*BOOK REVIEW* MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS.

SHOUT OUT TO MY FREAKY FRIDAY LOVECRAFT FANS OUT THERE. I just love that scene where Lindsey Lohan grows a bunch of squid arms and her and her mean girl squid squad eradicate the human race.

At The Mountains of Madness is a book by famous cosmic horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. It’s a book about a group of scientists who discover an unknown and alien world in the unexplored dark regions of the Antarctic.

This book was my first taste of this strange world that Lovecraft invented.

I quite enjoyed it.

I had a conversation recently with a friend on what the actual point of reading is. I told him that in my opinion, books are a way of learning and experiencing ideas and worlds that you wouldn’t have thought of yourself.

Not only is it a powerful tool to expand your mind, you can also experience vast and incredible universes similar or completely different from our own. This escapism is a window into the world and ideas that the author has created.

I would recommend escaping to the interesting and curious world Lovecraft has created. Here’s a few reasons why:

World building and atmosphere.

Let’s talk about ATMOSPHERE. It’s inescapable, curious, and fear filled. This book sucks you into a visceral and imaginitive world. The author does a great job of taking something plainly from our world and blending it realistically with the weird and alien.

The characters are a tool for you to view this strange world, the author doesn’t dwell on developing them or giving them much personality. That isn’t their purpose. Their purpose is to explore this finely crafted world and to show you what they find.

This writing style is called Antiquarianism. Yep, it’s a thing, I looked it up. It means that the characters or writer is more concerned about the imperical evidence rather than feelings or character development. This writing style works incredibly well for cosmic horror, because it allows us to gain a ton of information about this fictional world. The characters are not wheezing and fear stricken sheep, they’re scientists or reporters on a mission to discover. They put themselves in danger regardless of fear so they can learn about an ancient, alien, and hostile environment.

(By the way, this book is about aliens. Aliens with adorable little squid arms. Squishy, murdery, intelligent little aliens. Cosmic aliens. . . There’s also a big-ol’ Penguin or two.)

This book shows a brief moment in time in a fleshed out and ambitious fictional world. You travel through a dead city in the Antarctic, and learn about an ancient and supreme civilization. The book may be scary at points, but that’s not the point. The “idea” is the fear of the unknown. The insatiable lust for knowledge that pushes humanity into danger. The fear of things that are bigger than yourself. The book becomes tense and thrilling because Lovecraft is a great world-builder.

At The Mountains of Madness is an experience. It’s a pretty slow paced book that focuses on the details. While the details make it a bit dryer, it also steeps it in a heavy and realistic atmosphere that really makes the reader feel like the unexplainable and unrealistic events that are happening in the book could have happened.

Solid recommend. Love squid people? Love intelligent plants that come to life and eat all your dogs? This book might be for you.

You’ll also learn a ton about mural decorating and alien archetecture.

I’m gonna start a Cthulu Pinterest soon.

“Here’s how to make a hand-made squid bracelet”

“Here’s how to paint a mathematically perfect mural about the downfall of the elder ones”

Oh God I’ve become one of those weird Lovecraft people that makes strange references that nobody else understands.

And I’ve only read one book. Oh dear.

BOOK REVIEW. THE PRINCESS BRIDE.

Here I am again, I read another book. This is my second time reading The Princess Bride. Revisiting a good book is like reminiscing with an old friend. You go over experiences you loved, and you learn new things.

 

The Princess Bride

S. Morgenstern’s

Classic Tale of True Love

and High Adventure.

This is a book that wants to be read. Right there in the title: True Love and High Adventure. What’s better than that?

And it delivers.

From swashbuckling sword-fights to daring escapes, from life to almost-death, from the zoo of death to the Princes castle, this book has heart and style in the way that not many books have.

It’s hilarious and heartwarming. A tale of true love in it’s purest form, told by a man who still want’s to believe that true love exists in his world.

While True Love may be the focus of this story, it’s not the theme. The theme of Princess Bride is pain. Specifically, life is pain.

That doesn’t sound like a heart warming or uplifting subject, it’s not, but in the pen of William Goldman the harshness of this theme is told with a smiling face and laughing lips. He tells the truth, too. Life is pain. In life, we all have to endure pain along with the joy and happiness. Pain is huge part of life. Without it, we wouldn’t really be alive.

This fact is exemplified in the fantastic characters in this story. Inigo, who commits his life to revenge after the pain of losing his father. Fezzik, who while strong and undefeatable, deals with the pain of not really getting to think for himself. Buttercup, the most beautiful girl in the world, who has the pain of having her only true love torn from her again and again.

Then there’s Westley. Westley almost seems as if he’s immune to the pain of the heart. He has endless hope and truly believes that love conquers all. He then experiences the worst pain of all.

This book may sound like a bit of a downer. It’s not. It shows how through pain, we all become better. And striving to conquer pain, we reach higher and better things. Like love.

This book shows that even though life is pain; it’s worth living.

This book is a blast to read. It will constantly have you laughing, and maybe even bring a tear to your eye.

I highly recommend it.

If you’re looking for a fantasy novel that breaks the fourth wall a lot and has you laughing the whole way through. Look no further. If you have a couple days and want to go HAM on a book. Go buy this right now.

10/10.

Would read a third time.

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