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At the Mountains of Madness & Other Weird Tales

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  119 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Multi-eyed protoplasmic entities, flesh-eating ghouls, animate corpses, time-traveling body snatchers, and, yes, huge albino penguins. These are some of the bizarre creatures that populate the universe created by American horror author H. P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft has influenced many of today's most famous writers and artists, including master of contemporary horror fiction ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Barnes & Noble
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Caitlin
I've now read two collections of Lovecraft, and I feel very accomplished. Overall I enjoyed most of the stories. Lovecraft definitely had a vivid imagination which has influenced some of my favorite pop culture items. Without Lovecraft, would Alien exist? Would John Carpenter's The Thing have been possible? Event Horizon? Hellboy? I'm sure that's just the surface.

HOWEVER!

HPL's prose left quite a bit to be desired. Some stories were a total chore to get through-- some things were just way too lo
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elizabeth
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
This book's saving grace was the last three stories (At the Mountains of Madness, The Thing on the Doorstep, The Shadow Out of Time). The fantasy portion was just, in a word, awful. The writing was so dense with his own made-up jargon that it was almost impossible to find any flow while reading it. The main character was so underdeveloped that his existence almost seemed incidental. This is the kind of fantasy writing I hate, because it feels like I'm reading a dry science textbook about a topic ...more
Amberlee Clark
I had a difficult relationship with this book. It took me ages to read it. It's only 320 pages longs. If I had set my mind to it I could have read it in a matter of days. Instead it took me months. When I put it down, I didn't really have a desire to pick it back up again. My issue wasn't with the writing. Lovecraft's writing is phenomenal. Perhaps the prose is a bit florid, but that wasn't my problem. It took me a while to figure it out, but I was finally able to put my finger on it. This book ...more
Alicia
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to love this book, but that just didn't happen. It was boring. Everything is dry and lifeless. There are no characters, just blank spaces moving around and reacting.

The reader is kept distant from all the action. They feel more like summaries than actual stories. Instead of listening to a conversation the main character just tells you what was said, or what everyone decided to do. Here's an example from At the Mountains of Madness:
"From then on for another half-hour Lake kept up a run
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Nick Jones
Aug 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Having read this collection and a couple of other miscellaneous works nobody can say that I didn't give Lovecraft a fair shot, but his stories are just so agonizingly dull and repetitive that I can't imagine what people see in them. His characters are generally indistinguishable, he never says in five words what could be needlessly expanded to fifty, and most of the alleged "horror" seems to stem directly from his own phobias (which some readers may relate to, but I found baffling). The writer' ...more
Mario Hernandez
I was really looking forward to read this book and it was a huge let down! I couldn't get into it. I found it really really hard to read and to stay interested in it. The story seems good but Lovecraft did not do a good job. I feel like he jumped around to much and really didn't describe what was going on. His description of the monsters was not that great and neither was the description of the Artic city.
Lina
Apr 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wtf, horror, weird-fiction
Conclusions I have drawn from this book:
a) H.P. Lovecraft was the king of the Info Dump.
b) and he sure loved those adverbs.
c) No one had ever introduced him to the concept of "show, don't tell".

Also, all the stories from the Cthulu Mythos felt like the same story over and over again.
Kate
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
Incredible surreal stories. Haven't been inspired to think this way in years. Nightmarish, disturbing tales, journeys into dark parts of the earth, ancestral civilizations. A must read for any fan of Poe, fantasy, surrealism.
Lauren Little
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of his stories/novellas are just amazing while some are trying to read. He is good at creating some creepy imagery.
Sasha
May 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like Lovecraft's mixture of science and fantasy. Some of his stories have a philosophical tone to them, exploring the place of humanity in the universe. One of my favorite writers.
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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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