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Titus Crow: The Clock of Dreams ; Spawn of the Winds Hardcover – July, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312863470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312863470
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #749,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Kirkus Reviews

Second hardcover volume of three, this one reprinting two ``adventure horror'' novels written in Lumley's Lovecraft-struck youth. Titus Crow: Vol. One (published in January of this year) describes Titus Crow's discovery of the Cthulhu monsters, who have been exiled to Earth by the Elder Gods of Elysia and who swim in molten stone below the mantle and have spread nests about the planet. Titus joins with Henri de Marigny to fight these telepathic subterranean horrors, and the two speed about in a grandfather clockshaped time machine created by the Elder Gods. Crow journeys to far-off Elysia, where he is rebuilt as an android, his human mind lodged in a body with perfect synthetic organs. Now, in The Clock of Dreams, the first of the two novels collected here, de Marigny, contacted by Kthanid the Elder in Elysia by dream telepathy, learns that Titus and his beloved Tiania are prisoners of Earth's dreamworld, trapped by their enemies in hideous nightmares. Through mental communication with the time-clock, de Marigny leaves the waking world and contacts Grant Enderby of Ulthar, who alone knows where in the dreamworld of Dyleth-Leen Titus and Tiania have been imprisoned. Thanks to de Marigny's efforts, Titus is finally freed to stand up to some ectoplasmal, abyss-spawned horrors. In Spawn of the Winds, it falls upon the telepathic Texan Hank Silberhutte to track and battle the Cthulhu Cycle Deities. Silberhutte knows that Ithaqua, the abominable Force of Evil also known as the Wind-Walker, has been exiled to the Arctic region. He goes in search of him only to have Ithaqua appear as a great smoke-like blot in the sky that assaults and downs his plane over the McKenzie Mountains. Hank disappears but later begins telepathic transmissions to the medium Juanita Alvarez, telling her of his battle with Ithaqua. Carmine prose from the very pits of hell as Lumley blends Lovecraft's demons and gods with Edgar Rice Burroughs's wild sense of adventure. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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"Patchworks of gothic horror, space opera and lost-world fantasies. Seeds of the vivid cosmic layers that so distinguish Lumley's Necroscope series flourish in this collection, and loyal fans will surely admire their flowering."--Publishers Weekly
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Brian Lumley is the author of the bestselling Necroscope series of vampire novels. An acknowledged master of Lovecraft-style horror, Brian Lumley has won the British Fantasy Award and been named a Grand Master of Horror. His works have been published in more than a dozen countries and have inspired comic books, role-playing games, and sculpture, and been adapted for television. When not writing, Lumley can often be found spear-fishing in the Greek islands, gambling in Las Vegas, or attending a convention somewhere in the US. Lumley and his wife live in England.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Craig Alan Loewen on May 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
Concerning the Cthulhu Mythos, Brian Lumley is a writer of the August Derleth school. While Lovecraft and others had the total meaninglessness of the universe as their cosmological base, Derleth wrote the Mythos as a battle between good and evil between ultimate forces. Lumley takes this further, stripping the Mythos of its supernatural aspects and putting it solidly into the realm of science fiction. What were supernatural aspects of the mythos stories are now an alien science as the forces of good personified in the Elder Gods struggle with mankind to keep the evil beings of the Cthulhu Mythos trapped within their eternal prisons and foil the attempts of those who would release them.
Lumley's style is also reminiscent of the pulp genre popular in the 1930's with black-and-white heroic protagonists aided by beautiful heroines in a story of non-stop, bigger-than-life struggles and battles. So, if your taste goes toward the more amoral, often pornographic splatterpunk tales that pass for Mythos stories today, you're going to be disappointed.
