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At the Mountains of Madness, and Other Novels by H.P. Lovecraft
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Nov 29, 2010

really liked it
Read from July 19 to August 28, 2008

I checked this out from the library to get a taste of Lovecraft. It's an okay collection, spoiled mainly by the final four Randolph Carter stories--to be fair, the last story, Through the Gates of the Golden Key, isn't bad, but The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath is so dreadfully dull that I took a pause in the middle of it to read another book for a month.

The first four stories, however, are great. And of those, the first two, At the Mountains of Madness and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward are outstanding. In fact, the jacket text called the latter "Lovecraft's most precisely-wrought work of horror" and I would have to agree. This collection is worth picking up for those two alone.

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