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Long acknowledged as a master of nightmarish vision, H.P. Lovecraft established the genuineness and dignity of his own pioneering fiction in 1931 with his quintessential work of supernatural horror, At the Mountains of Madness. The deliberately told and increasingly chilling recollection of an Antarctic expedition's uncanny discoveries --and their encounter with an untold ...more
Paperback, definitive, 186 pages
Published June 14th 2005 by Modern Library (first published 1936)
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Jennifer
Aug 05, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, 1001-bymr
Imagine: Your friend goes to Antarctica with a team of scientists and discovers the remains of a before-the-dawn-of-time alien civilization AND then finds the ripped up bodies of some team members lying around AND then was chased by the lost alien forms. Cool. Except, your "friend" doesn't want to tell you about any of that. All he wants to do is describe the icy, mountainous, eerie, tunneled landscape that Roerich built:
So you're like, no, go back to the part about the ripped up bodies.

And he'
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Stephen
ATMOM intro

6.0 stars. As I was experiencing Lovecraft’s supremely awesome, nightmarish masterpiece, At the Mountains of Madness (ATMOM), it really struck me for the first time that he was a tremendously literate writer. I have been a fan of Lovecraft for a long time and have always been gaga for his bizarre imaginative stories. However, what jumped out at me on this reading of ATMOM was how impressively Lovecraft enhances the sense of dread that hangs over his stories through the colorful, melodramatic la
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mark monday
A TRAGIC HOMECOMING

And so we slept for a million millennia, on the edge of our great city. So close and yet so far! Why were we outside of our fair city, our families and companions mere steps away? The reasons are lost in time. And as we slumbered, our tropical paradise became a land of neverending winter, a polar graveyard.

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We were woken, those of us who still lived. Four lived and four were lost. We woke in confusion and terror, our tropic city gone, the snow and wind howling around us. Stra
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J.G. Keely
I used to defend Lovecraft's reputation, arguing that he'd suffered the same fate as fellow pulp author Howard: that later writers, hoping to profit off of his name, put it on the cover of all sorts of middling short story collections--cliche and badly-written stuff that (if the reader is lucky) might actually contain one or two stories by the original author.

However, in this tale, Lovecraft proves that he can write just as badly as his gaggle of followers. It is meant to be a story of the fanta
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Forrest
Mar 12, 2015 Forrest rated it really liked it
This is as close as one will get to an epic adventure quest by H.P. Lovecraft. If you're an old role-playing game geek like me, this will appeal to the dungeoneer in you. Plenty of delving and mystery in this one!

If you're a fan of the movie Prometheus, you'd do well to hark back to the origin of many of the movie's tropes. They are similar, at least on the surface: An impossibly old alien race creates life on earth for the purpose of enslaving it, yadda, yadda. If you hated the movie Prometheus
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Jamie
Nov 12, 2008 Jamie rated it liked it
never before has such an exciting story been told in such a dull way.
Lyn
Feb 12, 2016 Lyn rated it liked it
Hi, I'm Rob Lowe and I just read Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft.

And I'm Super Creepy Rob Lowe and I watch professional wrestling.

RL: This was another classic by Lovecraft and displayed his virtuosity of the language as an art probably better than his shorter works.

SCRL: Reading is hard on my eyes, I like checking out the babes in the audience with my big screen TV.

RL: This also highlights the depth and breadth of Lovecraft's imagination and the detail to which he is capable. Like so man
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Joseph Pinchback
Here's the thing about Lovecraft: he doesn't write great stories. People love the whole mythos thing, and I don't blame them, because the Lovecraftian mythos is awesome. But I don't particularly enjoy actually reading Lovecraft because his actual stories simply aren't very good. In this novel, for example, the story is basically a framework for him to do some world building. There's no real plot, character development, or dramatic tension. Lovecraft is clearly more concerned with building a hist ...more
Erin
May 26, 2009 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009
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Jesse Dixon
Jan 23, 2012 Jesse Dixon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
Tediously painful. So much detail, so little action, and almost no emotion in the book. The first sentence of chapter 6 'It would be cumbrous to give a detailed, consecutive account of our wanderings inside that cavernous, aeon-dead honeycomb of primal masonry' Unfortunately the rest of the book described the cumbrous, detailed, consecutive account of their wonderings inside the cavernous, aeon-dead honeycomb of primal masonry. I found the writing too dry and dull.

