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JanuaryClouds of war are gathering over a fogbound London Twenty eight year old Jack is poor, lonely, and desperate to change his life, so when he s offered the chance to join an Arctic expedition, he jumps at it Spirits are high as the ship leaves Norway five men and eight huskies, crossing the Barents Sea by the light of the midnight sun At last they reach the remote, uninhabited bay where they will camp for the next year, Gruhuken, but the Arctic summer is brief As night returns to claim the land, Jack feels a creeping unease One by one, his companions are forced to leave He faces a stark choice stay or go Soon he will see the last of the sun, as the polar night engulfs the camp in months of darkness Soon he will reach the point of no return when the sea will freeze, making escape impossible Gruhuken is not uninhabited Jack is not alone Something walks there in the dark


10 thoughts on “Dark Matter

  1. mark monday mark monday says:

    perfectly executed little ghost story set in the Arctic wastes in the late 1930s, featuring the adventures of AN AWESOME HUSKY NAMED ISAAK and I suppose some humans as well.so Jack a poor, depressed, dog hating, lower class and very class conscious 28 year old finds the perfect solution to his angst and alienation he will join a small expedition to the abandoned mining outpost of Gruhuken in the Arctic circle there he will find meaning to his life, camaraderie and fellowship and an intense perfectly executed little ghost story set in the Arctic wastes in the late 1930s, featuring the adventures of AN AWESOME HUSKY NAMED ISAAK and I suppose some humans as well.so Jack a poor, depressed, dog hating, lower class and very class conscious 28 year old finds the perfect solution to his angst and alienation he will join a small expedition to the abandoned mining outpost of Gruhuken in the Arctic circle there he will find meaning to his life, camaraderie and fellowship and an intense crush on one of his fellow adventurers, and an atrocious and deadly ghost there are some other human characters as well but eh whatever, the most compelling part of the story is that Jack meets AN AWESOME HUSKY NAMED ISAAK who will teach him that only morons hate dogs.Paver does an excellent job at conveying the time and the place she creates her characters quickly yet they retain nuance and realism Jack is an interestingly almost unreliable narrator Paver is particularly skilled at painting a locale that is highly atmospheric, dislocating, and eerie Dark Matter is essentially a haunted house story that takes place in a fairly original setting, full of wide, dark spaces although centered around a small, lonely cabin of course the author s greatest accomplishment in this book is AN AWESOME HUSKY NAMED ISAAK what an enjoyable character he owns every scene he s in.so Isaak may not be a particularly brave dog, but he is definitely a good dog and he s a loyal dog too, which is sorta like saying a cat has claws because all good dogs are loyal dogs, but still it has to be said Isaak s loyalty is outstanding he also has beautiful blue eyes like most huskies and loves getting treats and enjoys running around and leaning against Jack who cares if he hides under the bunk when the ghost comes a calling, that s human business anyway Isaak made me like Jack, which is quite an accomplishment because Jack is a self important, self absorbed grouch I am also pleased to say that SPOILER Isaak has a happy ending yay for AN AWESOME HUSKY NAMED ISAAK


  2. ✨Sumi& ✨Sumi& says:

    Um yeah.A small group of guys get together for an expedition in the wild northern Arctic They ve already chosen a spot for their observations The problem is, the spot happens to be haunted So I got halfway through this book and realize that absolutely nothing has happened yet I got tired of waiting for them to get to the punchline so I m putting this book down It was like nothing s happening nothing s happening ok he saw a shadow And nothing s happening again It seems like the b Um yeah.A small group of guys get together for an expedition in the wild northern Arctic They ve already chosen a spot for their observations The problem is, the spot happens to be haunted So I got halfway through this book and realize that absolutely nothing has happened yet I got tired of waiting for them to get to the punchline so I m putting this book down It was like nothing s happening nothing s happening ok he saw a shadow And nothing s happening again It seems like the book took way too long to set up the scene and the characters when it was completely unnecessary to do so Like I said I was about halfway through the book when I decided to stop reading it.other people seem to have liked this book but it s just not for me so I m not recommending it


