December 24th, 2020

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The Raven Tower ; Forever Azathoth

The Raven Tower is another fine work by Ann Leckie. Her first fantasy novel is quite a departure from... from anything, really. At least half the fun is just discovering the world and its rules, so I won't spoil it all. But this fantasy world is home to various gods; beings with very peculiar natures and bound to peculiar rules. Half of the story is sort of palace intrigue type story, while the other is a history of history through the eyes of one of the gods. The story itself is so-so, but unravelling the mystery is the real draw.

Forever Azathoth is a collection of mostly humorous or parodic Lovecraftian stories by Peter Cannon. I very much enjoyed his Scream for Jeeves when it came out back in the day, and I longed after this collection when it was issued by the Tartarus Press ages ago. But it came with a large pricetag. Luckily, now there's a softcover edition by Hippocampus Press (with slightly different contents) following an edition from the Subterranean Press. Certainly I think the lower pricetag is more appropriate. I mean, these are parodies and pastiches, so I'm not looking for eternal greatness, but sometimes the in-jokes and leg-pulling gets a little extreme for my taste.