(Kindle) [Lovecraft Country] author Matt Ruff

Les of an everybody laughs ending I ve ever seen after Caleb threatens them that everyone will be out to get them without his protection and they react with that s just how the world is hide spoiler After becoming addicted to the tv series I couldn t help myself and purchased the book to see how the book s adaptation improved Of course the original book is a little different from the HBO adaptation It is a great mash up of pulp fiction science fiction horror dark comedy thriller action genres with realistic dark criticism of racism a bunch of stories with different characters of Turner f From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent H P Lovecraft Do you now what the irony here isDespite the supernatural elements like black magic haunted houses mysterious coven and nameless realms which populate this tale the real horrors that haunt these pages are the injustices of Jim Crow era The blind racism which raged through Uncle Sam like a wildfire consuming lives proving once again that It s not the ghosts you need to fear but the man himselfOh one another thingHP Lovecraft The man who captivated the imagination of millions of readers with his unsettling mythos and entrancing writings He was also a racist who never shied away from showing it The irony here is naming this book after him even though the story hardly has anything to do with Lovecraft or his mythos I was actually chuckling at the fact that yet another book exists with Lovecraft s name where the heroes are African AmericansLovecraft must be glaring at Matt Ruff from abyss ever since the publication of this bookBonus Irony Using Lovecraft s own uote as the lead in to this review 10 points to me The shadow over Chicago The story is set in the mid 50 s We are introduced to an array of characters notably Atticus Turner his father Montrose Monrose s brother George his family and Letitia Ruby two sisters living in ChicagoThe story begins with a road trip to find Atticus s father who went missing while he was trying to find out about his wife s ancestry As Atticus Letitia and George enter an odd locality to find him they are introduced to unimaginable wonders and horrors rituals that set off events which put their life and their family s life inside a dark and complex web of power struggles They can imagine all sorts of horror They were African Americans living in the 50 sDespite being billed as a horror story this is a surprisingly fun read The story is episodic in nature each chapter focusing on one event and a set of interconnected characters which finally leads to a grand finaleI loved the structure of the story and the situations presented in it But the best parts are undoubtedly the excellent characterization of the cast their rich dialogues and naturalistic portrayal of racismThis is neither a horror read nor a Lovecraftian one The story is closer to urban fantasy and adventure genre and it is very very exciting The characters are very likable Even our anti hero is too damn likable and the stories are filled with memorable momentsHighly recommended But you love these stories Atticus said You love them as much as I do I do love them George agreed But stories are like people Atticus Loving them doesn t make them perfect You try to cherish their virtues and overlook their flaws The flaws are still there though I m between 25 and 3 stars but I rounded up because I m a Matt Ruff fan from way back Yeah Tina that s how I felt after reading this book This was one crazy creative confusing rideIn 1954 the US was still deep in the throes of segregation and blatant racism Whe Re read 72220I m going to go ahead and give it another star It s really holding its own for me and enjoyed it even the second time Ah the Great White hope indeedF this SSuffice to say the 50s racism if it was even half as bad as it is portrayed here still seems rather freaking familiar as the ind we have today Without the riots OR the solidarity of courseOriginal reviewThere are two ways that I enjoyed this novelThe first was the racism angle and the happy ending despite all the horrible things that happen in this tale and against blacks in the good ole boy country in 50 s murica Racism enslavement on multiple levels the desire to try on another skin all of it was both a repudiation of fantasy and pulp fiction s other skewed ness way from black heroes This novel dealt with the issues head on and I liked it The second was how the novel was also a huge sample dish of horror tropes a love story to cultists sorcerers well researched secret societies evil doll tropes tentacles paranoia haunted houses and so much The author nows his shit Lovecraft Sure but think of a slightly milder take not uite attempting to draw us deeper and deeper into the depths of awe turned horror but skipping us across strangeness to strangeness across the entire tale sampling a bit of each dish while focusing on character journeys that don t uite make them go insane or get pulled into other dimensions or get eaten by non euclidian geometries This is an anti racist funhouse of horrors Of course if you are subject to racism yourself you might just fall into this tale and call it a novel of pure horror but at least you can rest assured that there will be a happy ending Lovecraft Country is a collection of inter connected stories about an extended African American family in the mid to late 1940 s and their encounters with things not of this world notably sorcerers a gateway to another world and a haunted houseHoly Shit Lovecraft Country is an early front runner for