I liked the 'steampunk' feel of it- written at a time when Antarctica was little known and science was in early days it is a great 'alternative history' of polar exploration.
The structure of the story doesn't really do the ending justice- there as so many heavy hints only the dumbest listerner couldn't figue out what is coming next. That is Lovecraft's fault, not the productions'.
It is all narrated as the view of one party so this question is not relevant.
The Antarctic Horror?
Grounded hard sci-fi.
The description of the cloud's effects on the earth: sci-fi writers usual stuff up the details (because what they write is usually just fantasy in space) but Hoyle brings his enormous learning and knowledge to bear and the results are awesome.
When space came down to Earth (?)
The Black Cloud is possibly too dry for anyone without a real interest in science, and probably too intellectually demanding for those who just want cliched heroics and explosions every 10 minutes...
I have listened to 'Shadow' three times now since downloading it just a few months back- yes, its that good!
This is easily Lovecraft's best book, and the narrator does a fantastic job of bringing it to life.
Anyone who has ever spent time in a remote community where they have felt uneasy and unwelcome will certainly recognise the mood of the story.
The best moment in the book is the twist in the tale and I don't want to be a spoiler!
The narrator delivers the prose with such skill and poise you are just carried along with him. His accent skills when needed are top-knotch.
It made multiple shivers run down my spine.
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