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REVIEW – A Dark Matter (2010) By Peter Straub

August 9, 2010

Strange Horizons have my review of Peter Straub’s A Dark Matter.

In a year that has thus far been filled with great reads, A Dark Matter is still one of the best things I have read all year.  It is a beautifully written and relentlessly intelligent examination of the way in which regret can destroy a life.

I enjoyed the book so much that I even sought out A Special Place (2010), a spin-off novella written by Straub to fill in some of the back story behind one of the book’s secondary characters.  I am planning on writing about A Special Place when I get the time but as with A Dark Matter, I think that the story’s strength lies not in its effective manipulation of genre tropes but in the amount of humanity it manages to slip into the `cracks that surround the tropes.

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