Jonas had fond memories of this book trilogy growing up, and upon hearing that I'd never read them, decided to give me the original trilogy for ChristJonas had fond memories of this book trilogy growing up, and upon hearing that I'd never read them, decided to give me the original trilogy for Christmas. :)
The fantasy tropes are back in force.
It's funny how a book that fit so perfectly into the fantasy tropes in general still can be surprising. It's funny how well the trope was played upon, and how unsettling the "something is wrong but we don't know what" concept can be played with when you reveal as little as Ursula K. Le Guin does. Once more, the perspective shifts away from Sparrowhawk and to someone new, in this case a young prince. Together the two travel to discover just what's going on in the world and why magic itself appears to be disappearing in some areas of the world. What's going on?
This book has massive ramifications for the world of Earthsea, and becomes a major plot point for the remaining books - including Tehanu in my opinion. It's a perfect ending for the original trilogy, and a prefect beginning point for the next one. ...more
I don't think anyone who read this far in the series would be particularly surprised by the ending. The hints of where things were headed were strongI don't think anyone who read this far in the series would be particularly surprised by the ending. The hints of where things were headed were strong in The Farthest Shore, overt in Tehanu, and embellished mildly in Tales from Earthsea though in a more veiled manner. The Other Wind is simply a natural extension of that, though a beautiful one it is. It pleased me immensely to see the conclusion of The Farthest Shore here, and I can forgive the ending, if only out of hope for there to be more to rebuild.
Earthesea is a magnificent world, and I adore all the people within it. To have come from the gorgeously crafted A Wizard of Earthsea in all its traditional beauty to the subversive and surprising Tehanu to this - it's perfect. I adored this book, and felt it a proper send-off to the series as a whole. Still, of course, I hope for more.
I loved living in this world, and the care given to it. I loved the dragons, the magical system, the way that the stakes were all too real and felt too keenly. I loved how unforgiving Urusula K. Le Guin was. What's dead is dead, what's gone is gone. We all make our choices and suffer for it. Hell, I loved Ged dearly in Tehanu and even more in The Other Wind. He's all the stronger for what he went through.
It's a beautiful, staggering series. More authors should learn from it and try to let go....more
The stories expanded upon Ursula K. Le Guin's world of Earthsea in a beautiful way, adding a richness of culture and history that wasn't there previously. She helped differentiate between the wild earthly magic of women and the more academic magic of men. She dealt in both familiar characters and unfamiliar ones. She even expanded upon legend.
While everyone wants more stories of Sparrowhawk in his prime, I'm quite happy with anything that takes place in her world. It's rich, it's beautiful, and it's stunningly well developed. The essay at the end that actually detailed the world from an anthropological perspective was gorgeous. I wish all fantasy was so well developed as this in a logical way....more
Remember Tenar from The Tombs of Atuan? Ever wonder what happened to her after? Remember Ogion and Gont? Remember that you've been hearing about how Ursula K. Le Guin is a strident feminist author but not really seen any evidence of that? Here it all comes rushing forth. There is no quest, there is no real magic or things of that nature. This is a book more grounded in reality, for what it is, and it bucks the very concept of a fantasy novel for the bulk of its pages.
This is an uncomfortable foray into gender studies and why things on Earthsea are the way they are. Why are there no women wizards? What exactly are the dragons? Why are women hated to the extent they are? It's an interesting situation, so long as you aren't expecting a straight up fantasy novel....more
Remember how I said the first book read like it was written by an anthropologist? This is where that distinction becomes all the more pertinent. SerioRemember how I said the first book read like it was written by an anthropologist? This is where that distinction becomes all the more pertinent. Seriously. In The Tombs of Atuan the focus shifts away from Sparrowhawk to a young priestess in the Karged lands. The entire culture is explored, as well as the concept of religion, in a way that is startling now for when it was written. I'm sure it'd startle the life out of a new young reader for sure, but hopefully in a good way.
Reading reviews prior to reading it myself, it seems that this book had a very polarizing affect on readers. I can understand why. Not everyone wants to sit down and explore the concept of religious power vs. political power in a country where the reins are changing. Not everyone wants to study how being viewed as a high priestess affect a young girl. Personally, I was riveted by it and genuinely uneasy as they worked their way through the labyrinth underground. I enjoyed the sly nod to Akkadian artwork and the way the story expanded upon a brief sentence in the book prior.
