A master of terror and nightmarish visions, H.P. Lovecraft solidified his place at the top of the horror genre with this macabre supernatural tale.
When a geologist leads an expedition to the Antarctic plateau, his aim is to find rock and plant specimens from deep within the continent. The barren landscape offers no evidence of any life form - until they stumble upon the ruins of a lost civilization. Strange fossils of creatures unknown to man lead the team deeper, where they find carved stones dating back millions of years. But it is their discovery of the terrifying city of the Old Ones that leads them to an encounter with an untold menace.
Deliberately told and increasingly chilling, At the Mountains of Madness is a must-have for every fan of classic terror.
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No, the premise of the book is so outlandish the horror aspect isn't effective. It's basically a bunch of lead up and the big reveal is 'Surprise! There's this giant, giant thing full of (basically) aliens!" The characters may be horrified but I was just trying not to roll my eyes.
I'd like to buckle down and finally listen to IQ84, but it might end up being the second Game of Thrones book, since that's more tempting at the moment.
I have not. The performance was great.
I got this audiobook because I'm fascinated by Antarctica and am actually planning a trip there. I've read a few traveler's tales about it, and thought this might be similar. I think it's obvious the location was chosen simply as an unknown black continent on which to throw nonsense. I love science fiction, but the science needs to be sound for it to work.
Listening to this audiobook was gave me a good exposure to a historical literary piece of science fiction. I like prose and narratives, but this was just too much for me. It just went on and on and I grew weary. Determined to listen to all audiobooks that I start, I did stick it out. So to answer the question, it was time well spent only because it was an act of discipline.
The ending was as dry as the rest of the book, so again, I am just glad it is over.
Herrmann's performance made a dull book bearable for me. He has a nice voice.
No, not unless Tom Cruise starred in it.
Again, I am glad it is OVER! Yeah for me!!!
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I've come to the conclusion that H.P. Lovecraft, is just not my thing. Second story I've read by him and I was not into either one.
Yikes. I don't know I couldn't get past the narators voice.
I tried to listed to this book four times now...everytime I do I am immediately put to sleep.
This was my first HP Lovecraft..I was disappointed, Narrator is great but the producers of the book had him speak in a dry professor's voice so I couldn't even enjoy that aspect of the book. The story itself is just boring...there may be some interesting concepts buried in the details but I couldn't find it. I got 4 hours in and tapped out...I will give one of his better reviewed books a chance he's the godfather of horror after all.
The text is written as a combination of a letter to scientific peers in the small community of early twentieth century explorer scientist and a scientists journal. Lovecraft writes with a poetry and scientific rigor missing from Verne's work. To the modern reader many of the "reveals" are seen from far off, i am sure this is partially due to the influence of this book and author on the genre. Interestingly, Lovecraft anticipates and acknowledges that the reader, from their vantage point will likely have reached many conclusions faster than the narrator, and also acknowledges that the reader would quite likely have responded differently if in the same situation as the narrator. It is a small gesture to engage the reader in this way and did allow me to engage the story as presented without second-guessing and cynicism.
While definitely must be viewed in the context of the era in which it was written, it was a very enjoyable read. Posing unique divergences from standard assumptions of sentient life, and insight into their motivations.
I'm somewhat torn on this. For the most part I enjoyed the prose but I can't help but feel that it was a trifle indulgent with the (ab)use of superlatives and namedropping (Hi, Nicholas Roerich!).
I got a little curious and downloaded the text to count the words and see if I was being oversensitive to my perceived overuse of certain terms. There are approximately 41,574 words in the novella. "aeon" turns up 21 times, cyclopean 11. On the face of it that makes me oversensitive I guess, although in my defence, I didn't really get into running the statistics and trying to normalise word frequencies.
So, anyway, apart from that quibble I enjoyed the story, such as it was. As others have mentioned it's not so much a standalone story as a post-dated setup for the Lovecraftian universe, a background explanation of exactly why Cthulu and friends aren't just magical bogeymen. With that caveat it's a fun read and in this particular case I wonder if the audio version (perfectly read by Edward Herrmann) isn't superior to reading the book.
Far be it for me to make recommendations on what H.P. Lovecraft should or shouldn't be doing. I am told he is a master at what he does, I'm just not sure I'm a fitting patron. I made it through 75% of the audiobook and had only barely gotten to a section that seemed interesting to me at all. It was just a lot of hinting at what was to come, which at first worked well for suspense, but eventually seemed to go very long and drawn out.
Herrmann did a great job presenting a first-person story about old geologists on an expedition in the Antarctic. He seemed to have an air of having once been stuffy, but is now more cautious. There weren't many other characters to differentiate.
I'm not a big fan of editing, and I'm certainly not familiar enough with the work to make an appropriate distinction if I were.
I just did not find the story all that believable - even given the genera.
It is not a bad listen if you are looking for something to listen to and don't want to take on a long book. For a quick read it is okay but in my opinion you could probably find something better.
Okay - not great
This book was very much a page turner at times, but overall fell a little flat. I would still try another Lovecraft, as a matter of fact I have. This just wasn't my favorite.
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