  3. Ron Ron says:

    1947 The story opens with a response to letterI don t think we ll ever learn the truth of what happened at Gruhuken However I know enough to be convinced that something terrible took place No doubt the journal would, as you suggest explain much of what happened, but it has not survived, and I cannot ask Jack himself1937 The one year research expedition to the Arctic is told strictly through the words of Jack Miller s journal Jack joins the expedition of 3 other men looking for a comm 1947 The story opens with a response to letterI don t think we ll ever learn the truth of what happened at Gruhuken However I know enough to be convinced that something terrible took place No doubt the journal would, as you suggest explain much of what happened, but it has not survived, and I cannot ask Jack himself1937 The one year research expedition to the Arctic is told strictly through the words of Jack Miller s journal Jack joins the expedition of 3 other men looking for a communications expert It is a decision to escape poverty, and why not, since he s very alone in this world Jack doesn t yet know how truly alone feels, but he just might.There are at least two meanings for the term, Dark Matter, in this book First, as stated in Jack s journalIn one of my periodicals, there s a paper by someone who s worked out that what we know of the universe is only a tiny percentage of what actually exists He says what s left can t be seen or detected, but it s there he calls it dark matter Of course, no one believes him but I find the idea unsettling Or rather, not the idea itself, that s merely an odd notion about outer space What I don t like is the feeling I sometime get that other things might exist around us, of which we know nothing Secondly, it concerns the lack of daylight the men of this voyage are about to experience During the winter period within the Arctic Circle see Norway s far northern island, Svalbard, in this case , the four months from late October to mid February will experience Polar Night This means the sun never rises By the way, saying winter months sounds so wrong when speaking about the Arctic I d call it winter all the damned time But as I learned, there is winter and there is Winter Same is true for the dark, and its effects on the human mindIn a month, on the 16th of October, we ll see the sun for the last time According to the books, there ll still be some light for a few weeks after that, because at noon the sun won t be all that far below the horizon They call it midday dawn After that, nothing When Jack, Gus and Algie finally arrive by ship to their destination, they know that the captain believes the place is haunted Something bad has occurred here It s only a feeling All that speaks of past human inhabitance here is an abandoned mine and an old trapper s hut that leans against the rocks above the bay, but Jack sees something else on the first dayThe one who walksI won t go into the plot any further here, except to say that he will end up alone There could be no other way, rightBut the thing to remember, Jack, is that it s only an echo It s like a footprint or a shadow It can t hurt you All it can do is frighten After that, nothing Well, maybe Jack s not quite alone


  4. Mark Mark says:

    Now I love snow I long for it with every fibre of my red blooded being I yearn and strain to hear and see and feel it falling Where I live in Poole we hardly ever get it and when the rest of the kingdom is cloaked in it we have the normal talcum powder sprinklings which somehow manages to bring all normal progress to a grinding halt or we have absolutely none whatsoever whilst radio and tv bangs on about blizzard conditions and the horror that is the white stuff everywhere else Yet with all Now I love snow I long for it with every fibre of my red blooded being I yearn and strain to hear and see and feel it falling Where I live in Poole we hardly ever get it and when the rest of the kingdom is cloaked in it we have the normal talcum powder sprinklings which somehow manages to bring all normal progress to a grinding halt or we have absolutely none whatsoever whilst radio and tv bangs on about blizzard conditions and the horror that is the white stuff everywhere else Yet with all this unrequited or at least unsatisfied love affair with snow on my part Michelle Paver still managed to make even me a little unnerved by the idea of the chill and bleakness and paralysing loneliness of a snowed landscape.She manages to create a claustrophobic atmosphere in one of the greatest great outdoors there is And it is not by blood and guts and grossness but by the gradual ratchetting up of tension as the hero, left alone, suddenly discovers that he is neither He is not a hero, nor is he alone And it is the uncovering of these horrifiying truths which gradually chills and frightens you as the reader.One of the underlying themes of the story is hostility both imagined and real The whole story is in the context of a diary kept by our hero and so we get only his opinion, his viewing of the situation but Paver enables us to see his mistakes and misunderstandings and misrepresentations because, when all else is said and done, he is an honest man Jack, setting off on a polar expedition, senses the supposed hostile sneers and low opinion of hisaffluent and well educated companions On board ship he encounters the seeming hostility of the captain of their transport ship, and gradually, as the adventure continues, he begins to sense and feel the hostility of the landscape even in amidst its beauty and then over riding everything the glimpses he has caught of the dark figure against the glare, hands at his side, one shoulder higher than the other, something about the tilt of his head that I didn t like suddenly morphs into the realization that this figure is not seeking recognition or help or comfort but revenge and that that hatred and hostility is focused directly on Jack.It being a book by the author of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness the wolflike qualities of the huskies are analysed and celebrated and the relationship of Jack with the dog Isaak is well observed and wonderfully humanizing, if that is not a contradiction in terms.The story is a relatively quick read and it is certainly one that you will not put down easily If you love a good scare and chill, then I would very highly recommend you pick this up Close your curtains or if you leave them open, make sure you move any posts far far awayand don t check on them, no really, don t start checking