the best book I ve read in 2016 Here s how it all went downLovecraft Country is the story of the GreenTurner family an African American family trying to make ends meet in the Jim Crow era Matt Ruff does a great job of contrasting the cosmic horror of the Lovecraft mythos with the everyday horrors of racism and ignorance I loved how each story used Lovecraft staples as a starting point and interjected a member or two of the Turner familyThe ages long connection between the Turners and the Braithwaites was very well done For an evil mastermind Caleb Braithwaite was a well drawn character far from the scene chewing villain he could have been The magic system was well done and true to the tale s Lovecraftian roots The Turners were capable but not superhuman by any meansHonestly I can t think of anything bad to say about this book It HIT ALL THE RIGHT BUTTONS FOR ME IT HAS all the right buttons for me It has momentum of a collection of pulp yarns but the writing is far superior To Most Stories Of This Kind And The Jim Crow most stories of this A cristalli liquidi (Italian Edition) kind and the Jim Crow setting and the well drawn characters set it several notches above most books of this typeFive out of five stars Good luck impressing me after this next book. Hwhite and his son Caleb which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his and the whole Turner clan’s destructionA chimerical blend of magic power hope and freedom that stretches across time touching diverse members of one black family Lovecraft Country is a devastatingaleidoscopic portrait of racism the terrifying specter that continues to haunt us toda. Lovecraft CountryBut stories are like people Atticus Loving them doesn t make them perfect You try to cherish their virtues and overlook their flaws The flaws are still there though Lovecraft Country is a p Rating 4 of fiveAUGUST 2020 NEWS The Jordan Peele led series premieres on HBO tomorrow 16 August 2020MARCH 2020 NEWS Author Ruff will have a Reddit AMA on the 27th 2018 NEWS The mooted HBO series picks up steam to my joy What a great thing this could be the richness and beauty of the story well served by the episodic treatmentbut of course there s the nothing good is ever guaranteed gnome gnawing my hope boneMAY 2017 NEWS The book will come to HBO as a series W00tI voted for this book in the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards I reviewed BAD MONKEYS not long ago in preparation for reading this book That was a three plus star read mostly for the sheer audacity of the ending and I do love me a twisty endingThis book gets four glowing platinum stars because from giddy up to whoa there is no let up in the wildly inventive excitement blasting from Ruff s imaginationfire hose Not a moment when things slack off not a corner left unscoured for dramatic and amusing lots of in jokes of which nothing is made because enough that they re there possibilities And let me step outside the fiction s pleasures for a moment and say that this treatment of the vileness that is racism is both inventive and appropriate For that reason alone and there are plenty of others this book merits your vote in the Goodreads Choice AwardsWhy not five Because ending Ending okayness after this wild trip Hmph Gimme You have before Mr Ruff and if ever a tale deserved a slam bang ending it s this one This is a difficult book for me to review I think I love it in spite of itself Or maybe I love it in spite of stuffy old meYou see if I filled out a checklist of what I like in a novel Lovecraft Country wouldn t get many checks The prose itself isn t much no spare elegance no stylistic flourishes the characters though amiable lack depth and definition the plot is rambling episodic and not all that interesting in itself and although it s got the name Lovecraft in the title the supernatural element of the book isn t really scary at allSo don t read it right Wrong Lovecraft Country is the story of Atticus Turner and his family a bunch of bookish nerdy African Americans including one would be comic book artistwriter one would be astronomer one science fiction fan and one publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide who live in Chicago in the 1950 s In the course of a road trip to find missing father Montrose the Turners experience all the challenges of a racist America Jim Crow sunset towns vicious local sheriffs etc only to discover along the way that they have a sinister connection to the Braithwhites a family of white wizards not Klu Klux Klan wizards the devil summoning I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad kind residing in an obscure part of Massachusetts It seems the Braithwhites have plans for Atticus and his familyand they are very evil plans indeedRuff writes a fast moving energetic prose which catches andeeps your attention and fills his book with varied incidents and freuent changes of scenery His characters although not deep are extremely likable and he makes us care about their fates Although the book s occult elements aren t terrifying not even very suspenseful the descriptions of racist America in all its 50 s glory are horrific Ruff has done his historical research well and he presents us with an America filled with obstacles and fraught with danger for every person of color The real miracle of the book though is that Ruff manages to accomplish all this with both Lightness And Reverence Fashioning and reverence fashioning adventure saga about Black Americans confronting a racist world without a hint of liberal tentativeness or lofty condescension Lovecraft Country

