The Process (Is a Process All Its Own)

March 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

processThe Process (Is a Process All Its Own) by Peter Straub


I’m not one for including a bunch of images with my reviews, but this was my feeling upon finishing this story:


It has themes of people growing at a faster-than-normal rate, as well as people not staying dead, but the story was also about Henry James, and I couldn’t tie it all together. I’m willing to admit that it went over my head (Straub is far more literary than my usual reading fare), but the story just didn’t gel for me.

I haven’t read as much of Straub’s later works, so I don’t know if this literary angle is his new normal, but my favorite works of his are Ghost Story and Shadowland, so I was disappointed that it only had a few scenes that reminded me of how good those stories were. The Process is more puzzling than anything else.

If anyone has some insights into this novella, even if it’s just that I need to read A Dark Matter to get the full context of this story, I would appreciate them. As of now, the story just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

Started: December 26, 2017
Finished: December 26, 2017

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