  5. Michael Michael says:

    Review from BadelyngeMichelle Paver s Dark Matter is a chillingly accomplished ghost story that takes place in the dark isolation of a snowbound base camp of a small but ambitious scientific expedition, as the long dark night of an Arctic Winter sets in The year is 1937 Unbeknown to the youthful group, their new home already has a black history and a reputation that makes the hardened seamen and trappers of the region reluctant to even speak of it.Paver s love of the Arctic, first hand knowled Review from BadelyngeMichelle Paver s Dark Matter is a chillingly accomplished ghost story that takes place in the dark isolation of a snowbound base camp of a small but ambitious scientific expedition, as the long dark night of an Arctic Winter sets in The year is 1937 Unbeknown to the youthful group, their new home already has a black history and a reputation that makes the hardened seamen and trappers of the region reluctant to even speak of it.Paver s love of the Arctic, first hand knowledge and experience of the region shine through the narrative When A.C.Doyle wrote classic s like The Captain Of The Polestar, his experiences on Arctic Whalers fueled the authentic tone and similarly Algernon Blackwood s tales of isolation and fear drew on his extensive trekking through the various wild places.There is an art to writing a good ghost story and one of the absolutes is in the appearance of authenticity If the reader can t forget that the story is a fiction then the story loses its power Paver certainly succeeds in that regard Jack is well realised character, that I had no problem investing my interest in along with his horrific travails.The narrative is in the form of a journal by the expedition s newest member and here again Paver excels in the form, using a journal s natural economy to provide ambiguity when needed but also to ride closely the mental battle taking place as our faithful scribe Jack details the occurrences I ve read other similar types of story that have been ridiculously large tomes, supposedly the diary of a few weeks stretched out to 700 page monstrosities, as if the narrator could possibly do the work that a professional author would have to chain themselves to the desk to achieve There is a sort of infectious anxiety that slowly builds as the days slowly advance and the ill fated expedition goes from one set back to the next The ambiguity I mentioned has nothing to do with questions of whether the haunting is real or imagined take it from me the place is Haunted as Hell, no rather I ascribe it to the visual descriptions of thevisceral episodes The scenes are painted with as few strokes as possible, so that in true classic style the reader has room to draw on their own nightmare imagery You could easily read Dark Matter in one sitting, though I spread it out over four This is the sort of book you don t see too often these days, indeed you might be fooled into thinking it was written contemporaneously Recommended


  6. Blair Blair says:

    This is subtitled A Ghost Story, so I knew what to expect or at least, I thought so While it will be lapped up by lovers of traditional ghost stories myself included this novel also has a unique edge and great literary quality Dark Matter relates the experiences of Jack, a former student of physics who, at 28, is poor, lonely, sick of London life and hates his job as an export clerk On a whim, he applies to join an Arctic expedition as a wireless operator, and is thrilled to be accepte This is subtitled A Ghost Story, so I knew what to expect or at least, I thought so While it will be lapped up by lovers of traditional ghost stories myself included this novel also has a unique edge and great literary quality Dark Matter relates the experiences of Jack, a former student of physics who, at 28, is poor, lonely, sick of London life and hates his job as an export clerk On a whim, he applies to join an Arctic expedition as a wireless operator, and is thrilled to be accepted even though he feels a little alienated from his rich, Oxford educated teammates Confiding in his journal, he writes of the group s journey to Norway, their arrival in Spitsbergen and first encounters with Gruhuken, the desolate bay they intend to make camp in As the Arctic winter permanent night draws in and a series of mysterious accidents befall the others, Jack s misgivings about Gruhuken grow and grow.The ghostly element of the book is executed beautifully, with a suspenseful build up, a sense of great foreboding and brilliant subtlety However, there s muchto the story than that The real power of the novel is in its depiction of the frozen wastelands of the Arctic the empty, untouched, lonely landscapes Jack at first relishes but comes to regard with horror Paver s descriptions are so evocative I felt like I was actually there, and could imagine exactly what Gruhuken looked like with absolute clarity There is so much packed into this little book and it s all done with such flair the development of Jack s feelings towards his teammates and in particular Gus, his initial antipathy towards the dogs evolving slowly into affection for Isaak, his immense relief when he receives a visitor The most striking part is the portrayal of Jack s increasing fear, paranoia and confusion as he faces the horrors of Gruhuken and its never ending darkness alone His experiences made me question my own love of desire for solitude, and that is a rare thing indeed for me Michelle Paver has written a number of children s books and some historical romances that don t really interest me I m really hoping that Dark Matter will lead toin the ghost story mould from this author, as it s exactly the type of book that makes me want to readI know I ve read something good when, upon finishing it, I immediately want to re read it, to immerse myself in its world once again this was one of the rare few to provoke such a reaction Every time I think about it I immediately want to grab it and start reading again I also want to travel to the Arctic and, at the same time, find myself feeling terrified of it If you enjoy supernatural tales, suspense, or tremendous atmosphere, this book is highly recommended


