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You either have to read this or you don't
on January 12, 2009
What if R'lyeh rose off the coast of california and jack kerouac, william burroghs and neal cassady had to defeat the great old ones, after crossing the country from San Francisco to New York?
Frankly, the idea is better than the book. The book is fun, and Mamatas does a fair job with some of his impersonations, although at the end, he never really captures keroauc. Then again, maybe he does, it has been many years since I last read On The Road... maybe the problem is that Keroauc's gifts don't really lend themselves to a fantasy darker than the one he describes himself ie the America he, Neal and the Beats decried. They narrative never really reconciles the worlds of the Diamond Sutra and that of the Elder Gods.
If you are a Lovecraft fan, this book is a must... we just don't get that many chances. If you are a Kerouac fan, you should probably stay away.
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn