January 24th, 2008

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At the Mountains of Madness

Finished my proofreading project yesterday and now have nothing new lined up. It doesn't feel good. I hope I get a new project soon.

I've been reading At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft for the Xenagia book group, and I'm having positive and negative reactions. I like the story, but not the way it's being told. It's a horror story, but it has very little atmosphere. Lovecraft delights in telling us that things are menacing or horrifying, without actually menacing or horrifying us. It's a "show, don't tell" problem. Stephen King is good at the atmosphere thing, but Lovecraft's story seems a bit too intellectual for that. Lovecraft also likes to repeat himself, which I don't mind, since that's something I tend to do in my own writing for effect. I don't know how many times I've encountered the phrase "mountains of madness" so far in the 60 pages I've read of the story.

I think I'll go finish it now.
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