Shoggoths attack in this adrenaline-pumping novel set in the world of H. P. Lovecraft, where the horrors of the cosmos know no limits.… It was in a way humanoid, as it stood on two legs and possessed two arms that ended in delicate digits that I would dare to call hands. Its skin was a pale blue, like the eggs of a robin, and curiously dry looking. The head was massive with a huge bulbous cranium, a large lipless mouth, and three blood red eyes that stared out at the world with nothing but hate. When it opened its mouth to speak it issued forth the most horrendous of sounds, something empty and hollow, like the wind blowing through a dead tree, and it made me cringe to hear it.… The story of Dr. Hartwell (Reanimators) continues, but now he has company. Weird company: a witch, a changeling, a mad scientist, and a poet trapped in the form of a beast. These are not heroes but monsters… monsters to fight monsters. Their adventures rage across the globe, from the mountains and long-forgotten caves of Antarctica to the dimly lit backstreets of Innsmouth that still hold terrifying secrets. The unholy creatures released upon the world via the ill-fated Lake expedition to Antarctica must be stopped. And only the weird company stands in their way. Continuing in the fashion of Reanimators, The Weird Company finds Lovecraft expert Pete Rawlik taking some of the most well-known of H. P. Lovecraft’s creations and creating a true Frankenstein monster of a story - a tale more horrific than anything Lovecraft could have imagined…
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It's in there with Brian Sanderson's Steelheart and any of the Dresden books. Warning: There is heavy reference to the Cthulhu Mythos. I've been a fan most of my life, and I had to look stuff up! It's festooned with references and callbacks.
The retelling of some of Lovecraft's most famous works. I had some Lovecraft nerd moments where I would get a reference and high five myself. Seriously.
No, but damn if I don't plan to. He is simply the best audiobook narrator I have ever heard. I had to look at the credits again just to make sure that there was only one narrator. Oliver Wyman has got the acting chops to make this seem like a movie. He gets the candor and cadence just right on the characters. I mean, wow. I will seek audiobooks that are narrated by him just for HIM.
Probably Chandra Putra. I'm not going to spoil anything, but the man has seen his share of crazy.
Peter Rawlik delights with a "fill in the blanks" book that takes place in Lovecraft's carefully constructed, but often ambiguous Cthulhu mythos. It reads much like Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Imagine Weird Company is the Avengers to the League's X-men. Same ingredients, similar universe, all the fun. Come for the story and stay for Oliver Wyman's jaw dropping performance. This guy can ACT!
I started this story just after finishing up on Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell and I was immediately pleased I bought this book, thinking it was all a collection of Lovecraft stories from a different perspective, as the first story has to do with the events that happened in The Mountains of Madness.
But, as it turned out the whole book is a novel that takes different characters from Lovecraft's stories and brings them together on a mission to stop something from coming through.
Overall, I enjoyed the story although the choice that Oliver Wyman made for the main character, Robert Olmstead was both appropriate yet grating and while I do not fault him for his choice, I did mark the story down by one star. All of the characters are distinct and it is even masterful.
In my mind, though, Olmstead's voice would have changed as he gained more confidence.
The story itself will be familiar to any fan of Lovecraft. While not an expert on all of Lovecraft's writing, I was able to identify the majority of characters and their situations and I especially liked the bits that expanded on the Mountains of Madness
Rawlik's "Weird Company" is an excellent follow-up to his first book "Reanimators". Imagine a cross between Alan Moore's "A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" and John Carpenter's "The Thing" and you have a good starting reference for what you're getting into. Rawlik does a seamless job of bringing together the people, places, and mythos of H.P. Lovecraft and tying them together in a way that creates a storyline that has both adventure and horror in equal parts. While I enjoyed "Reanimators" a great deal, I have to say that I think Rawlik really found a superior pace with "Weird Company". Excellent work.
This book managed a few Lovecraftian trappings, but not the spirit. I frequently found myself roIling my eyes as the author recapped or retold classic stories to suit his purpose. I realize that there is a long tradition of authors reusing and expanding the mythos to suit themselves, but I don't care for this flavor of reinterpretation.
I bought this while splurging on a bunch of Lovecraftian fiction. From the description, I expected it to be the low point of the group. When I got around to listening to it I found that it was enthralling. The premise, the character development, the story, and especially the narrative performance were all top notch. I especially enjoyed the detailed explanations of different aspects of Lovecraftian mythos that were previously only hinted at outside of role playing rule books.To say this is a book about shoggoths would be accurate yet it would exclude the entire pantheon which it touches upon. There's a lot to enjoy here and, at its heart, this is an adventure story in the spirit of the Dream Cycle. The only criticism I'd offer, and this is just nit picking, is that the ending was a little weak. However, the epilogue left me wishing I could download the next book in the series. I sincerely hope Rawlik continues to add to these stories and that Audible keeps distributing them.
No doubt, this guy is a pro. Some narrators simply read the text and some perform it. Wyman is a performer. Listen to the sample. Each character here is clearly defined and easily recognizable.
Damn Fine Storytelling
His voice acting was spellbinding. In no other audio book have I found someone who brinsg so much life to the words on the page.
I didn't read the print version, but considering the print version does not come with Oliver Wyman, I will go out on a limb and say yes.
The diversity of character voices, the dramatic pace, the perfectness of everything.....!
Yes, I want more!
Wyman for President! :-)
This (and Reanimators) are the sort of Lovecraftian novels I needed to get excited about horror again. After someone has read Lovecraft's greatest hits this book would be an excellent further read. Great voice acting too.
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Great idea, and a GREAT further explanation of Lovecraft's genius ideas. THE Best Lovecraft inspired book I've read yet.
An explanation of the bad guys motives. You hear the "other-side" of the story. Get ready to Learn the whole truth… you'l get the story of everything revealed… you may just go insane!
Annoying. Whine. Horrible.
We are shown exactly just what it is that is in the sky behind the mountains of madness that so disturbed the hero in the original tale by Lovecraft. Awesome work.
Lovecraft, further explained and, amazingly, made even better! No writer has ever improved on Lovecraft till now. I just wish the reader had not used such an annoying "character-voice" as his main narration. It about made me stop listening several times, but I stuck it out because the story is so good. I was rewarded by the end.
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