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Cthulhu Lives!: An Eldritch Tribute to H. P. Lovecraft
Cthulhu Lives!: An Eldritch Tribute to H. P. Lovecraft
by Tim Dedopulos
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A smorgasbord of LOvecraftian Horror. Ick!, 27 Sept. 2014
Disclaimer: I was given an uncorrected proof to review by the editor. There were no conditions placed on the review.

It is a good time to be around if you like the Cthulhu Mythos. Perhaps too good as everything seems to get a Cthulhoid twist. I am almost expecting Cthulhu Disney Pricesses (and I bet if I Google that I will get some hits on that, in a pulp horror version of Rule 34)s.

The Mythos is not really a unified logical whole, no matter the efforts of August Derleth to impose one, but some things shine through, common themes of humanity's insignificance in a universe more cruel and oblivious that we can imagine, except for the story you just read on that very topic, and certain story formats. Lovecraft did not just write the single plot format, but he had a few favourites, the "peeling of the onion" with layers of the story being revealed to unfold the horror being the classic, such as "The Innsmouth Horror" but he also wrote fantastical tales too like "The Doom that came to Sarnath".

"Cthulhu Lives" delivers on those expectations and delivers well, particularly the fantastical "Scritch, Scratch". There is no unifying theme or setting to the stories, they are disparate, but they all hit the spot in providing a nihilistic sense of doom, the abject sense of powerlessness and insignificance that we all know and love, even in the form of a love story (Dark Waters) or an eldritch revenge (Ink).

Not all the stories are perfectly delivered, The first, "Universal Constants", should have been a shorter vignette that would have allowed the reader to dwell on the empty fate described, but most are solid, and capture one essence or other of dread. Some, like "of the Faceless Crowd" or "1884" capture the essence of Lovecraftian horror whilst not being the sort of thing he regularly wrote himself, but then neither was "Imprisoned with the Pharaohs".

"Lovecraft lives" might have been a better title, as these are not stories of the Old Ones, mainly, but, if you know your Mythos, they are there, lurking in the minds of those telling the story. Whatever drove Wilbur Whately or Richard Upton Pickman drives Conrad Delkirk in the excellent "The Thing in the Printer". Although "Cthulhu Lives" is aimed at the Lovecraft afficiando and you get more with it, it works as a horror anthology without that background and any horror fan should pick it up.

The Wargaming Compendium
The Wargaming Compendium
by Henry Hyde
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.75

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for understanding the hobby, 6 Aug. 2013
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First thing I noticed was that this book was a lot bigger than I was expecting for the price, even the retail price. It is a sheer joy to read. Mr Hyde approaches his subject as a work of love, communicating the history (although from a mostly UK pov), the fashions, and the sheer pleasure of a hobby that might seem inexplicable to outsiders.

The writing style is very clear, and straightforward and manages to treat the reader as an intelligent human being. He has managed to steer the difficult path of having a book that will be of interest to newcomers as well as old hands.

In this book you can find out what has been done before, and why, and what the strengths and drawbacks were. There are lots of quite superb photographs so that you can always dip into this again for the sheer pleasure of the visual experience.

The book itself is of good, physical quality and I think that this will be one of the books people refer to in years to come when talking about the classic works on the subject

Celda 211
Celda 211
Dvd ~ Carlos Bardem
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: £21.58

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good film, 31 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: Celda 211 (DVD)
This is an excellent film with some very good characterisation. Malamadre is a very believable character for his situation, being both sentimental, after his fashion, and with an instant ON switch for violence.

The journey of the character Juan Oliver is totally credible within the context of the story.

THe only thing that prevents the fifth star are a couple of things Juan's wife Elena does, which don't quite gel with her own situation.

Hell's Gate (Multiverse I)
Hell's Gate (Multiverse I)
by David Weber
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.50

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Long term Weber fan, I hated this book, 8 Mar. 2010
I read 80% of this before giving up.

Firstly the straw man characters driving either side towards war are so, so obvious and in some case more strawman than the scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz.

the next thing was the slow, slow pace. Maybe it was to give the reader an appreciation of the long distances involved, but it was DULL. Most of the book seems to be a discussion in logistics. Well, it isn't too dissimalar to the logistics of the Honorverse and it was getting over used there, here it is even MORE drawn out and dull.

Give me characters I can care about, at least one or two, don't make the others so one dimensional the flatlanders think they are dull, and trim down the background logistics. Explain it as an obstacle and refer to it now and again, don't make the logistics the protagonist.

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