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The Safe House iThis novellas a real delight I love all things Lovecraftian with or without the Blood for Blood inherent racism of the original but fortunately almost EVERY hand put to the task of building upon the mythos has recreatedt Be Afraid (Morgans of Nashville, into something egalitarian and deep while still retaining the rich richmaginingsThis continues the uest within the Dreamland but from the point of view of a middle aged teacher of mathematics from within this other world helping out a student from our world who had fallen A Six Gun for Socrates in love with a mann the Dreamland who Practical Angels if allowed to continue would set all the gods of creation on a tear to destroy everything because the two SHALL NOT mixMy favorite bits are the fact that this woman doesn t have any special skills She settled down from her wandering days to become a prof but still droppedt all to go on a long and wonderful uest filled with monsters and demons and whatnot with nothing than her perseverance Imaginative So The Lonely King (The Royals, imaginative This continues Lovecraft s original sure but Kij Johnson flows deep within these rivers that are at once familiar and very unfamiliar evoking a blase attitude to things that are richly disturbing and strange evoking awe with simple concepts like the number Pi that doesn t changets value and so many other cool bits with Ghasts and Gouls and GauntsAfter reading this I m thrilled and pretty well amazed and totally on board with reading anything else this woman has ever written Anything that can evoke awe Latin America in the World in this old reader has got to be cherished This one might make my top pick for the Hugo Novella category for this year It s either that or Every Heart a Doorway Weird and wonderful short tale of a university professor whos looking for a missing student I hadn t read any of Lovecraft s stories but I still enjoyed this very muchFirst of all I learned what a group of cats Shootout of the Mountain Man (Mountain Man, is called A clowder had congregated with the uad as well they ceased whatever was their business and watched as Vellitt and Oure passed and one a small black cat separatedtself from the rest and followed them 彼岸花の咲く夜に 5 into Jurat s stairwell pg 15 A clowder how cools that I nearly have a clowder of cats at my house Also this story has a bit about talking to cats In her far travelling days Vellitt had known a drea I m not familiar with the HP Lovecraft short story that this s a reply to The Dream uest of Unknown Kadath but Lovecraftian themes abound and I recognize a lot of the referencesVellitt Boe s a Professor at the Woman s College of her University when one of her students runs away with a man from the waking wor When a student from the Ulthar Women s College goes missing with her dreaming lover Vellitt Boe journeys across the dreamlands to find a way to the waking world to bring her back With a cat In Cave Danger (Pacific Northwest Mystery in tow will Vellitt be able to find Clarie JuratGhouls ghasts and gugs oh my The Dream uest of Vellitt Boes a new spin on HP Lovecraft s The Dream uest of Unknown Kadath with less racism and women It was already on my wish list when Impulsive (Men of Hawaii, it popped up on NetgalleyThe Dream uest of Vellitt Boes Vellitt Boe s uest across the dreamlands to bring home Clarie Jurat a student at her college Clarie fell The Perfect Mistress (Mistress, in love with a man from the waking world and Vellitt must bring her back before things go pear shaped Her odyssey takes her from one end of the dreamlands to the other and eventually to the waking worldI have to say I like what Kij Johnson had done with HP Lovecraft s Dreamlands While the settings still what Lovecraft created complete with Randolph Carter and assorted horrid creatures she puts her own stamp on the tale by
having a middle aged woman take center stage a middle aged woman take center stage writing Turquoise Unearthed: An Illustrated Guide is way accessible than HP Lovecraft s and reads like Neil Gaiman s Stardust She treats the mythos with respect while expanding upont and telling her own storyThe only thing I can really complain about Antologia de Contos Fantásticos is thatt wasn t longer and Kij wasn t able to work all of the Dreamlands staples Dark Ruby Dark Sapphire intot 35 out of 5 stars I didn t plan for In Search of Bisco it but thiss my second The Arabic Alphabet in a row fan fic story The title should have been familiar from a highschool short foraynto Lovecraftian horror but the source of Here We Are inspiration only became clear to me when reading the afterword acknowledgements I first readt at ten thrilled and terrified and uncomfortable with the racism but not yet aware that the total absence of women was also problematic This story s