is a work 
a work cultural appreciation not appropriation and is also an excellent adventure novel tooThere s a great moment near the end of Lovecraft Country when the wizard Braithwhite tries to threaten the Turners and the entire clan roars at him with laughter What Braithwhite shouted looking at them as if they were crazy What s so funny But for a long while they were laughing too hard to answer Oh Mr Braithwhite Atticus said finally wiping tears from his eyes What is it you re trying to scare me with You think I don t Pip Sueak Saves the Day Medici Books for Children know what country I live in Inow We all do We always have You re the one who doesn t understand Now a TV series on HBO The sphere suddenly burst open like an orange turning inside out dark rind splitting to reveal a wriggling white pulp Dozens of pale tentacles shot out wrapping around the man s limbs torso neck and head and yanking him forward to be swallowed whole before he could cry out There you are Mr Lovecraft I see you trying to slide out of the frameOkay I picked this book up expecting the pages to be brimming with all those fascinating creatures that came from the demented mind of H P Lovecraft but really for the most part the creatures in this novel are of the human Dragonsbane kind I thought I was in for a mind bending possibly gorish pulp fiction treat Just check out the cool cover However the book proved to be not only a book of depth but a book of social consciousness The cover may have sold me but the plotept me completely enthralled Atticus Turner is returning from a stint in Korea serving his country His father has gone missing and he starts the long journey from Florida to Chicago to start looking for him For me a trip of that length is just a long journey but for Atticus it is like an odyssey Because of the fickleness of fate I was born caucasian which pretty much allows me to stop and eat wherever I chose or stay in whatever hotel I want to or drive down a highway with very little fear of being stopped by the police Atticus is African American still in 1954 he has to rely on a guide that his uncle published called The Safe Negro Travel Guide It provides a list to people of color of places that will actually serve them food and places that will places that will actually serve them food and places that will them to rent a hotel room I recently read a book on the baseball player Satchel Paige and so I was already well aware of the despicable and disheartening way that African Americans were treated while trying to travel across this country As to be expected it was way worse in the South but there were still issues even in the Northern states Racism may be cultivated in Southern states like a birthright but in the 1950s a black man could run into it just about anywhere Yet once Atticus crosses the MasonDixon line he can t help but whoop for pleasure as if he has just survived a storm tossed voyage across an angry sea Atticus and and his father Montrose had a falling out over his enlistmen. The critically acclaimed cult novelist makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction pulp noir and Lovecraftian horror and fantasyChicago 1954 When his father Montrose goes missing twenty two year old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him accompanied by his Uncle George publisher T in the army Matt Ruff does an excellent job explaining both sides of the argument Atticus s father was a Black Panther before there was such a thing as a Black Panther Atticus doesn t own the same level of anger at the forces aligned against him as his father does but circumstances are about to change that may alter his opinionIt turns out that the Braithwhite family has shackled Montrose in the basement of their grand New England manor with the hope that Atticus will come to rescue his father What makes this even insidious is the Braithwhite family used to own the Turner family a few generations ago as slaves The Braithwhite family are part of a secret cabal called The Order of the Ancient Dawn Atticus soon learns that he is important to them not because he is black but because he has Braithwhite blood Waithmmmhow could that be Could it be the Lord of the Manor stuck his willie in Atticus s great grandmother And then condemned his own offspring to a life of slavery There are so many affronts against morality in this situation that it is difficult to list the actual order of most unethical to least unethical Needless to say things get really really weird One of my favorite sections of the book was titled Jekyll in Hyde Park where Ruby an aunt of Atticus s has her own run in with Caleb Braithwhite He offers her a potion that allows her for a time to be a tall beautiful confident white woman The difference from being that woman and the reasonably attractive black woman she really is are like having a lump of coal in one hand and a diamond in the other Now the hand of Henry Jekyll was professional in shape and size It was large firm white and comely But the hand which I now saw clearly enough in the yellow light of a mid London morning lying half shut on the bedclothes was lean corded nuckly of a dusky pallor and thickly shaded