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Résumé with Monsters

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  377 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
The stories we tell are not limited to monsters and harsh otherworlds. Yet the fiction books in the Borealis imprint certainly belong to a world other than our own. This line encompasses our science fiction, fantasy and horror novels and anthologies.
Paperback, 469 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by White Wolf Games Studio (first published January 4th 1995)
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Stephen
If you think your boss is a soulless, inhuman, bunny-blowing pile of ass vomit who’s slowly sucking the joy out of your existence with each intake of breath into their smarmy, callous, troll-like mouth...wait until you hear about the monsters Philip Kenan works for in this bizarre, intelligent, Cthulhu-spiced and frighteningly funny piece of corporate horror/dark comedy/satire.

So the math on this book is pretty simple:

Lovecraft + Wall Street + Philip K. Dick (with a dash of William S. Burrough
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Bill  Kerwin
Mar 19, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it liked it

This fantasy by the author of the superb Zod Wallop is sort of a combination of "Office Space" and Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, with the Morlocks of The Time Machine thrown in just for the fun of it. Amusing and horrifying by turns, it shows us that although creatures from beyond the stars may swallow our souls, so may our mind-numbing, boring jobs.

This is one of my favorite kinds of fantasy, with much in common with Marquez' magic realism. At first, the world seems perfectly normal, but then, li
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J.R.
Sep 26, 2015 J.R. rated it it was ok
I find the whole star rating system to be arbitrary and silly, but I will add that this is more of a 2 1/2 stars for me, if that matters. It was a solid 3 stars until perhaps the last 1/5, when it really flies off the rails.

I should add that I am a fan of Spencer's short stories, which tend to either be pithy and clever, or sad and poetic. I prefer the latter kind, and this novel certainly is not that. It's well-written, engaging, clever, and has several funny observations, but I had some real p
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Monk
Nov 23, 2007 Monk rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lovecraft Fans
Shelves: macabre
This book has currently had trouble staying on my shelves. I'm now on my second copy of the book, but it's always on someone else's shelf as I lend it out to anyone who has ever read the Call of Cthulhu or any other Loveraft writings.

The office life is hell, but moreso for the story's protagonist than most people. Philip is... sick. Or that's what his past psychiatrists (court appointed) would tell you. He believes that the corporate entities of the world are not headed by men, but my extra-dime
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Alex
Feb 18, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing
Great Cthulhu in a cubicle!

William Browning Spencer is another undeservedly obscure writer, notwithstanding a name worthy of a romantic poet - although his output seems to have been limited to a few novels in the 1990's and elegant short stories from that decade to the next. Again he is a relatively recent addition to my fantasy top ten and I am still exploring his work, but his obscurity seems undeserved as he delightfully combines a playful comedic style and observational humor to fantasy them
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Glen Engel-Cox
Nov 26, 2014 Glen Engel-Cox rated it liked it
Darrell Schweitzer's blurb for this book reads, "If Woody Allen had ever written a Cthulhu Mythos novel, it might have come out like this." Pithy, short, moderately funny, interesting, and entirely wrong. Yes, there are Cthulhu references here, and yes, Spencer can write with humor, but this is not "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Necrinomicon (But Were Afraid to Ask)." If we must resort to comparing Spencer to other writers, Resume with Monsters owes the most to Philip K. Dick ra ...more
Robert
Feb 11, 2015 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't think of any reason not to give this book 5 stars. But then, a book that takes the reader on a darkly humorous trip through a modern world, in which Lovecraft's Old Ones and Elder ones do exist, is right up my alley. But do such terrible creatures really exist, or is our hero simply as mad as Abdul Alhazred? Or, more frightening yet, is it modern workplaces and modern romantic relationships which are, all by themselves, indescribably horrible?

