A decade after Nocturnes first terrified and delighted readers, John Connolly, bestselling author of thirteen acclaimed thrillers featuring private investigator. A decade after NOCTURNES first terrified and delighted readers, John Connolly, bestselling author of thirteen acclaimed thrillers featuring. Nocturnes by John Connolly. John Connolly has been hiding a gift, I think. The author of several very well-written and convincing Charlie Parker crime novels.
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Johj helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See ncoturnes Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Nocturnes by John Connolly. Bestselling ocnnolly John Connolly’s first collection of short fiction, Nocturnes, now features five additional stories — never-before published for an American audience — in a dark, daring, utterly haunting anthology noctufnes lost lovers and missing children, predatory demons, and vengeful ghosts.
In “The New Daughter,” a connoll comes to suspect that a burial mound on his land Bestselling author John Connolly’s first collection of short fiction, Nocturnes, now features five additional stories — never-before published for an American audience — in a dark, daring, utterly haunting anthology of lost lovers and missing children, predatory demons, and vengeful ghosts. In “The New Daughter,” a father comes to suspect that a burial mound on his land hides something very joun, and very much alive; in “The Underbury Witches,” two London detectives find themselves battling a particularly female evil in a town culled of its menfolk.
And finally, private detective Charlie Parker returns in the long novella “The Reflecting Eye,” in which the photograph of an unknown girl turns up in the mailbox of an abandoned house once occupied by an infamous killer. This discovery forces Parker to confront the possibility that the house is not as empty as it appears, and that something has been waiting in the darkness for its chance to kill again.
Paperbackpages. Published October 10th by Atria Books first published Nocturnes 1Charlie Parker 4.
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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Nocturnesplease sign up. Lists with This Book. The cover says this book is terrifying and delightful I don’t know about terrifying, but it is mostly a delightful read.
Framing a collection of short stories, three of which had never previously been published are two novellas, The Cancer Cowboy Rides and The reflecting Eye which features Charlie Parker.
There were a couple of short stories near the beginning of the collection I did not particularly like, but the rest were really good, particularly the Inkpot Monkey. In my opinion, the two novell The cover says this book is terrifying and delightful I don’t know about terrifying, but it is mostly a delightful read.
In my opinion, the two novellas were the highlights of this collection. View all 5 comments. A really good collection of short stories that I read in the beginning of Usually, the quality of short stories varies very much, but I think this is one of the best collections of short stories I have ever read.
Then again, this is John Connolly, writer of the excellent Charlie Parker series. So of course, these stories must be good! May 22, Phrynne rated it it was amazing Shelves: My only problem with John Connolly ‘s short stories is just that – they are short! When I read his books I want at least pages of goodness. Nevertheless Nocturnes is really good. It did help that it includes a Charlie Parker novella, The Reflecting Eye, especially as it is about The Collector who features so connilly in the main series.
I enjoyed that very much. Another novella length piece, The Cancer Jlhn Rides, was wonderfully disgusting, telling the tale of a man carrying and passing on a My only problem with John Connolly ‘s short stories is just that – they are short! Another novella length piece, The Cancer Cowboy Rides, was nocurnes disgusting, telling the tale of a man carrying and passing on a fearsome disease. Connolly has just the right touch when it comes to spooky.
The creepiest tale of course had to involve clowns. Some Children Wander by Mistake shows a whole new aspect of these unpleasant creatures and quite frankly I hope never to see a clown again.
Really enjoyable and I do not know why I waited so long to read it. Jan 27, Brandon rated it connklly it Shelves: I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a huge fan of short story compilations. While I’ve only read a handful of collections, I find they take a lot of effort to get through. It’s not that the quality of the work isn’t up to par with that of a full length novel, it’s just the ending of one story followed by the beginning of another can sometimes come across as exhausting.
You get all invested in jobn story and it’s characters and all of a sudden, it’s over. Then, you begin again. Seeing as Connolly is o I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a huge nocturnss of short story jonh.
Seeing as Connolly is one of my favorite authors, I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt and check out his short story collection, Nocturnes.
It also noctrunes hurt that he included a Charlie Parker novella smack dab in the middle. Not a lot of background is given up front regarding the main character but that only adds to the horror surrounding his existence.
A story about a man that needs to pass along his disease to hold off death was pretty terrifying. Some great storytelling with Mr.
The New Daughter must have grabbed someone the right way as it was adapted for the big screen with a starring Kevin Costner. This is by far, one of the best Parker appearances in Connolly’s canaan. Not only is the story’s villain both engaging and creepy, the novella is an important one as it debuts one of Parker’s most notorious adversaries, The Collector.
Connolly actually re-released this tale as a standalone book last year prior to the release of The Wrath of Angels, which also involves a key role for The Collector. I believe it was a limited release but I’m sure you can still find a few copies floating around. Nocturnes is one of the few overwhelmingly positive experiences I’ve had with a short story anthology.
Nothing really drags here as Connolly moves things along briskly – especially with the placement of the Parker novella right in the middle. If you’re a Parker fan, you really need to read The Reflecting Eye above all else. A solid recommendation from someone who at times struggles with short story collections. Apr 26, Tom Mathews rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is one of the best story collections that I have read. Nocturnes is a great title as the stories are truly the stuff that nightmares are made of.
It is rare that a single author collection doesn’t have one story that would be better off in the dustbin but that is the case here.
Even the worst story is connoly darn good. On a side note, as Connolly is the author of the excellent Charlie Parker detective series I thought that some of the stories in this collection, particularly The Underbury Wi This is one of the best story collections that I have read.
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Just a thought in case Connolly ever reads this review. Nocturnes is considered book 4. Nocturnes II, Night Music: Nocturnes Volume Two has recently been published. I’m looking forward to reading that one as well. Jun 27, Arun Divakar rated it really liked it.
In hindsight, the title for this book was rather apt. While I did not think about it at the time of reading, all the stories here are ones where the night is dark and full of terrors. There are things here that go bump in the night and the night itself gives you the biggest bumps of them all. Connolly was not an author whose books I had read before and he did turn out to be good in the early Stephen King kind of way.
These are short stories packed with punches, teeth and claws. Here is what I In hindsight, the title for this book was rather apt. Here is what I thought: The Cancer Cowboy Rides: An isolated little town to which evil comes shambling in cowboy boots. The gore factor in this story is pretty high but considering what Buddy carries within him, this is quite justified.
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An old church with the images of benevolent and benign deity upstairs and something ancient and evil downstairs form the crux of the story here. This is a very small tale even by the standards of the book.
There is something in the woods just beyond the windows of your home and as darkness falls, the trees whisper to each other and like the darkness itself comes The Erlking.
The unspeakable horror that such an entity can emblazon onto a young mind and the defiance of a child against this horror is what the tale is all about.
We go around our lives while believing that the people and things in our life shall forever retain a semblance of normalcy. What if that something is primal and bestial? Now imagine if that something was your own child!
This is a creepy story and the backdrop of an abandoned home and an isolated family spreads the dread. The Ritual of the Bones: The closed ranks of an ivy league school is where this tale begins and ends. While it does have its moments, this is not a great story per se.
Crime always pays in the end and so says this tale. The Furnace Room is a dreamy take on how we reap what we sow. The Witches of Underbury: The story is slightly novella length and executes itself beautifully.