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Lovecraft is a master - one of my favorite authors. I highly recommend the first three volumes of Mr. Joshi's wonderfully-edited Arkham House classics. Take them to bed late at night when the wind is howling - or better yet - have someone read them to you in bed late at night when the wind is howling.
Jun 18, Anthony rated it really liked it. A good collection of Lovecraft's tales. My only problem is that after reading a book of the cosmic horror author's work, I'm starting to see Koontz-like trends in some of his stories. Some of the stories are almost carbon-copies of each other. It's as if Lovecraft was constructing gospels, creating the alternative views of multiple authors.
That being said, the man was a genius.
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You can't blame the pulp writers for recycling a few ideas. Jan 28, Claudio Jesus rated it it was amazing. Feb 12, Scott Roberts rated it it was amazing. The book cover has a very nice retro gothic fantasy art look to the book. I give this book 5 stars. Jan 27, Michael Battaglia rated it it was amazing. And here's one more time through with the man who essentially proved that there is no scene so creepy that it can't be instantly made creepier with the additional of a couple sets of well-placed tentacles.
The third of three volumes with the goal of every single scrap of fiction Lovecraft set to paper and they take their job seriously, as two sections at the end contain early tales that barely last five pages and another collects some fragments that for one reason or another were abandoned.
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Actually, two of the most interesting pieces here aren't even fictional. The first, TED Klein's extremely detailed essay delineating how gaga Lovecraft was for Lord Dunsany, serves as a good overview for the stories in the collection, not hiding the fact that most of them are a bit on the lesser side but at least trying to make a case for them as a stage in his writing evolution. It's well written and makes you wish that the opposite of prolific Klein would attempt to write more often.
The second is from Lovecraft himself, as the collection finishes off with his long essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature" where the author does his best to trace the evolution of horror and link it to his little section of the genre. Its' as enthusiastic and engaging as his stories are morbid and dire, and is clearly written from the point of view of someone who is both a scholar and a fan. He doesn't bother to hide his delight at detailing why he feels his idols are pretty amazing Lord Dunsany and Arthur Machen get what passes for fanboy treatment of the s and if nothing else it's probably the first time anyone tried to quantify "weird fiction" as a specific branch of horror and trace the different approaches of the various authors.
Sometimes he goes a bit overboard with the stuff he likes if you ever wanted to read the authors who were basically contemporaneous with him, you may want to skip the essay until you read them as he basically tells you the entire plot of horror classics like "The White People" and "The Great God Pan", along with a number of famous Dunsany tales but he's also not afraid to be critical when need be. It's a good resource, even today, for people looking to explore the genre further beyond Cthulhu and his friends. And speaking of them, they really don't make an appearance here. What does is a whole host of tales that seem to be operating under a "oh, heck, I'll try anything once" approach, as most of them were written early in his career when he was trying to figure his style out.
This isn't as much of a dire slog as you might assume because what Lovecraft lacks in crafting a memorable atmosphere at this stage of the game, he gains in brevity, with most of the stories rarely running over twelve or fifteen pages. For people who sometimes find his steady layering on of suffocating atmosphere and mood at the expense of plot a bit much at times, especially for fifty or sixty pages at a pop, these may be a bit more welcome. In the worst case, if you find yourself somewhat less of a fan of a certain story then just wait a couple pages and another one will turn up.
Still, there are some intriguing tales. A lot of the early stuff is definitely in the tone of someone who gosh darn is the biggest Lord Dunsany fan ever which is good if you like that style but also makes it very clear that it's very hard to out-Dunsany Dunsany, with Lovecraft's stories often feeling like pale imitations of the mythical tone that came so easy to his idol. Most of them wind up being a parade of made up place names while everyone speaks like they're going to take the next step into legend as soon as the story is over.
It's interesting and well written but very often feels like someone trying too hard to sound like their favorite author and not quite "getting it" in terms of what makes those stories so memorable its not uncommon that the title is the best thing about the story, as he squanders a title like "The Doom That Came to Sarnath" on a story that's at best middling.
Once the horror stuff kicks in, he's on slightly surer footing. None of it attains the cosmic heights of the best tales but he's able to pack some neat little bits of horror into the proceedings. It has a clunky structure brought about by its publishing schedule that causes him to recap the story every five pages or so but its effective where it needs to be and while he can't pull it all together cohesively, the individual moments are nice.
