A review of Shadowland, by Peter Straub

Posted: March 6, 2015 in Reviews
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The first Straub I’ve read (the wife has stacks of them) proved to be more or less satisfactory. Straub’s story of modern wizards presents a dark and intelligent interpretation of magic, mixing up fairytales, psychology, coming-of-age tropes and inter-generational distrust to good effect. A little too languid and dreamlike in places to generate intense engagement consistently, at moments it managed to enchant and horrify.
However, I believe that Voice of Our Shadow, by Jonathan Carroll, explores similar ground more affectingly.

Three stars.


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