MY ADULT SELF RETURNING TO A THING I LOVED adult self returning to a thing I loved a child and seeing whether I could make adult sense of t Kij Johnson Anna of Kleve (Six Tudor Queens, is keeping the vision of Lovecraft alive approaching the Dreamland from a different perspective while remaining faithful to the call of adventure and to the sense of horror that lurks around almost every corner In The Dream uest of Unknown Kadath Lovecraft sends his hero Randolph Carter on a wild chase through a parallel universe a place where dreams become nightmares and where fickle gods hiden the In the Mix (The GEG, immensity of space Vellitt Boes a teacher from this scary Dreamland and she sets out on her own uest to cross over nto our reality and recover one of her errant students Clarie Jurat who eloped with a dreamer as the likes of Randolph Carter are known n the underworldVellitt Boe Folk Hats is the kind of heroine I would like to find oftenn fantasy novels She s the complete opposite OF THE YOUNG FEISTY PRINCESS WITH the young feisty princess with hidden talent First Steps Painting Watercolors in either combat or magic torn between two hansome and rich dreamboys At first glance Vellitt Boes an elderly staid and predictable math teacher Celephaian Doctor of Teoretics and esteemed Professor Maior at Ulthar s ancient and honorable University Faced with the crisis of her runaway star student Clarie Vellitt Boe proves to be not only resourceful and determined but also young at heart and ready for adventure You see she was not always a professor She had been born Popular Woodworking Pocket Shop Reference in the harbor town of Jaren where the frigid Xari spillednto the northern reaches of the Cerenarian Sea but Dyeing to Spin Knit: Techniques Tips to Make Custom Hand-Dyed Yarns in her nineteenth year she left and for years after that she voyaged crossed plains and forests and fenlands ascended mountains and walkedn the belly of the under realms sailed My Old Lady in strange hulled boats across unfamiliar oceans under the low sky She had travelled until she realized that this yearning life could not be sustained that time woul eventually erode away her strength and courage and so she stopped She applied to the Women s college of the University of Celephais and settlednto rooms there a perfect student brilliant and disciplined She received her Physical Studies degree Broken Prince and Mismatched Eyes in Mathematics and came to Ulthar to stay and grow old and teach other young women rational responses to their restlessness It had been sensible a reasonable end to her far travelling youth The restlessness of youth and the call of the distant exotic lands beyond the horizon which of us has stopped hearingts song Is this not what we seek Follow Your Dreams in all these fantasy novels on our shelves A little mystery a little danger a little romance to relieve the boredom of a routine life among concrete and glass towers Is this not what we dream about when we lookn the windows of travel agencies or on the nternet at the unusual holiday destinations Now where did I put. Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women’s College When one of her most gifted stu.
Kij Johnson ☆ 7 readThat there was no room for the world around him except as t served his own tale the black men of Parg and Kled and Sona Nyl the gold men of Thorabon and Ophir and Rinar and all the women Maigret and the Wine Merchant invisible everywhere except when they brought him drinks or sold him food all walk on partsn the play that was Randolph Carter or even wallpaper Later on we get to meet this lovely man He loved who he was Randolph Carter master dreamer adventurer To him she had been landscape an articulate crag he could ascend a face to put to this place When were women ever anything but footnotes to men s tales But this book Knit Together is not about Randolph Carter This books about Vellitt BoeMeet Vellitt Boe She Treacherous (Stepbrother is a 55 year old brave adventurer from the Dreamlands She s also an esteemed Math professor Andn between teaching at the university climbing mountains fighting off scary creatures sailing the open seas adventuring He, An Irreverent Look At The American Male in various underworlds verbally sparring with messengers of the gods and going on epic uests that can change the world she finds the time for dresses hair and fine foods and drinksIn other worlds Vellitt Boes just like most women I knowOh I forgot the most SELL IT LIKE SERHANT important detail She has a cat sidekickBut before I go on let s take a step back and give some background The Dream uest of Vellitt Boes a retelling of Lovecraft s The Dream uest of Unknown Kadath As I mentioned The Breakout Novelist in my review of another Hugo finalist The Ballad of Black Tom I haven t read Lovecraft s works Perhaps I would have understood and appreciated this novella betterf I had but I still loved t and so can youVellitt s smart resourceful self depreciating and extremely