The stories are arranged chronologically and by the time you hit the mid-twenties and stuff like "The Lurking Fear" you can feel Lovecraft getting more comfortable with his parade of horrifying imagery, narrators destined to lose their minds and yes, more occurrences of the word "Cyclopean" than I guarantee you will ever see in one place.
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Unfortunately, he's not good enough yet that you can overlook his sometimes uncomfortable racial views it's a pretty safe bet that almost anyone non-white will be described in a way that makes them sound subhuman and race-mixing is generally an easy ticket to birthing something unspeakable horrifying. Overall, its safe to say this is the least essential of the three volumes. People who merely want to hang out with the slumbering tentacled wonder under the sea are only going to want to read the first and possibly the second volumes, or pick up one of the other innumerable collections that dot bookshelf stories.
But for people interested in him and in the genre as a whole, to see what he picked up from his forebears and regardless of whatever else you can say about him, he's fairly gushing in his praise of the authors he likes, namedropping them whenever he can in his stories and what people later picked up from him, all the stories are worth reading from an academic standpoint its not like he had a huge amount. And while there's no real home runs here, most of them are passable at the very worst and entertaining at best, and whatever enjoyment you feel may be enhanced by reading them on a dark night with a single lamp or candle to light the text, with the wind blowing and the rain splattering against the window, letting your imagination wonder at what horrors beyond description may on the rise that dread evening.
Feb 16, Andrew Pixton rated it liked it Shelves: I forgot how short this one is. Definitely one of his earliest, it's a testing of the waters pun intended for Cthulhu and Innsmouth. I like the ending though it's a little hard to see why he thought this was such a threat to humanity. I suppose that goes back to it being to awful to describe.
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Also the final lines of: Aside from that, the lumbering at the door is quite disturbing. It's like he just picked that water god at rand I forgot how short this one is. It's like he just picked that water god at random, but this dude was in the Pacific whereas Dagon comes from the Middle-East. Actually, I was disappointed to realize that this story, which appeared void of his usual racism, still had some in it. Not only the selection of Dagon but also the 'primitive' etchings on the obelisk, a negative connotation that usually ties back to tribes.
These things alone might not indicate a racist worldview but given his other statements that's clearly what he had in mind. I read some other ideas about this being the resurgence of the subconscious, an interesting if unintentional interpretation. Nov 22, Mike rated it it was ok. I haven't had any interest in reading more Lovecraft in a long time, but this has been sitting on my shelf taunting me to pick it up for probably years at this point.
For the most part, it's pretty bland compared to other Lovecraft collections I've read, though it admittedly has a much more far-ranging and interesting selection than those other collections. Really, I'd say this is pretty skippable - the only stories worth looking up are The Unnameable, which feels like Lovecraft going after his I haven't had any interest in reading more Lovecraft in a long time, but this has been sitting on my shelf taunting me to pick it up for probably years at this point.
Really, I'd say this is pretty skippable - the only stories worth looking up are The Unnameable, which feels like Lovecraft going after his critics, but in a charming sort of way, and Beyond the Walls of Eryx, which is actually a pretty unsettling science fiction story unfortunately compromised by Lovecraft's racism, which, on that note, I'm definitely done with Lovecraft now.
This is a short horror story. I found this on Booktrack and listened to the audio. The image was more interesting than this one. I have heard about Lovecraft but hadn't read anything by him. I liked the style but was disappointed this ended too soon and abruptly. It build the anticipation for horror but didn't follow through for me.
I really liked the quality of the audio sounds in the background. It made for a good, quick listen. Oct 26, Adrienne Bross rated it really liked it Shelves: This collection of stories was, to be honest, mostly terrifying. I have to admit to some difficulty staying interested in many of the more outlandish ones involving other realms , as I'm more character oriented than anything else, but some of these are truly, truly terrifying.
That was just the one that kept me most rapt. Mar 07, Jorge rated it liked it. Mi primer libro de H. Algo confuso por las palabras, recomendable leerlo sin prisa ni a punto de dormir. Stories resemble dreams or nightmares. You cannot distinguish from reality, even though you know they are not true. I highly suggest readers reading this book while listening to a Spotify playlist called 'Lovercraftian Atmos' or some similar background music. Aug 25, Jim rated it really liked it. Learn more at Author Central. Popularity Popularity Featured Price: Low to High Price: High to Low Avg.