Jonas had fond memories of reading these while growing up, and upon hearing I hadn't read them, took it upon himself to get me the originally trilogyJonas had fond memories of reading these while growing up, and upon hearing I hadn't read them, took it upon himself to get me the originally trilogy for Christmas. He bought them at the Church bazaar, a charming set of old library books complete with the filing card in the back noting who checked them out when. I happily filled my name in, and the date, each time I started reading them. Whenever I lend them out I'll likely ask the person to do the same. I love old library books. :)
A Wizard of Earthsea is a worthy classic. It reads like what it is, a fantasy book written by an anthropologist who isn't afraid to show that specialty. This is a world that makes sense, and a magical system that's drawn logically from what to many cultures is sacred. There's an explanation and logic behind everything that's beautiful to see and the very monster being fought in the first book is the Jungian concept of the Shadow. It's a heavy book, but a beautiful one. Hell, Sparrowhawk did in one book what it took Harry Potter seven to do. That has to count for something, right?
This is the sort of book I'd happily recommend to any kid growing up, and one I wish had been set into my hands when I was younger. I might get a copy for my nephews for the holidays. :)...more
This book was far more entertaining to me than the first The Bad Beginning but that still isn't saying much. Most of the humor of this was lost on me.This book was far more entertaining to me than the first The Bad Beginning but that still isn't saying much. Most of the humor of this was lost on me. I'd recommend it to a kid easily, but reading it as an adult it just feels rather dull and predictable. Good vocabulary, though. Quick plot and pacing. Just a bit too lacking to hold my focus in the end....more
This story was more pleasing to me than the book it technically precedes was. That having been said, Sasha hits the nail on the head when she says thiThis story was more pleasing to me than the book it technically precedes was. That having been said, Sasha hits the nail on the head when she says this story isn't for children. The themes are continuing to get darker and more adult, which altogether is much more pleasurable than the feigned kid-friendliness that permeated in small degrees the first book.
This story was good. A quick read. A rather sad read after you know what's going to happen.
I won this book through the GoodReads First-Read program.
I... really didn't like this book, unfortunately.
It was very clear that the book was writtenI won this book through the GoodReads First-Read program.
I... really didn't like this book, unfortunately.
It was very clear that the book was written with great passion. It was also obvious that the author had put a great deal of work into fleshing out the universe that the characters inhabited. She worked out various hierarchies and built upon a good deal of old mythology to do so. She knew her history (nice shout out to medieval German beliefs!) but that wasn't quite enough to save the book in my eyes.
I can't understand the weakness of female characters. Yes, she was strong in that she was willing to sacrifice herself to save the man she loved. But... she also was killing a lot of other people to save that man when he was her mortal enemy... and when she was a trained soldier and had put all that behind her... and she kept forgiving him for unforgivable acts. I've a problem with this.
Furthermore, why exactly wasn't there more urgency felt in the book itself? You have an army being raised to destroy all of creation more or less. You also have a "seer" going unaccounted for and both poorly hunted and poorly protected.
I just... wasn't feeling this very much. The kicker was the switching of first person perspectives and a failure to differentiate the voices very clearly.
The premise itself holds promise, and the worldbuilding holds promise too. It just needs better execution....more
I was able to get this book for an advance review for Netgalley.
I've always had a bit of a fascination with the Louisiana Bayou and the vanishing waysI was able to get this book for an advance review for Netgalley.
I've always had a bit of a fascination with the Louisiana Bayou and the vanishing ways of life attached to it. The hoodoo tradition is one that is misinterpreted about as often as it is referred to in popular culture - fortunately, Will O'the Wisp did a rather good job of showcasing both the traditions themselves and how people tend to view them nowadays.
The artwork for this book was highly reminiscent of the style used in Locke and Key, which is one that I'm especially fond of. There's a fluidity to the landscapes, the swamps, the fire, that is both beautiful and eerie. The bugs and the bones as well are beautifully rendered, and I would say that the book is worth looking at for the artwork alone.
While I'd like to rate the book more than three stars, I'm not entirely certain I could. While the book lends itself to reading for the hoodoo traditions and the artwork, and the story was a traditional tale of vengeance from beyond the grave and uneasy isolation, I felt that overall it was missing something. There was constantly more to the story that I wanted to uncover, but couldn't. I would say that this is the fault of the medium itself and the age of the audience it's intended for, but I've read a great deal of graphic novels and know the medium to be virtually unlimited in the scope it could cover storywise and the YA genre itself is fast accepting more and more titles that delve into what previously may be considered questionable content.
