- Paperback: 242 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition Thus edition (1970)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345019237
- ISBN-13: 978-0345019233
- ASIN: B000W40A36
- Package Dimensions: 7 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,496,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath Paperback – 1970
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Unlike the other Novellete I've read by Lovecraft, Herbert West Reanimator, Dream-Quest has the interesting quality of being delivered without any chapter breaks or pauses. From beginning to end it's one long, uninterrupted story, with only one scene towards the end containing dialogue. It's an unusual read, but in this way, it's hard to put down; the magical landscapes and locales described within are vivid, and all the different peoples that the Protagonist, Randolph Carter, meets are equally interesting. Connections are made to other stories, featuring characters from "The Other Gods" and "Pickman's Model", as well as "The Cats of Ulthar" among others.
When I say that it's un-Lovecraftian, I mean also that this story seems to abandon, for the most part, Lovecraft's signature theme of "Things that cannot be known", wherein we are treated to as little information as possible on the horrendous monstrosities that lurk all about. Instead, here we get detailed interactions with all the mysterious creatures that lie everywhere, and find out precisely what happens when people are hauled off by monsters on more than one occasion.
None of this is to say I didn't enjoy it, because I did. It's not horrific or unsettling like most of Lovecraft's stories that I usually prefer, but by the time I was finished reading it I felt like I'd undergone my own satisfying quest.
Four out of five stars.
First, it's a dream quest, which is cool. BUT, it's concerns an UNKNOWN city named Kadath. Now, if it is UNKNOWN, then how did the author get the idea of going there? Unknown means NO ONE knows about it. Therefore, logically, if no one knew about it then he couldn't have known about it either.
I guess we can give some leeway for things not exactly making sense such as cats from the moon and cats from Saturn. (Both are in the book.) There are also galleys (a type of ship) from the moon. The moon must have been a crowded place.
There's a war between the Cats and the Zoogs. Some Zoog ate a cat and that pissed off the cats so they went to war.
I do like his description of the architecture that he sees in the dreams. It could be more detailed, of course, but it's neat just as it is. He does a fairly good job in describing people and near-people, describing what they look like and how they act. </h2>
So, it's an interesting book but, in parts, more laughable that scary. At least that's how I look at it.