Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day



When Her Sister Patty Died, Jenna Blamed Herself When Jenna Died, She Blamed Herself For That, Too Unfortunately Jenna Died Too Soon Living Or Dead, Every Soul Is Promised A Certain Amount Of Time, And When Jenna Passed She Found A Heavy Debt Of Time In Her Record Unwilling To Simply Steal That Time From The Living, Jenna Earns Every Day She Leeches With Volunteer Work At A Suicide Prevention HotlineBut Something Has Come For The Ghosts Of New York, Something Beyond Reason, Beyond Death, Beyond Hope Something That Can Bind Ghosts To Mirrors And Make Them Do Its Bidding Only Jenna Stands In Its WayDusk or Dark or Dawn or Day

Hi I m Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses , as well as a lot of other things I m also Mira Grant www.miragrant.com , author of Feed and Deadline.Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid back about rattlesnakes I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and share my house with two monsters in feline form, Lilly and Alice Siamese and Maine Coon.I do not check this inbox Please don t send me messages through Goodreads they won t be answered I don t want to have to delete this account.

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  • ebook
  • 192 pages
  • Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day
  • Seanan McGuire
  • English
  • 08 November 2019
  • 0765383888

10 thoughts on “Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day

  1. says:

    3 3.5 One of the strangest book I ve read in a while I was intrigued by the world magic system but the overall story lacked a little for me to give it a better rating.I ll continue to readof her books because they keep surprising me

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    placeholder review until closer to pub date

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    3.5 stars Review first posted on Fantasy Literature Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day is a beautifully told but slightly illogical novella about ghosts who can t or won t yet pass on, some of the surprising powers ghosts have over humans, and the fearful powers that human witches have over the ghosts But on a deeper level it s about those who are unseen and homeless, and about the power of love and of finding inner peace.In 1972, Jenna dies in Mill Hollow, Kentucky as a young woman Distraught o 3.5 stars Review first posted on Fantasy Literature Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day is a beautifully told but slightly illogical novella about ghosts who can t or won t yet pass on, some of the surprising powers ghosts have over humans, and the fearful powers that human witches have over the ghosts But on a deeper level it s about those who are unseen and homeless, and about the power of love and of finding inner peace.In 1972, Jenna dies in Mill Hollow, Kentucky as a young woman Distraught over the suicide of her sister Patty, she runs into a stormy night in her nightgown and straight into a tragedy Because Jenna died before her time, her spirit lingers on earth, eventually making its way to New York City where Patty had died Since in this world, as imagined by Seanan McGuire, ghosts can be tangible at will during the day and pass as human, Jenna spends her days waitressing in a coffee shop and her nights as a suicide hotline volunteer.Ghosts who die before their time are able to catch up to their fated time of death by touching living people and taking some of their time, leaving the human younger and fresher and the ghost closer to its fated time of death, when it can pass on to the other side But Jenna feels such a huge burden of guilt over her failure to prevent Patty s suicide that she s not willing to take time from humans unless she s earned it by helping suicidal people regain the will to live Then one day Jenna realizes that almost all of the other ghosts in NYC have disappeared, and her home town of Mill Hollow seems to hold the answer.Seanan McGuire does some nice world building in this novel In addition to the ghosts and the rules that both empower and bind them, there are humans with the power to see and even control ghosts street witches, corn witches, water witches, andMcGuire also weaves in some old superstitions about ghosts, like the need to cover a mirror used by a person who has died, lest their spirit kill the next person who looks in the mirror.My biggest problem with Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day is that the internal logic of the story doesn t hold water for me There are too many coincidences and events that don t really make sense to me, even within the context of the tale The stealing and giving of time by ghosts never made logical sense to me, particularly in the way it works at the end of the story Andquestions why would someone purposely kill another person before his or her time if they aren t then taking steps to capture the ghost I never saw an answer to this it s a stray plot thread that raises what seems to be a significant question, but then never leads anywhere view spoiler Why would the witch who captured the ghosts of New York City go to Mill Hollow And how on earth could that one witch find the right mirrors to capture almost every single ghost in NYC hide spoiler That last item really made no sense to me at all, and was important enough to the plot to create a major needle scratch in my reading enjoyment.If you re not overly fussy about the internal logic of a fantasy tale, there s much to appreciate in Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day Though this novella lacks the wry humor of what I view as her best work, McGuire s writing here is evocative even poetic at times and insightful She appreciates the people who go unnoticed and unappreciated by the masses, and that s a needed reminder to our sometimes thoughtless world