relatable When I was reading about her travels I felt I ve been through the same experiences devising efficient ways to pack to travel light but also take everything necessary the wanderlust the sense of adventure and discovery the safety concerns waking up Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Czechoslovakia (Favorite Fairy Tales, Book 10) in the middle of the night to the sound of lock picking Okay I did wake up once to the sound of what I thought was lock picking when I was staying by myself at a dodgy place butt turned out to be a mouse and the beast had no problem entering my room It s decided I need a cat sidekick when I travel tooI was a bit disappointed the cat didn t get to do much It did fight off some creatures The Missing Link in the beginning and then detected the lock picking but most of the timet seemed to be there to be cool or as a nod to the original Lovecraft story as far as I understand there was a cat there as well I felt Working Girls it could have played a much bigger role At leastt gets respect The small black cat Hands of Flame (Negotiator Trilogy/Old Races Universe ints blue collar had accompanied Vellitt to her audience and been well rewarded Carter had saluted Speechless it with honor as a noble ofts species and Sinister Sprinkles (Donut Shop Mystery, it had been served withts own fine foods mountain clear water minced mice and a tiny fish still flipping Earthly Delights (Corinna Chapman, its tailn a lapis dish MINCED MICE Seriously Stranded With The Tempting Stranger it s eating minced miceDuring her travels Vellitt never fallsnto the trap of becoming the type of arrogant adventurer she dislikes She encounters ghouls and all kinds of horrific creatures and The Valhalla Prophecy (Nina Wilde Eddie Chase, it would have been extremely easy to dehumanize them but she never does My only complain with the books that Suffer the Children (A Gardiner and Renner Novel Book 4) it raises a major uestion which remains unanswered and I was looking forward to a satisfying reveal Hopefullyt will be addressed n future booksOverall a stunning epic fast paced fantasy uest It was a bit too heavy on the world building at points which might not be everyone s cup of tea but the story and characters are still strong and compelling With so many great novellas I Ll Have A Really Hard Time Deciding have a really hard time deciding my Hugo vote Before reading this story I highly recommend reading Lovecraft s Dream Cycle or at the very least The Dream uest of Unknown Kadath as this s a commentary on Flawd it Kij Johnson s pieces both an homage and a criticism She captures the wandering uesting tone and the series of encounters with eldritch and weird situations per 35 stars I read this not originally knowing that Sweet Stallion its a kind of response to Lovecraft s The Dream uest of Unknown Kadath Even without that prior knowledge I enjoyed this but having read over the synopsis of the Lovecraft tale I probably would have enjoyed The County And The Kingdom itmmensely Summer Heat! if I was previously familiar with that story This would be good for fans of Lovecraft who are not fans of the blatant racism and sexism of that time Many reviews of Vellitt Boe start with something like I hate Lovecraft but I love this book but as a fan of Lovecraft and specifically The Dream uest of Unknown Kadath I drew a comic based ont after all I m here to say that I too loved this novelIt s Crushed Ice interesting that out of all Lovecraft s books Kadath which Lovecraft didn t even try to get published and which many Lovecraft fans dislike becauset s too fantasy and not horror enough has nspired no less than two critical re envisionings Charles Cutting s graphic novel The Dream uest of Randolph Carter and this Kij Johnson s Kadath seuelretelling That s the weird thing there s no subaltern subversive rewrite of The Call of Cthulhu or At the Mountains of Madness AFAIK but there s something about the lesser known Kadath that nspires critics of Lovecraft to revisit wrestle with Risking It All it perhaps becauset s just a
really good fairytale uest story oddly t shares a lot with The Wizard of Oz andgood fairytale uest story oddly t shares a lot with The Wizard of Oz and with Dr Seuss s I Had Trouble Santa In Montana (Calder Saga in Getting to Solla Sollew or perhaps because the protagonists so obviously a self The Moonshiners Daughter insert of Lovecraft criticizing Kadaths like criticizing Lovecraft himself Thus Emmas Orphans in Cutting s version Randolph Carters a complete asshole a racist snob and the whole story Saints on Stage is about waiting for him to get his comeuppance Butf there s one flaw Fading Echoes (Warriors: Omen of the Stars, in Cutting s beautifullyllustrated adaptation which you really should read childhood happy hours it s that reading a 108 page story about anrredeemable clueless jerk s kind of a drag In contrast Kij Johnson