This is an incredible tale of fantasy by one of the greatest writers of the genre.Some think this is one of Lovecraft's greatest novels. Others think it is completelyincomprehensible. It is certainly a very strange book since the entire story takesplace in a fabulous world created in the mind of a dreamer, Randolph Carter, and inhabited by weird and awesome creatures. There are cats who fly to the moon, named and unnamable monsters, gigantic flying creatures and a quest to find Kadath, a fortress where the gods live and play. The book is a veritable tour de force of horror and imagination that only the genius of Lovecraft could create.
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Don't make this your first Lovecraft book, but if you've read some of his other works (specifically Celephais, Pickman's Model, and At The Mountains of Madness) this is an awesome confluence of all of these.
It involves a lot of disparate elements from his other works and weaves them into an all new setting. It's extremely scant on detail, so PAY ATTENTION or you will find yourself rewinding a lot. Days and important details all pass in a quick sentence.
I will definitely go back and read the physical copy of this one since the narrator leaves a lot to be desired. I think they picked him because he has a mild Bostonian accent... not a good reason. His pacing and inflection are awful, especially if you're coming off one of the Blackstone audio books read by Edward Herman. I'd recommend looking for another version, but definitely do not pass this story up.
It wasn’t particularly enjoyable.
Dunsany, of course, but Lovecraft admitted his influence on this story.
It was less of a narration, and more of a dictation, with little emotion. He mispronounces nearly every person, place or thing in the Cthulhu Mythos, consistently, which became increasingly annoying; one minute of internet searching would have located him a pronunciation guide which would have at least nominally improved his performance, which he barely seemed to care about.
More of a reading I suffered through.
Please, don't let this man mangle any further Lovecraft stories.
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