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Publish and Perish: Three Tales of Tenure and Terror Paperback – April 15, 1998
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The influence of HP Lovecraft on the author is obvious, even before he drops a reference to Miskatonic University. The plots and execution of the tales, however, are disappointingly and distractingly clumsy, compared to those of Lovecraft and other writers of academe.
All three stories are told from the third person in roughly the same voice, they are predictable, and there are strange inconsistencies that an editor should have caught. In the first story there is a "teaching assistant" who is later referred to as a "postdoc." Which is he?
Overall, I'd have to recommend giving this book a pass, unless you are tolerant of thin plots, clumsy foreshadowing, and cardboard characters. Go re-read The Dunwich Horror, instead.
This is a fast read, perfect for the chilly nights of late fall when the wind howls `round the window frames and your motivation to grade those midterm finals is waning. And unless someone at work is actively planning your death, it'll make you feel better about your own department politics, whatever they may be.
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Three separate stories that interweave near the end. The first is average but things improve in two and three, with increasing amounts of supernatural coming in. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wenn Schon
I was referred to Publish & Perish as an example of the more recent `campus novels'. Although the three stories that comprise this work have university lecturers or professors as... Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by Hector
Is that even a genre? I guess it is now! If David Lodge had added the paranormal, it might have come out something like this. "Queen of the Night" stayed with me for years.Published on July 11, 2013 by booklover
I read this book years ago, but was just thinking about it. The stories, especially the first, "Queen of the Jungle" have stayed with me through the years. Read morePublished on March 9, 2011 by Marion Stein
The book is entertaining, especially if you are familiar with academia at all. It is definitely a good beach book.Published on September 12, 2010 by iLoveShihTuzs
Brilliant! I started this book with zero preconceptions. In fact, I couldn't even remember how it ended up on my bookshelf. But I thought it was terrific. Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by A. C. Seligman
James Hynes has put together three spooky tales that feature the academy and its blessed back-biting, publishing pressures, and competitive juices:
- Queen of the... Read more
Am I the first person to notice that the "99" story has a plot very much like that of the 1970's cult horror movie "The Wicker Man"? Read morePublished on April 7, 2009 by J. A. Boudreau