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Winter Tide

Winter Tide

Book - 2017 | First edition
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"Two decades ago the U.S. Government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to a desert prison, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god, Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps, emerging without a past or a future. Now it's 1949, and the government that stole Aphra's life needs her help. FBI Agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University, secrets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant and hasten the end of the human race. Aphra must return to the ruins of her home, gather the scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkest of human politics and the wildest dangers of an uncaring universe"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : A Book, published by Tom Doherty Associates, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780765390905
Call Number: FICTION EMRYS 2017
Characteristics: 366 pages ; 22 cm


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The Cthulhu mythos fuses with… Cold War thriller?!? Leisurely paced but with a nuanced main character drawn from "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" who just happens to be part amphibian.

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Aug 10, 2017

Just too slow for me and the characters/world wasn't interesting enough to keep me hooked to deal with the sluggish pace. There were too many characters involved by the halfway point, and the book wasn't great at keeping track of them when they were all in scenes together. A shame, because I did like aspects of it.

Jun 29, 2017

Well written, tight and loaded with ambiguity that untangles itself as you progress. Loved it!

fineplan Dec 22, 2016

I don't think I have the words to explain how much I loved this book. I can't wait for more!

Emrys builds upon Lovecraft's work in the most interesting ways. I love how she simultaneously is not bound by the source material and does not contradict it. Sure, her Innsmouth inhabitants were not as they were described in the story, but the story is also not told from their point of view. Emmys doesn't stop with just those peoples, either. She brings in elements from many Lovecraft tales, weaving together a narrative that feels more coherent and rich -- even though there are still unimaginable horrors aplenty.

The story's pace is often slow, but in the right ways. It enhances the character arc and the tone of the book so well. There's also this low, but steady tension that may not often reach nail biting levels, but does create an extremely satisfying, ever-present feeling of paranoia. It's hard to know who to trust, but even if a character seems suspicious, it's still plenty possible to adore them.

Speaking of characters, I was quite impressed that, despite the number of central characters, they were all handled so well. I feel like I really got to know them all. In addition, the amount of diversity present in the book is incredibly satisfying.

I don't consider this a tale of cosmic horror, like a traditional Lovecraft story. Rather, it explores the aftermaths of human horrors and, perhaps, the beginnings of new ones -- but through the eyes of people who are labeled horrible or deficient or amoral or whatever other label people use to justify treating others poorly.

It's just such a beautiful, moving, fascinating work. Like I said, I absolutely loved it.


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