Carr’s The Shock of Night

shock-of-nightPatrick W. Carr’s ‘The Shock of Night’ is a good example of fantasy for the educated adult. d A nice relief from all the YA children’s fantasy and all the fantasy written for people who were victims of the public school mis-education system.

When my copy of the book arrived, I wasn’t that eager to begin. I had been binge-reading some starship-based sci-fi and was in the mood for more along that line, if I could find it and afford it. And the small print in this book was hard on my eyes, particularly since I don’t have a well-illuminated reading chair any more. The lamp that my parents bought some 50 years ago has finally died and I haven’t found anything to replace it with.

I opened up the book to find the story is sort of a mystery set in a richly detailed medievalish fantasy world. The Church in that world is not a copy of the medieval Catholic church, nor of Protestant impressions of what the medieval Catholic church was like, but its own thing and quite distinct from any generic fantasy world Church or religion.

It began well. But since my copy of the book is in one town and I am in another, I won’t get a chance to finish it and review it until tomorrow.

The US government would like me to say that I got a review copy for free in exchange for participating in this blog tour but because I have the Constitutional right of free speech I absolutely refuse to say that because the fact that I got a free review copy is none of anyone’s business so if anyone asks you, you didn’t hear it from me.


4 thoughts on “Carr’s The Shock of Night

  1. Pingback: The Shock Of Night . . . And Peace | A Christian Worldview of Fiction

  2. I agree! I had a hard time wanting to read this book.

    The cover was appropriate for the text but was I really in the mood for a dark murder mystery/fantasy? Not really. But having enjoyed his earlier series, I plunged in — without reading the prequel novella. It was intense and I’m glad I read it. My review is over on my blog. You can check it out if you want (

  3. Second the comment on the church: Carr’s biggest strength as a writer is his appreciation for theological and ecumenical complexity. I love how he actually writes about a real church with various disagreements among believers rather than a monolithic entity that presumes all are in lockstep with each other on everything.

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