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Dead Matter (Simon Canderous #3)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  798 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Shaking up the spirits of Manhattan

The spirit populace of Manhattan doesn't appreciate its well-deserved RIP being disturbed, and Department of Extraordinary Affairs Agent Simon Canderous is sent in to do damage control. Meanwhile, his vacationing partner, Connor Christos, is in a sorry state, and he tells Simon that each night he's being haunted by visions of his long-l
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Ace
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Joshua Palmatier
Jan 16, 2011 Joshua Palmatier rated it really liked it
I finished Dead Matter the other night and I have to say that Anton Strout is definitely improving as a writer as this series progresses. With the first book, I thought there were some "debut book/new writer" issues (of which I suffered from myself with my books). Mostly these were things like a little bouncing around and looseness in the plot and a few odd emotional reactions from the characters. Things like an extreme mood swing that wasn't properly motivated, etc. In the second book, the plot ...more
Mar 22, 2010 Jim rated it really liked it
Dead Matter is the third book in Anton Strout’s light urban fantasy series, in which Department of Extraordinary Affairs agent Simon Canderous uses psychometry and a big bat to fight the nasties of New York.

Our story begins with Simon’s partner Connor taking a sabbatical to look for his missing brother, leaving poor Simon to cover twice the workload. Simon eventually manages to slip away for some personal time with his girlfriend (ex-cultist and technomancer Jane). Naturally, given Simon’s luck,
Jun 11, 2011 James rated it liked it
This series is definitely improving and becoming... mature as a series. In the previous books review I slated parts of it for being too immature, and whilst there are still facets of immaturity within this, there is a definite step towards a serious series.

The plot was fun and non stop from the start. The characters were well developed and the pace exhilarating; so much so that despite the fact that I have an exam tomorrow I spent most of the day reading this rather than revising for an exam tha
Jan 08, 2017 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrific read!

This story was a fun ride from beginning to end! I will have to see if I missed the first book or two, as there were many references to things and people before this story.
The characters, dialogue, and plot were all well thought out and executed.
I found many of the interesting enough, I hope they will be included in future stories.
My only criticism is the cavalier attitude the main character took toward, what was immediately obvious to the reader, a serious threat.
Both his sarcasm,
Tiffany Danner
Feb 13, 2010 Tiffany Danner rated it it was amazing
Anton Strout's books continue to get better me with each new release. Dead Matter, the third book in the Simon Canderous series is a fast paced and exciting urban fantasy read. While it is #3 in a series, I think it stands on its own just fine if you absolutely can't read books 1 and 2.

Simon Canderous is an agent with the Department of Extraordinary Affairs, a super secret branch of the government dealing with paranormal activities. The backstory of the agency gives the series a humorous twist a
J. Holloway
Apr 09, 2010 J. Holloway rated it it was amazing
I happened upon Simon rather accidentally. A huge fan of Jim Butcher, I was in between Dresden books when I decided to search out similar books. I found Anton Strout's first Simon book and instantly became a huge fan. Because of that, I couldn't wait to read Dead Matter, the third book in the Simon Canderous series by Anton Strout...and I wasn't disappointed.

This time, Simon, an agent with New York's super-secret Department of Extraordinary Affairs, has had the training wheels removed. His partn
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Jan 06, 2010 Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha) rated it it was amazing
When an outbreak of ghost sightings happen in NYC, Simon is left to deal with it on his own because Connor has taken all his vacation time and disappeared. Simon finally catches up with Connor and realizes he’s close to loosing his sanity due to nightmares plaguing him. On top of the ghosts, there have been sightings of a new type of monster, one that almost threatens Jane & Simon’s Taco Night. Well, they come across this monster while grocery shopping for Taco Night. In the third installmen ...more
Jan 28, 2010 Alejandra rated it it was amazing
After being surprised by some unknown creature while grocery shopping for Taco Night with Jane, Simon realizes there is something fishy going up in town [again.:] And with Connor having certain visions at night and being in such a deplorable state, Simon begins to worry. Thinking that his partner is loosing his marbles, he decides to go and do some researching [and spying:] on his own. From that moment on, action ensues and all sorts of surprises come to light. What happened to Connor and his br ...more
Aug 20, 2011 Mirjam rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
While helping his mentor Simon discovers a secret that challenges everything he thought he knew. Now it’s up to him to save the day and hopefully the future in Anton Strout’s Dead Matter…

