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Friday, February 5, 2010

Friday Finds: 2-5-2010

Here are my finds this week! (And I didn't plan the color theme with the covers ahead of time!)

A Dark Matter
by Peter Straub


The incomparable master of horror and suspense returns with a powerful, brilliantly terrifying novel that redefines the genre in original and unexpected ways.

The charismatic and cunning Spenser Mallon is a campus guru in the 1960s, attracting the devotion and demanding sexual favors of his young acolytes. After he invites his most fervent followers to attend a secret ritual in a local meadow, the only thing that remains is a gruesomely dismembered body—and the shattered souls of all who were present.

Years later, one man attempts to understand what happened to his wife and to his friends by writing a book about this horrible night, and it’s through this process that they begin to examine the unspeakable events that have bound them in ways they cannot fathom, but that have haunted every one of them through their lives. As each of the old friends tries to come to grips with the darkness of the past, they find themselves face-to-face with the evil triggered so many years earlier. Unfolding through the individual stories of the fated group’s members, A Dark Matter is an electric, chilling, and unpredictable novel that will satisfy Peter Straub's many ardent fans, and win him legions more. (Random House)

Read the first chapter of A Dark Matter.

Just Kids
by Patti Smith

It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation.

Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography. Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed the city from Coney Island to Forty-second Street, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max's Kansas City, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court. In 1969, the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamous—the influential artists of the day and the colorful fringe. It was a time of heightened awareness, when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding. In this milieu, two kids made a pact to take care of each other. Scrappy, romantic, committed to create, and fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, they would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years.

Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late sixties and seventies and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

Just Kids
Publisher/Publication Date: Ecco, Jan 2010
ISBN: 978-0066211312
304 pages

A Dark Matter
Publisher/Publication Date: Doubleday, Feb 2010
ISBN: 978-0385516389
416 pages


bermudaonion said...

I've had my eye on Just Kids - it looks like a good one.

Alayne said...

A Dark Matter sounds pretty interesting. My find is YA this week over at The Crowded Leaf.

Amanda Leigh said...

A Dark Matter sounds very interesting. I might have to check it out.

Sassy Brit @ Alternative-Read.com said...

Dark Matter - I must have. Need to add that to next week's Friday Finds, so I don't forget!

Thanks - will give you a mention. :)

Here is my Friday Find!


J.T. Oldfield said...

I can't wait to read Just Kids!

DelGal Reviews said...

Uh oh, more adds to my TBR list :) thanks for the suggestions!


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