Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I'm on a bit of a Victorian Gothic kick right now so the cover of this book would have had me intrigued even if it wasn't written by Patrick Ness. That's right, he of Chaos Walking fame. Automatic order. I didn't hear about this book until last week which is probably a good thing as there's not long to wait until the release, which is May 2.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming... The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

Costa Award winner Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final idea of much-loved Carnegie Medal winner Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel of coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults.

I don't know who Siobhan Dowd is but I'm looking forward to finding out. Can't. Freaking. Wait.


  1. Siobhan Dowd was the author of the YA novels A Swift Pure Cry, The London Eye Mystery, Bog Child, and Solace Of The Road. She died of breast cancer in 2007. She had started work on A Monster Calls, but passed away before she could finish it.

    I remember reading a while back that Patrick Ness had been asked to complete her novel. He is definitely one of the best choices!

    Thanks for posting this. I'd almost forgotten about it. :)

  2. I just finished this. It's completely different to Chaos Walking but utterly brilliant.

  3. @LM Doesn't it!

    @Amy Thanks for that info. He seems like he would be a great choice.

    @Splendibird Yay! Not long now til my copy arrives.

  4. Just finished reading. Astonishing. Will have to reread straight away as could not take in.

  5. Oh, I hadn't heard about this. Looking forward to it!