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Book Reviews: The Grey King + The Book Of Cthulhu II, part 1

The Grey King by Susan Cooper

The 4th in the ‘The Dark is Rising’ sequence. Will Stanton is in Wales convalescing after an illness. There he meets the mysterious Bran and together they must find golden harp and fight the malevolent Grey King. Sadly this tale of menace and Arthurian lore is boring.

The Book of Cthulhu II edited by Ross E. Lockhart, part 1

Mores tales inspired by H.P. Lovecraft.

Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar
This Neil Gaiman tale is an affectionate pastiche that sees an American tourist wander into a pub in Innsmouth. This is very funny.

Nor The Demons Down Under The Sea
Two women visit a haunted house. This was bizarre and not in a good way.

This is How The World Ends
A man survives Cthulhu’s rise for a while. Okay.

The Drowning at Lake Henpin
A policeman relates the creepy goings on at a cursed lake. Very good.

The Ocean and All Its Devices
A strange family arrives at an off season seaside resort. Good.

Take Your Daughter To Work
Sadie accompanies her father to the factory. Good.

The Big Fish
This Kim Newman story sees a noir detective in 1940s LA stumble across fishy goings on. Very good.

Rapture of the Deep
Two psychics encounter something on the abyssal plane. Excellent.

Once More From The Top...
A very old man remembers how he and his fellow Marines were sent to clear out Innsmouth in 1928. This is bleak and okay.

The Hour of the Tortoise
This is a sequel to ‘The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins’. A Victorian ‘lady’ returns home. This is a funny, rude story that grows dark.

Best Line:
“I do not enjoy verbal fencing with mercurial gentlemen, that is for sharp-tongued spinsters with many cats and well-thumbed copies of Emma.”

I Only Am Escaped Alone To Tell Thee
A Lovecraft/’Moby Dick’ mashup. Okay.

Objects From the Gilman-Waite Collection
A man views an unusual art exhibit. It goes badly for him. Okay.

Of Melei, of Ulthar
I’m not sure what this was about but it was bad.

A Gentleman From Mexico
A book editor encounters Lovecraft mythology in Mexico. This was mediocre.
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