The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Stop by and say hello!
Most of you know that the past few week was not without a few hurdles, but they have passed and I am happy to say that only some slight fatigue remains. I even managed a somewhat productive weekend. By “somewhat” I mean I did only what I had to. I tend to enjoy those lazy weekends full of warm mugs, books and hugs. So today I am spending Sunday exactly this way before the nonhusband prepares to leave for another week…
By HP Lovecraft
Publisher: Crow Press
Genre: Short Story/Horror
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Howard Phillips (H.P.) Lovecraft (1890-1937) was an influential author best known for his science fiction, horror and fantasy stories, and among those stories his best known ones are those that combine elements of all three. Through that mixture, Lovecraft became the most celebrated author of a genre known as “weird fiction”, especially with his works on the monster Cthulhu, which has continued to be the subject of other writers’ works. Today, an entire mythos centers around Cthulhu, bringing together all of the different stories from all of the different writers.
This is my first encounter with Lovecraft, yet I easily found certain elements contained within these 13 pages to possibly foretell more of what was to come in later tales. I state this purely based on the fact that I am aware this was one of his earliest works and noted several hints geared toward tales that even those such as myself have some vague familiarity with.
I admit that my appreciation for the dark and depressing tale was not instant. It was not until several hours after having completed the final pages did the full impact of it truly occur to me. Introduced to a nameless, captured seaman who has managed to escape in a small boat, he finds himself on an island where he will make a discovery that will leave him desperate to escape once more and haunt him until the very end. This was a very atmospheric and dark read that left me pondering the possibilities of what had truly happened. A promising start for myself and HP.
Game of Shadows
The Enemy Within
My reading has been slow this week, but I still continue with Kings of the Wyld (The Band #1). I am thoroughly enjoying this title and have hardly cracked the surface. Very promising!
The Things We Lost in the Fire
By Mariana Enriquez
Translator: Megan McDowell
An arresting collection of short stories, reminiscent of Shirley Jackson and Julio Cortazar, by an exciting new international talent.
Macabre, disturbing and exhilarating, Things We Lost in the Fire is a collection of twelve short stories that use fear and horror to explore multiple dimensions of life in contemporary Argentina. From women who set themselves on fire in protest of domestic violence to angst-ridden teenage girls, friends until death do they part, to street kids and social workers, young women bored of their husbands or boyfriends, to a nine-year-old serial killer of babies and a girl who pulls out her nails and eyelids in the classroom, to hikikomori, abandoned houses, black magic, northern Argentinean superstition, disappearances, crushes, heartbreak, regret and compassion. This is a strange, surreal and unforgettable collection by an astonishing new talent asking vital questions of the world as we know it.
That is it for this past week here on the blog. Stay well and stay you!
I find it appropriate to leave you with this..
“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.”