I Am Providence
I Am Providence is a murder mystery set at an HP Lovecraft convention. It shows the dark underbelly of fandom, putting the fans under the microscope.
Colleen Danzig, the plucky heroine, goes through quite a bit of hell over the course of the book, both in her sleuthi ...more
In short: I hated it.
The book cover is great, though. The premise is interesting, but the book gets worse as you go along. And the resolution is embarrassing at best.
The story features one of the worst female characters I've come across. Ever. God, I was sick of her self-righteous and dumb behaviour. She sees every single flaw in other people but misses her own. It got so bad, I wished someone would just kill her. She stumbles a ...more
Looks like 2016 is shaping up to be another pretty busy year for Lovecraftian horror or Lovecraft-inspired fiction, with even more titles set to hit shelves later this summer and in the fall. If you read only one this year though, I highly recommend making it I Am Providence by Nick Mamatas. I found this part murder mystery, part dark comedy, and part fandom commentary delightfully odd and cheeky! While it doesn’t exactly ...more
A negative review inherently got more interest than a positive review--it was just one of those rules. I didn't want to be unfair, though, or crush another author's dreams. Besides, if I hated something then wasn't contributing to its obscurity ...more
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I can't say I read a lot of Nick Mamatas, but what I have read, I've certainly enjoyed.
Nick's most recent work is dissimilar from anything I've read before. Set at the fictional, annual Summer Tentacular, "Providence's premiere literary conference about pulp-writer, racist, and weirdo Howard Philips Lovecraft," the book is an inside look at the craziness such an event would give rise to.
The attendees at said conference seem to be based on a combination of real writers and an amalgama ...more
Author H. P. Lovecraft' s headstone epitaph reads "I am Providence." Certainly he is that for his subset of fans. Come witness the antics, tragedies, and utter sneakiness and ego-posturing on display throughout the "Summer Tentacular," the annual fan convention held in Providence for writers, readers, fanzine publishers, and dealers in Lovecraft Mythos memorabilia. I learned much about Lovecraft' s fiction and life while following the convolutions of the mu ...more
The narrative is flat, without contrast, without authority and out of luck. This author is devoid of energy and that is why this work barely exists in the hands, blink once...gone.
I Am Providence reminded me quite ...more
This was a complex book to read, partially I think because the marketing was so weird. This isn't a horror novel, but a mystery--a dark cozy. There are a limited number of suspects, the gory violence (oddly) tend ...more
The book began brightly and I had high hopes, but none of the characters are well rounded, particularly the protagonist, and after a few pages the constant standing around talking about their fiction and asking who murdered the dead guy, etc, got very old and tiresome. The novel moves at a snail's pace and nothing of particular note or e ...more
So I'll start with what's good about the book. It has a great premise. It has a great title. And the cover design is fantastic. All these added up to a book I was extremely excited to read.
Now the bad. The book didn't live up to any of it. The premise was undone by unlikeable and uninteresting characters. The title, which sounded so profound, promised an element of the epic or supernatural that is entirely absent from the story. And while the cover looked fantastic wit ...more
The writing, technically, was solid and the scenes and chapters flowed nicely into the ...more
Ugh. Great premise, extremely lackluster execution. Also a waste of an excellent title. Basically, a Lovecraftian murder mystery bogged down in how awful fandom is. Can't recommend.
The nitty-gritty: A hilarious romp through the weird world of a Lovecraft convention, narrated by a murder victim and full of strange characters.
It seems these days you can’t swing a dead cat in a bookstore without hitting a Lovecraft-inspired speculative fiction novel. I’m not sure why 2016 seems to be the “Year of Lovecraft,” or maybe I’m just hyper aware of all these tentacle-filled stories. But in any case, I’m curious enough to read as many of them as I can. Enter Nick Mamatas, whose take o...more
This book feels like someone who had heard of cozy mysteries and horror novels, but had never read any of either, decided to try and write a mash up of the two genres...and didn't do a particularly good job at either.
For positives, I liked the images of tentacles running throughout the book and I like ...more
When we think of weird Lovecraftian fiction, many things come to mind, things we’ve heard and read of so many times they’ve practically become embedded in our subconscious minds. Places and monsters like Innsmouth and Arkham, R’lyeh, Shuggoth, and Cthulhu all have been written about in repeatedly over the years, mostly in pretty creative ways. But by now, if one is being honest, the trope has gotten pretty tired. Until Nick Mamatas comes ...more
I enjoyed I Am Providence, but it seems like an idea hatc ...more
Unlike other reviewers, I mostly enjoyed the protagonist, Colleen Danzig. The parts that bothered me revolved around the victim's point of view. Originally, those chap ...more
The writing felt incredibly unique and refreshing in how it expressed complicated ideas about social relations and death. Still the thing that really stood out for me was the way Mamatas wrote the female perspective of someone trying to create her own identity within a male-dominated, small community. It is spot on!