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At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
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Dec 27, 11

bookshelves: boxall-1001-books, ebooks, 2011-reads, horror
Recommended for: anyone looking for a first Lovecraft
Read on December 27, 2011

This makes a good introductory "chapter" on Lovecraft's Cthulu mythos work, I think. Some of the elements that worked for me: the geologist-as-narrator, which appealed to my somewhat trained geo-nerd self*; the cutting edge (for it's time) science of the story; Lovecraft's ability to create tension & build to a climax (particularly in the first third of the story); and the sheer joy of nascent science fiction.

What didn't work so well are the excruciatingly looooooong passages of telling-not-showing that dominate throughout most of the story. Perhaps this novella would be better appreciated in an audio format? I think a strong voice (British, maybe?) could add to the suspense and enhance the experience.

* Rockheads, check out At the Orogen of Madness, a blog post at The Dynamic Earth, for an interesting take on At the Mountains of Madness from the perspective of a geology grad student.
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