  7. Sandra Sandra says:

    There s no dawn and no dusk Time has no meaning We ve left the real world, and entered a land of dreams In this period ghost story, Jack, an office clerk, joins Gus, Algie, Hugh and Teddy to prepare for an expedition to the Artic Jack s role in the team is a wireless operator The story is told through Jack s eyes.Jack seems to have a grudge when it comes to bonding with the others His insecurities come from class differences.The 1937 Spitsbergen Expedition is blighted from the beginning.T There s no dawn and no dusk Time has no meaning We ve left the real world, and entered a land of dreams In this period ghost story, Jack, an office clerk, joins Gus, Algie, Hugh and Teddy to prepare for an expedition to the Artic Jack s role in the team is a wireless operator The story is told through Jack s eyes.Jack seems to have a grudge when it comes to bonding with the others His insecurities come from class differences.The 1937 Spitsbergen Expedition is blighted from the beginning.The skipper of the Isbjorn, Mr Ericsson, is reluctant to take them to the bay they have chosen, Gruhuken, and wants to drop them off forty miles short..he will not say why The workers on the ship, helping to assemble the camp will not stay overnight. there are rumours and discontentment Once the depleted team are truly on their own, the realisation that they are in such an isolated and desolate location really hits home.When the summer is over and darkness sets in, you can truly visualise the derelict trappers hut, the ice, the snow and harsh landscape When the moon is full, it circles the whole day, never dipping below the horizon During the polar night it is the only time they have light, bathing their world in an eerie glow.A touching part of the book is Jack s bond with one of the huskies, Isaac Although he was against the huskies being part of the trip at the beginning, he finds great comfort in his friendship with Isaac The writing is sharp, you feel the eeriness, the coldness and the story sends a chill deep to your bones


  8. Mandy Mandy says:

    This story is set in 1937, amid an expedition to the Arctic Five men are due to go on the expedition, among them a young man by the name of Jack Miller It is he who narrates the story and it is told entirely from his point of view.Before the expedition gets underway, bad luck has already struck, and as the team get closer to their chosen destination of Gruhuken,bad things seem to happen One by one, each of the men leaves the expedition, until Jack is left on his own, and the daylight ho This story is set in 1937, amid an expedition to the Arctic Five men are due to go on the expedition, among them a young man by the name of Jack Miller It is he who narrates the story and it is told entirely from his point of view.Before the expedition gets underway, bad luck has already struck, and as the team get closer to their chosen destination of Gruhuken,bad things seem to happen One by one, each of the men leaves the expedition, until Jack is left on his own, and the daylight hours are getting shorter and shorterThis is the second of this author s books that I ve read, and I really enjoyed them both They are similar in the way that they are written too, both are written through the eyes of one member of the team, and in each case bad things happen to different members of the group.This is a proper old fashioned ghost story, and it is a really enjoyably scary one I read this book quickly, because I couldn t put it down.A highly enjoyable read


