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Move Under Ground by Nick Mamatas
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Sep 28, 2011

really liked it
Read from September 24 to 27, 2011

It does get tiring, like any other Kerouac read, from effusions left and right, only in Move Under Ground it is countless descriptions of deep blackness, monstrous evil, and utter emptiness. Mamatas has conquered the Kerouac formula and transitioned it relatively well.

He is obviously a Beat scholar, and peppered amid the fiction are small but acute observations on the relationships between the Beats.

Only hang up I have is, which is true for most Cthulhu lore, the role of cultists. I mean, is there a leader who tells them to hog-tie people and bleed them dry? Or does the compulsion arise simultaneously in an entire town? Why are some people affected and others aren't?

Finally a satisfactory albeit dark and discouraging explanation for Kerouac's crash and burn at the end of his short life. If you like your reads weird and short, it's time to Move Under Ground.
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