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Easy reluctantly allows Ray Gun to continue flying.
Bullard accepts on the condition his unit be supplied with the new North American P Mustang. Noting the reckless aggression of previous escort fights, Bullard orders his pilots to stay with the bombers at all costs. Their first escort mission is a success, and the nd downs multiple Luftwaffe aircraft without the loss of a single bomber. Lightning even takes his chances to attack a Kriegsmarine destroyer before returning to base. However, Ray Gun is shot down and captured by a Wehrmacht patrol, while Deke crash lands and nearly dies, but is rescued from his burning Mustang before the fuel tank explodes.
A group of POWs recruit him, as they believe he cannot be a German spy.
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Easy blames himself for Ray Gun's death and spirals deeper into alcoholism. Worried, Lightning makes a deal with Easy: Meanwhile, attitudes against the Tuskegee Airmen begin to change as they earn the bomber crews' respect. Lightning proposes to Sofia, who accepts as long as he stays in Italy. One of the POWs reaches the nd's base and informs them about Ray Gun's sacrifice, assuming him to be dead.
The Tuskegee Airmen are tasked with escorting the first American bombers to attack Berlin, though for propaganda reasons they are only asked to escort the bombers on the first leg of their journey. When the fighter squadron meant to relieve them never arrives, Easy stays with bombers. They are attacked by Pretty Boy, now leading a flight of the revolutionary new Messerschmitt Me jet fighters.
Despite being outclassed, the Tuskegee Airmen shoot down several enemies, along with escorting a wounded B back to Allied airspace. Pretty Boy nearly shoots down Easy, but at the last moment, Lightning attacks and kills Pretty Boy in a head-on attack. Although victorious, Lightning is mortally wounded and dies, with his Mustang crashing soon after. Easy is then forced to inform Sofia about Lightning's death and consequently overcomes his alcoholism.
At Lightning's funeral, Ray Gun returns, having survived his escape from German captivity, invoking Lightning's memory. Ultimately, the Tuskegee Airmen are awarded the Presidential Unit Citation in honor of their achievements. Interview with Rick McCallum , June 9, . George Lucas began developing Red Tails around ,  after hearing of the Tuskegee Airmen from his friend George Hall, a photographer.
The Man and His Dream as "a story too good to be true". Jackson regarding Jackson possibly directing and acting in the film. Although Jackson praised the script, he did not commit to either role. Pre-production began in January , with location scouting having taken place in June in Prague , Czech Republic , Italy and Croatia.
Russell to design key aerial combat sequences. Editing began while the production was in Prague. Avid editing systems were used simultaneously in a Prague studio and at Lucasfilm. In April , Tuskegee Airman Lt. He died in while the film was in post-production and the final credits bear a tribute to Archer. The site's consensus reads: We can be Star Wars , as crazy as it is.
Audiences are likely to enjoy it. The scenes of aerial combat are skillfully done and exciting.
Save your guffaws until afterward with your friends. Ina Diane Archer, daughter of Lee Archer Tuskegee airman and advisor for Red Tails , in writing for Film Comment , criticizes the film's disconnect between aerial scenes and the rest of the film, saying, "One longs for more scenes between the ensemble on the ground, but the emphasis on aerial and digital technology leaves the characters without context.
In the face of media criticism of the portrayals of the Tuskegee Airmen in Red Tails , a number of activists took to social media to protest against what was thought to be a racially tinged effort to denigrate the contribution of the wartime fighting unit. Beginning with statements to support the film made by surviving Tuskegee Airmen who had seen the film in previews, and spurred by the comments made by Lucas in a candid interview on The Daily Show where the producer openly discussed the difficulties of trying to get Red Tails made over the past 23 years, a Facebook campaign was started.
In the Oakland, California premiere, two sold-out screenings were a testament to the success of the campaign. Regardless of what Hollywood thinks, we all want to see positive messages of black people in the movies Now it's the one thing that everyone comes up to me and says 'thank you' for — I'm proud of that.