This is a summary of the whole
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Apatt
Sep 20, 2014 Apatt rated it liked it
“On the barren shore, and on the lofty ice barrier in the background, myriads of grotesque penguins squawked and flapped their fins”.
Yep! We are in Lovecraft’s universe where even penguins are grotesque. I mean, whoever heard of an ugly penguin? At the Mountains of Madness is H.P. Lovecraft’s best known novel, not that difficult an accomplishment as he did not write that many (only this one and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward I believe. A wise decision because I find that his style is much mor
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Kaora
Dec 25, 2015 Kaora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could not help feeling that they were evil things-mountains of madness whose farther slopes looked out over some accursed ultimate abyss.

My husband has always loved Lovecraft and tried to convince me to read him, so this was my first experience with Lovecraft's writings.

For the most part I enjoyed it. It was a bit slow at the start, as Lovecraft puts such incredible detail into crafting his stories, including the longitude and latitude of the explorer's camps and the measurements of the mounta
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David
Mar 03, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Antarctic explorers, Old Ones, people who like "Happy Feet"
Either you dig Lovecraft or you don't. The guy had issues and his prose was the purplest, like most pulp writers of his time. But all American fantasy and horror written since the 1930s has been influenced by Lovecraft. Lovecraft himself was heavily influenced by others, of course, and At the Mountains of Madness, one of his most famous works, made explicit reference to Edgar Allen Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.

This is a novella about a scientific expedition to Antarctica. The Antarct
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Sean
Apr 24, 2012 Sean rated it it was amazing
At the Mountains of Madness is a spine chilling story about an exploration team who travel to Antarctica to explore and collect various geological specimens. What they actually found was something far more mysterious and sinister.

In this short novel, one of the most impressive elements is the exceptional quality of Lovecraft’s writing. What he lacks in character development and plot, he more than makes up for in imagery and mood. The obvious omission of dialogue enhances the experiences and shi
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Maciek
At the Mountains of Madness is one of H.P. Lovecraft's longest stories, and one of the few not set in his trademark New England setting. I've often seen it mentioned as the definitive Lovecraft story, and the best introduction to his Cthulu mythos, but I don't agree - and will explain why shortly.

At the Mountains of Madness is narrated by William Dyer, a geologist and professor at Arkham's Miskatonic University, in the form of a warning: Dyer writes down the account of an expedition to Antarctic
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Mimi
Nov 20, 2015 Mimi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2015
I read/listened to this book for 2 reasons; the main one being it was readily available on Overdrive, the other reason was influenced by the WFA changing their "beloved" award bust.

Since Lovecraft was a popular topic on the blogosphere over the past couple of days, I thought I'd revisit one of his books to see if I still didn't like his writing. I still didn't, but that had nothing to do with the WFA's decision. I just never liked Lovecraft. I don't find his flavor of horror that horrifying and
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Oscar
Hace unos veinte años que leí 'En las montañas de la locura' por primera vez y la verdad es que mis recuerdos eran bastante vagos al respecto, por no decir casi nulos. Mi memoria no es demasiado mala, pero con los libros y del tema del que tratan, olvido muy rápido, algo que no sé si es bueno o malo en este caso. Y es que si tuviese que hacer memoria sobre un libro en concreto ahora mismo, dudo que pudiese dar apenas un mínimo retazo sobre argumento y personajes. Y es que son tantos los libros y ...more
diana

Hombres idiotas, soberbios o curiosos masoquistas que en vez de quedarse en casa tomando mate, se van a la Antártida a cagarse de frío, volverse locos o morirse. Clásico.