In the first book, The Clock of Dreams, Lumley takes us on a tour of H.P. Lovecraft's Dreamlands adding a consistency and logic that was missing in Lovecraft's Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, but retaining much of the wonder and magic. Like Derleth, Lumley is not fond of loose ends and ties up a lot of threads left by Lovecraft for others to repair. This time, Henri-Laurent de Marigny takes the role as main protagonist as he rescues his friend Titus Crow and his Elder God wife from the dream traps of Cthulhu himself.
In Spawn of the Winds, Crow and company are left behind and we are told the story of Hank Silburhutte, a two-fisted Texan with a striking resemblance to author Robert Howard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel V. Reilly VINE VOICE on July 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Volume Two of Tor's three-volume omnibus reprints two books, The Clock of dreams and Spawn of the Winds. Much like Volume One, this book is a 50/50 affair....While the first half of Book One was GREAT, and the second half awful, we split the difference here: Part one is pretty good, if somewhat ridiculous, and part two is a vast improvement on what has gone before.
The Clock of Dreams presents us with the laughable image of two middle-aged men tooling around Dreamland in a flying GRANDFATHER CLOCK.......This is just too ridiculous to get past. The story takes place in H.P. Lovecraft's Dreamland, home of my most hated Lovecraft stories, so already I have a predjudice against this chapter, but Lumley actually manages to deliver a brisk story with a few great moments; He does especially well with Lovecraft's turbaned Denizens of Leng....
Spawn of the Winds fares better, because we're spared the boring presence of Titus Crow and his snooze-inducing crony, Henri. Spawn finds a team of psychics, mentioned briefly in Book One, who are abducted by Ithaqua, The Walker On The Winds, and taken to far-off Borea. From there we get a Robert E. Howard pastiche, as our two-fisted texan hero and his buddies are drawn into a war between Ithaqua's forces and the opposing army of his daughter, Armandra. The book is reminisicent of territory Lumley would cover later (and better...) in the Blood Brothers books. Spawn is a rip-snortin' action story, and together Clock and Spawn are a not bad read, if a tad predictable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "mrmxtrblk" on August 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
This two-part sequel to Titus Crow Volume 1 should certainly satisfy Lumley fans. I began with reading his recent Necroscope books and found his earlier work such as this to be just as entertaining. The first novella in the volume, Clock of Dreams, continues the story of Titus Crow and his sidekick, Henri Laurent De Marigny. It takes a change from its predecessors method of telling the story in the form of notebook entries and tape recordings and is written more like a conventional book. It takes place mostly in the Dreamlands, with Crow and Marigny battling Cthulhu and his evil minions, to prevent them from seizing control of the dreams of Mankind. The second novella (which is not quite as good since Marigny and Crow are never even mentioned and is not quite as engaging or original) features hot-headed Texan Hank Silberhutte battling the evil Ithaqua. I have yet to read the next installment of this series, but I'm sure Crow and Marigny will return! If you are a Lumley or Lovecraft fan, this book is a must-have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark on June 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
First tome :

-Burrowers Beneath
-Transition of Titus Crow

This second tome:

-The Clock of dreams
-Spawn of the Winds

While the first tome was okay, though transition was painfull to read, scatered few a "few" good moments, This second tome is just great!

Clock of dreams takes place in the settings of HP Lovecraft Dreamworlds. Around these places, like my all time favorite, Ulthar, Lumley made a strong story. Entertaining and great if you already know the Dreamlands, for you will remember many places...

Spawn of the Winds was very good too! And quite honestly, I rather follow the "chronicles" of Hank Silberhutte (a character that you will encounter briefly in the very first story of tome 1) than Crow and De Marigny.
I think that the story is well made and more , er, realistic, If I can say so...
Here, you will come to learn what happened to Silberhutte in the first story, as this one is only about him, leaving Crow aside.

Now I'm begining the 3rd tome and with delight, I found that we start straight in Borea with the same party....
If you like the 1st book, you'll be delighted with this one. A must read and the best of the series so far...

I whish that M. Lumley would write something like the Borean Chronicles... it would be fantastic.
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