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    3.5ish starsAnother too short but sweet tale set in a unique, urban fantasy setting from a wonderful storyteller I think Seanan McGuire s greatest strength is her imagination and it s apparent in the worlds she creates This novella is further evidence of that In less than 200 pages she builds an interesting world of ghosts and witches with unique sets of abilities inhabiting Manhattan Unfortunately that s also this book s greatest weakness In less than 200 pages she s busy building her wo 3.5ish starsAnother too short but sweet tale set in a unique, urban fantasy setting from a wonderful storyteller I think Seanan McGuire s greatest strength is her imagination and it s apparent in the worlds she creates This novella is further evidence of that In less than 200 pages she builds an interesting world of ghosts and witches with unique sets of abilities inhabiting Manhattan Unfortunately that s also this book s greatest weakness In less than 200 pages she s busy building her world which only leaves like 20 or 30 pages of actual story She somehow found a way to pull this off in the just as short Every Heart a Doorway, but seems to spendtime than necessary here on world building and exposition leaving very little time for conflict or plot There s a much bigger story that could have been told and it feels like a missed opportunity Other strengths I don t usually love first person present viewpoint but in this case I feel like it helps us to understand and sympathize with our heroine, Jenna She s an interesting, likeable, albeit dead literally, not a criticism character and the majority of the book is spent in thoughtful soliloquy reminiscing on past lives, present conflicts, and future wishes As is typical of McGuire the prose is lovely However, there s not a lot of the humor one might expect from her This is a bit darker in tone and subject matter, but it s handled well and ends in a good place If you like McGuire and or UF with a tinge of dark and weird you ll probably enjoy this

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    So A ghost who suicided is forced to work as an operator at a suicide help hotline Sounds like a neat setup for a joke, right Partially The thing is, this UF is a ghost story where the ghost is just trying to get by, dealing in the coin that only she and her ghostly friends can spend Time Time and Ghosts I guess Alan Moore has it right that we become creatures of the fourth dimension after we die Or something But even though this is a pretty cool UF setup and I love the idea, we v So A ghost who suicided is forced to work as an operator at a suicide help hotline Sounds like a neat setup for a joke, right Partially The thing is, this UF is a ghost story where the ghost is just trying to get by, dealing in the coin that only she and her ghostly friends can spend Time Time and Ghosts I guess Alan Moore has it right that we become creatures of the fourth dimension after we die Or something But even though this is a pretty cool UF setup and I love the idea, we ve also got witches All kinds of witches Corn witches, Water witches and of course they prey on the ghosts and the power struggle can become quite predatory in that the poor ghosts can be trapped in mirrors.Also cool.It reminds me a damn lot of Angela Slatter s great fantasy stories, only a bitaccessible and mainstream.The personal small town nostalgia is nearly as heavy as the pathos of the main emotional arc, and I ll be honest I probably would have enjoyed thisas a full novel with a longer,developed end Maybe not as a series, despite Seanan s proclivity with writing great series, but as a straight novel, I think this could have been a lotsolid and satisfying.As it is, I m just fine with the end, I just think it might have been a tad less easy Still, Seanan s a great writer, no doubting this

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    The world is full of stories, and no matter how much time we spend in it alive or dead there s never time to learn them all They just go by so quicklySeanan McGuire has a talent for finding hope in the darkest of places in this case, death Behind its mystery front story, this novella is a study in the family you find and in finding hope in death Dusk or Dawn or Dark or Day is a compelling mystery about the disappearance of ghosts in New York, but honestly, what stands out here iThe world is full of stories, and no matter how much time we spend in it alive or dead there s never time to learn them all They just go by so quicklySeanan McGuire has a talent for finding hope in the darkest of places in this case, death Behind its mystery front story, this novella is a study in the family you find and in finding hope in death Dusk or Dawn or Dark or Day is a compelling mystery about the disappearance of ghosts in New York, but honestly, what stands out here is the next level worldbuilding, theme work, and character work.Honestly, my feelings on this are very similar to my feelings on McGuire s earlier Every Heart a Doorway Her worldbuilding is stellar The idea of a city full of ghosts is brilliant, and the execution is evendetailed and clever the ghosts age by taking life from others, and can give ti back, too, which is interesting I d love to readfrom this verse.Her writing and theme work is also a standout There s a lot of content here focusing around the death of kindness in our current age, and the sadness of aging in a world that seems to have left you behind Yet the book also never becomes a session of look how terrible technology is the concept is touched upon, but this story is no PSA As is also typical, I liked the characters I think McGuire is quite good at making her audience care about characters in a very brief amount of time and without too much description With a vast and intriguing cast of side characters, this story feels as if it could really be taking place with this exact cast And, as is typical YET AGAIN I thought it could ve gone deeper There s so much great here, but if the ending had done just a littlethe themes come closer to the surface, the fascinating worldbuilding getexploration, the character development take full precedence this could ve been a five But despite my lack of full adoration, this was great, and I d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a creepy and quick read.Blog Goodreads Twitter Youtube

