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After the End of the World (Carter & Lovecraft) Hardcover – November 14, 2017
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Praise for After the End of the World
"This is an entertaining and meticulously crafted mix of speculative history, suspense, sardonic humor, and cosmic horror." ―Publishers Weekly
“It’s not often one sees the reboot of a series that’s only one book old. But the second Carter and Lovecraft novel, following Carter & Lovecraft (2015), reboots the heck out of the series…This is a wonderful novel, ambitious on many levels and thoroughly successful. Its central characters are even more compelling than they were in their first appearance (here there’s an added fishout-of-water element), and the story is diabolically clever and convoluted. As readers wait for the next installment, they will ask themselves where Howard will take Daniel and Emily next.” –Booklist
Praise for Carter & Lovecraft
“This refreshingly original novel updates the eldritch horrors of H.P. Lovecraft for the 21st century.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Howard brings the fine writing and attention to detail (character, dialogue, environment) that he developed in the Cabal series to this new book, and his fans should follow him to Rhode Island. Those unfamiliar with the Cabal books, especially readers with a taste for modern-day urban fantasy, should also be pointed in this title’s direction.” ―Booklist
"Providence (including its more imaginary pockets of cosmic wrongness) comes to life in this pleasant mix of mystery and eldritch horror from the author of the Johannes Cabal series. The two engaging protagonists could easily ground an ongoing series of otherworldly whodunits." ―Library Journal
"Howard’s take on Lovecraft and his influence is unexpected and somewhat unique – and one of several reasons why this inaugural title is noteworthy." ―Bookgasm
“Carter & Lovecraft is a Pandora's Box loaded with all of the wonderfully twisted stuff I love, including a two-fisted homicide cop turned P.I., warped realities, a mysterious bookstore, the Cthulhu mythos, a dash of romance, and creepy fish-men. What's not to love? Jonathan L. Howard knows how to show his readers a wickedly good time.” ―Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Ringers
About the Author
JONATHAN L. HOWARD is a game designer, scriptwriter, and a veteran of the computer-games industry since the early nineties, with titles such as the Broken Sword series to his credit. He is author of the Johannes Cabal series and Carter & Lovecraft, as well as the YA novels Katya's World and Katya's War. He lives in the United Kingdom with his wife and daughter.
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In his Johannes Cabal novels our author, Jonathan L. Howard, established quite decisively that he can write horror and characters with real style. He also showed himself to be a tricky and devious plotter and adept at witty dialogue. In this Carter & Lovecraft series we get to see all of that again.
I'm not huge on alternate world/time lines, but Howard has used that premise to move our heroes from the ordinary world into an actual Lovecraftian world. In this new world there are Elder Gods and the Necronomicon is real. Howard fills this new world with Nazis, but most of that is fun and games and clever window dressing. What we really get is complete immersion in the kind of world Lovecraft, in his work, feared was on the other side of our reality. So, instead of sending the heroes to the Arctic or the Mountains of Madness or whatever, Howard has just hopped through a fold and turned Providence into Arkham, with all the Lovecraft trimmings. That was a brilliant structural move, and everything good in the book's plot and throwaway humor flows from there.
But, this is not a dry or scholarly recap or reframing of the usual Lovecraft. The book is funny, smart, and witty. There are many, many neat set pieces and scenes. There are wonderful throwaway lines and bits of business. The two heroes meld seamlessly into a partnership built on trust and courage and smartaleckiness, and that's the best partnership there is.
I could go on, but you get the idea. This is smart, sharp, edgy, and sometimes insightful and even touching stuff, all wrapped up in knowing and winking homage to Lovecraft and in a sure command of classic horror conventions. An excellent find.
(Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
In the present, Nazi Germany is the biggest superpower in the world. Most of the world’s largest corporations are stationed there. Only three people remember what the folded world was like: Detective Martin Harrelson of the Arkham (Providence before the unfolding) Police Department, Emily Lovecraft, and Daniel Carter and they are finding it hard to control their anger at the Nazis over events that, admittedly, never happened at least not in this world.
Then Carter and Lovecraft are hired to investigate an experiment in high-energy physics at Miskatonic University. Their employer suspects that the data is being manipulated and wants them to discover what is really going on. Soon, they find themselves caught in the centre of a dangerous game of espionage and counterespionage that is linked to the events of 1941.
When I started reading After the End of the World, I hadn’t realized it was a sequel to Carter & Lovecraft (a book I haven’t read but which is now high on my TBR list) and, admittedly, it took me a few pages to catch up. But when I did, I was completely sucked into the story. Howard combines speculative fiction with suspense, and a nice touch of humour. And, of course, a bit of Lovecraft thrown in. But he also isn’t afraid to look at some difficult issues like anti-Semitism and racism. And he even manages to draw subtle parallels while giving a not-too-subtle poke at US politics today – as one German character says:
“We are making Germany great again.”
A fun read and a high recommendation from me to fans of intelligent and well-written speculative fiction.
Thanks to Netgalley and St Martins Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review
Carter & Lovecraft are making their way in this world, the former continuing as a PI and the latter still owner of a bookshop in the Unfolded World's version of Providence (Arkham). Yet again, the inhuman and ever-smiling Weston shows up and sets into motion another adventure, this time implicating German special agents, super-advanced science, and cosmic horrors. The book ends neatly, but with plenty of promise for another entry. Though left in the Unfolded World, there may be powers and knowledge in reach to return home. Now readers just have to wait patiently for Howard to deliver again.
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