Night Things

February 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

nightNight Things by Michael Talbot

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Part of me wishes I could have met Michael Talbot. That he wrote two books about real-world topics that have fascinated me for years (the bog bodies and the Winchester House) suggests that we might have had a lot to talk about, and it’s no surprise that I would be excited to read those novels. It’s just a shame that those two books were so disappointing.

Night Things is about a single mother and her son moving into a house modeled after the Winchester House, where staircases lead up to nowhere, doors open up onto empty walls, and some rooms are barely even accessible. They move there shortly after the mother marries a rock star (literally), and the tensions regarding these new relationships are carried over into this strange house. Of course, there’s more to the house than just being odd, and the story shows us how the three of them deal with this strange old house.

Unfortunately, the story isn’t all that good. It feels muddled, with the story jumping around from point to point, and the characters doing what’s necessary to keep the plot moving instead of acting according to their development. They’re one-dimensional, with the human villains coming across as more cartoonish than anything, to the point where I thought they were just acting to serve another purpose. No, they’re just acting the way Talbot wanted them to be, mustache-twisting and all.

This third and final novel by Michael Talbot is a sort of confirmation as to why he stopped writing fiction after this book. The Delicate Dependency wasn’t without its own issues, but it was still good. Talbot’s other two books are major disappointments, even if you don’t look at them in comparison with his first novel.

Started: December 17, 2017
Finished: December 20, 2017

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