  9. Empress Reece (Hooked on Books) Empress Reece (Hooked on Books) says:

    Ghost of Gruhuken 4.5 stars I am immensely fascinated with the Artic so anytime I find a book set in the area, I snap them up I also love a good ghost story so if you combine the two I m in heaven And that s exactly what you ll find in Dark Matter so I knew going into it, that it just had to be good In 1937, a 28 year old, down on his luck guy named Jack, is offered the chance to join an Artic expedition to a remote uninhabited area named Gruhuken From the start, the expedition is c Ghost of Gruhuken 4.5 stars I am immensely fascinated with the Artic so anytime I find a book set in the area, I snap them up I also love a good ghost story so if you combine the two I m in heaven And that s exactly what you ll find in Dark Matter so I knew going into it, that it just had to be good In 1937, a 28 year old, down on his luck guy named Jack, is offered the chance to join an Artic expedition to a remote uninhabited area named Gruhuken From the start, the expedition is cursed with problems and after departing, the crew learns that Gruhuken may not be the picturesque uninhabited area they were hoping for This is the perfect ghost story especially for a cold winter night It s chilling, spooky and very atmospheric I wish the ending was extended a littlethough and that s the only reason I didn t give it a full five stars The loose ends were tied up nicely but I felt like they were rushed and compacted into just a few pages Actually the book was so good I could have used about 100pages but even a fewwould have been nice If you like ghost stories though, you don t want to miss this one


  10. Heidi Heidi says:

    How odd, that light should prevent one from seeing I ve been in the mood for a good ghost story for a while, and when another book blogger told me that Michelle Paver s novel Dark Matter was not only suspenseful and spooky, but also set in a wild remote place, I didn t need anypersuasion And I must say that it lived up to all my expectations.Dark Matter features an Arctic expedition in 1937, when four young men set off in a Norwegian vessel to spend a year on the remote land spit of GruHow odd, that light should prevent one from seeing I ve been in the mood for a good ghost story for a while, and when another book blogger told me that Michelle Paver s novel Dark Matter was not only suspenseful and spooky, but also set in a wild remote place, I didn t need anypersuasion And I must say that it lived up to all my expectations.Dark Matter features an Arctic expedition in 1937, when four young men set off in a Norwegian vessel to spend a year on the remote land spit of Gruhuken on the Barents Sea For twenty eight year old Jack, who narrates the story through journey entries, his role as wireless operator on the expedition is a way to prove himself and escape his drab job as clerk that has kept him afloat after his family was bankrupted, ending his hopes of finishing his university degree After his family s fall from grace, Jack has turned into a loner who has no friends and rarely associates with other people, keeping himself to himself Gruhuken, in its remoteness, has a strange appeal to him, a way to make a new start, clean his slate Both his background as well as his personality make Jack an interesting, rounded character whose voice is perfect for the era and drive much of story s momentum as his initial reserve and preconceived ideas begin to crumble in the remoteness of the Arctic Circle.Paver does an excellent job in evoking the spirit of the wild setting she describes so vividly The initial beauty of the Arctic summer with its constant daylight, which makes the men optimistic and confident about their mission, feeling invincible even in the wild, remote region they feel themselves stranded in As the seasons change, and the days become shorter, there is an obvious change in the men, their confidence eroded by the ever increasing darkness and the eerie silence of the surrounding land when all the birds have fled before winter As daylight gives way to constant darkness, Paver creates an atmosphere so tense and claustrophobic that I could literally feel the cold creeping in through the cracks in the wall, grateful of my own bedside lamp that kept the night at bay whilst reading.Tension soon mounts as the isolation plays tricks on the human psyche or is the threat real Jack is a man of science, and he is all too eager to explain away the feelings of dread and menace he sometimes feels when venturing outside But as his last companions are forced to leave, and he is left on his own in this unforgiving place, he soon finds that his rational explanations are woefully inadequate to explain away the fear Something evil is afoot at Gruhuken, and it is slowly closing in Paver has achieved the art of balancing her narrative on the fine line between reality and the occult, in a way that we are never quite sure if Jack s accounts are the unravelling of his own mind due to the constant dark, the isolation and the absence of other human contact, or whether there really is something evil haunting Gruhuken All I know is that it was so authentic and believable that I buried deep under my doona and wild horses could not have made me go outside alone in the dark Personally, I find that it is very difficult to find a book where the supernatural element is just right enough to make you very, very afraid, but not over the top to make you having to suspend disbelief It is a balance achieved by very few, and Paver has absolutely nailed it One passage about the bear post in particular had my hair stand on end as I pictured it so vividly in my mind.For anyone looking for a good ghost story with a rich, atmospheric setting and a historical element yes, this book has it all , I cannot recommend this book highly enough blog facebook instagram