with a swart growth of hair It was the hand of Edward Hyde Ahhh I love Stevenson The stories are all interconnected as we learn about the Braithwhite family and their long association and obsession with the Turner family There is magic and other worlds and nightmares and dreamscapes all with the overall arching theme of the world of Lovecraft and pulp novels Lovecraft as OscarI did think to myself that Matt Ruff might have also been making some commentary on the controversy of the Lovecraft image being the Oscar of the World Fantasy Awards We have discovered much about Lovecraft and the we learn the tarnished his image becomes He was an unapologetic racist and misogynist Past winners of the World Fantasy Award must have to buff the blackening from the head of his statue uite often If you want to continue enjoying Lovecraft s fiction and his truly outrageously creative mind I would suggest not reading too much about the actual man This book is an ode to pulp novels but also a very revealing book about all aspects of what it was like to be a person of color in the 1950s trying to survive a Lovecraft Country that was intent on disrupting their attempts to have lives of substance If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at Forgive me for going with an obvious joke but to re phrase a Hunter S Thompson uoteWe can t stop here This is Lovecraft CountryIn this case what is Lovecraft Country Well from a typical trope standpoint Lovecraft Country is a twisted version of rural New England where a good portion of author H P Lovecraft s fiction took place It s a place where monsters lurked where horror reigns supreme where the world is uncaring and indifferent to your suffering In other words very much like 1950s America if you were not white This book follows an African American surviving in Jim Crow era America They face racism prejudice and horror some of which happens to come from supernatural entities While this book is stated to be a novel it really feels like a short story collection where all the stories just happen to be connected As such I will do my typical short story collection review and give a mini review for each story Lovecraft Country Easily the most Lovecraftian story in the collection The sense of being in a world out of your control was felt heavily here but despite the underground sorcerer club presented the real threat really was the reality of the world around our characters The sheriff they run into on the road was a frighting figure than anything supernatural 45 starsDreams of the Which House Your classic haunted house story but again the sense that the real world horrors are worse than the supernatural After all the ghost here was threatening but compare that to the neighbors 45 starsAbdullah s Book I loved this story It s really not the best from a horror stand point but it feels the most like a pulp adventure story I mean it s a museum feels the most like a pulp adventure story I mean it s a museum to steal a magic book filled with Indian Jones like traps This story is just fun and filled with humor That s not to say it is without merit from an analysis standpoint you ll note that Abdullah s book is in the title not the one they are actually out to steal 45 starsHippolyta Disturbs the Universe My least favorite in the collection Not bad by any means but personally the least interesting I liked The Twist What Was In twist what was in box but the most interesting aspect to me was the history of the discovery of Pluto discussed at the start 35 starsJekyll in Hyde Park Honestly I started this one thinking it would be my least favorite I m not a fan of body swap stories and I had a pretty good clue as to the twist here While some aspects of this were interesting Ruff did a really good job showing Ruby s different experiences where this story really worked for me was the party at the end It gave us Insight Into Braithwhite And Made into Braithwhite and made one of the interesting villains I ve read in some time He really does come off as the charming devil figure able to offer temptations for a price and always multiple steps ahead 45 starsThe Narrow House The most depressing story in the collection in my opinion We really are getting two tales here the story of the inhabitants of the house and Montrose revising the worst night of his life The story made his past actions relatable and also gave a pretty good insight into his past interactions with Atticus 355 starsHorace and the Devil Doll I was wondering if we would get into police relations and as uncomfortable as a topic as it is I m glad we did What s scarier your classic devil doll or a police force that is actively out to get you 35 starsThe Mark of Cain Honestly don t have much to say about this one from an analysis standpoint A satisfactory conclusion and I like how it retied the stories all together view spoilerIt may have one of the darkest examp. F 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 Atticus’s great grandmother they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devoursAt the manor Atticus discovers his father in chains held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn led by Samuel Brait. ,


