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The Dead Mountaineer's Inn, by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky

The Dead Mountaineer's Inn: One More Last Rite for the Detective Genre (Neversink) - Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky, Josh Billings, Jeff Vandermeer

These days, my favorite genre books are the ones that don’t fit neatly into any genre. Most of the genre-benders I’ve read, however, blend their tropes together and smooth over any friction. Boris and Arkady Strugatsky’s The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn: One More Last Right for the Detective Genre does not do that. Rather, the mystery genre and the science fiction genre seem to be at war with each other. The conflict jars, but it’s supposed to be jarring. It’s jarring to protagonist Inspector Peter Glebsky, who thought he was investigating a closed room mystery only to find himself in the middle of a bizarre science fiction escapade. The really weird thing about this book is that it all works...

 

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type.