Rollin' Like Sisyphus

The World’s Shortest Book Review

Posted in A Chronicle Of Decline by Huckleberry on April 25, 2014

nightlandJust as with movies, I don’t review books much in this space, and by “much” I mean not at all. I think I sort of slammed Ulysses once in passing, but that’s about it.
Which is odd, since I am an avid reader still (though long train commutes do make reading a bit more practical).
That being said, VD’s Castalia House press has published quite possibly the most profound, interesting and all-around perfect book I’ve read in a long, long time.
And that book would be Awake in the Night Land by John C. Wright.
I was already a huge fan of Wright’s Golden Age books, so I had been looking forward to Awake… for a while now.
Through four beautifully written novellas that detail the final days of Man, Wright weaves an overarching tale of the human capacity for perseverance in a world where, frankly, humanity no longer belongs.
I’m not going to get into the details, because it honestly wouldn’t do the book justice. Awake in the Night Land is genuinely more than the sum of its prose, characters, ideas and plot.
If the last graph of The Last of All Suns doesn’t get you, chances are you have no soul at all.
You can check out a preview here.


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  1. Doom said, on April 25, 2014 at 14:10

    Series? Do you need to read the other books first to make sense of it?

    I’ve read some of Vox’s stuff, but haven’t found, say, a series list, or best order of read. I hate popping in to the middle, even if the story is only peripheral to previous bit or main characters. Bleh.

    • Huckleberry said, on April 25, 2014 at 14:16

      No, Awake in the Night Land is a standalone.
      While it’s loosely based in the world created by another author in the book Night Land, you don’t need to read it to appreciate this book.

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