10 thoughts on “(Kindle) [Lovecraft Country] author Matt Ruff

  1. says: (Kindle) [Lovecraft Country] author Matt Ruff Free read ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF õ Matt Ruff

    (Kindle) [Lovecraft Country] author Matt Ruff Matt Ruff õ 8 characters Download Lovecraft Country Now a TV series on HBO”The sphere suddenly burst open like an orange turning inside out dark rind splitting to reveal a wriggling white pulp Dozens of pale tentacles shot out wrapping around the man’s limbs torso neck and head and yanking him forward to be swallowed whole before he could cry out”There you are Mr Lovecraft I see you trying to slide out of the frameOkay I picked this book up expecting the

  2. says: (Kindle) [Lovecraft Country] author Matt Ruff

    (Kindle) [Lovecraft Country] author Matt Ruff Matt Ruff õ 8 characters Free read ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF õ Matt Ruff Lovecraft Country is a collection of inter connected stories about an extended African American family in the mid to late 1

  3. says: (Kindle) [Lovecraft Country] author Matt Ruff

    (Kindle) [Lovecraft Country] author Matt Ruff ❝ From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent❞ H P Lovecraft Do you know what the irony here is?Despite the supernatural elements like black magic haunted houses mysterious coven and nameless realms which populate this tale the

  4. says: (Kindle) [Lovecraft Country] author Matt Ruff

    (Kindle) [Lovecraft Country] author Matt Ruff Free read ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF õ Matt Ruff Matt Ruff õ 8 characters This is a difficult book for me to review I think I love it in spite of itself Or maybe I love it in spite of stuffy old me

  5. says: (Kindle) [Lovecraft Country] author Matt Ruff Free read ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF õ Matt Ruff

    (Kindle) [Lovecraft Country] author Matt Ruff Re read 72220I'm going to go ahead and give it another star It's really holding its own for me and enjoyed it even the second time Ah the Great White hope indeedF this SSuffice to say the '50s racism if it was even half as bad as it is portrayed here still seems rather freaking familiar as the kind we have today Without the riots OR

  6. says: (Kindle) [Lovecraft Country] author Matt Ruff

    Matt Ruff õ 8 characters Free read ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF õ Matt Ruff Download Lovecraft Country After becoming addicted to the tv series I couldn’t help myself and purchased the book to see how the book’s adaptatio

  7. says: (Kindle) [Lovecraft Country] author Matt Ruff

    (Kindle) [Lovecraft Country] author Matt Ruff Rating 4 of fiveAUGUST 2020 NEWS The Jordan Peele led series premieres on HBO tomorrow 16 August 2020MARCH 2020 NEWS Author Ruff will have a Reddit AMA on the 27th 2018 NEWS The mooted HBO series picks up steam to my joy What a great thing this could be the richness and beauty of the story well served by the episodic treatmentbut of course there's the nothing good is ever guaranteed gnome gnawing my hope boneMAY 2017 NEWS The bo

  8. says: Free read ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF õ Matt Ruff Matt Ruff õ 8 characters Download Lovecraft Country

    Matt Ruff õ 8 characters Free read ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF õ Matt Ruff (Kindle) [Lovecraft Country] author Matt Ruff I'm between 25 and 3 stars but I rounded up because I'm a Matt Ruff fan from way back Yeah Tina that's how I felt after reading this book This was one crazy creative confusing rideIn 1954 the US was still deep in the throes

  9. says: Matt Ruff õ 8 characters (Kindle) [Lovecraft Country] author Matt Ruff

    (Kindle) [Lovecraft Country] author Matt Ruff Free read ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF õ Matt Ruff Matt Ruff õ 8 characters Forgive me for going with an obvious joke but to re phrase a Hunter S Thompson uoteWe can't stop here This is Lovecraft CountryIn this case what is Lovecraft Country? Well from a typical trope standpoint Lovecraft Country is a twisted version of rural New England where a good portion of author H P Lovecraft's fiction took place It'

  10. says: (Kindle) [Lovecraft Country] author Matt Ruff Download Lovecraft Country

    (Kindle) [Lovecraft Country] author Matt Ruff “But stories are like people Atticus Loving them doesn't make them perfect You try to cherish their virtues and overlook their flaws The flaw

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *