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It’s now two weeks until October 1, and that means one thing: it’s time to reignite the beloved October tradition Roger Zelazny fans have been celebrating for the past two decades. Please join Chicago Review Press in celebrating one of the greatest science fiction writers of the 20th century for our first annual A Night in the Lonesome October Read-A-Long. The book is being re-issued by Chicago Review Press for October 2014.
What better way to re-introduce readers to this spectacular dark comedy or those unfamiliar with Zelazny’s work than with a month-long celebration of the book? The book, which is split into 31 chapters, is a mix of humor, horror, mystery, and fantasy. It’s considered by many (from Kirkus to George R. R. Martin) to be Zelazny’s best novel, and there is a tradition among its fans to read the book, one chapter a day, each day in October.
Starting Wednesday, Oct. 1, we’ll have a weekly meet up, where we’ll chronicle our read-along via Chicago Review Press’s social media (@Chireviewpress) and the hashtag #gooddogsnuff. We’d love for you to follow along, or post your own thoughts on the book (If you’re not familiar with the book, it’s narrated by Jack the Ripper’s loyal dog, Snuff).The 31 chapters of this book are very short so this is a commitment of only a couple of minutes a day through the month of October (and if you fell behind, catching up would be easy). You could also add a read of the Neil Gaiman short story "Only the End of the World Again", inspired by Zelazny's tale. I would do that but I happen to have just read it this summer. How was that for blind foresight?
Calling all fantasy lovers! I'm excited to announce that from October 31 to November 6 I'll be hosting Witch Week, a chance to read and discuss our favorite books and authors, and discover some that may be new to us.There will also be other DWJ books featured daily and a giveaway. I'll be guest posting about Power of Three on November 1!
This year the focus will be on the incomparable Diana Wynne Jones, author of so many fantastic books and (as far as I know) the originator of the term "Witch Week." As we learn from her novel of that name, starting on Halloween we enter a special time "when there is so much magic about in the world that all sorts of peculiar things happen," and when stories carry a particular power. What better time to celebrate and share the magic of reading?
Our "official" read-along book will be Witch Week (naturally), with a discussion on Guy Fawkes Day, November 5. Don't know what Guy Fawkes Day is? Read the book, and you'll find out!