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A swing and a miss...,
This review is from: A Dark Matter (Hardcover)
I've found Mr Straub a perplexing writer. Some of this novels have gripped me, and his novella Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff is one of the greatest I have read (bar Stephen King's The Long Walk, but please assume that is a given) yet he is equally capable of writing books that somehow completely alienate me as a reader.
A Dark Matter is a prime example. It is based on an earlier short story `The Skylark' - so wikipedia advises - and you can tell. Somehow 416 pages have passed me by without anything of note happening. Curiously, the ending is explained near the beginning, and bar a different retelling from a multitudes of characters, there's very little in the way of tension or revelation.Straub is an excellent writer, of that there is no doubt, but his plotting and narrative discipline is prone to distraction, and I do wonder where his editor was in all of this.
New novels from this author don't come around often, so if you are a Straub fan, by all means enjoy. If you are new to Straub I would suggest picking up the Blue Rose Trilogy ( Koko, Mystery and The Throat) if you like crime and The Talisman and Black House if you like horror (and Stephen King, who co-wrote).