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  • By jon marshall
    Sep 10, 2016
    If you have the paperbacks of Cumbrian Cthulhu I believe you already have this story, but if you have bought the hardcover Cumbrian Cthulhu 1-4 you will not, and you will be missing out. Let me begin this review by saying that this author seems to be an amateur writer. However, I have just read one mythos novel by a much published scholar and critic, which was so bad I could not finish it, and I'm now reading another mythos book by a much published writer on climate change and nature religion; the image of Nyarlathotep and some deep ones sitting down to drink tea will haunt me forever and not in a good way :) However, faint praise as this might seem to be, this novel easily stands above these other two books. It is well written, well plotted and fun to read. The characters are largely believable and well sketched. The settings are well deployed for the story, and unlike the other books mentioned the author does not call on you to pretend that bad ideas are not occurring. Amateur or... More > not, this is a professional level publication. It is set in Cumbria and then in the reaches of space, and largely deals with an attempt by worshippers of the old gods to set them free. It is a fairly standard Cthulhu plot, with a few twists here and there, but well executed with page turning propulsion. It is supposed to occur in the early years of the 20th Century, which I'm not entirely sure about, but it does allow some well known Victorian characters to have bit parts. Luckily these appearances add charm rather than dominate the novel. The novel is perhaps more Bulldog Drummond or Sexton Blake vs Cthulhu than cosmic horror, but that perhaps suits the confidence of the period, and the characters. Basically if you are seeking an enjoyable mythos novel, which makes some new and interesting contributions to the lore, then you should find your money well spent, and be hoping for more productions from this author and publisher. I'm also reading the collection of tales 1-4, but for some reason short stories take me much longer. That book is also a fine and highly recommended collection, which belongs on the shelf with this one. So congratulations to the editors and authors and I will be buying the new volume 5 when I've finished the other collection.< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
Cumbrian Cthulhu
May 22, 2016
Hardcover (dust-jacket)
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.53 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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