to encourage me to do that.

Btw, I found the first of those Bernard Knight 'Crowner John' mysteries in the library recently so will be giving that a go... *after* I've finished a chunky Robin Hobb that I'm presently reading. Another fabulous writer...
talekyn
Apr. 29th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
I've seen Robin Hobb's books on the shelf but haven't bought any of them yet. I'm not sure the Crowner John books are available here in the stetes -- other than the Jecks books, none of the other Medieval Murderers seem to be on the shelves in the booksstores I've been to. I'm going to keep looking though.
caffyolay
Apr. 30th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
I would really recommend Robin Hobb. So far, I've only read the first two Farseer novels and am halfway through the third but I would unreservedly call her one of the best fantasy writers around.
talekyn
Apr. 30th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Cool.
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