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Medusa

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  26 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
286 pages
Published 1929 by Victor Gollancz
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Paul
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Known today mainly due to Karl Edward Wagner’s over-the-top praise, mystique of which was further accented by how hard it was to actually track down a copy of the damn thing, “Medusa“ is really a victim of its hype.
Regular horror novel it certainly isn't, nor is it mainly a horror novel, nor is it likely to satisfy those interested mainly in the horror/weird fiction aspect of it. “Ecstasy and strange horror“ from the original subtitle are present only in the last couple of chapters, with overtly
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Dvdlynch
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy
It's difficult to classify this as either horror or fantasy. Karl Edward Wagner in Horror: 100 Best Books described this as 'Herman Melville having written Treasure Island while tripping on LSD.' That's a pretty good description of Medusa, but I think it is more accurate to say it's like the bastard literary lovechild of Herman Melville and H.P. Lovecraft. It begins resembling a fairly mundane 'adventure on the high seas' narrative but as it goes on it develops a rather serious case of the Innsm ...more
Robert
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
MEDUSA is one of those reads that comes under the heading, "Good For You" - an experience that you just thoroughly don't enjoy when you're in the midst of it. It does live up to its subtitle; it's just not very scary when reading it in the 21st Century. If you come into it expecting a story that will keep you up at night, you're going to be very disappointed.

MEDUSA appears to be a coming-of-age allegory for its narrator, Will Harvell, who starts off the book accidentally killing his grandfather
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Helmut
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Das Grauen aus der Tiefe

Im nachelisabethanischen England zieht es einen Jungen zur See: Durch unglückliche Umstände getrieben, landet er bei einem Ersatzvater, der ihn mit auf seine Suche nach seinem entführten Sohn nimmt. Auf dieser Seereise in den indischen Ozean wird die Geistesgesundheit aller Mitreisenden auf eine starke Probe gestellt...

Das erste, was einem bei der Lektüre dieses Romans einfällt, ist die starke Ähnlichkeit zu Werken H.P. Lovecrafts und E.A. Poes. Der strenge, einfache Stil
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Alec
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Only about the last tenth of the book is "mystery, ecstasy, and strange horror," with the preceding nine tenths being closer to Treasure Island than to William Hope Hodgson. The weird vision of the climax is worthwhile, but a little too easily explicable along familiar Platonic/Christian lines. Read this book if you like Hodgson and/or stayed with David Lindsay's "Sphinx" and "The Haunted Woman" for the visionary payoff, but don't expect a real lost treasure.
Mike Lester
Oct 31, 2015 marked it as to-read
Recently acquired this in the wonderful Centipede edition.... Looking forward to it...
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