The Mall of Cthulhu
A decade ago, college student Laura Harker was saved from a fate worse than death at the hands (and fangs) of a centuries-old vampire priestess and her Satanic minions. Her rescuer, an awkward, geeky folklore student named Teddy, single-handedly slew the undead occupants of the Omega Alpha sorority house, spurred into heroic action by fate itself, inexorably intertwining h...more
Cooper tells an interesting story of a pair of people who have shared a life experience involving vampires. At times, we get some very human moments from them, however generally there are some serious problems with Laura and Teddy. Throughout most of the book we are meant to feel sympathetic to them which falls on its face due to constant...more
After navigating her way through law school, Laura is now a junior FBI agent assigned to the Bureau...more
An easy read, which gets right down to business--it assumes you've seen enough people slowly figuring out that supernatural forces really menace us that you don't need that part spelled out, and want to get straight to cultists, beheadings, vampire sororities, and loners investigating these evildoers by scarfing free Wi-Fi at local coffee shops. The constant Mall/Coffeeshop/Unnameable-Terror-from-Beyond juxtaposi...more
I found the characters to be relatable, even if they were somewhat stereotypical and annoying every now and then. The lesbian aspect of Laura Harker seemed to be a point the author wanted to drive into your skull with a sledgehammer at key intervals. Ted's insecurity is a similar...more
As I saw in other reviews...the author seems obsessed with the characters urinating, and also the male lead masturbating. It's probably meant to be humor, but I guess it could be Author Appeal.
The male lead is a bit of a Marty Stu, but...more
Sorry, just had to get that out of the way first. Now back to more thorough things. The st...more
"Not the angry white people again. I hate the angry white people....DC doesn't want to hear that the angry white are a terrorist thre...more
I love the Cthulhu mythos, and a modern-day, slightly snarky take on Lovecraft's universe sounds like a great idea. There are a few moments of potential, but largely, The Mall of Cthulhu falls completely flat. It isn't funny, just stupidly cheesy. The characters are roughly one dimensional, and it's hard to feel any real sympathy for them.
The actual ideas are good, but Seamus Cooper just can't pull it off. I don't regret reading it, and obviously liked...more
1. You are not a book snob.
2. You have read & enjoyed at least 1 H.P. Lovecraft story.
3. You have a sense of humor.
4. You can overlook some editing flaws.
This novel is not for you if:
1. You think Lovecraft is mediocre.
2. You are a Lovecraft maniac and can't cope with satire.
3. You are expecting the Great American Cthulhu novel.
4. You are a Cthulhu cultist.
This was exactly what I expected: a goofy homage to the Cthulhu mythos. It was also set largely in Providence, w...more
This is truly nothing of significant note. In the annals of mythos fiction I've read of late, this was better than most, but still somewhat flawed over...more