Vuelvo a corroborar la carga libidinal, desbordante, obsesiva de la descripción, que en Lovecraft es un don de estilo. Sus protagonistas casi siempre son hombres de razón instrumental, científicos o profesores, que llegado un momento de la narración afirman: “y sin embargo…”. Cualquier lector de Lovecraft sabe que cuando lee est
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⊱ Irena ⊰
Nov 30, 2014 ⊱ Irena ⊰ rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
3.5
I don't remember many details from the first time I read this. And, as some pointed out, there are many, many details in this story. I won't judge it for being too descriptive though. It is a good story.
The narrator retrospectively tells a story of an unsuccessful scientific expedition to the South Pole in 1930s. He is one of the only two survivors; he breaks his silence to warn others and prevent any other expedition to that part of the world.
Hadrian
Oct 31, 2013 Hadrian rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, fiction, horror
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Evan Leach
”In the whole spectacle there was a persistent, pervasive hint of stupendous secrecy and potential revelation; as if these stark, nightmare spires marked the pylons of a frightful gateway into forbidden spheres of dream, and complex gulfs of remote time, space, and ultra-dimensionality. I could not help feeling that they were evil things—mountains of madness whose farther slopes looked out over some accursed ultimate abyss.”

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H.P. Lovecraft’s tale of antarctic adventure is widely considered one of
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Seth Madej
I can't quite figure out why so many people consider At the Mountains of Madness to be H.P. Lovecraft's masterpiece when it's such an overstuffed and under-warmed reheating of what he did so well in his short stories. This novella is just a modified haunted-house story: some busybodies explore a creepy pad and discover it possessed by something scary. Except in this case the busybodies beat feet as soon as the frightening thing pops into view, so really At the Mountains of Madness is more like a ...more
Henry Avila
Nov 11, 2011 Henry Avila rated it really liked it
William Dyer, is the leader of a scientific expedition,(set in the early 1930's )from Miskatonic University,what you never heard of it!Researching the Antarctic continent, in the summer time, when temperatures soar above zero Fahrenheit.Everythings going well,they even find the tallest mountains on Earth.But while a group is digging under the ice, they discover a strange organism ,is it animal or vegetable?The sled dogs don't like it and are later proven correct, in their feelings.These are Alie ...more
Mohammed
Jan 26, 2016 Mohammed rated it it was ok
عزيزي لفكرافت،

يطيب لي أولا أن أعرب عن إعجابي بنصوصك وأسلوبك. فبالنسبة لي اعتبر كتاباتك بمثابة "الرعب الخام"، حيث لاتضيع الصفحات في رسم شخصيات ظريفة، أو وصف روتين يومي، بل تصب كلماتك كلها في سبيل ترسيخ بيئة كابية، والإيحاء بالتوجس، إلى جانب الإبداع في وصف الكائنات وابتكار عناصر شاذة عن قوانين الطبيعة. والنتيجة هي رعب كالقهوة التركية، لا محليات ولا مخففات، ولا حاجة لكميات كبيرة.

بناء على ماتقدم، لا ألوم نفسي أنني تطلعت بشغف لقراءة عملك الذي يعده الكثيرون أعظم أعمالك: في جبال الجنون. الآن وقد انهيته
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Lorina Stephens
Jul 26, 2011 Lorina Stephens rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve come to H.P. Lovecraft (1890 to 1937) rather late, driven to his work by a colleague who insisted my own writing style mirrored Lovecraft’s.

The novella in question, At the Mountains of Madness, ranks among the elite of the pioneering cannon of horror literature, and indeed Lovecraft is said to be the inspiration behind such modern day horror-writing greats as Stephen King.

