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At the Mountains of Madness
At the Mountains of Madness: The Definitive Edition | H.P. Lovecraft
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Introduction by China Miville Long acknowledged as a master of nightmarish visions, H. P. Lovecraft established the genuineness and dignity of his own pioneering fiction in 1931 with his quintessential work of supernatural horror, At the Mountains of Madness. The deliberately told and increasingly chilling recollection of an Antarctic expeditions uncanny discoveriesand their encounter with untold menace in the ruins of a lost civilizationis a milestone of macabre literature. This exclusive new edition, presents Lovecrafts masterpiece in fully restored form, and includes his acclaimed scholarly essay Supernatural Horror in Literature. This is essential reading for every devotee of classic terror. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Verba Docent
Pickpick

A great classic of the HPL universe. Classic exploration/mystery horror tale with lots of attention to detail (perhaps TOO much detail). I love geology and paleontology and even I thought there was too much science jargon in the book. The ambiance is great, but a little less evocative than some other HPL works. There are about two chapters that are total info dumps and get tedious, but otherwise a must for classic horror readers.

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MrBook
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Replenishment for my #Horror Display 👻👻👻!

Have you read any of these?!

#LitsyLovesLibraries #MrBooksDisplays

jb72 I really liked NOS4A2. 5mo
vivastory I've read all of these 5mo
MaleficentBookDragon I loved World War Z more than I ever expected (especially after seeing the horrible movie version). 5mo
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Bookishlie @MaleficentBookDragon I liked the movie version, haven‘t read the book yet though I own it. 5mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory Why am I not surprised?! 5mo
meagankc21 World war z is so good. I need to do a reread of that 4mo
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sixgun
Panpan

I listened to this on podcast. After about 4 hours I got bored. The idea, wonderful. The description, wonderful. The complete lack of anything actually happening! Yup!

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DreesReads
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Pickpick

A pick because this was so much better than any of the other Lovecraft stories I have read. This is a novella, which allowed for more development. The usual exploration (Antarctica this time), strange beings, strange happenings, and fear are a big part of the story. But though Lovecraft‘s “it was so horrible I can‘t say it!” is there—the narrator actually does say! #1001books #sciencefiction #serialreader

BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one too 💕 13mo
SerialReader One of my favorites! 13mo
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DivaDiane
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It‘s the end of the year and the end of the Mount TBR Challenge! Comment here below or post and tag me using the hashtag #MountTBRchallenge ! I‘m sure everyone has done well!

Amandajoy 10. I might get to 11. I wasn‘t my best reading year. 14mo
Izai.Amorim Happy new year, Diane! 14mo
AnansiGirl Happy New Year to you! I read 19 out of 78. If I continue on with #mounttbrchallenge in 2019 should I keep on tagging you? 14mo
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SleepyDragon 26/18 I did pretty well. 14mo
DivaDiane @AnansiGirl Sure! I‘m not going to do anything official this year. I‘ve had to take a step back from Litsy, but I‘m still happy to get notifications and cheer you on! 14mo
DivaDiane @NeesyBeth You sure did! 14mo
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AshleyHoss820
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I went with Sci-Fi for this one!

Judging from his letters to friends, Lovecraft focused more on authors than any one particular work. And I love him for it. 😄 (From left: Poe, Lord Dunsany, Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood)

I‘m currently reading Lovecraft (tagged book) for the first time and I am already ardently head over heels.
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Bookwomble At the Mountains of Madness is one of my favourites by Lovecraft. Internet search Nicholas Roerich to get an impression of the vistas Lovecraft describes - fantastic artworks which obviously inspired HPL. I'd recommend Clark Ashton Smith to you, too. He does cosmic horror, but a lot of his stuff is more fantastic than strictly horror - incredibly imaginative! 2y
AshleyHoss820 @Bookwomble Thank you so much for the recommendation! I JUST added Smith‘s works to my TBR on Goodreads! He sounds interesting! And I will go now and look up Roerich‘s vistas! I was really interested in Algernon Blackwood as well! 😊 (edited) 2y
Bookwomble I've read a cupola of short story collections by Blackwood, but do want to read more of his stuff - he is interesting. Returning to HPL, if you can, get hold of his Supernatural Horror in Literature: It lists all the major writers up to Lovecraft's tome, together with his views. 2y
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AshleyHoss820 @Bookwomble I stacked it and I‘m gonna head over to ThriftBooks to see if I can snag a copy! 😄😄😄 2y
Bookwomble @AshleyHoss820 😊 - Because you said you like Blackwood, and so you might have read his John Silence psychic detective stories, I'm going to make one last (I promise!) recommendation of Carnacki the Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson, a relatively overlooked writer thsee days, but HPL and I both like him 😁 2y
AshleyHoss820 @Bookwomble I will ALWAYS take recommendations! 😄😄 We readers are notoriously bad with our TBRs! 😂 I haven‘t read the John Silence stories yet but they ARE on my list! 2y
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JoScho
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Long acknowledged as a master of nightmarish vision, H.P. Lovecraft established the genuineness and dignity of his own pioneering fiction in 1931 with his quintessential work of supernatural horror, At the Mountains of Madness.
Shame shame know my name I haven‘t read any Lovecraft! #mountains #princeofjuly

trioxin_sematary Awww this is neat!!! 2y
JoScho @trioxin_sematary thank you ☺️ 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡🧡🧡 2y
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hilded You don't need to rush to this, it's painfully boring in my opinion 😴😹 2y
BiblioLitten Me neither 🙈 2y
JoScho @hilded ok then it will stay low on the TBR 😂 2y
JoScho @BiblioLitten 😀👊🏼 2y
vkois88 I haven't either! 2y
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SerialReader
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Trending today in #SerialReader - a scientific expedition reaches a strange expanse of Antarctic mountains. Their presence awakens something ancient and terrible, unleashing death and insanity. One of Lovecraft‘s best-known weird tales. Read it in 15 issues with Serial Reader!