With Simon’s mentor Connor on an extended holiday, Simon is forced to handle a double workload just when there are ghost and weird monsters sightings all over town. When Simon finally finds a moment to look in on Connor he finds him plagued by nightmares and frantically searching for clues regarding his brother’
May 22, 2011 Taraza rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Urban fantasy fans
This paranormal series has been called "Harry Dresden in a government job." Simon Canderous is employed by the Department of Extraordinary Affairs as a 'psychometrist' who can tell the history of this object by touching it. The initial scene shows Strout's humor.
...I'm facing the "the hardest decision of my life.
"Choose, Simon," my ex-cultist-turned-girlfriend Jane said in a stern tone.
"I..I can't."
"For God's sake" she said, giving me a gentle swat to my arm. It's cheese.. how hard can it be to
Feb 27, 2010 Joe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Apr 24, 2010 Caroline rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Out of the three current Simon Canderous novels, I have to say this is the strongest and most entertaining. They're all solidly fun books, of course, but this one had the best balance of crazy shenanigans with interesting and serious themes involving humans co-existing with the supernatural.

The story picks up a few months after the events of the previous novel, when Connor is on extended vacation to follow leads to try and find his missing brother. Not only does Simon gets mixed up in the ongoin
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 o ...more
Aug 17, 2010 Steven rated it really liked it
[Full disclosure: I know Mr. Strout.]

Dead Matter is Anton Strout's third book in the Simon Canderous series, and they simply keep getting better. This time, Simon must face an ancient, terrible threat... but without the support of the Department of Extraordinary Affairs.

The story is fast-paced and fun. The jokes feel natural, the humor a part of the character's everyday lives. The problems that Simon faces are organic to the plot - and he can't always count on his powers (or his friend's abiliti
Another fun ride. Lots of funny pop culture references without being too kitchy (ok, maybe a tiny bit, Mr. Brandon Walsh, but I chuckled). Even though Simon and Jane sometimes seem painfully young to me, that's more about me than them and in fact reflect a bit of the realistm of their portrayal. And despite the sometimes silly nature of the story and the constant banter, there's always something going on that I relate to, whether dealing with their first serious relationship, work pressures, or ...more
Fantasy Literature
Jun 12, 2013 Fantasy Literature rated it liked it
Dead Matter is the third book in the Simon Canderous series by Anton Strout. Overall, it was entertaining, worth reading, and just missed being exceptional. One unexpected strength of Dead Matter is the plot, including the mystery. Too often, in fantasy billed as comedic, the plot or mystery suffers. Not so here. Anton Strout is an excellent story crafter, and his talent shines throughout. The setting is also strong: imagine Ghostbusters meets Dilbert. In this case, Simon works as a psychometris ...more
Has it been that long since I updated my books? Oops!

Simon Canderous seems to have a handle on his psychometry (the ability to read the history of an object through touch) but then a fancy new mall electronically eats his girlfriend. The attack was an effort to keep hidden a centuries old secret. The bad news is the Simon doesn't like secrets, especially ones that suck Jane into their electrodes. Things get a lot more complicated when Simon's mentor is slowly going crazy, thinking he keeps seein
Ian Cockerill
Nov 28, 2015 Ian Cockerill rated it really liked it
Well, in spite of my misgivings about the earlier books in the series I have stuck with it.Basically my problem has alwaysbeen with the writing style- I struggled to immerse myself in the world of Simon Cabderous because I felt the writing got in the way and the odd clumsy phrase dumped eback into reality. The actual ideas and story have always been interesting
With this book I have to admit that Anton Strout's writing has taken a leap forward - much more immersivve and natural as a narrator. I g
Apr 06, 2010 Kalyn rated it liked it
Shelves: completed-series
This is the third book in the series following Simon Canderous, psychometrist and investigator for NYC's Dept of Extraordinary Affairs. The writing is stronger and the pace less frenetic than previous installments but it's still a light, quick read.

