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A night in the lonesome October
Roger Zelazny
Adult Fiction ZELAZNY

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Leaving his ever-popular and ever-expanding Amber series behind for the nonce, Zelazny delivers a cheerful, witty, well-crafted fantasy narrated by Snuff, dog-companion to Jack the Ripper. It seems that Jack is in fact a sorcerer and his gruesome exploits were perpetrated in the service of his magic. But the Ripper's killings are tangential to the tale of an upcoming struggle between magical personages. In a rare occurrence, the cosmic forces are in alignment, permitting an opening for the Elder Gods to return to Earth. ``Openers'' are contending with ``closers,'' who want to keep the Elder Gods shut out. Snuff recounts the day-by-day preparations as players size up the competition, gather their magical arsenals and make and break alliances. Snuff himself maneuvers among other familiars (a cat named Graymalk, a snake called Quicklime, etc.). An instantly recognizable gothic compliment of characters includes a mad doctor trying to reanimate a patchwork corpse with lightning, a werewolf named Larry Talbot and a ``Great Detective'' who haunts the sidelines. Zelazny handles this material with a charm few can match, and while this novel does not approach the depth of his best work like Lord of Light , its deft, understated good humor and spare, poetic prose reaffirm Zelazny as one of fantasy's most skilled practitioners. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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main characters Snuff
Male
Dog
Guard dog of supernatural Things; able to speak human speech for one hour each evening.

Graymalk
Cat
Witch's familiar; Snuff's neighbor.

Quicklime
Snake
Familiar.

Bubo
Bat; Dracula's familiar.



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