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Old 01-08-2014   #11
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Re: books you are ashamed you have not read

Cool thread. I'll break mine down to one each from each section

Classic Lit: Tolstoy. Have not read him. Sorry. I realize this is a lack but come his books are freakin bricks!

Weird Fiction (feel REALLY bad about not reading yet): T.E.D. Klein. I know! I'm SORRY!!! I have no explanation for how this slipped through the cracks and take 100% responsibility. I'll get on this immediately.

Do NOT feel bad about reading: Robert E. Howard. Other than a few short stories. I'm definitely open to persuasion, is this a guy I should feel bad about not reading an entire Conan novel? I've read KEW Kane work and though, not my bag, it's readable. Just don't get hyped up about this type of fiction. Again, I'm open to an argument to read him.
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Re: books you are ashamed you have not read

As far as Tolstoy, I did read War and Peace and found parts of it quite epic, others of course a bit slower. Not a book I expect to reread though.

I do highly recommend his excellent short story "Kholstomer." Not horror fiction, but for me the approach is the teeniest bit reminiscent of Kafka's Metamorphosis.
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Re: books you are ashamed you have not read

With the best of intentions, I've tried several times to work my way through Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath and God knows why I can't finish it - it's only 80 pages long.

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Re: books you are ashamed you have not read

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I've tried several times to work my way through Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath and God knows why I can't finish it.
Same here... no idea why, though. But I've had many false-starts with other works I ended up loving. So, what gives.


As for me, well, I'm kind of ashamed to admit I'm not well-versed in the Mythos outside of Lovecraft. Sure, I've read Lovecraftian stories, or stories with Lovecraftian overtones. But the proper Mythos stuff? Lin Carter, Frank Belknap Long, Brian Lumley, August Derleth et al? I know them by name, or have second-hand accounts of their work, but no direct experience with them
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Re: books you are ashamed you have not read

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Classic Lit: Tolstoy. Have not read him. Sorry. I realize this is a lack but come his books are freakin bricks!


My favorite Tolstoy is a slim one - The Death of Ivan Ilyich. Give it a try, then you can knock one item off your "ashamed not to have read" list!

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Re: books you are ashamed you have not read

Well, since I'm on a Thomas Ligotti forum, I suppose I should be ashamed that I've only read Teatro Grottesco, Noctuary, and The Conspiracy Against the Human Race. I've read the first three stories of Songs of a Dead Dreamer, but then I got sidetracked by Robert Aickman and H. Rider Haggard. I first read Ligotti in 2006(?) after reading one of Joshi's Weird books, but progress is slow due to my obsession with having new or mint condition hardcovers and the prices Ligotti goes for on the secondhand market.
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Re: books you are ashamed you have not read

To Derick and ramonoski—

Try not to give up on Dream Quest. I love that work; it gets better and better as it goes along.

Yes, the beginning is slow and the absence of sections or ‘chapters’ irritates some readers to the point of being an active roadblock. But, personally, I found it so delightful to once again make the acquaintance of Richard Upton Pickman and his loyal followers...while the novel’s climax, where Carter confronts Nyarlathotep, is just brilliant. Leiber in a review in the old Fantastic described it as an amazingly adult ending for a classic quest novel.

If you’ve read the Dunsany-inspired stories you can have fun in finding subtle allusions to virtually every one of them—including an obvious reference (or so I believe) to a story Lovecraft never got around to writing or was lost.

Truth to tell, I’m not a big fan of the so-called “Dreamlands” stories. I enjoy them, some more than others, but they are certainly secondary works at best.
But I’ve never felt that way about “The Dream-Quest”. It’s possible it’s just not your cup of tea but if you’ve read only a small bit, it’s worth another look.
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Re: books you are ashamed you have not read

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With the best of intentions, I've tried several times to work my way through Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath and God knows why I can't finish it - it's only 80 pages long.
Have you gone through the graphic novel?




Out of print unfortunately but it is one of the more beautiful books I own. Pretty much a page for page telling of the entire story. I remember when I first read DQOUK I really felt myself working (like when I read Dickens). This was very different from reading At the Mountains of Madness or other of his works, which tended to pass by super fast and felt effortless. I second everyone's opinion that it really is worth it.
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Re: books you are ashamed you have not read

There's also a movie:
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath | Hellbender Media
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