Friday Face Off: a blue cover

Friday Face Off

The Friday Face-Off was originally created by Books by Proxy:
each Friday, bloggers showcase book covers on a weekly theme.
Visit Lynn’s Books (@LynnsBooks) for a list of upcoming themes.
Please visit also Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy (@tammy_sparks)
thanks to whom I discovered this meme.

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This week, the theme is
Dark/sky/navy  – a cover that is blue

I’m featuring a book with a blue cover in the edition I read it in, though interestingly enough, I don’t see any other blue cover in the other editions!

At the Mountains of Madness

This novella (194 pages) was published in 1931.
The student of French with whom I read Barjavel’s classic scifi, La Nuit des temps (translated as The Ice People), told me it reminded her of At the Mountain of Madness. So I had to read it to see why she was saying this!
Indeed, it’s also about a scientific mission in Antarctica, and something unexpected they found there.
The discovery in At the Mountain of Madness is definitely more in the horror genre than in The Ice People, though there are commonalities about some very advanced society way way back, when there were not even supposed to be people on Earth.
Lovecraft’s style is much more scientific, with tons of very detailed descriptions related to geology for instance.
There were some super scary passages – that reminded me of a classic movie that really scared me a lot. I won’t say which one to avoid spoilers.
That could be the closest to the horror genre I will read for a while, as I usually stay away from that genre.
But definitely worth your time.
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Click on the picture below if you want to identify the various editions
You can also right click and ‘open image in new tab’ to zoom in

My favorite cover is actually the Valdemar edition in Spanish, so grey, not blue for me!

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Have you read this book?
WHICH COVER IS YOUR FAVORITE? WHY?
My next participation may be on Friday, September 16:
“Rage against the machine – anything, cogs, clockwork, AI”

I can’t do it every week:
sometimes I can’t find a cover that fits in the books I have read,
and sometimes I can’t even understand the theme!

(2012) #49 review: Lucretia And The Kroons

Lucretia And The Kroons

by

Victor LAVALLE

104 pages

Published by Random House on August 21, 2012

Ebook provided by NetGalley & Random House

THIS BOOK COUNTS FOR THE FOLLOWING
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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

Do you like novellas and short stories? Would you enjoy a little scare during this month of October? Well, this short book might well be for you then.
Personally, I usually stay away now from novellas, as this genre often finds me wanting more when the book is over, and away from horror stories as well, as I prefer reading positive and constructive literature.

As Random House sent me several ebooks I had requested, I thought I should accept this one they suggested me to read; plus it’s never bad to go out of your comfort zone.

I was actually positively surprised by the quality of the writing: there’s a nice flow to it, you get grabbed by it right away, and you can’t stop until the end. The end was actually a bit flat and disappointing for me. I knew something like that was going to be revealed, though what I had in mind was actually more exciting than the version LaValle chose instead!!

As for the horror itself, it’s not that horrible at all, rather on the gentle side. I don’t think this book would give you nightmares, don’t let the synopsis below frighten you. So if you want a little fun for this month of October, go for it.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

Lucretia’s best friend and upstairs neighbor Sunny—a sweet pitbull of a kid, even as she struggles with a mysterious illness—has gone missing. The only way to get her back is for Lucretia to climb the rickety fire escape of their Queens tenement and crawl through the window of apartment 6D, portal to a vast shadowland of missing kids ruled by a nightmarish family of mutants whose designs on the children are unknown. Her search for Sunny takes Lucretia through a dark fantasyland where she finds lush forests growing from concrete, pigeon-winged rodents, and haunted playgrounds. Her quest ultimately forces her to confront the most frightening specter of all: losing, forever, the thing you love the most.

Lucretia and the Kroons is a dazzlingly imaginative adventure story and a moving exploration of the power of friendship and the terror of loss. This all-new novella serves as the perfect companion piece to The Devil in Silver, a thrillingly suspenseful work of literary horror that continues the story of Lucretia. [Goodreads]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Victor LaValle is the author of the short-story collection Slapboxing with Jesus and the novel The Ecstatic, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. [goodreads]

You can see more on his website.

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