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The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe | Kij Johnson
Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Womens College. When one of her most gifted students elopes with a dreamer from the waking world, Vellitt must retrieve her. "Kij Johnson's haunting novella The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe is both a commentary on a classic H.P. Lovecraft tale and a profound reflection on a woman's life. Vellitt's quest to find a former student who may be the only person who can save her community takes her through a world governed by a seemingly arbitrary dream logic in which she occasionally glimpses an underlying but mysterious order, a world ruled by capricious gods and populated by the creatures of dreams and nightmares. Those familiar with Lovecraft's work will travel through a fantasy landscape infused with Lovecraftian images viewed from another perspective, but even readers unfamiliar with his work will be enthralled by Vellitt's quest. A remarkable accomplishment that repays rereading." Pamela Sargent, winner of the Nebula Award At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Sweetkokoro
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Bailedbailed

First DNF of the year. Boring, dull, and drab. It‘s 168 pages, I made it to 60 pages before I called it quits. Interestingly this is the 3rd HP Lovecraft inspired book that I have either hated or dnfd, I have never read HP Lovecraft and I feel I would not like their work based on this realization haha.

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Pickpick

Inspired by the work of HP Lovecraft. Professor Boe travels across the dreamlands to retrieve a student - if she does not the effects will be catastrophic.

Ending was pretty moving.

Partially a fix-up of HP Lovecraft's exclusion of women in his stories.

Nominated for some SFF awards when it was published - usually pick from the current batch of nominees but my library had a copy.

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speljamr
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Pickpick

Finished this one while I was eating my lunch at work. Fun romp through the Lovecraft dream world. Lots of references if you are familiar with Lovecraft, but stands on its own regardless.

#lovecraft #fantasy

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SkeletonKey
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Pickpick

Finished this just now.

I didn‘t realize it was a part of Lovecraft lore, although I should have from the title. I haven‘t actually read Lovecraft so a lot of this went right over my head BUT I still enjoyed the dreamscape descriptions and the story itself. I also really appreciate how the author addressed and altered the sexism and racism that has put Lovecraft on low priority in my mind. Wish I had read his first for clarity though.

2BR02B I'm about to start this for my book club. The theme of the meeting is Lovecraft reimagined, so we're discussing this and 1y
Chrissyreadit Your bookmark is beautiful. 1y
SkeletonKey @2BR02B - Hope you enjoy it! Looking forward to hearing what you think. 1y
SkeletonKey @Chrissyreadit - It‘s my favorite 😆 1y
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SkeletonKey
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I am REALLY enjoying this book so far.

Something‘s been making me crave Masala Chai lately so I cooked some up this afternoon. I feel like finding the perfect masala chai for your tastes is kinda like the holy grail when you enjoy making these things at home but I can‘t find my favorite recipe right now 😭 need to keep hunting for it. This was pretty close though.

#chai #masalachai #teaandbooks

SandyW I've started emailing myself my favorite recipes. That way I can always find then on my phone... And access then even if I'm not home. 1y
SkeletonKey @SandyW - That‘s smart! 1y
Bookishthoughts Love this picture! What a great mug😍 1y
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Bookishthoughts I agree with trying to find the best chai mix. Not all chai is created equal.😕☕☕ 1y
SkeletonKey @LazyDays - Thanks!! I collect pottery mugs, lol 1y
Bookishthoughts @SkeletonKey I collect mugs also💓 1y
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SkeletonKey
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My collection of novellas to possibly read this weekend. I think they‘re all under 200 pages so surely I could finish one or two?

I‘ve basically made myself a nest of books, blankets and art supplies.

#longweekend #novellas

Bklover I love that you made a nest! Enjoy! 1y
SkeletonKey @Bklover - Thanks!! 1y
SMayWrites Looking forward to what you think of the Dreamquest. It's in my tbr pile! 1y
SkeletonKey @SMayWrites - I‘ve heard great things! 1y
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BekahB
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I finally narrowed down my pull stack for #24in48! I definitely won‘t get through all of it, but I like to have options. I have a mix of novels, novellas, and manga/comics.