This time Simon, Connor, and Jane have to deal with vampires who have been living in a specially-created haven in the middle of NYC. Now it's up to the team of 3 to hold back a vampire-hating Exchancellor and a human-hating vampire from starting a wa
Oct 25, 2009 Mick rated it liked it
I wound up liking this, despite my earlier snit about romantic relationships getting in the way.

I think it was the pissy, snarky vampires that swayed me. I'm mean, a vampire basically throwing a huge, destructive hissy-fit over salad bits on his Armani make it a win for me. I basically have a crush on Vampire Nicholas now. He and Godfrey should be introduced; they could take over the world together if they looked up from their pet projects long enough.

I do so love a story with good secondary ch
Nov 12, 2009 aaron rated it really liked it
this is the third book in the simon canderous series by anton strout and the action just keeps continuing at the torrid pace he set with the first two novels. simon and his group come up again the possibility that vampires may not be in hiding, but rather just biding their time. simon's partner continues his search for his missing brother while simon's girlfriend goes missing. all the while they come against a group of vampires that have been living under their noses for years. all in all anothe ...more
Heather Clawson
Feb 12, 2010 Heather Clawson rated it did not like it
This would have been a fabulous book if the author had not overloaded it with nonsensical claptrap like naming a paranormal investigation department "The Department of Things That Go Bump In The Night," and giving his British Department head a ridiculously ethnic name like "Argyle." And can someone explain to me why Simon's girlfriend Jane, who can communicate with technology, suddenly can't "handle" a card reader that's blocking their entrance into a building?? Sloppy story-telling man, plain a ...more
Aug 28, 2011 pauliree rated it really liked it
I'm realling enjoying this series, with Simon Canderous being a not so macho crime fighter. It is funny without being a try hard and in this installment there were vampires. Creepy ones, ones that are supposedly friendly and they all look to Simon as their saviour. A lot of fun and I have the next one ready to go as well so straight on with that. Yippee!!
Apr 16, 2015 Boneist rated it really liked it
I really liked the idea of the arcology. I would have liked to have seen more of Simin's training with his psychometric skills though; he kept referring to past training and indicating there was more to learn, but instead, whenever he used it, it seemed to be at a static level.
Sep 05, 2012 S rated it really liked it
Shelves: paul-marron
Poor Jane. Okay, poor Simon, too. At least they get to save New York City even if Simon took a side trip to prison. Lots of action and lots of fun snark although Simon should put a sock in it more often, especially when dealing with bad guys who are about to hurt him fifty ways to Sunday.
Aug 20, 2009 Kim rated it it was amazing
More sly nods, more adventure,and more backgroud. Jim Butcher look out, here comes a Dreseden contender!
Dec 13, 2009 Kathryn rated it liked it
Fast paced. I like the characters.
But......spoiler alert

I mean it this may spoil part of the story for you.
Come on, getting sucked into a kiosk computer? That is so lame.
Lori Whitwam
Apr 25, 2010 Lori Whitwam rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
A solid third book in the series... good on its own, and also took the series forward in a meaningful way.
L.E. Doggett
Nov 25, 2016 L.E. Doggett rated it really liked it
Great characters. Great scenes, a mystery. Strout does a good job with his writing. Could say more but don't have time right now. I liked the series and wished there were more.
Oct 22, 2010 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As enjoyable as the second book in the series. Strout's writing is sometimes distracting, but I'll most likely get the fourth book when it's available.
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When not plotting against his mortal enemy Patrick Rothfuss, Anton Strout is the author of the Simon Canderous urban fantasy series for Ace Books including Dead To Me, Deader Still, Dead Matter and Dead Waters.
His new series with Ace Books is entitled The Spellmason Chronicles. Alchemystic is first in the series, followed by Stonecast and the upcoming Incarnate .

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