A Night in the Lonesome October. A Night in the Lonesome October. By Roger Zelazny, Illustrated by Gahan Wilson. Rediscovered Classics. FICTION. When I encountered this line for the first time, on page 2 of Roger Zelazny’s A Night in the Lonesome October, I cracked up. I didn’t get the line’s. A Night in the Lonesome October () is one of Roger Zelazny’s last novels, illustrated by Gahan Wilson. In an October in the late 19th century, a small .

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The wild and crazy romp with the supernatural begins on October 1 and ends Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes and other creatures zealzny the night lurking about in the nearby woods and graveyards.

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The bestselling author of the Amber series creates a delightful and dramatic period fantasy populated by talking dogs and characters from popular legend. Accompanying and amplifying the text are a series of 31 full-page illustrations by one of the masters of bizarre and lonrsome art.


Published September 1st by Avon Books Mm first published London, England United Kingdom. Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Night in the Lonesome Octoberplease sign up.

I am trying to find good read aloud stories for high school students ages The students are from pre-K to 2nd grade in reading level.

Does this seem like a good match? Stormcrow This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ I disagree with David. Although there certainly are plenty of literary references kids won’t get, the book also has classic horror creatures that …more I disagree with David.

Although there certainly are plenty of literary references kids won’t get, the book also has classic horror creatures that they’ll instantly recognize Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man; not to mention Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes. It may require some explaining and you might want to gloss over much of the chapter where they visit the dream world, but otherwise, I think this is a very enjoyable book for readers of any age. Don’t forget that just because their reading level is low, their comprehension as teenagers and young adults won’t necessarily be.

Obviously, I’m late in answering your question and it’s too far into October to read it now, but perhaps next year. See 1 question about A Night in the Lonesome October…. Lists with This Book. Nov 01, Evgeny rated it it was amazing Shelves: Review updated yet again and again on November 1, A group read with some of my greatest friends: OhWellSarahand Tadiana. I lost count to the number of times I read the book.

I still find something new with each reread. I would also like to welcome Sarah to the light: 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 Review updated yet again and again on November 1, A group read with some of my greatest friends: Half of the fun in most of Zelazny’s books is to figure out what is going on. For this reason I have to be as obscure as possible. Frankenstein, Rasputin, Larry Talbot if you do not know who he is, I rhe not giving a spoilerand some other well-known and interesting characters gather in one place waiting for the Halloween night when nnight are supposed to do something.

A Night in the Lonesome October – Zelazny Roger

The tale is told from a dog’s POV who for some reason reminds me of following: Sorry, this is the best I can do. If you are really lost everything will be explained later in the book. The tale is fairly lighthearted with quite a few jokes and puns, but when you stop to think about it, the plot is actually quite spooky. It takes a real master writer of Zelazny’s caliber to make it work – and it does work, even when it seemingly goes over the top.

The author pays homage to the creators of all of the characters I mentioned above as well as Poe, Bradbury, and Lovecraft Cthulhu makes a brief appearance as well ; I am sure I missed somebody. After I finished reading the book the first time I was wondering why in the world I have not read it earlier – several times. This exact question remained during my second read as well.

After the initial confusion there came a moment when I realized I really do not want to put the book down. Fortunately, Zelazny was also the master of packing a lot of thoughts and plot movements into a very limited number of pages, so I still had several hours of much needed sleep left when I finished reading – going to bed before that was totally out of question.

Only during my last reread I finally got enough sleep and only because we read one chapter a day there are 31 chapters total and the chapters are fairly short. It is safe to say the book became my traditional Halloween read. I am afraid at least one of my friends caught the came bug. In conclusion, if you are looking for a spooky Halloween read, look no further. Heck, if you are looking just for any good read, look no further as well.

Just read the book. You will not regret it, but if you have not read it yet – you are missing a lot. View all 36 comments. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature: During the entire month of October, in the late s, in a year when the full moon falls on Halloween, strange forces gather in a village outside of London.

A Night in the Lonesome October

A Night in the Lonesome Octoberpublished inis narrated by the aptly-named Snuff, a dog who is the familiar of a man named Jack. Snuff also cautiously communicates with other animals in the neighborhood: A Night in the Lonesome October is creepy yet humorous, gruesome and witty at the same time. One of the highlights is a grave-robbing scene in which several players spend an evening gathering ingredients, with various bodily parts flying through the air in a nighh game of catch: But most of the others will take more puzzling out.


It was delightful to read and unpack all the layers of meaning hidden in the text. Any book that reveals more and more layers and depth and connections, as you reread and analyze it, gets a large rating boost from me. The characterization is excellent. Minor characters like the Count zflazny the Great Detective shine in their limited but key scenes, surprising us at key turns.

Snuff, despite his intelligence and sense of humor, remains clearly a dog in his nature and concerns. I took Jack his slippers this evening and lay at his feet before a roaring fire while he smoked his pipe, sipped sherry, and read the newspaper.

He read aloud everything involving killings, arsons, mutilations, grave robberies, church desecrations, and unusual thefts. It is very pleasant just being domestic sometimes. I think you would be hard-pressed to find a reader who would claim Zelazny lost that bet. I can see why reading A Night in the Lonesome October has become an annual October ritual for so many fans! View all 30 comments.

Jun 11, Delee rated it it was amazing Shelves: Soooooooooooooooooo this was a group read I forced upon my nearest and dearest- I looooove my GR gals- even if you hated or loved every niyht of it ladieeeeeees!! 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 and we go for long walks I read it in three. I read it in three Every once in a while- when the moon is full on a Halloween night- a group gathers and a game begins The game of saving the world from evil and destruction- who is on eoger right side and who is on the wrong one???

I guess you will have to read it to find out May I see yours? They are players in “The Game”, and on the final night- they will declare their allegiances in a contest that will determine the future of the world. Until then- there are mystic artifacts to track down, rituals to complete and allies to make If I can recommend only one book to read in October- this would be it!

It may not be for everyone View all 49 comments. Does that mean there might be hope for me yet? We are all doomed, methinks. I finally saw the light! And read the book right! Yes, I know, it rhymes.

So yay and stuff.

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