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“I'm a big fan of Lovecraft's work. I think he deserves much more recognition than he receives. He was a master of atmospheric horror.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I wasn't keen on this. I found the language overly scientific in order to create a response and the 'terror' was badly described. I won't be recommending it.”see full review » see other reviews »
“A scientific team from Miskatonic University goes to Antarctic to search for fossils with a new drilling apparatus and unwittingly reawakens a slumbering horror from millions of years ago. Lovecraft was the master of sustained suspense in the rush of emotions leading up to the discovery of the Old One, creatures out of time and space. Unfortunately, Lovecraft has not aged well with jaded readers who need more thrill than Lovecraft is able to provide, but should still be on The List for his contributions to the horror genre. ”Shelley S wrote this review yesterday. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting storyline. It does bog down at times, but is an entertaining piece of fiction. ”phill1jm wrote this review 3 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm a huge Lovecraft fan, and this is probably his most epic, "cinematic" Cthulhu Mythos story, and it's a great read, at least to those acclimated with his style. I recommend starting on his shorter stories, developing a taste for his writing, and then working your way up to "Mountains". Lovecraft has inspired me a great deal as a writer, as he's inspired countless people before me, and I can't recommend discovering him enough. I wouldn't call "Mountains" his best story -- to me, that will always be "Shadow over Innsmouth" -- but it is a very good one.”Jack Conner wrote this review 13 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I wasn't keen on this. I found the language overly scientific in order to create a response and the 'terror' was badly described. I won't be recommending it. ”Sashinka wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I just couldn't get into this book. It was very slow and really didn't go anywhere.”Gaius Lucius Metallus wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I wanted to love this book, but that just didn't happen. It was boring. One of the biggest problems is dialogue, there's either none or long speeches that take up several pages. Everything is dry and lifeless. There are no characters, just blank spaces moving around and reacting.
The reader is kept so distant from all the action. The stories have the potential to be interesting and scary, but there's nothing for us to connect too. They feel more like summaries than actual stories. Instead of listening to a conversation the main character just tells you what was said, or what everyone decided to do. Here's an example from 'At the Mountains of Madness': "From then on for another half-hour Lake kept up a running fire of comment, and expressed his intention of climbing some of the peaks on foot. I replied that I would join him as soon as he could send a plane, and that Pabodie and I would work out the best gasoline plan - just where and how to concentrate our supply in view of the expedition's altered character."
This sort of droll recounting happens all the time in most of the stories, especially the longer ones. Eventually I just started skimming because I didn't care about anyone. It's all tell, no show.”
“Terrifying in concept and in its real-world implications which, in typical Lovecraft fashion, almost fools the reader into thinking one is reading non-fiction.”StevenScrivello wrote this review Friday, August 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read this then think about ALL of the sci-fi movies, books and TV shows that were influenced by it. Groundbreaking. ”Emily T wrote this review Tuesday, July 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This has taken me quite some time to chew through. Some of the short stories were good, some not so great; the last one however (Through the Gates of the Silver Key) convinced me I'll want to read some more Lovecraft sometime soon. ”Laci (ver) wrote this review Tuesday, February 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I spotted this in the BBC Radio 4 Extra schedule, and decided to read the novella before listening to the programmes. The plot is straight-forward: members of a 1920s Antarctic expedition come across evidence that supports the existence on Earth of the "Old Ones", a race of primal beings that have been extinct for unknown aeons. Naturally, the team members go off in search for more evidence, and what they discover is truly disquieting (at least for them) and, unfortunately, terminal for them and their dogs. The rest of the team follows on, discovers the remains of the advance team, but also finds the abandoned city of the Old Ones, along with all its artefacts. Looking for the members of the lost team, however, suggests that the Old Ones, or at least some of their contemporaries, may have survived into the 20th Century. This is a strange book. By today's standards, the writing is far too florid, and the reactions to what they find are totally OTT. The Doctor Who generation wouldn't be phased by a few buried aliens and extensive underground cities with Romanesque wall paintings. But if you look past this, the situation would, if real, have been exactly as frightneing as Lovecraft portrays, and human reactions would probably have been just as extreme. The survivors make it back, of course, and try to put off the next expedition, with just as little likelhood of success as you'd expect. My only real quibble is with the ending, which is abrupt and rather unsatisfactory. I wanted to know how the second expedition got on - did they meet more deadly aliens than the Shogoths which the Old Ones utilised as slaves and then abandoned? 9/10. (January 2012)”Peter R. Auber wrote this review Tuesday, August 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No