My disappointment with the depth of the story being told could easily be remedied by telling more stories of Aurora's time with Silver in Ossuary Isle, and is offset slightly by the attention paid to the spells of Nonnie, the begrudging respect paid to the hoodoo traditions by Silver, and the beauty of the artwork in the piece itself. It's certainly a title that I know friends of mine would enjoy, and by no means was it a bad read at all. I enjoyed it, and I'm certain a great many others will as well.
Couldn't be happier that traditional Louisiana hoodoo culture is getting treated to some good storytelling for a new generation!...more
I think this book would serve far better as a standalone than as a proper part of the Wrinkle in Time movement. Aside from Sandy and Denny, the otherI think this book would serve far better as a standalone than as a proper part of the Wrinkle in Time movement. Aside from Sandy and Denny, the other characters are pretty much only mentioned. It isn't as involved with Meg and the family as A Swiftly Tilting Planet managed to be, and really only tangentially dealt with the science aspects that dominated the other three books. The idea of something only existing when it is observed, however, is one that's fascinating and worth a bit of a think.
So, Many Waters basically has Sandy and Denny travel back in time to hang out with Noah and his family in antedivulian times and deal with Seraphim and Nephilim. Yeah, it is overtly Biblical fiction, and although the author butchers Neanderthals a bit in her depictions of them all in all the ideas of how people survived in that time aren't terrible. It would do to interest people in prehistoric times, perhaps?
I didn't like it as much as I enjoyed the other books. I did enjoy the fact that as a coming of age story it dealt more directly with ideas of budding sexuality and how sometimes what you want isn't necessarily what you should have. The importance of family is emphasized, as well as the importance of following one's instincts and in general doing the right thing even if it isn't the easy thing to do. The ending felt a bit rushed, and I think the book would have done better to not be written for a YA audience, but that might just be the fact that I'm older now.
I'm not entirely certain that John Green is a good author for me.
The book fell a bit too firmly into the various tropes the teen books tend to. The ovI'm not entirely certain that John Green is a good author for me.
The book fell a bit too firmly into the various tropes the teen books tend to. The overweight funny best friend who's squandering his potential, the shy geek of a protagonist who's looking for love but can't find it, the sassy independent girl... etc. It all falls a bit to neatly into place and at the end of the day fails to feel real, instead feeling like it's been scripted and will be showing a theater near you next summer. Too false.
It's also a problem when John Green's neat silly facts are largely facts you already know or have been debunked. Oops.
By the end of the book I was frustrated. It was left open-ended with nothing really solved or even nearing it. Too much On the Road in a romantic sense, failing to realize that On the Road itself was a criticism of that aimless wondering and a call to grow up....more
This used to be my favorite installation in the Wrinkle in Time series. I adored Charles Wallace, enjoyed the trip through history and seeing differenThis used to be my favorite installation in the Wrinkle in Time series. I adored Charles Wallace, enjoyed the trip through history and seeing different time periods... Rereading it, some of the twists were rather obvious and a bit insulting. The repetition of the rune got trying. Realizing when it was written, what was happening... well, it gave the book a context that made its message rather clear. It would have been interesting to see what kids thought of it at the time it was released with the very real threat of nuclear annihilation looming.
Good to see some Welsh mythology creeping in, as it doesn't tend to get looked at nearly often enough. The witch hunt was a bit annoying, but so it goes....more
Out of what I read of the Time Quintet originally this was the book I had the scantiest recollection of. I reread A Wrinkle in Time and A Swiftly TiltOut of what I read of the Time Quintet originally this was the book I had the scantiest recollection of. I reread A Wrinkle in Time and A Swiftly Tilting Planet many many times, but this one? Not so much. My memory of it was very shaky and I think it got mixed somewhere over the years with some Magic School Bus episodes.
Nevertheless, rereading the book I found a lot of charming parts of it. I don't feel that it was nearly as strong as A Wrinkle in Time, but poking around I discovered that for a great many people this book was really their favorite. The author's speculative biology was both misinformed and predictive, interesting and thematic. It's a bit heavy, but all of her books are. I think my main problem was that the book came off as more rushed than the others for me.
