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A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelanzy

Review by Kelanin

Imagine a book narrated by a dog whose master happens to be Jack the Ripper. Imagine that Sherlock Holmes, Frankenstein, The Count, a crazed Russian monk, a pretty witch and a werewolf are all in the same neighbourhood and then throw in H.P. Lovecraft's Elder Gods...

Got all that? I didn't think so. Well that is the basis for Roger Zelazny's brilliant fantasy tale "A Night in the Lonesome October." Snuff, Jack the Ripper's dog (and familiar), takes us day by day through the unusual life of a very smart dog and his misunderstood master. Each chapter describes one day in a very very strange October.

As always, Zelazny's light touch and clever pacing make for an enjoyable read and Gahan Wilson's illustrations accent the action perfectly. The Elder Gods are returning! Who is helping them return and who is hindering them? There will be more than one surprise on October 31st!

I give it 4 and a half amulets out of 5

---Kel!


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