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    Read with my lovely Wednesday UF read group at 3.5 Dark Start StarsI normally don t give warnings for books but I feel like this one might need one.Warning This book touches on death and suicide If these are trigger points for you then maybe skip it But if you are up for a darker read than most of Seanen McGuire s other works then give it a try.The beginning of this is pretty dark Jenna has just lost her sister to suicide only to right after get caught in a storm and die too Not real Read with my lovely Wednesday UF read group at 3.5 Dark Start StarsI normally don t give warnings for books but I feel like this one might need one.Warning This book touches on death and suicide If these are trigger points for you then maybe skip it But if you are up for a darker read than most of Seanen McGuire s other works then give it a try.The beginning of this is pretty dark Jenna has just lost her sister to suicide only to right after get caught in a storm and die too Not really a spoiler since that all happens in the first 10 pages Now in her death she volunteers her time at a suicide hotline as her own form of penance to her sister.As always I love Seanan McGuire s SM writing style and her very interesting reimagining of the world we live in She does a fantastic job of building a world with Ghosts and Witches in it in a very short time I think that she is brilliant in the ways she interweaves the details of this world into the story without ever making it seem like it is an infodump and yet I get all of the great details I love in a book.This is my least favorite of all SMs book I ve read and I think that is because it is darker and the beginning was a bit depressing But I will say that once we get to Jenna trying to figure out what happened to all the other ghosts in Manhattan when they go missing the flow and feel of the story changes significantly and it is much less deep than the beginning The ending was also really great and the best that it could have turned out for Jenna I wouldn t mind a spin off story about one of the Witches in this tale She I don t want to spoil who she was in the story was so interesting and I think SM could make up a fantastic tale based on the type of very unusual witch she is.My Recommendation This isn t a very long story so save it for a day when you can handle or want something a little on the dark side I get in those moods and then this probably would have been a better read for me

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    3.5 starsThis is a study of time, of loss, of what it means to be alive The older, sadder, and less innately magical version of Every Heart a Doorway but no less beautiful for it.Concept Pacing Plot 1 2 Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day What a title What a concept What a quiet ride Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day continues on the thread that Seanan McGuire explores in many of here novels and novellas the concept of time, and what it means for the human experience For Dusk or Dark or3.5 starsThis is a study of time, of loss, of what it means to be alive The older, sadder, and less innately magical version of Every Heart a Doorway but no less beautiful for it.Concept Pacing Plot 1 2 Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day What a title What a concept What a quiet ride Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day continues on the thread that Seanan McGuire explores in many of here novels and novellas the concept of time, and what it means for the human experience For Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day, this was explored through the theme of ghosts These ghosts aren t the usual hauntings they interact with the world, they have jobs, they can touch you They re basically humans, but they don t age traditionally Ghosts are individuals who have died before their natural death date, and spend much of their ghostly day to day lives attempting to take give time from the living in order to amassage on themselves to achieve their natural death age Jenna is a ghost of a girl who died in 1971 in a small Kentucky town She s been running ever since, and has gone to ground in New York City, the place where the living and the dead live on top of each other in the city that never dies, never sleeps The poetic nuances made between the idea of ghosts and the atmosphere of New York City are one of shining points of the story It makes me wonder if a visit to the city prompted the concept.The ghosts in New York City start disappearing, and it s up to Jenna, her ghostly landlady, and a corn witch to discover the truth I was expecting to want the perennialthat I feel at the end of every McGuire novella, but for Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day it was not necessary the perfect length, the perfect arc for this quiet tale Blog Instagram

