Here is a modern novelette in H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos that is rich in detail and frightening in execution. Stross' stunning tale will pull you back into the cold-war era, engendering fear and then magnifying it into non-euclidean infinities. Imagine David Cronenberg directing Dr. Strangelove, based on a script by H. P. Lovecraft. Imagine an alternate history in which nuclear bombs are not the ultimate weapon, but instead are merely a stepping stone to eldritch technologies accessible through certain trans-dimensional forces first encountered in 1920s Antarctica, technologies that neither the United States nor the USSR can quite contain.
Stross has admitted that "A Colder War" was directly inspired by Lovecraft's novel At the Mountains of Madness. The amount of research and historical mastery Stross sprinkles throughout the narrative creates the verisimilitude necessary for truly effective alternate history.
©2000 Spectrum SF3; (P)2005 AudioText
"Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!" (sffaudio.com)
The narrator's decision to read this fast and without relaxation makes this a hard to enjoy book (mimics a 1940-50's army/news flick). The story is a nice HP Lovecraft twist, but listen to the sample first before you decide to buy. In fact I've listen to a couple of samples narrated by Pat Bottino and I think his reading style and voice are suitable for only certain characters.
If you love HP Lovecraft, then you'll go crazy for this "modern", tongue-in-cheek alternative history.
I have one phrase for you:
We have a Weakly-God-Like-Entity Gap.
It's a Laundry Files universe story.
The particular plot of this story
Sounds too much like a fast talking film noir detective.I kept waiting for him to say
The story itself was very well written and entertaining in a very creepy way. Especially for anyone who lived through some fo the cold war, or enjoys HP Lovecraft.
The Narration absolutely killed the entire story for me. I had to go and read the story to get the emotion of what was going on.
Good story, Really poor narration.
I read this originally in his collection, Toast, I think. So good I paid again to hear it read.
Report Inappropriate Content