Monday, October 2, 2017

Book Review | The Night Cyclist by Stephen Graham Jones

The Night Cyclist is a horror novelette from Stephen Graham Jones.

The Night Cyclist by Stephen Graham Jones

"The Night Cyclist" by Stephen Graham Jones is a horror novelette about a middle-aged chef whose nightly bicycle ride home is interrupted by an unexpected encounter.

I loved this story from Stephen Graham Jones. I'm a runner not a cyclist, and damn it, now I want a bike.

I've never experienced so much suspense in a bike ride before. I swear this entire tale could have just been the main character chasing after a creature of the night on a bicycle and I would have loved it. There was a bit more to The Night Cyclist than that, though.

Everything about this story felt authentic - from the restaurant field (the main character is a chef) to what it must really feel like to be a cyclist.

The Night Cyclist weighs in at 32 pages. I would only recommend it to folks who love reading short stories, but I do without a doubt recommend it. I laid down my $.99 so I could read it on my Kindle, but you can read it for free on Tor's website here: https://www.tor.com/2016/09/21/the-night-cyclist/

8/10: Great Read

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12 comments:

  1. Hmm, this sounds interesting. I love scary short stories, you can knock em out quick and get a little helping of chills lol. Will have to go over to TOr and check it out.

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    1. They are perfect for this month, too. I'm hoping to fit in a lot of horror shorts this month.

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  2. Wow, I'm not a short story person and normally I'd be skeptical that much of anything can be achieved in 32 pages, but with this review you've really managed to make me want to check this one out! I'm also very curious about the author, so I'm putting this on my list!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. It might not be enough for some readers, but I love short fiction and I'm usually OK with things being ambiguous. I hope you enjoy it if you check it out! I definitely need to be reading more Stephen Graham Jones.

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  3. I checked and yes I have this one. I'll have to bump it up.

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    1. You sound like me, Barb. :D I hope you enjoy it if you get the chance to read it!

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  4. I'm not a huge short story fan but this one does sound fun. Maybe for the read-a-thon?

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    1. Oooh, yes. This is a great readathon pick.

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  5. Thanks for the link, this sounds like a great little read!

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    1. You're welcome. It was such a great little read.

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  6. Wow - 32 pages and so impressive - colour me intrigued. I don't go for short stories but I think horror is definitely the prime genre for shorter books to work and this sounds ace.
    Lynn :D

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