I‘m hoping to hit 24 hours this time. I reached 22-1/2 hours during the last readathon, so I think I can make it. I‘ll probably take a nap today before the countdown starts. I have my coffee and snacks ready to go! 😀

2BR02B Great selection. Spell on Wheels was such a fun read. 2y
Maike Every Heart a Doorway is wonderful ❤️ 2y
BekahB @2BR02B it looks so good! I happened to stumble across it when I was browsing Book Outlet. 2y
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BekahB @Maike it‘s been on my bookshelf for a really long time. It‘s one of my priority reads this weekend - I‘ve heard such great things about it! 2y
HufflepuffGirl90 Awesome choices! The Mist definitely sent a shiver down my spine! 2y
BekahB @HufflepuffGirl90 I‘m really excited to read it! I‘m hoping to get to both of King‘s novellas this weekend. 2y
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dissemination
Pickpick

Surreal and wonderful fantasy novel set in Lovecraft‘s Dreamlands.

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Readaholics
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After you get to the waking world, you realize your boyfriend is pretty much irrelevant. Loved this female interpretation of a H.P. Lovecraft story.

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Readaholics
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Loving this tale of one woman‘s journey to find a missing student set amongst HP Lovecraft‘s scenery.

ChasingOm ooooOOOoooo 2y
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Readaholics
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Super sick today! Thankfully I have Smokey Joe to keep me company while I read this book.

jfalkens Hope you feel better soon xxx 2y
JazzFeathers 😻😻 Get better soon 💪 2y
Nutmegnc Perfect way to feel better! One of my all-time fav books with my all-time fav animal! 2y
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youneverarrived Feel better soon 💕 2y
amvs1111 Ooooh, I'm planning to read this when it comes from the library. Hope it helps you feel better! 2y
MallenNC Feel better! Glad your cat is there to look after you! 2y
Redwritinghood Feel better soon! 2y
WhatDeeReads Hope you feel better soon! 2y
QuietlyLaura Hopefully resting and healing kitty vibes will help you feel better! 2y
JessClark78 Hope you feel better soon. 2y
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Beachesnbooks
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Just got out of work so I can join in on #24in48 !

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Beachesnbooks
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1. Buffalo, NY
2. Yep! Maybe like 4 times?
3. I heard about it after I did Dewey's 24-hour readathon for the first time and I was asking around for more things like it.
4. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire. Also excited to finish A Million Junes by Emily Henry and find out what the heck is going on with these ghosts!
5. My favorite animals are sharks and bunnies.
6. Litsy, Instagram (beachesnbooks), beachesandbooks at wordpress

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MagdaRosol
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A girl, a cat, and a quest. What else do you need?

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earlgreyediting
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April was already a great month for my reading, but it was nice to have Dewey's readathon to give it an extra boost. Mt TBR has increased a little with the release of the shortlists for the Hugos and the Ditmars. However, the award shortlists also mean I'm not having any trouble meeting my new year's resolution to get to the library more often.

Full report at http://earlgreyediting.com.au/2017/05/05/mt-tbr-report-april-2017/

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sydneyerin
Pickpick

I have not read any Lovecraft but I still enjoyed this!

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librarianbeks
Pickpick

Short but excellent!