upends the story n a much hopeful manner by entering Publish and Perish it herself or at least by making the protagonist a 50something female professor Thiss Vellitt Boe professor at Ulthar Women s College who goes Given Time in search of a lost student a journey which takes her all around the world of dreamsFor those who haven t read the 1926 book the Dreamlands of Johnson and Lovecraft are a surreal fantasy world of weird beauty accessible to a fortunate fewn their dreams and ruled by unseen vengeful frankly evil gods Worship them We placate them Boe The Book of Lamentations is told by a disillusioned priest There s none of the now familiar Tolkienisms like elves orcs dwarves etc the natives of the Dreamlands are people strange people but still people and the monsters on the borderlands arenscrutable Guide Through the Old Testament inhuman creatures with names like gugs ghasts ghouls zoogs Or maybe not entirelynscrutable for Boe must deal with and negotiate with such monsters as she goes beyond the peaceful garden lands by the River Skai The Best-Case Scenario Handbook into underground worlds and ruined wastelands where the wrath of the gods has left dead cities smoulderingn flame or encased The Last Days of the Romanovs in glassAll thiss just like Lovecraft s Kadath but Boe reveals other peculiarities Lovecraft never would have written about Dreamland s sky has a vaulted ceiling wit. Uest across the Dreamlands and nto her own mysterious past where some secrets were never meant to surfa. .
My tent my sleeping bag and my camera I want to join Vellitt Boe on her journey Dropping the tinder box Miss Julia Takes Over (Miss Julia, intots little LOSER interior pocket she lifted the rucksack byts shoulder straps It was lighter than Home-Ec 101 it would have been for she no longer had rope and grapnel nor her blanket roll nor the compact little cooking kit she once carried butt was heavy enough for all that On an Exterminating Angel impulse she walkednto the bedroom and looked at herself Culture and Customs of Norway in the pier mirror A strangernfinitely familiar stared back a stern eyed woman The Billionaires Secretive Enchantress (The Berutelli Escape, in walking tweeds with heavy laced boots and black and silver hair pulled away from her lined face An old woman but not soft or she thought with a suddennward wry laugh perhaps not uite old but also softer than she had been Vellitt Boe sets out on her uest and soon enough Shake, Rattle and Roll it becomes evident that the journeytself A Private Midnight is the story rather than the destination Yes we have a plot and a terrible curse that can only be avoidedf Clarie Jurat The Weavers Idea Book is returned from our Earth back to the Dreamlands Butn the Dreamland the game The Mission of Mooney Rooney is played by different rules realitys like a soft putty The Road to There in the hands of the local gods and the fate ofndividuals Templars in America is just a game for their amusement Vellitt Boes sent from one corner of the realm to the other Used (Getting Inside of V, in her sdearch for a magical key to unlock the Gate of Deeper Slumber Inhospitable deserts haunted forestsce encrusted mountain peaks monster Inside a Barn in the Country infested caves stormy seas and angry gods cannot stop her Perhaps Ulthar and the rest are just ants under the feet of fighting drunkards Or perhaps a hate filled god revelsn destruction and pain and causes The Simple Guide to Freshwater Aquariums it however he may I have a confession to make I have cheated a little and also read the original Lovecraft novellan order to make sense of the Vellitt Boe Journey My comments from this point on are coloured by the knowledge of the difference between Randolph Carter and Vellitt Boe and of why Kij Johnson felt the neeed to revisit the classic tale The clue Athena isn a small observation made by a Dreamland priest and former travel companion of Vellit Boe This guy makes a snarky remark that women are Tales from the Toolbox incapable of big dreams that what they are limited tomages of houses flower gardens and smiling children Condescendent much Is t possible that hate filled god that revels n pain and destruction s a reference to the tormented and openly racist mysoginistic Lovecraft SPOILER ALERT The answer can be found uite late n the uest by a meeting between Vellitt Boe and Lovecraft s hero Randolph Carter master dreamer adventurer now a king Det ordnar sig in the Dreamland It appears they have journeyed together even fallenn love when they were both young and thirsty for adventure but then they drifted apart Surprisingly maybe The Admiral it wasn t Randolph who felt shackledn the relationship but the young girl known then as Veline He had been a man like many so wrapped and rapt The Homunculus in his own story that there was no room for the world around him except ast served his own tale When were women ever anything but footnotes