The Rim of Morning

The Rim of Morning

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In the 1930s, William Sloane wrote two brilliant novels that gave a whole new meaning to cosmic horror. In To Walk the Night, Bark X and his college buddy Jerry Lister, a science whiz, head back to the old alma mater to catch a football game and to visit a cherished professor of astronomy. In the midst of the game, a strange inimical presence seems to grip the entire stadium; after, the two young men discover the body of their professor, consumed by fire; and before long Jerry is married to the professor's uncannily beautiful, young widow, Selena, and settled in the Arizona desert, where there's an unobstructed view of the stars--and of the darkness of space. In Edge of Running Water, Julian Blair, a brilliant electrophysicist, has retired to remotest Maine after the death of his beautiful young wife. After living as a recluse for years, he issues an urgent summons to former student, Richard Sayles, now a well-regarded professor of psychology. At Setauket Point, Sayles finds a house shunned by suspicious locals and under the guard of an unpleasant and uncooperative housekeeper, Mrs. Walters. There is also stunning Anne, Blair's sister-in-law. Meanwhile, Julian, dead to the world, stays locked in his study. The Rim of Morning: two novels about the inescapable link between knowledge and sacrifice, the other, unspeakable, unknowable, unendurable side of the world we think we know. About the silence out there.
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, [2015]
ISBN: 9781590179062
1590179064
Characteristics: xi, 464 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Sloane, William 1906-1974

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 27, 2017

To Walk The Night:

A unique mystery. I gravitate towards golden age mysteries and don't read a lot of sci-fi or straight fantasy books, so maybe this isn't unique, as I think. But for a mystery it is certainly different, and like the author's other book (see below), it's very satisfying (although it shares one sort of annoying attribute with the other novel in that it tells you something is going to happen at the beginning and then leads you up the path to it for the entire book.)

It's a well written story and even though you do know what it's leading to, the journey is well worth the time it takes getting there.

The Edge of Running Water:


Sloane's second novel is a winner, although pretty obscure. The writing style is easy to take (my only gripe is telling us ahead of time that some unpleasant things are going to happen). The characters are well drawn, especially one of the central characters, Mrs. Walters, who the reader will want to be a villianess, but somehow cannot feel complete contempt for her.

Recommended for mystery lovers (not really a horror novel) and people who are looking for a well-written whopper to keep them company for a few hours.

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