Future Lovecraft is a collection of numerous (38 to be exact) various authors' work based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
I think this book is quite the challenge to successfully and accurately rate. For starters, the very premise of book reviews on Goodreads, I question.
There is a difference between one's likes, biases, and opinions and actually critiquing a book. A true (book) critic is looking for certain criteria to be met. Although there is always a degree of subjective opinion in any tr ...more
The Cthulhu Mythos gets flung far ahead in space and in time, and you’ll definitely get your money’s worth from this vast collection of stories that explore Lovecraftian monsters invading humanity’s future, as well as aliens, other worlds and very trippy dimensions. Exploring both inner and outer space, it’s likely that more than one story that will stay with you. There are more than a couple involving insane astronauts and doomed spaceships, but ...more
I had just a couple personal sticky points when it came to this anthology. From the cover, I was expecting more hard sci fi/mythos stories, and there was a lot more soft SF/Fantasy than I usually like with my tentacles. Obviously that's a very subjsctive statement; your mileage will vary.
There's a fair amount of stories and poetry here, and some of them aren't bad, but none of them really grabbed me. I think it's because the writers don't seem to get what makes a good Lovecraft story, or if they do, they aren't given the length to do it right.
Lovecraft starts out slow and normal, and lets the horrors mount. Most of the stories here don't have enough length to do so, and without that slow build up its har ...more
This book is terribly edited; spelling, punctuation and typesetting issues abound. Even the pagination is screwed up. Worse yet, most of the stories don't even have a passing resemblance to Lovecraft. The only really good one was Nick Mamatas, but that was expected after 'The Damned Highway".
Lesson learned: I need to just stay away from Lovecraftian themed books. I tried. I gave it a shot. I stuck with it. I got no enjoyment from this book. I just can't handle the bleakness.
So it is with a sigh that I pass judgment on this book after having read it, every page, from cover to cover. Including all the poetry. Every line of every poem.
I had only ever heard of one of these authors and had not read a single piece by any of th ...more
I follow Silvia's blog and tweets. She does good work, and produces pretty good material. I saw her plea for honest reviews about this book and decided to purchase it and give it a go. She mentioned this was the highest pirated book out of all of the ones released by her, but also one of the lowest rated.
I think I know why now.
Like many, I picked this up because it was Lovecraftian themed. Anything with Lovecraft in the title will draw the ...more
The standout stories combine fully-fledged future worlds, interesting characters, and a Lovecraftian twist. Rather than give too many spoilers about the individual stories, I will simply give you a taste of the worlds of my favourite stories.
Orrin Grey's The Labyrinth of Sleep alone is worth the price of admiss ...more
Once again I've been drawn into a book by my love of anthologies, all the gems hiding between the strata. This is a fun collection of Lovecraftian fiction, and poetry. Lovecraft himself wrote poetry in the same vein as his fiction, and this is one of the few collections that makes a point of including poetry as more than one or two selections to begin or end the collection. This collection includes a number of poems interspersed between the story selections.
Much like its companion volume, Histor...more
I like the story "Tri-TV", about the new TV of the galaxy, beyond 3-D. Scary stuff from around the Solar System and beyond. Then comes the next generation of communication--printed p ...more
For a fan of the genres of sci-fi and Lovecraftian horror some stories will be very enjoyable. Others may make little sense or seem out of place in this collection. Those unfamiliar with the Lovecraft mythos should start with his original works as the references made in these tales will not be understood.