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Could do better,
This review is from: Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft: The Best Weird Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Hardcover)This is a valiant effort to bring together all the greatest works of the master of all that is weird. It's certainly better than cluttering up the shelves with umpteen smaller books. However, it's a bit like the curate's egg - good in parts. What weakens it as a definitive collection is the inclusion of a small number of less good stories - earlier ones when Lovecraft was still refining his craft; some of these lack any real suspense, horror or shock, with very predictable denouements - "The Outsider", for example. "Completeness" will not do as an excuse, because some stories are missing - "The Picture in the House" and "The Terrible Old Man", for example.
My real criticism of the collection, though, is the editing; Mr Jones needs tp find a better proofreader. There are a large number of typos, mainly the sort that would not be picked up by a spellchecker because they are real words - just the wrong ones. In stories which work best when the reader has pushed his suspension of disbelief to the limits and deeply immersed himself in the narrative, these errors are extremely distracting and annoying.
Otherwise, a great collection.
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Initial post: 30 May 2011 01:39:37 BDT
A. Moncrieff says:
"Mr Jones needs tp find a better proofreader"
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