Book Review -A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny.


5 out of 5 stars


I would like to thank Farrago for providing me with a free ARC of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an open and honest review.

Okay, I will make a confession… this was not the first time I’ve read ‘A Night in the Lonesome October’… But this was the first time I’ve read it as an eBook.

This is actually one of my all-time favourites and a book you could seriously read every year around this time. And, since first reading it back in my youth, I now always check when the moon is full in October. I think it has happened a couple of times… but as I am in the wrong hemisphere to the goings on, I guess it’s not as spectacular. 😉

Okay, so take all the well-known characters from tales of the supernatural written at the end of the 19th century and put them all in one book… add a few other characters the balance them out and give an excuse – that is also supernatural – as to why they are all together… and you get ‘A Night in the Lonesome October’.

Mr Zelazny has woven a great tale here that pays homage to the greats of days gone by. And he did it in such a way that makes it a fantastic way to welcome in the Halloween season each year.

This is a great book, I love that it is now an eBook to reach an even wider audience. ‘A Night in the Lonesome October’, like the characters it pays respect to, is a timeless classic and so a book the young readers of today can pick up and enjoy as much as those of us who have been around the library shelves a bit longer.

Would I recommend this book to others?

 I have done in the past and I will continue to do so. It is a classic in its own right and needs to be shared and enjoyed by all.

Would I buy this book for myself?

I already own a paper copy, but could see myself now buying an eBook version ‘just as back up’. 😉 I honestly feel this is an essential book to have in your library if you want to truly say you’re a fan of the supernatural and some of the original urban fantasy!

In summary: A timeless classic that weaves a tale that is not only entertaining but tipping its hat in acknowledgement to the classics that came before it. A fantastic read and one I highly recommend.

Until next time,



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