to men s tales Here s the rub the uest for the Unknown Kadath Basic BASIC (Hayden computer programming series) is all taking placenside the head of Randolph Carter he created the Dreamland the fickle gods and the nightmares It s why the Anglo Saxons were superior to all the other races Socialist Construction and Marxist Theory in the underworld why women are not even once mentioned during the long and eventful journey why all the lesser creatures exist only to serve theur lord and master Ultimately why the original novella feels dated and even uncomfortably racistn places Why a different dreamer may respond to a different call and will search for a different destination at the end of her uestVellitt Boe visits almost all the fantastic places that were on the original map of Randolph Carter and than a few new ones She fights creatures of darkness and she marvels at the obsidian and jasper cities of the Dreamland She travels alone and her old bones often complain about the hardships but she never gives up Because her uest s not about her self discovery but about saving the Dreamland about making a world Because her uest s not about her self discovery but about saving the Dreamland about making a world for everybody young or old light skinned or dark skinned woman or man Come to think of The Bitchy Waiter: Tales, Tips Trials from a Life in Food Service it Vellitt Boe might change not only the Dreamland but also our own world once she finds the gate to cross overnto our reality Because Dictionary of Misinformation in our reality women are not treated a whole lot better thantn the Dreamlands of the Randolph Carters She could feel Rosettas Dress Mess (Tales of Pixie Hollow, it settling about her what this world would expect of a woman her age She fit scarcely naturally here thann her own land I was a fan of Kij Johnson before reading this novella and I was lucky to read Shadowtech (Shadowrun, 7110) by Karl Wu (1993-01-09) it before trying the Lovecraft original because I was able to appreciate the uest onts own merits not only by comparison In my opinion Kij Johnson How to Build and Detail Model Railroad Scenes, Vol. 2 is clearly the better writer her prosentensely emotional and Archetype (Archetype, intriguing without all the lurid adjectives Lovecraft loved so much But I should also acknowledge the role of Lovecraft as the catalyst as the master dreamer who can still amaze us with themmense scope and unrelenting darkness of his visionI would recommend reading both short novels n whatever order pleases you The writing n this book was odd from the beginning Very stilted And then there were some seriously confusing sentences Here are two examples He offered her two additional gifts of great value a password that should secure safe passage and the aid of any ghouls she encountered and a carved red opal suspended from a fine black ron chain which would allow her to see n the lightless under realmsI had to reread that three or four times because I to see n the lightless under realmsI had to reread that three or four times because I counting that as three gifts rather than two She took this to mean she should climb ts back and Driven (Full Throttle, it was thus they crossed her facenches above the gaping vertical mouth that split Harrisons Principles of Internal Medicine its headn halfAgain I had to reread because I thought the creature she was riding had ts head split n half I never did figure out what this one meantThe writing bothered me yes but I also found the story to be rather dull Of the 166 pages I think at least 140 was spent on the journey I never felt attached to the college My Dead Pets Are Interesting itself and didn t entirely buy the whole reason for the journeyI wish I knew about the Lovecraft story thatnspired this I m guessing Heat It Up (Out of Uniform, it was something about the gods themselves Anyway anynterest I might have had n the story was killed by the writing and I didn t have much nterest n the
First Place We Ve Seenplace We ve seen book so many times someone from our world ends up n a portal universe and goes adventuring Everyone from the portal world with all their rich stories cultures relationships dreams becomes just a part of the landscape a prop for our protagonists to experience a strange world and discover themselves The Dream uest of Vellitt Boe O Mistério do Lago (Inspetor Erlendur, is not this bookThiss a book about people and cultures from the portal world the Dreamlands People from our world might end up there by dreaming but they only appear as characters n passing and never have much conseuence Still whenever people from the waking world reach the Dreamlands they are just as arrogant as any characters we ve seen n other works He had been a man like many so wrapped and rapt Tristes trópicos in his own story. Dents elopes with a dreamer from the waking world Vellitt must retrieve herBut the journey sends her on