Progonoskies is a fantastic character, but Blajeny and Sporos both didn't seem fully developed. Calvin could have been emphasized a bit more, too, considering what part he and his family play in A Wrinkle in Time and A Swiftly Tilting Planet but that might just be my own bias speaking.
Man, I wish this universe had been more fully fleshed out....more
It's odd reading this book years after I first did. I remember reading this book on my own, and I remember this book being read to me. I remember watcIt's odd reading this book years after I first did. I remember reading this book on my own, and I remember this book being read to me. I remember watching the movie and crying, and dreaming of red hound dogs of my own. I remember lending it to a friend and my dismay when I realized she'd never read it. It's a book with many, many mixed feelings.
All in all, the book retains a special place in my heart due to such memories and nostalgia. It remains important to me because the overall message of it is important, however dated at times it may seem. It's important to earn things, to work for things - things mean more when we do them ourselves, and it's important to learn a certain amount of self-reliance. Yeah, it's old fashioned, but old fashioned sometimes can be important.
Do I think it's important to ask for help when you can't do it on your own? Yeah, of course. But sometimes tough lessons are important to learn.
The turning point that pulled two more stars out for my rating was close to the end. It was too steam punk for me. Trying too hard and creating these awkward moments when I asked myself whether or not I was going to have to read the word "widdershins" yet again. Whether or not the color orange (how quirky) would be drawn upon. Whether or not another mention of the wyvern's limited alphabetical knowledge would hinder them. It was near the end, with more explanation of Mallow and tragedy taking place that it actually hit me in the right way.
I don't know if I'll ever finish this series, but the ending did make it a possibility that the beginning and middle didn't. I know I'm meant to be the proper audience for this book. It just didn't do it. ...more
I had no idea this book existed until quite recently when Alan reviewed it. It being the Christmas season, I looked it up on Project Gutenberg (www.guI had no idea this book existed until quite recently when Alan reviewed it. It being the Christmas season, I looked it up on Project Gutenberg (www.gutenberg.org) and read it for myself.
This book is quite like the Oz books that L. Frank Baum is better known for. The same whimsical nature of those books is conveyed, and the world is rife with folklore and certain bits of magic.
Reading this story, I could imagine it being told to children and trying to answer their questions... hence a lot of mythos without a lot of backstory, a lot of explanation of the more mundane things (cat toys won't hiss and scratch you!) without explanation of how the reindeer can, say, fly over water.
Nonetheless, this book is rather adorable and one I'd love to share with my nephews if given the chance. :)...more
I won this book through the Good Reads First Reads program.
Imagine you're going about your everyday business as a high school student. You've a boyfriI won this book through the Good Reads First Reads program.
Imagine you're going about your everyday business as a high school student. You've a boyfriend, a decent plan for life ahead of you, good family and friends. One minute you're coming home from school, the next minute you're under the subway and dead. Well, "the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray..."
The Dead Girls Detective Agency begins with that death, something that could easily be chalked up to a slip of the foot but turns out to be something far more sinister. Murder. So, in order for Charlotte to move on she's got to solve her own murder - with the help of a few other dead teenagers in similar straits.
For me, The Dead Girls Detective Agency was a pretty solid three. It was entertaining enough to keep me reading and enjoying the ride, but glib enough for me to be wincing now and again as one too many references were made to current or past trends. It would have been served by being a bit more mature, following trends in YA fiction, but as it was? It was still a fun, if predictable and groan worthy read. It would speak to the younger YA crowd, maybe middle school rather than high?
The book wasn't bad, and had some rather good moments tossed into the mix. In particular, the reasoning behind why certain characters chose to - or not to - go through the Big Red Door to whatever is beyond. Similarly, the concept was amusing and there were a few good questions posited to make a series a distinct possibility. The world is entertaining, and a bit more depth would make it even better ride. If you feel like a silly read to snack to, or a book to maybe get a middle school girl reading? This would be a decent bet....more
Semi-Charmed Life is Nora Zelevansky's authorial debut, and also a novel that she wrote during NaNoWriMo if I'm not mistaken. The book is a well-done satire on how obsessed we are as a culture with the concepts and trappings on fame, and how hollow a pursuit it truly can be. Wrapped up in all of this commentary is a dash of magical realism, well placed humor, and an air of mystery. That's quite a lot for a first novel to contain.
