Dead Matter (Simon Canderous Series #3)

Dead Matter (Simon Canderous Series #3)

by Anton Strout

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ISBN-13: 9780441018444
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/23/2010
Series: Simon Canderous Series , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 335,111
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anton Strout is the author of the Spellmason Chronicles and the Simon Canderous series. He was born in the Berkshire Hills, mere miles from writing heavyweights Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. He currently lives in historic Jackson Heights, New York (where nothing paranormal ever really happens, he assures you). In his scant spare time, he is an always writer, a sometimes actor, sometimes musician, occasional RPGer, and the world's most casual and controller-smashing video gamer. He currently works in the exciting world of publishing and, yes, it is as glamorous as it sounds.

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Dead Matter (Simon Canderous Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
cmwilson101 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Deader Still by Anton Strout is the third book in the Simon Canderous series. Based in New York City, the series revolves around reformed thief Simon, trying to use his power of psychometry (the ability to learn about an object's past via touch) for good by joining the Department of Extraordinary Affairs. The DEA has been set up to protect NY citizens from the supernatural, and to hide the supernatural from ordinary beings. Simon finds his power a mixed blessing, as touching objects and people often leads to debilitating and unwanted visions. He is mentored by Connor, his supervisor at the Department of Extraordinary Affairs, and his girl friend Jane, a previous cultist. Anton Strout has really hit his stride in Dead Matter. The writing is witty, the plot moves along briskly, and the supporting characters show more depth and personality. The plot of Dead Matter revolves around the search for Connor's brother, who disappeared as a child. Simon & Jane try to help Connor , while battling some strange monsters and lots of red tape. As usual, laugh-out-loud moments abound. Simon's world is intriguing and beautifully described. Great fun.
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ZombieJoe More than 1 year ago
Any Simon Canderous novel is always a fun read. The detective has a wonderful balance of snark, pop culture and hero to not only keep me interested, but keep me laughing. Not to mention he is like the Timex of Urban Fantasy - he takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Speaking from experience with the amount of head trauma the poor man has suffered, it is amazing he remembers his own name! Although he might just be using his psychometry to fill in the blank spots. His main strengths are his ability to read the history of objects (aforementioned psychometry), his extendable bat, his pop culture knowledge and - in a pinch - using his ability on living people to knock them out. Of course this usually means he is knocking himself out, but all in a days work for the Department of Extraordinary Affairs. This book tackles not only the undead but also the history of the Department. This time it is not Simon's past coming back to bite him in the ass, it is the Department's. Literally. Did I mention undead? Like Simon, I too miss the glory days of Buffy and Angel, and this book definitely has the feel of that sort of story. The feel and tone of the Whedonverse was something that I was finding at every turn. If you are a Whedon zombie, do yourself a favor and pick this book up. If you have not read the first to, start with Dead to Me and Deader Still first. You will not be disappointed. You will likely do what I have done and pick up several anthologies where Anton has included short stories relating to this series. All are fun filled reads.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In an alternate world where supernatural species are known to exist, organizations formed like the Department of Extraordinary Affairs to keep the human population safe. One of the DEA Agents Simon Canderous is working without his partner and mentor Connor Christos who is on vacation; having accumulated five years worth. Simon's gift is psychometry while his girlfriend Jane's is technonomy (bending electricity and machines to her will). They are together when they see a creature who they fail to capture and these creatures have been seen all over New York. Chased by spirits into a graveyard, Simon and Jane find Connor in a horrific state. He explains that each night he dreams about his brother Aiden who went missing two decades ago. The pair believes Connor is seeing his sibling at his window so they stake out the place. They find someone spying on Connor and follow him into the Gibbon-Case building where vampire lives in a castle surrounded by a forest within the edifice. There the two brothers reunite while the odd edifice subsumes Jane. Determined to get her back, Simon turns to the lead vampire Brandon for help. Attempts are made on the lives of Connor and Simon. Brandon believes Simon is the prophesized one to bring peace between humans and vampires, but traitors amongst his army want war as does a rabid anti-vampire DEA operative. Hell is about to break out in Manhattan. Anton Stout provides an entertaining and hypnotic police procedural urban fantasy filled with action inside a somewhat thin plot but loaded with deep characterizations who drive the story line forward. The protagonist has come a long way since his Deader Still escapades as he has learned vampires like humans are good and bad. His job is to ferret out the evil one, but that proves seemingly impossible. Watching the brothers unite is heartwarming yet the audience wonders whether that will turn heart-wrenching as those involved pray the species become friends, but settle for not being enemies for now; that is if they survive their ordeal. Harriet Klausner