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3.0 out of 5 stars Dissecting Derleth., 5 April 2012
This review is from: Dissecting Cthulhu: Essays on the Cthulhu Mythos (Paperback)
The layout and setting for this book is not good as it sits on the edge of the page. Once we begin to read this is soon forgiven and ignored.
The actual content is very well written and an interesting read for anyone who knows their Lovecraft and is interested in what belongs to him and what comes from other writers in the Cthulhu Mythos.
I found it to be a little unforgiving of August Derleth to be honest. I mean fair enough he changed and altered Lovecraft's perception of the Mythos setting but surely Derleth deserves some level of respect for bringing the reclusive writer to the masses with Arkham House. It reminded me of when fans of a band, like Oasis for example, who only credit the first album Definitely Maybe because they were in to it before they got to famous so anything after that is considered inferior.
I didn't like the way Derleth's interpretation on what the Mythos could mean was criticised in this book along with digs at Brian Lumley too who has made further valid efforts to promote the setting. So what if it changed and was viewed differently later on. It still brought a lot of people back to the original Lovecraft stories.
Perhaps a pdf version would be good next. All in all thank you it was a good read and it's nice to know what was Lovecraft creation and what was an elaboration. Perhaps it could have been written with more respect and positive light on Derleth and other Mythos writers as an afterthought.
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