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The Dream-quest of Vellitt Boe

The Dream-quest of Vellitt Boe

Book - 2016 | First edition
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Kij Johnson's haunting novella The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe is both a commentary on a classic H.P. Lovecraft tale and a profound reflection on a woman's life. Vellitt's quest to find a former student who may be the only person who can save her community takes her through a world governed by a seemingly arbitrary dream logic in which she occasionally glimpses an underlying but mysterious order, a world ruled by capricious gods and populated by the creatures of dreams and nightmares. Those familiar with Lovecraft's work will travel through a fantasy landscape infused with Lovecraftian images viewed from another perspective, but even readers unfamiliar with his work will be enthralled by Vellitt's quest. A remarkable accomplishment that repays rereading.
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780765391414
Call Number: SF JOHNSON 2016
Characteristics: 169 pages : map ; 21 cm


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Lovecraft’s dreamlands are seen through female eyes in this phosphorescent and otherworldy novella.

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Jan 16, 2020

This novella shines as a travelogue description of a fantasy dream-world. Don't expect much narrative. In fact, it is best enjoyed as a series of fascinating details - puzzle pieces meant to portray a grand picture. I enjoyed how the protagonist was a woman in her 60's. It is a refreshing change to the young and male dominated travelers of most adventure stories.

Jun 01, 2018

Immensely entertaining and good.


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