RaimeyGallant Hi! We're playing #LibrariansForTheWin today. :) 2y
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angrylilasian
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One of my librarian friends recommended this and I'm having a really hard time not jumping into it. I'm in the middle of 5 other books right now! #blameitonlitsy #bookishproblems

brendanmleonard Wow, beautiful cover! 3y
Leniverse Ooh, "The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath" is one of my favourite Lovecraft stories. And I love the ones set in Ulthar. It never occurred to me that Ulthar was in the dreamscape! Hm. I might love this, or I might hate it. ? 3y
Tsubame @TheLondonBookworm Had to think of you when I saw and read the description of the book 😉 3y
angrylilasian @brendanmleonard I know! I bought the ebook but I'm thinking I need a physical copy. 😄 3y
angrylilasian @Leniverse That's always the risk! I hope it's good cuz I read the description and immediately hit "Buy Now". ? 3y
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LindsayReads
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Bailedbailed

I confess: I've never read Lovecraft and have no desire to, so maybe what irked me about this is due to my ignorance. I really liked the fact that Vellitt is a woman in her 50s(?) going on a solo quest, but otherwise, how is this supposed to be so feminist? All knowledge keepers are men, she seems to want to uphold the complacency of women, and then there was a reference to rape like it was NBD. Language was too flowery. Kinda boring euro fantasy.

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LindsayReads
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First day of conference was blessedly short, AND I got my two presentations out of the way. Returned home and put on my jammies ASAP for more novella reading! I finally got a good start on this at lunch today and apart from a little typical fantasy silliness, I think this is going to be fun!

And then Lois.

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LindsayReads
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Because today's Binti binge has given me a sudden urge to read down the Tor novellas on my TBR...

Can we take a moment to lament how crappy #mapsinbooks appear on a basic Kindle screen? It's just cruel!

#booknerdproblems

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Truth. Also, Tor novellas are consistently phenomenal. 3y
LindsayReads @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I am falling doen the rabbit hole of looking up even more Tor novellas! Rockin' Saturday night! 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk The Builders and Spiderlight are both on my TBR and both sound better than amazing. 3y
LindsayReads @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Oooh! I'll have to check those out! 3y
Lupita.Reads 😩😩😩😩😩😊 3y
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kammartinez
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Pickpick

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ of 5 ⭐️s

I went into this expecting a cosmic horror story, but what I got was a gorgeous quest story that's really a hell of a lot more like fantasy than anything else. This reimagines the horrorscape of Lovecraft's imagination as...well, something not entirely unlike our own world, actually. Not what I expected, but I absolutely adore it all the same - especially since Johnson calls out Lovecraft's racism and misogyny :D.

Cinfhen Nice review 3y
kammartinez Thanks :D! 3y
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kammartinez
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Feeling in the mood for something Lovecrafty tonight - and oh look! It's also a Nebula Award nominee XD!

kammartinez @RealLifeReading Ooh, thanks for the rec :D. I finished Vellitt Boe last night and MAN, Johnson's writing is A+. Deffo have to read more of it :D. 3y
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thec0zy
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I am enjoying this novella, but I feel that I would get more out of it if I were familiar with Lovecraft at all. Has anyone else read it? Did you feel the same?

ReadingEnvy I haven't read it but would assume the same considering the title! 3y
thec0zy @ReadingEnvy it's good, but I think I'd like it much more if I could see how it's subverting expectations 3y
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MichaelKwan
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Pickpick

Finished today as well. I started just liking it and finished living the novella. Kij Johnson has written more than a Lovecraft pastiche. She treats his Dreamlands with full respect while bringing a missing perspective to the setting. A perspective that I doubt Lovecraft would have recognized was missing. Love Kij Johnson's voice here.

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Nutmegnc
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You almost don't notice that what isn't said is almost as important as what is. The descriptions reminded me of reading HG Wells' Time Machine as a kid but it wasn't until I read the afterward that I realized it was a reimagining of Lovecraft. Some poignant thoughts on growing older, women's roles in society, the choices we make in life, and what it means to identify as a traveler.

Nutmegnc @BkClubCare This deceptively simple story warms and sparkles in your head and heart. I hope you love it as much as I did. (edited) 3y
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meganlynae
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The cover is lovely and I'm looking forward to a longer piece by Kij Johnson. I enjoyed her shorter works that Clarkesworld picked up.

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