Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Night of Blacker Darkness, by Dan Wells

So today during lunch I finished A Night of Blacker Darkness by Dan Wells, which is the first book I've ever actually purchased on the Kindle. AKA I actually spent money on it, but I'm glad I did.

Outside of a frequent mortuary setting, this book is very different from Wells's I Am NOT a Serial Killer series (which I enjoyed immensely). It's much more humorous . . . a sort of comedy-horror-fantasy-historical mish-mash that takes rather absurd and entertaining turns in its plot. I started reading because Mr. Wells handed me a business card at WorldCon advertising it. I believe it's his first self-published novel.

I admit that, at first, I was leery about the book. The prose read differently than I had expected, and I don't generally pick up comic-fantasy-fiction in my leisure time. But once my brain adjusted to the quick pace of the story, I rather liked it. As in yes, I actually LOLed in several areas and have developed a very strange twitterpation towards John Keats. This book is very A Series of Unfortunate Events-esque, but it all ties in rather well, and, well, it's a fun read. I would definitely recommend it.

There were a few grammar mistakes here and there, and I think the title doesn't really reflect the story, but other than that, two thumbs up. I'll give it either four or five stars on GoodReads . . . I'll follow what my heart tells me when I get around to posting a review there. ;)


  1. Have you read Pratchett?

    I wasn't a funny fantasy lover until I read Pratchett.

    Been laughing my butt off for days listening to Going Postal. Give Pratchett

    a try. Did I mention Pratchett?


  2. Jordan, I was thinking the exact same thing. I just finished Hat Full of Sky. ;-)

    I might just need to check out A Night of Blacker Darkness. I haven't paid for any ebooks yet either, and I've had my ereader for years.

  3. I have read Pratchett, though I admit I've never finished a book. I think he's quite funny, but I... just don't get pulled into it, I suppose. Not that I won't try picking up something of his in the future.

  4. I really enjoyed "A Series of Unfortunate Events", so perhaps I would enjoy this, too.

  5. Look I found you! Love kari

  6. I'm definitely interested in this author. Especially when I heard the words Serial Killers for his previous novel... for some reason I'm addicted to Criminal Minds, and other shows, along with novels that get inside the mind of them. The creepy factor around Halloween is perfect!

    I'm new to your blog but this definitely won't be the last time I visit! Great post today!!

  7. Looks spooky! Thanks for sharing- I'd never heard of this one!

  8. Thanks Jen! And Wells is pretty good--his second book in the Serial Killer series is pretty creepy. I loved it.

    And Creepy, this one is more comical than anything else. Go with his other series for spooky. ;)

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