Personally, I found the book a bit difficult. Primarily, I think that's more my problem than it is a reflection on the book. Not being too engaged in the TMZ culture the book is talking about, some of the references were lost on me and I think a fair bit of that humor missed me. I felt a bit late to the party, but I can think of a few friends of mine who would be caught right in the middle of it all.
The jokes that I did get were unanimously hilarious. In particular the line about Jackson Pollock was great, and some of the jabs at both the Goth culture and poetry culture were great. I think if the book had been more focused on literary figures and the like I would have had an easier time of it. Actually, Fifty Shades of Louisa May comes to mind, though these books are leagues apart.
The writing was solid, though bit too reference heavy for my taste. The actual story was well done, and once I passed the 73 page mark the book really began to flow for me as a reader. I enjoyed the fact that she took a magical realism approach to the book, and would actual push to emphasise that aspect of it next time around. The no-holds barred approach to the fantastic element reminded me of Jonathan Carroll's sheer weirdness, though as a first novel, the writing lacked some of the confidence needed to truly pull off something of Carroll's stature.
All in all, I did enjoy the book and am curious to see what happens next. Nora Zelevanksy is an author that I'm hoping to see more of, and I'm hoping will keep up the irreverent air shown in this first novel. Now, if only I could conjure up a Veruca for my own life!...more
This edition has a short biography on Robert Louis Stevenson in the front. This biography describes his sickly childhood, and his own proclivity towards foreign climes and minor adventuring. The anecdotal stories of how he became a writer and what drove him to write Treasure Island were quite interesting and altogether did add to the novel that followed. The cover bears a picture of the map itself, as well as a drawing of Long John Silver with Captain Flint on his shoulder.
I picked up this book due to my interest in a certain Keith Moon's near obsession with Long John Silver and the tale in particular. Seeing how the popular adaptation of it came about in the 50s, I was quite curious to see whether or not the book itself informed the time period where its surge in popularity occurred.... I was not disappointed in the least.
While it is a wonderful adventuring tale, peppered with deceit and swashbuckling violence, it is also a swansong to a long-dead Britain with a wholly unselfconscious patriotism that is pretty much never seen today. These adventurers raise the Union Jack on their hideout, knowing full-well it gives the pirates a target to aim at, because it would be sacrilege to not do right by their beloved country. These people storm the Hispanoila to cut down the Jolly Roger since it is better to fly no flag at all than to do wrong by Britain. The patriotism is almost as astounding as the character of Long John Silver - it's that, more than the language, that showcases how this book came from another time.
Long John Silver also bears a mention before this review is through. Silver is a fascinating antagonist, and one that Jim Hawkins finds himself inexplicably drawn to. We are shown his ruthless, evil nature - we are shown his mercurial switching sides as soon as one is favored over the other. As a reader, we know full well the amount of Silver's treachery... and yet? I liked him. I genuinely liked him as well as Jim Hawkins did and the rest of the crew. We know he's evil, but we hope for his survival and cheer him on on occasion. Why? I don't even know, but Long John is a beloved villain as surely as he is a compelling antagonist all these years later after the book was first published.
The long and short of it? This book is a classic, and with good reason. Read it, treasure it, and love the countless adaptations of it. Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum....more
I'm still on the fence about this book. While I liked it overall, I didn't feel that it was truly a worthy follow up to Dandelion Wine. The appeal ofI'm still on the fence about this book. While I liked it overall, I didn't feel that it was truly a worthy follow up to Dandelion Wine. The appeal of Dandelion Wine was the innocence conveyed in the book, the very strange feeling of being a child in an uncertain world and the terror that one can only feel during that time. Farewell Summer was harsher, more jarring, and I could have used a bit more of a transition between the two... I'm glad the editor cut it out of the original manuscript.
In addition to this, the ending is also... questionable. I'm not truly certain how I feel about it, or if I ever will know what to make of it. I understand the point of it... but... well, I don't know....more
A beautiful coming of age story in the 1928 summer of Ray Bradbury's life. Bradbury's lyrical prose will stick with you, it'll seep into your mind likA beautiful coming of age story in the 1928 summer of Ray Bradbury's life. Bradbury's lyrical prose will stick with you, it'll seep into your mind like any fine dandelion wine. To try to assign this book to any genre, or indeed, anything other than sheer poetry would be wrong. The book is beautiful, a capsule of a time long lost. Idyllic and idealistic Bradbury captures the spirit of being 12 in a time when losing a baseball card would ruin your summer - when a new pair of tennis shoes is the most pressing problem on one's mind.
