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  • The Night Land: A Love Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Hope Hodgson
    • Narrated By Drew Ariana
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    In the far future, an unnamed narrator, who along with what remains of the human race dwells uneasily in an underground fortress-city surrounded by brooding, chaotic, relentless Watching Things, Silent Ones, Hounds, Giants, "Ab-humans," Brutes, and enormous slugs and spiders, follows a telepathic distress signal into the unfathomable darkness. The Earth's surface is frozen....

    Christopher says: "Tough read, but rewarding"
    "A good idea, not a good book"
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    What would have made The Night Land better?

    There's no plot, and the style is clumsy. It would need significant editing (like The Dream of X), and more than the single character that exists now.


    Would you ever listen to anything by William Hope Hodgson again?

    Probably not. There's too many accomplished, artful writers in the world for me to be in the business of giving second chances to a man who squandered 500 pages.


    What about Drew Ariana’s performance did you like?

    It was articulate, even, and as smooth and responsive as the text allowed. He wasn't given a lot to work with.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The book's historical significance is its redemption, and the reason I read it. H.P. Lovecraft has inherited an unearned reputation of having given birth to "cosmic horror" from nothing. In reality, you can see all the best elements of his work in "The Night Land," and "The Gods of Pagana." To the extent anyone's interested in Lovecraft, either of these would be rewarding reads.

    Additionally, there's something satisfyingly bleak about the dead world, the "House of Silence," and the Watchers that seem to exist and react along geological time scales.


    Any additional comments?

    It's impossible to discuss the book without noting, at least in passing, the incredible misogyny animating its internal morality. This is unfortunate. If I remember correctly, there are more uses of the term "maid" than there are pages in the standard publication.

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