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review 2017-09-22 04:20
Excellent theme collection
El santuario y otros cuentos - H.P. Lovecraft

Two encompassing themes to this collection: primarily, the evil of solitude, or how solitude equates with or drives one to madness; then boundaries, blurring and pushing them (of reality, knowledge, perception, life and death, even geography)

Celephaïs: Gorgeous in spite of the cold reality. From Kuranes dreams to mine... yeah, that's not disturbing at all.

From Beyond: The type of story one expects when one hears "Lovecraft". And it's freaking good.

Hypnos: *blink* Erh... OK. Like this wasn't disturbing, a final twist. I would have said it bore serious homo-erotic tones, but then... Begs for a second read. Or a tenth.

The Temple: That's what I call a bit of Karma for a stubborn nationalist.
Note: for some reason (and what I mean is lazy translation), it's titled as Santuario (sanctuary) in my Spanish copy instead of the closer Templo.

The Tree: Did not take the expected turn. And sent me on a wiki-walk that ended landing me on the seven wonders. Pretty imagery.

 

Actually, the whole collection, for all the horror elements, is powerful on beautiful and vivid imagery. The kind that plays as a magic-movie on your mind, fills you with wonder as you read and stays with you.

 

 

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text 2017-09-21 23:39
Reading progress update: I've read 39 out of 95 pages.
El santuario y otros cuentos - H.P. Lovecraft

That Crawford Tillinghast should ever have studied science and philosophy was a mistake. These things should be left to the frigid and impersonal investigator, for they offer two equally tragic alternatives to the man of feeling and action; despair if he fail in his quest, and terrors unutterable and unimaginable if he succeed. Tillinghast had once been the prey of failure, solitary and melancholy; but now I knew, with nauseating fears of my own, that he was the prey of success.

 

Disturbing spook of a story. Now here I have the horror Lovecraft *grin*

 

 

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review 2017-09-09 00:30
Carter & Lovecraft by Jonathan L. Howard
Carter & Lovecraft - Jonathan L. Howard

 

Carter & Lovecraft is an imaginative novel based on characters that are the descendants of H.P. Lovecraft, (real author), and Randolph Carter, (a fictional character created by Lovecraft.)  I liked it!

 

I read this as a buddy read and this story makes for a lot of fun discussion. There were some intriguing character deaths that kept the reader engaged and there were also quite a few mysteries to puzzle out. 

 

My one complaint is the cliffhanger ending-I hate that! Plus, not only did it leave the plot of this story unresolved, it also opened up all kinds of new questions and now, of course, I need to read the next book! 

 

Overall, this novel was fun and you don't have to be a walking encyclopedia of Lovecraft knowledge to understand or enjoy the story. However, I think a rudimentary knowledge of the man himself might not hurt. Recommended to fans of horror and of Lovecraft!

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text 2017-09-07 23:05
Halloween Bingo - Genre Horror -- The Haunter of the Dark
Complete Collection of H.P. Lovecraft - 150 eBooks with 100+ Audio Books Included (Complete Collection of Lovecraft's Fiction, Juvenilia, Poems, Essays and Collaborations) - H.P. Lovecraft

 

 

 

 

The Complete Collection of H.P. Lovecraft that I bought for the 2016 Halloween Bingo provided yet another sample of generic horror. 

 

Yes, I'm easily creeped out, but no, Lovecraft's variety of horror doesn't usually do it.  I just don't enjoy the genre.  The most I can manage is a short story.

 

"The Haunter of the Dark" is pretty much typical Lovecraftian:  There's an old, spooky, abandoned church.  The young writer/artist is fascinated by it and manages to get inside.  There are evil things there, and he unwittingly awakens a mysterious power/entity.  Whether that mysterious entity is what kills him, or his own overly fertile imagination, or just a stray bolt of lightning . . . well, that's left to the reader to decide.

 

The prose is as purple as the storm clouds over Cuba Road, and maybe it was the remembered real experience that kept me from being creeped out by this story.  I ended up reading more as an analysis of Lovecraft's style than anything else.  His use of an omnipotent, detached narrator further mitigates the creepiness; H. Rider Haggard's novels are far less creepy, but his use of the first person viewpoint, as in She, pulls this reader at least immediately into the story.

 

While I was at it, I read a few samples of Lovecraft's poetry.

 

His fiction is better.

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text 2017-08-31 18:45
Halloween Bingo 2017- It's on!
Carter & Lovecraft - Jonathan L. Howard

I'm not even sure which square I'm going to use for this book-it fits several. I already had this buddy read planned so this works out so perfectly! (This book is also on my Mount TBR challenge, to read books I already own, [you can probably imagine how well that's going}, so this book is working for me on two levels.)

 

I still have to figure out markers and all that good stuff. What fun!

 

 

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