Recommended for those who don't mind the mix
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Beth Rosen
Oct 20, 2012 Beth Rosen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think that this novel is my life.
Charles Dee Mitchell
Nov 30, 2014 Charles Dee Mitchell rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Philip Kenan has moved to Austin, Texas, in an effort to win back his estranged girlfriend, Amelia. Since at Micromeg, their previous workplace, he once tied her up and hid her in a mail cart, she is not inclined to get back together. But Philip was saving Amelia and indeed the world from the incursion of The Old Ones – Cthulhu, Yog-Sothoth, Dagon, and rest of the slimy crowd from the works of H.P Lovecraft. Unfortunately for Philip, his heroic efforts look remarkably like complete mental breakd ...more
Duane
Feb 27, 2013 Duane rated it it was amazing
The first time I read this I was confused and rather disappointed. The book came to me with high praise from people I trust for their opinions, and I thought "Hmm, well maybe it's just one of those things." Then I read it again. Inside the back cover is a reference to a review by Joe Lansdale, where he likened it to a Philip K Dick novel, and this got me into the thing again. I've never read any other books or stories by this writer, so I don't have that as a point of comparison. It is difficult ...more
Tripp
Jul 09, 2009 Tripp rated it really liked it
William Browning Spencer is an underappreciated novelist in the vein of Tim Powers, James Blaylock and Jonathan Carroll. He writes stories of men, often writers, beset by terrible supernatural forces. I loved his Zod Wallop and I recently got my hands on a copy of his Resume with Monsters. When I say underappreciated, you should read that also as out of print. The status of his book would certainly vex his main character, Phillip Kenan, who fights through dead end job after dead end job in hopes ...more
morglea
May 30, 2013 morglea rated it did not like it
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David
I love Charles Stross's humorous spy-meets-Cthulhu-meets-bureaucracy novels, and this is like that, only with no espionage and a lot less focus. It's brilliantly written, with a good line on every page and not a single bad sentence I could find. But it does take a while to find its footing, and on my White Wolf Press Edition (486 huge-type pages), it didn't really kick into high gear until 200 pages in. But I can't dismiss it outright, because there's frankly nothing else like it (except Charles ...more
Rick Powell
Aug 14, 2014 Rick Powell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book! If you can picture the movie "After Hours" but filmed with Lovecraftian monsters. A quirky, comedic novel that keeps your interest and is quality writing. Mr. Spencer has done a great job with the characters in this novel and I am surprised I have not read this sooner.
John
Jun 15, 2016 John rated it it was amazing
A parody of H. P. Lovecraft set in a modern corporation.

It's really much better than that simple description.
Shelley Stoehr
May 12, 2015 Shelley Stoehr rated it it was amazing
Best. Hilarious. Thought provoking. Mostly hilarious. Great narrator
Emily
Jan 03, 2016 Emily rated it liked it
Weird but readable.
Sam
Nov 03, 2008 Sam rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Not for everyone, this book is just WEIRD.

The writing is frequently plodding and rambling, but that is in keeping with the mindset of the main character, whom you're never actually certain as to whether he is insane as everyone who cares about him seems to think, or is in fact fighting forces of Lovecraftian* mythos within the drudgery and despair of the time-clock world.

*(it counts as a real word if it successfully conveys meaning to the reader, so deal with it)
Jake
Oct 27, 2007 Jake rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Cthulu Mythos fans, people with crap jobs
Shelves: horror
This is an enjoyable take on the Cthulu mythos. I particularly appreciated it the correlation between outer gods, great old ones, and corporate America. It's a funny and entertaining book as long as you don't think too hard about it. Once you really think about it it is pretty dark. None the less, its a lot of fun. Recommended to jaded and crazy people everywhere.
Patrick
Aug 11, 2012 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is rarer than rare. I got rid of my copy while immigrating thinking it would be easy to replace and boy was I wrong.

If you like any of Charles Stross' "Laundry Files" novels or even Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" and "Anansi Boys" novels - you'll love this.

It helps to actually know HPL's work as well.
Deforest
Oct 31, 2008 Deforest rated it really liked it
This was my Halloween scaaaary book for this year. It was a great choice. I've heard about Spencer for a while but this is the first book by him that I've read. It was a good introduction. If you liked _Atrocity Archives_ by Stross you'd most likely enjoy this book as well.
Matt Holloway
Jan 11, 2009 Matt Holloway rated it it was amazing
I've read most of his books now, thought this was the best one. A light-hearted, optimistic pastiche of the corporate world.
Freder
May 07, 2009 Freder rated it really liked it
What if your workplace was ruled by characters out of H.P. Lovecraft novels? Waitaminnit! You mean it ISN'T???
Kory Callaway
Jun 19, 2012 Kory Callaway rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books by one of my new favorite authors. All of his books are a blast to read!
Spencer Hall
Jul 25, 2010 Spencer Hall rated it really liked it
Cthulian horror meets Office Space. Genre mashup before mashup was hip, and still a favorite book of mine.
Jeremy
Feb 23, 2012 Jeremy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
overall not great but with a few incredible turns of phrase and 2 or 3 super creepy scenes.
M
Feb 14, 2011 M rated it did not like it
This book is NOT SCARY AT ALL. It was really wordy and felt long but had a few funny parts in it.
Nicolas
Apr 17, 2011 Nicolas rated it really liked it
Shelves: lovecraft, horror, humour
Meta-lovecraftian pastiche, pretty Delta Green-ish with lots of humour. Awesome!
Sadie
Jun 29, 2008 Sadie rated it it was ok
It's a fun read, but gets weaker towards the end.
Mary Good
Nov 02, 2013 Mary Good rated it did not like it
couldn't finish it
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William Browning Spencer is an award-winning American novelist and short story writer living in Austin, Texas. His science fiction and horror stories are often darkly and surreally humorous. His novel Resume With Monsters conflates soul-destroying H. P. Lovecraftian horrors with soul-destroying lousy jobs.
His story "The Death of the Novel" was a 1995 Bram Stoker Award nominee for Best Short Story.
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