Mark Twain is hilarious, and his social commentary throughout the book is often enough to get a genuine chuckle out of me. IFun little adventure book.
Mark Twain is hilarious, and his social commentary throughout the book is often enough to get a genuine chuckle out of me. In particular, the quotes throughout the examination section were rather great. Mark Twain is rather good at coining pithy quotes, and capturing the more whimsical facts of life in such a way that reflect both a child's wonder and an adult's cynicism. The book is grand for that.
A traditional adventure story, I had trouble parsing out which bits I remember from actually reading abridged versions of the book, and which I remember from say... Wishbone or film adaptations. The book wandered a bit much from me, and I understand now (at least I think I do) why it's cut the way it is in order to make for a film. What I'm saying is, the plot wasn't terribly strong with this one.
Where Harper Lee can get away with her story wandering, it works because it all ties together in the end. I didn't quite feel that was the case in this book, and ended up not able to take all that much away from the story. Good for nostalgia, but not too great at holding up to the test of time for me at least. ...more
Sebold's writing style appealed to me, and I didn't really dislike any of the characters. I understood the loss descrI'm kind of torn about this book.
Sebold's writing style appealed to me, and I didn't really dislike any of the characters. I understood the loss described, and the book itself... We want to know that life goes on after we're gone, and we want to know that people remember and think about us. That was all well and good for the book. Then why the two stars?
Something about the plot just didn't work with me. I don't know if it was the fact that everyone was broken that turned me off, or if it was just the fact that not a great amount of things happened in the book. It felt a bit fractured to me - there wasn't enough in heaven and there wasn't enough outside of it.
For me, the book didn't work. For others, it has worked wonders. I'm glad I read it, it just wasn't quite to my taste over all....more
I remember almost everyone reading this book when I was in high school. It was one of those books that just seemed to permeate the atmosphere, sort ofI remember almost everyone reading this book when I was in high school. It was one of those books that just seemed to permeate the atmosphere, sort of like The Giver or Ender's Game. It was just everywhere. I had no idea what it was about and never got around to reading it until now. I kind of wish I'd read it earlier.
This is the sort of book that would really benefit a younger audience. Like Barry Lyga, Laurie Halse Anderson tapped into the teen psyche in a way that works and works well. She tackled tough topics in a manner that is respectful to the victims without turning unrealistic. Hell, I think we all need someone like Mr. Freeman in our lives.
While being cliché in places (hence the four stars rather than five) I still think this book is a valuable piece of YA fiction. I hope it continues to be as popular as it was when I was growing up. Kids need books....more
I'm not incredibly certain what I was expecting to get when I first picked up The Marbury Lens. There are certain expectations that come with YA fictiI'm not incredibly certain what I was expecting to get when I first picked up The Marbury Lens. There are certain expectations that come with YA fiction, yes, but after reading Barry Lyga's Boy Toy I think that most of those were shattered for me. Still. The Marbury Lens took my expectations of YA literature and broke them further, and still further, and quite possibly traumatized me in the process.
A good book makes a lasting impression. I'm not entirely certain that I will ever fully escape The Marbury Lens.
To say that the book is sci-fi, horror, psychological thriller, or any of those sort of genres is doing a disservice to the book. To say that the book is traumatizing or revolutionary or any such thing is doing a disservice to the book. In recommending it to a friend I compared it to Shutter Island and House of Leaves in terms of what reading it is like.. but those, too, are doing a disservice to the book.
The Marbury Lens takes reality and fractures it, and then fractures it still further. It's like a bug rattling around in your skull, digging deeper and deeper until the thoughts somewhat consume you. It makes you wonder, question, and then flips everything right back on its head. The book has a strange ethereal quality to it. it's something that I found I had to put down time and again just to take another look around, take a deep breath, and calm down. The book isn't horrifying in a jump-out-of-your-seat way, it's disquieting in a whole different, and much deeper, manner.
Lovecraft turned horror into a cosmic experience of maddening grandeur; I feel The Marbury Lens is equally revolutionary in what it has done to the genre.