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I've purchased an actual, physical book!

I've purchased an actual, physical book!

Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff, is:

A novel of Jim Crow America that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.

Chicago, 1954. When his father 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 of
The Safe Negro Travel Guide—and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Samuel Braithwhite—heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus's ancestors—they encounter both the mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours.

Lovecraft's mythos seems like it would dovetail quite terrifyingly with the Jim Crow era; I cannot wait to see how Ruff connects the two.

Yes, I know; I've bought another book before finishing the one I already had *coughsCursedChildcoughs* but Shog's work week has been hell, and we've not yet had time to pick the play back up. I suppose that I could, but it's been fun reading together. *is impatiently patient*

I'm currently reading Anne of Green Gables to the kids at the library. Making me happy: the little boys are just as interested in it as are the little girls. Making me happiest: the kids are actually listening to an "ancient" book!

Expected reaction: The tittering I heard when Anne asks, "Marilla . . . do you think that I
shall ever have a bosom friend in Avonlea?" The kids definitely have opinions on the matter of bosom friendship. ;P

Comments

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delphipsmith
Aug. 18th, 2016 01:58 am (UTC)
I've heard mixed reviews of this book; will be interested in your reactions. I recently read another Lovecraft-related fiction called The Broken Hours which was GREAT.
iulia_linnea
Aug. 18th, 2016 05:45 am (UTC)
I'm adding that to my list!
willibald
Aug. 18th, 2016 02:15 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you are familiar with the web comic Spinerette http://www.spinnyverse.com/comic/02-09-2010 but in this universe the Avonlea girls are all superheros and lead the Canadian super team that the protagonist occasionally runs up against/works with. Only the latest one's a boy! (http://krazykrow.deviantart.com/art/The-Green-Gable-188855013 )

On the subject of web comics here are a couple Shog might enjoy (if ypu let him)

Those Unknowables http://tsoi.webcomic.ws/comics/first/ probably the best Lovecraft inspired comic around and

http://zazzcomics.com/comic/kidthulhu-page-1/ This has only just started as a web comic. It's very silly.
iulia_linnea
Aug. 19th, 2016 07:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you! I can't wait to check out all of these! :D
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