At the heart of this story is the discovery of a race of aliens so ancient it belies belief, by a group of scientists w
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Teresa
Sep 13, 2014 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-usa, l-1001bymrbyd
Este pequeno romance relata uma expedição à Antárctica, onde um grupo de cientistas se depara com vestígios de uma civilização desaparecida – Os Antigos, que existiram no princípio da Terra – e o que levou à sua extinção.

Um livro estranho!
Enquanto o lia cansou-me um pouco, no entanto, após o terminar dei por mim a reler certas partes.
Não me assustou enquanto o li. Fiquei assustada após o terminar, quando reli o prefácio de Clara Pinto Correia.

Um romance imprescindível para os apreciadores de fic
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Heidi Ward
I hadn't reread "AtMoM"* in years, and it turns out, remembered less than I thought. Oh, the majesty of those uncanny ruins half-submerged in ice! Oh, the screeching of the benighted penguins: "tikili-li!" Close encounters with a shoggoth! But seriously, sometimes old HPL does go on (and on), however "AtMoM" is a masterpiece of narrative tension.


*As I noted earlier, I'm actually reading The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, but "AtMoM" is pretty much a novella, so I'm crediting a full book for it. I
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Ben Babcock
I will be brief, since I don't read much horror and am generally ignorant of Lovecraft's work, so I won't try to make a general statement based on this one story.

At the Mountains of Madness itself was OK, not great. Lovecraft is far more concerned with describing the extinct society of the Old Ones and their struggles with surviving Earth than injecting genuine dread into the story. It left little impression on me.

I liked the introduction by China Miéville better than the actual story. Likewise,
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Dimitris
Τα βουνά της τρέλας είναι το πρώτο βιβλίο του Lovecraft που πιάνω στα χέρια μου.Έχοντας ακούσει και διάβασει προηγουμένως τρομερά καλά πραγματα για τον συγκεκριμένο συγγραφέα,οι προσδοκίες μου ήταν πολύ υψηλές.Αρχικά όμως μπορώ να πω οτι κάπως απογοητεύτηκα.Ίσως να φταίει το γεγονος οτι για κάποιον που μίσει τη συχνή χρήση του αφηγηματικου τρόπου της περιγραφής, οι εκτενέστατες περιγραφές του Lovecraft,ειδικότερα στο πρώτο μισό του βιβλίου,ήταν αφάνταστα κουραστικές.Απίστευτα μα απίστευτα κουρασ ...more
the gift
i have read this but not in this edition here, many years ago in a paperback splurge on lovecraft. before he was critically rehabilitated, of that series i most liked the case of charles dexter ward. i suggested this book to a friend who is a graphic illustrator and his complaint was that lovecraft used and overused descriptive passages rather than cutting to the plot. this is a valid criticism. i told him it is probably the effect of living in a pre-media culture, unlike our era when there are ...more
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.

Lovecraft's major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a
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“I could not help feeling that they were evil things-- mountains of madness whose farther slopes looked out over some accursed ultimate abyss. That seething , half-luminous cloud-background held ineffable suggestions of a vague, ethereal beyondness far more than terrestrially spatial; and gave appalling reminders of the utter remoteness, separateness, desolation, and aeon-long death of this untrodden and unfathomed austral world.” 27 likes
“He had read much of things as they are, and talked with too many people. Well-meaning philosophers had taught him to look into the logical relations of things, and analyse the processes which shaped his thoughts and fancies. Wonder had gone away, and he had forgotten that all life is only a set of pictures in the brain, among which there is no difference betwixt those born of real things and those born of inward dreamings, and no cause to value the one above the other. Custom had dinned into his ears a superstitious reverence for that which tangibly and physically exists, and had made him secretly ashamed to dwell in visions. Wise men told him his simple fancies were inane and childish, and even more absurd because their actors persist in fancying them full of meaning and purpose as the blind cosmos grinds aimlessly on from nothing to something and from something back to nothing again, neither heeding nor knowing the wishes or existence of the minds that flicker for a second now and then in the darkness” 16 likes
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