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November 12th, 2010

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05:45 pm - Dark Matter
I'm listening to a short novel called Dark Matter, written by Michell Paver who also wrote the children's trilogy that starts with Wolf Brother.

Dark Matter was published about three weeks ago. It's a ghost story set on a small British expedition to Svalbard in 1937. I am only half way through, but I think this is worth picking up for anyone interested in modern horror (of the non-gruesome kind).

It's read by Jeremy Northam. I think he does a great job. The book is only six hours long - so I guess a novella or something (a full novel is 20+ hours). Big name actors seem to be more available for shorter books, understandably. I think he gives a lovely restrained and sensitive reading. It's possible that his excellent reading has given me a unduly positive perspective on the text, but I don't think so.

A brief ghost story like this is all about building an eerie atmosphere and allowing you to suspend disbelief. I think it's effective, restrained, and the writing is lyrical and controlled, with rounded characters behaving (as far as I can tell) appropriately to their historical and social context; that might seem like hardly worth mentioning, but I think it's a refreshing change.

Anyway, would say more but have to leave now. Off to Barbados, back next Friday. Take care.

(PS have turned off anonymous posting to try and ward off spam while I am away)

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Date:November 12th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
Have a great trip!

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