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review 2018-11-17 10:49
H. P. Lovecraft | At the Mountains of Madness (1936)
At the Mountains of Madness - H.P. Lovecraft

On an expedition to Antarctica, Professor William Dyer and his colleagues discover the remains of ancient half-vegetable, half-animal lifeforms. The extremely early date in the geological strata is surprising because of the highly-evolved features found in these previously unknown life-forms.
Through a series of dark revelations, violent episodes, and misunderstandings, the group learns of Earth’s secret history and legacy.

 

„At the Mountains of Acute Boredom“ wäre der passendere Titel gewesen. Ich liebe die mir bekannten Kurzgeschichten Lovecrafts, aber das hier ist ein Desaster durch und durch (man darf mich gerne Ignorant heißen, wenn es die Nerven beruhigt). Ja, mir ist bewusst, es hier mit einer seiner bekanntesten und hoch gelobtesten Geschichten zu tun zu haben, aber dieses Wissen reisst auch nix raus. Ich hatte stellenweise den Eindruck, die Broschüre eines Maklers für Wohnungen in Monsterhausen zu lesen, dermaßen geschwätzig überdetailliert habe ich die Beschreibungen (die sich in ständigen Wiederholungen ergehen) der Stadt in den Bergen empfunden (die Passagen zu Beginn der Expedition waren auch nicht viel besser). Auf soetwas wie Atmosphäre, interessante Handlung etc. habe ich dagegen leider vergeblich gewartet, vor lauter Innenarchitektur wurden diese Aspekte der Geschichte wohl total vergessen. Den Abbruch hab ich mir nur verkniffen, weil ich ob des großen Autors bis kurz vor Schluß auf einen Moment gehofft habe, für den die Quälerei sich gelohnt hätte. Vergeblich, wie ich feststellen musste.

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review 2018-11-16 22:30
BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman
Bird Box - Josh Malerman

BIRD BOX! What a blast!

 

Tension filled and atmospheric, while not being altogether believable.

 

I'm glad I finally read this and I'm looking forward to watching the film on Netflix next month.

 

Recommended!

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review 2018-11-16 18:30
THE BOOK OF ETTA by Meg Elison
The Book of Etta (The Road to Nowhere 2) - Meg Elison

 

THE BOOK OF ETTA (THE ROAD TO NOWHERE #2) is a heavy piece of dark, post-apocalyptic fiction.

 

This story picks up about 100 years after THE BOOK OF THE UNNAMED MIDWIFE. The Unnamed created the city of Nowhere and now they have developed their own way of life. Since the plague that started everything, women are scarce and children even more so. As such, Nowhere honors women and to keep the human race going, women there have created hives-a group of men/lovers who help that woman with chores and who also provide regular loving- with the hopes of childbirth as the result. According to the elders of Nowhere, this is the chief role of women now. Period. 

 

Here, we meet Etta, who feels constrained in Nowhere. Etta has no time for hives or for childbirth, and she wants no part of it. She goes out as a raider instead-looking for goods from the old world which can be made useful again. On her travels, she binds herself up to pass for a man and calls herself Eddie. There are more reasons for that other than the plain fact that it's safer to travel as a man, but I'll let you discover those reasons on your own. As Eddie, he comes across several towns, all with their own ways of doing things, (the world building here is impressive), and then he comes across the town of STL. (I see other reviews calling it Estiel, but I listened to the audio and I just assumed it was STL, so I'm sticking with that.) In STL reigns a man called "The Lion." What he has going on in HIS city is a travesty and an injustice-one that Eddie cannot let stand. Will he be successful in putting an end to the practices of The Lion? Will he survive? Will humankind survive? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the first, but I think that's because it took me a little time to get used to the voices of Etta/Eddie. Once I did, though, I settled down and let the story wash over me. As I said above the world-building here is so interesting, each town having their own beliefs about women and children and how to keep the humanity going, it provided a lot to think about. Also, it was sad to see what happened to America in the wake of the plague-how many things had been forgotten, the uses for implements lost to history, and of course, what happened to personal freedoms and choices. It's hard for women to live in this world right now, just imagine how hard it would be in a world with no medicines, no birth control, no choices at all for women in general. These were the aspects of this world that interested me the most.

 

As a note of caution to potential readers-there are all kinds of unpleasant happenings in this book. None of it surprised or shocked me, avid horror reader that I am, but it might shock some. Rapes, pedophiles, genital mutilation, child abuse and other things are part of the post plague world and if those things really get to you, you might want to take a pass.

 

That said, I recommend this book if you enjoyed the first in the trilogy. No, it's not the same as THE UNNAMED, and no, it's not even the same world as the first book because things have changed so much, but Etta and Eddie have a lot to say and I, for one, was happy to listen. I'm intrigued and excited for the last book,  THE BOOK OF FLORA, which I've already requested from NetGalley.

 

*I bought this audiobook with my hard earned cash and my opinion is my own.*

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review 2018-11-16 18:09
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Man-Thing (2017) #1 (of 5) - Germán Peralta Carrasoni,Tyler Crook,Daniel Johnson,R.L. Stine

This and the previous SW comics were freebies.  It was okay, but Stine got a little too cheesy and the real interest was in Ted being a human trapped in Man-Thing's body and the horror that comes along with no one accepting him. 

 

Had Stine focused more on that in a more nuanced way, I would have enjoyed this more.  

 

The horror story in the back was okay, but a  little too obvious: I saw where this was going from near the beginning.

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text 2018-11-16 16:50
Reading progress update: I've read 92%.
Ravage - Iain Rob Wright

 

Coming to the end, some of the humor in this is face palm stuff that has me snorting.

It's horribly executed, but keeps making me laugh.

 

Someone planted a bomb on the ship, he was going to be executed, and managed to hand the detonator off to another guy about to be executed along with a woman.  Damien sets off the bomb and covers Anna with his body and hangs on so they don't both go sliding off the now sinking ship.

 

They get up, and she asks:

 

"What's the plan, Rambo?"

 

Damien shrugged.  "We could go to the bow and cuddle. I could shout 'I'm King of the world'?"

 

Anna frowned.  "I'm more of a Terminator 2 kind of gal."

 

Damien held his hand out to her.  "Then come with me if you want to live."

 

 

I don't know if the author is having a difficult time wrapping up the story or if he just wants to use all the famous lines, or maybe that was the goal from the start.  Earlier in the story some one yelled "Game over. man! Game over!"

 

At least we don't YET have Conans famous line:

"To crush your enemies -- See them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!"

 

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