Something More Than Night
A Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler-inspired murder mystery set in Heaven, starring swell dames and femmes fatales, Seraphim and Cherubim, dirty priests and the Voice of God.
Rated one of the best SFF novels of 2013!
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"Superlatives seem superfluous. Instead… wow. Just—wow."
—Kirkus (starred review)
"[A] brain-bending combo of angelic cosmogony, high-level physics, and meta-noir… The result is both dazzling and dark, and more than a little quirky."
—Kirkus, Best Books of 2013
"A tour de force… Tregillis solidifies his place as a brilliant voice in the genre."
—RT Book Reviews
(4.5 stars, Top Pick)
"A beautiful homage to Chandler."
"Addictively brilliant… Ian Tregillis' Something More Than Night is one of those books that manages to be both clever and exciting—you want to pause to admire all the brilliant ideas he's tossing around, but you have to keep turning pages to see how it'll turn out…Thrilling as well as poignant."
"A masterwork with more layers than you realize at first."
—io9, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2013
"With Milkweed, Tregillis showed himself to be a literary chameleon… Now, with Something More Than Night, he changes voice yet again, and with excellent effect."
—Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
"Tregillis combines his incredible prose, and [a] stunningly complex world filled with unforgettable characters to create something new, nuanced, and different. This book is impossible to put down, and is an incredibly fast mover… Something More Than Night shows Tregillis at his finest."
"It shouldn't work, but it does. And it is glorious to behold… [O]nce again, Tregillis has put most other authors to shame…You know what’s awesome? Something More Than Night by Ian
"Evanescently poetic—really startingly beautiful in parts…
[Tregillis] delivers completely, providing a tightly constructed fantasy
that flings itself forward with style and substance."
"Ian Tregillis's Something More Than Night is part
tongue-in-cheek noir detective story, part ontological examination of
the foundations of reality, ever so slightly and amusingly absurd, and
dripping with lush, weird descriptions…Tregillis proves to be a skilled juggler…Part of the appeal of this book is how easy it is to let the language wash over you… [T]his is a hugely ambitious novel in both function and form. It takes a
particularly deft touch to manage all the disparate elements here, but
Tregillis doesn't stop at ambitious; not only does he not shy away from
difficult subjects like death and love and the afterlife, he takes them
head on and recasts them so we see them anew."
"When it comes to the world [Tregillis] has created in this book, I can only boggle in amazement… I am still just so in awe… As always, Ian Tregillis blows me away with his talent and inventive ideas."
"With the combination of a fascinating story, superior wit, and a
traditional hard-boiled detective fiction plot swerve at the end, 'Something More Than Night' makes for an all-around great read."
"Jaw-dropping prose… The
story is deft, heartfelt, gloriously complicated even as it falls into
the rhythms of classic noir… The stuff dreams are made of."
"This book. This amazing, beautiful, brilliant book. If you’re anything like me (a ravenous devourer of books), you have,
in your lifetime of reading, come across That Book: the book that you
would sell your [insert invaluable possession] to have written. Not
because it’s famous or because it would have made you lots of money, but
because it is so exquisite that the mere thought that something so
wonderful could have come out of your brain is enough to almost make you
weep. For me, this is one of those books."
—Wanted Dead or Alive
"Ian Tregillis’ writing is hypnotic and full of conflicting sensory
images. A bizarre combination of crime noir, science fiction, and a
crash course in physics, Something More Than Night is a
hodgepodge of ideas and concepts that will confuse and delight readers…Something More Than Night is a charged and extremely eloquent read."
—Portland Book Review (4.5 stars)