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Night Music: Nocturnes Volume 2 by @jconnollybooks

By Pamelascott

A decade after Nocturnes first terrified and delighted readers, John Connolly, bestselling author of thirteen acclaimed thrillers featuring private investigator Charlie Parker, gives us a second volume of tales of the supernatural. From stories of the monstrous for dark winter nights to fables of fantastic libraries and haunted books, from a tender account of love after death to a frank, personal, and revealing account of the author's affection for myths of ghosts and demons, this is a collection that will surprise, delight-and terrify.

Night Music: Nocturnes Volume 2 also contains two novellas: the multi-award-winning The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository and The Fractured Atlas.

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[Let us begin with this: To those looking at his wife from without, it would have seemed that Mr Berger led a dull existence - THE CAXTON PRIVATE LENDING LIBRARY & BOOK DEPOSITORY] ***

(Hodder & Stoughton, 15 October 2015, first published 6 October 2015, hardback, 436 pages, bought from Amazon, signed, first edition)

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Stories included

  • The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository
  • The Blood of the Lamb
  • A Dream of Winter
  • The Lamia
  • The Hollow King: From The Universe of The Book of Lost Things
  • The Children of Dr Lyall
  • The Fractured Atlas: Five Fragments (The Dread and Fear of Kings)
  • The Fractured Atlas: Five Fragments (The Djinn)
  • The Fractured Atlas: Five Fragments (Mud)
  • The Fractured Atlas: Five Fragments (The Wanderer in Unknown Realms)
  • The Fractured Atlas: Five Fragments (And In Darkness We Shall Dwell)
  • Razorshins
  • On The Anatomization of an Unknown Man (1637) by Frans Mier
  • A Haunting
  • Lazarus
  • Holmes on the Range: A Tale of the Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository
  • I Live Here

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The stand-out piece (or pieces) in this collection of stories are the five tales that make up The Fractured Atlas. These are among the best stories I've ever read. They are worth buying the collection for alone. I especially loved The Wanderer in Unknown Realms, dark, sinister, bizarre and simply amazing. I've already read The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository as a kindle single but loved it so much it was a treat to read again. The Hollow King is also an amazing piece of writing. The other stories are also pretty great especially The Children of Dr Lyall and A Haunting.

Night Music: Nocturnes Volume 2 by @jconnollybooks

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