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ssravp
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Pickpick

Extremely unnerving and unsettling.

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PickwickPlockPlock
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HP Lovecraft wasn't successful in his lifetime, but nowaday he's famous for creating the Cthulhu #horror myth, “…a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers”. He was also incredibly racist, which is why I'd say it's totally okay to just read a summary of the stories and then enjoy the countless games, comics and literary mash-ups created by others.
#litsyclassics @Sarah83 @Bambolina_81

Tiyas7 Sorry To Disagree But I Think We Should Judge An Author Through His/Her Literary Works 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @Tiyas7 Everybody has their own limit. I read Lovecraft but I can understand if someone doesn't want to. 2y
Tiyas7 @PickwickPlockPlock Yes, it's a person's personal opinion and preferences 2y
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rohit-sawant @Tiyas7 @PickwickPlockPlock LaValle's dedication to Lovecraft in his book The Ballad of Black Tom sums up how I feel about HPL: conflicted. He's a giant in the field, and I love his work, and it has influenced me greatly. I often find myself rereading him; however, I think it's important to acknowledge the bigoted vein of his works without giving him a pass for being 'a man of his times.' 2y
rohit-sawant POC are invariably portrayed in an appallingly negative light in his stories. I think the best thing one can do is enjoy the good parts, the sandbox of cosmic horror he created, while harbouring an awareness of his imperfections. 2y
rohit-sawant @PickwickPlockPlock And love the picture! 🐙 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @rohit-sawant Well said. 2y
Tiyas7 @rohit-sawant I agree!! We Must respect him for the massive role he played in influencing the Horror Genre. Let's forget the controversies for a moment 2y
rohit-sawant @Tiyas7 I personally wouldn't favor forgetting it. Racism, regardless of era, form or socio-cultural significance of the person committing it, ought to be noted and brought into the light. HPL has every ounce of my admiration but none of my respect. Really grateful to modern authors like LaValle, Khaw & others who use the subgenre not only to tell great stories but to make excellent societal commentary. 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @rohit-sawant You explain the matter much better than I could if I tried to express myself, thank you 2y
rohit-sawant @PickwickPlockPlock That's kind of you to say, Stefanie. Thanks 😊 2y
Tiyas7 @rohit-sawant Agree Brother!! You Summed It Up Perfectly 👏 2y
PirateJenny I still enjoy the stories though. And Victor LaValle even says it's still ok to read them. I also recommend his Ballad of Black Tom and Paul LaFarge's The Night Ocean 2y
rohit-sawant @Tiyas7 Thank you, man. 😊 2y
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Ms.Nic
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Mehso-so

Just finished. Classic and quick, but nothing truly exciting.

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SoniaC
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Pickpick

Not my favorite Lovecraft but really quite good. The narrator did a solid job

JenFowler Which is your favorite? 2y
SoniaC @JenFowler probably The Call of Cthulhu 2y
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Gina
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Mehso-so

I have heard so much about H. P. Lovecraft and I really wanted to like this trip into his mind but alas this book was not for me. Though he has a fantastic way with words I fond the story to scientific with slow build up only to be let down by vague explanations. I have heard his short stories are where it's at so I am not just yet ready to give up on this author.

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OrangeMooseReads
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Pickpick

Just finished up the audio edition. The narrator reminded me of Kelsey Grammar and that kind of bothered me because I don‘t like him.
The book was classic Lovecraft, weird and entertaining. Of course there were multiple references to other works by him throughout the story (something I like about Lovecraft). He wrote well and made the stories fun, mysterious, and a little bit spooky. Maybe there were these giant Chthulu creatures from space.

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JessNevertheless
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Coincidently already listening to this #mountains audiobook during my work day, perfect for the #noteworthynovember challenge! 🏔 Also loving Edward Herrmann as the narrator ❤️

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Clwojick
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This graphic novel was phenomenal 🙌🙌 quite enjoyed it!

Agentfalco I read the Lovecraft stories I struggled with the language and style. It probably works much better as a graphic novel. 2y
Clwojick @Agentfalco that's how I felt! I get exhausted just looking at our copy of 2y
Clwojick @Agentfalco I've attempted it a few times, and it was unbearable... but the graphic novel was awesome! 2y
Agentfalco @Clwojick It‘s good to know about his work though as he is often cited in Literature and TV shows as he‘s had such an influence 2y
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jenniferw88
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New badge on @SerialReader and L completed for #LitsyAtoZ @BookishMarginalia

I thought Lovecraft was scary? 2 ⭐.

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BarbaraBB
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Mehso-so

Almost scientifically Lovecraft describes the ancient Antarctic world some scientists discover, and the horrible consequences of their journey into this unknown territorium. I am normally not a big fan of SF, but At the Mountains of Madness is a quite original and readable story. #1001books

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Rudis
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Pickpick

Decided to reread this story, and I loved it still. It's slow sense of horror culminating at the end is something that was just...spine-tingling.

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Camsmom2010
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I just found this podcast!

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quirkyreader
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Where did all the Old Ones go? Long time passing. Where did all the Old ones go a long time ago? 🐸🐙

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callunakeep
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Estate sale finds!

SharonGoforth Don't you love great bargains! 4y
callunakeep @SharonGoforth I am sucker for bargain priced books! 🤓 4y
Blair_Reads Great finds!!! 4y
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wordcrown
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This started out well enough but later turned into an info-dump that put the first 50 pages of The Lord of the Rings to shame. And it made no sense.