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Lovecraft Country

af Matt Ruff

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Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George-- publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide-- and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite, heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus's ancestors, they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours. At the manor Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus.… (mere)
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    Carter & Lovecraft af Jonathan L. Howard (ShelfMonkey)
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    The Night Ocean af Paul La Farge (sturlington)
    sturlington: H. P. Lovecraft connections
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    Meddling Kids af Edgar Cantero (Vulco1)
    Vulco1: Cthulu (sp?) esque horror. Young people getting into and out of trouble. Associated TV shows. Good quality writing.
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Viser 1-5 af 83 (næste | vis alle)
It's different from the HBO series, and significantly enough that I'd consider the two as separate entities. There are several points in the book that aren't present in the series and vice versa. Nonetheless, it was an interesting read. Artistically, I think I prefer the series, to a point. I'm glad I read this to sort of round things out with the other characters in the narrative. ( )
  WeeTurtle | Feb 19, 2024 |
Why, oh why did I wait so long to read this book!? The TV series prompted me to finally pick it up. But this is even better than the show. Great characters, great stories, fascinating (and infuriating) historical context. Read this book!
[Audiobook note: Listen to this book! Kevin Kenerly is a great narrator!] ( )
  Treebeard_404 | Jan 23, 2024 |
I read it again while watching the series. The series is quite different, so don't worry if you watched it before reading. ( )
  wvlibrarydude | Jan 17, 2024 |
I started reading this after we watched the HBO series, and while it's only 4 episodes, I do think this is one of the adaptations that builds on the source material in a good way. I think that's because the adaption becomes an #ownvoices story, with Black creators adding nuance and depth to some already solid characters. Ruff does a decent job, as an example of writing outside your experiences because you do the homework to back it up. It does feel a little "I learned about X, gotta mention it", but what this novel does well is combining real life horrors with creeping pulpy horror. The chapters feel like issues of a comic book following different characters, though there is an overarching story.

Really solid read, and good addition to a 2020 reading list if you want to add fiction to your nonfiction. ( )
  Daumari | Dec 28, 2023 |
Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff is a pulpy series of interlinked fantastic supernatural horror stories that also deal with the horrors of the Jim Crow era. The stories in particular play with the mythos created by H.P. Lovecraft a renown author known for both his cosmic horror stories and his, unfortunate, racism. I personally thought the first couple of stories were great (I especially enjoyed Hippolyta Disturbs the Universe) but also thought the later half were just so-so. I thought all the characters are likable and I wanted to spend more time with each one. Atticus Turner however was the character we were went to identify with the most, as he too is a sci-fi genre nerd. While this is labeled as "horror" it really is a variety of genres from mystery to sci-fi to adventure to horror.

If anything, this book is truly about the horrors of racism. While supernatural things do occur, the most disturbing things are almost always what other humans say or do to others. That's true horror.

I'm looking forward to watching the TV adaptation. ( )
  ryantlaferney87 | Dec 8, 2023 |
Viser 1-5 af 83 (næste | vis alle)
“Lovecraft Country” centers on two ­African-American families navigating the Jim Crow ’50s. These pages are rife with unwelcoming diner workers, violent lawmen, unwarranted and belittling verbal and physical attacks that are both omnipresent and unrelenting.... At every turn, Ruff has great fun pitting mid-20th-­century horror and sci-fi clichés against the banal and ever-present bigotry of the era. And at every turn, it is the bigotry that hums with the greater evil.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerNew York Times, Manuel Gonzales (pay site) (Jun 1, 2016)
 
Lovecraft’s works of horror and science fiction in the early decades of the 20th century have had an outsized influence on popular culture.... Less highly regarded are Lovecraft’s ideas regarding race; a vehement believer in the superiority of white individuals over others, many of his stories were rooted in a fear of immigrants, miscegenation, and mixed ancestry....The superficialities are there — strange cults, rituals in the night, monsters with more body parts than strictly necessary — but none of the psychic horror of Lovecraft is found in Ruff’s work, none of the existential dread. The threats are real and obvious: a white man, often with a gun.
 
...the most terrifying moments in the story don’t come courtesy of the monsters. It turns out that even many-tentacled void hounds are nowhere near as scary as white people in Jim Crow America. Matt Ruff is to be commended for combining two genres that I couldn’t have considered further apart before now, and doing justice to both. You’ll come for the sci-fi, and stay for the history lesson.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerLit Reactor, B.H. Shepherd (Feb 16, 2016)
 
This timely rumination on racism in America refracts an African-American family’s brush with supernatural horrors through the prism of life in the Jim Crow years of the mid-20th century....Ruff (The Mirage) has an impressive grasp of classic horror themes, but the most unsettling aspects of his novel are the everyday experiences of bigotry that intensify the Turners’ encounters with the supernatural.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerPublishers Weekly (Nov 30, 2015)
 
Some very nice, very smart African-Americans are plunged into netherworlds of malevolent sorcery in the waning days of Jim Crow—as if Jim Crow alone wasn’t enough of a curse to begin with....If nothing else, you have to giggle over how this novel’s namesake, who held vicious white supremacist opinions, must be doing triple axels in his grave at the way his imagination has been so impudently shaken and stirred.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerKirkus Reviews (Nov 4, 2015)
 

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Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George-- publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide-- and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite, heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus's ancestors, they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours. At the manor Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus.

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