It has been so long since I posted here that it took me awhile to recall my password and log in! I didn't make any New Year's resolutions this year, but now that the Chinese New Year is nearly upon us, and I am after all a Dragon, so it is, or should be, one of my years, I think I will make a new start and try to visit LJ more often. Yes, I've been seduced by Facebook and am now looking back fondly at earlier, perhaps more meaningful, relationships...
I just finished reading DARK MATTER by Juli Zeh (translated from the German by Christine Lo) -- not to be confused with another book of the same title, by Michele Paver, which I also liked -- anyway, this one is one of those unusual novels that falls into a personal category I think of as "metaphysical mystery." There aren't too many of them around -- or so I thought. As it happens, this is the second book to fall into that category that I've read in the last six months. The other was CITY OF THE DEAD by Sara Gran. So, perhaps there are more people writing in that area now. It's not really a genre, but I think it equates rather to crime novels/mainstream novels the way that "slipstream" does to SFF/magic realism.
The first one I recall reading that made me think this was a new kind of mystery was a novel by Colin Wilson...the title of which escapes me, just when I need it! (The perils of an aging brain.) It was not "Ritual in the Dark" -- oh, never mind. I'll think of it when I wake up at two o'clock this morning. Anyway, I read it sometime in the 1970s. "Existential mystery" might have been a better description, but about a decade later, I heard M. John Harrison saying that he was writing a "metaphysical thriller" and I started quizzing him on what constituted one of those -- the only name I can remember now was Charles Williams, and, yes, I would certainly include his books in this genre.
More on this later -- I have just been called to chauffeur duties.
Happy New Year, to all who read this.
Tags: books, dark matter, juli zeh, mysteries, sarah gran
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