Waiting on Wednesday: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

For someone who is so fond of making lists, I’m horrible at writing down upcoming books that catch my interest as I wander the vast planes of the interwebs.  I often find myself scrabbling to find an upcoming read that hit my radar when Wednesdays roll around, but not this week.  This week’s Waiting on Wednesday choice, however, has been floating around in the back of my head since I first heard about it a few weeks ago, waiting for me to mention it.


A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness

Candlewick Press
Releases on Sept. 27, 2011 
215 pages 
Buy it on Amazon here

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting – he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd – whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself – Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

I’ve been reading a lot about this book.  The story was originally the idea of Siobhan Dowd, who died before getting to write it, so it’s been getting a lot of sympathetic coverage in the usual literary spheres.  Even so, the concept fascinates me.  I was the type of child who had plenty of imaginary friends, but I never had imaginary monsters attempting to knock down my house.  I’ve heard that it’s beautifully lyrical and think it could be a refreshing change from the things I’ve been reading lately.  And how haunting is that cover image?  I think I would pick it up for that alone.