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    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum book isn t your typical ghost story While it includes a significant number of urban fantasy elements, there is also a darkly profound, rather despairing thread running beneath its surface Thematically it is also on the weightier side, dealing with topics like suicide, survivor guilt, and emotional trauma Fans of Seanan McGuire are still going to love her engaging storytelling style and loveable characters, but if 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum book isn t your typical ghost story While it includes a significant number of urban fantasy elements, there is also a darkly profound, rather despairing thread running beneath its surface Thematically it is also on the weightier side, dealing with topics like suicide, survivor guilt, and emotional trauma Fans of Seanan McGuire are still going to love her engaging storytelling style and loveable characters, but if you re used tooffbeat and quirkier UF, I think this one may leave you with a heavier heart.The story begins with the funeral of Jenna s older sister Patty, who left for New York City with big dreams but ended up taking her own life instead Grieving with the loss and blaming herself, a stricken Jenna runs off into the night during a bad rainstorm and tragically slips into the river, drowning in the raging current.Because Jenna s death was an accident, however, she died too soon according to a ledger of cosmic checks and balances which states a person s soul cannot pass on until they have served their full time on the mortal plane When Jenna died, she found quite a hefty debt still on her record, so like everyone else before her who died before their time, she became a ghost and must remain among the living until that balance is repaid.Fast forward forty years, and Jenna is living in New York City leeching off a little bit of her debt each day on living strangers, with every minute she gives being another minute added to their youth However, because Jenna sees time left as a form of currency, her gift of life in fact becomes an act of theft in her eyes In order to earn back what she has stolen, Jenna also volunteers at a suicide prevent hotline trying to save others from Patty s fate, hoping that when her time finally does come she will rejoin her beloved sister with a clean balance and conscience.This is probably my third or fourth foray into McGuire s work, and while overall I have enjoyed her books, I confess thus far I m still waiting for the one which would blow me away I started Dusk or Dark of Dawn or Day with the hopes that this would be it, but ultimately there was just something about it that didn t quite click for me Like I said, this is a story with some heavy, tragic themes to it, so it might simply be a case of the wrong book at the wrong time Admittedly, the whole thing left me feeling kind of worn and heartsick by the end of it, even though I was hooked by the intro with its fascinating look into this world of ghosts and their concept of time owed.Looking at this from another angle though, it clearly speaks well of the author that she can so successfully convey emotional impact with her writing and portrayal of her characters My personal reaction to this novella aside, I can recognize a good story when I see one, and this has all the elements of an engaging tale full of imagination and feeling Jenna is a narrator with a unique perspective, yet the care and attention to detail paid to her backstory makes it easy to sympathize with her decisions when all around her are other ghosts that do not share her same views or values She s a genuinely good character who not only extends her kindness to people in need as evidenced by her goal to rescue as many aging cats from shelters as possible, giving them love and a comfortable place to live out their final days Death is a theme that infuses every page, but sometimes its oppressive presence is lightened with compassion and scenes like that.The ideas in this book are also mind bogglingly original It took me some time to wrap my head around ghosts and their ability to give and take time, but I eventually came to appreciate the ingenuity behind the concept As well, McGuire paints an interesting picture for her ghosts existence, linking them to special relationships with mirrors and witches For a novella, the world building is surprisingly robust.Ultimately, I feel the ending could have been handled better, but since I can t elaborate without giving away details, I ll just say that it didn t come across as eloquent or consistent as the rest of the story That said, there is no shortage of feeling, and at the end of the day I think the conclusion manages to achieve its desired impact If this book sounds like something that might interest you, I highly recommend giving it a try

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    I only discovered after I finished this book that the author also writes as Mira Grant and that I have already enjoyed one of her books, Feed I meant to follow up on her other books but forgot I will now Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day is an entertaining little book about ghosts and witches, both of which are depicted in rather different ways than the norm The main character, Jenna, is a ghost who works on a suicide help line and keeps cats Definitely not your usual ghost.There is some interesti I only discovered after I finished this book that the author also writes as Mira Grant and that I have already enjoyed one of her books, Feed I meant to follow up on her other books but forgot I will now Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day is an entertaining little book about ghosts and witches, both of which are depicted in rather different ways than the norm The main character, Jenna, is a ghost who works on a suicide help line and keeps cats Definitely not your usual ghost.There is some interesting stuff about giving and taking time, a pretty good story about ghosts disappearing when they shouldn t and a satisfying little ending All very enjoyable and recommended to readers who like their ghosts less than horrific

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