Reviews of speculative fiction, YA, middle grade, and graphic novels, along with stray thoughts, links, and pictures.
I’ve read some really good books this year, but this one is the best I’ve read in years. Cover to cover, I loved everything about this. It’s the sort of complicated beauty that is difficult to explain to anyone who hasn’t already experienced. I think the Kirkus review has the best description with,
“Imagine a gumshoe noir yarn, embedded in a fundamentally theology-free medieval heaven underpinned by known or extrapolated scientific cosmological theory.”
But that’s only barely scratching the surface of the world building. A world we get to explore through the eyes of a recently deceased woman guided by an angel so relentlessly noir in styling that she is often left with no idea what he’s on about. There are so many places I found myself laughing aloud at their exchanges. That’s right, not just smart and interesting, this book is also quite funny.
I don’t really want to spend time summarizing the plot. The back of the book will do just fine. Anything I add would just take away from the joy of watching it unfold. And what an experience that is.
Actually, even with the wonderful twists and turns, plot is so limiting a way to evaluate this novel.
Everything about Something More Than Night is a grand experience, where familiar and fantastical elements blend into a masterfully executed, truly original work. One that now lives on the special shelf in my heart with Dandelion Wine, Lord of Light, and a small handful of other complex, strange gems I can never adequately explain my love for but insist on pressing into people’s hands.
Can I give this 10 stars?