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Red Equinox Paperback – January 16, 2015
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"Douglas Wynne has accomplished a rare feat in Red Equinox. He has written a thrilling action-adventure story while at the same time melding it with hints--and more than hints--of chilling Lovecraftian cosmicism. Vivid characters, a keen sense of place, and a cleverly executed plot contribute to making Red Equinox one of the more notable novels in the Lovecraftian tradition."
"Douglas Wynne has done what countless authors have tried--and most have failed--to do; he's brought Lovecraft into the modern world. And he's done it in such a plausible and unsettling way, you'll wonder what lurks just beyond the understanding of man and you'll fear the coming of darkness. A love letter to Lovecraft, no fan of the Mythos should let this one pass them by."
"No Lovecraft fan--or horror fan for that matter--should miss this one! Philosophical and creepy...I enjoyed it immensely."
"Cleverly plotted, with engaging characters and wonderful Lovecraftian touches, the book reveals Douglas Wynne a true acolyte of Eldritch Horror!"
"A post-apocalyptic, Lovecraftian, semi-YA adventure. Great, if frequently chilling, fun."
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Doug Wynn didn't just put a prize in the box, his Cracker Jacks are in a Bag of Holding, and the prize chews your arm off and tries to pull the rest of you into a dark abyss. What could be more fun than that?
Without giving too much away, Red Equinox delivers the monsters, but not in a "Crap. Not another Hellraiser sequel." Kind of way, but also not in a "look-how-clever-me-the-author-am" way, either. To continue with cinematic comparisons, it's like the first time you saw a Guillermo Del Toro movie. It starts, and you think, "Okay. Good production value, good acting, good story..." and by 20 minutes in, you're throwing popcorn at the screen, screaming at the guy not to open the basement door, even as a small part of you roots for what's behind that door, because you've been waiting to see what a Great Old One would do to a hu-man.
Addtional: 07/01/2015. I recently reread the novel. It holds up to repeat readings, the plot still flows, the characters are still interesting, and in general it was just what the cultist ordered. So go forth and read, you won't be disappointed.
Becca is a photographer who just lost her grandmother. She finds herself thrust into an end of the world scenario where old, slumbering gods are going to be called back into world by a cult and she seems to be the only one who can stop it. She has to fight personal demons and threats from beyond the veil of reality. I know that's a pretty bare bones synopsis, but those are the facts.
I'll start off by saying this, I did enjoy this book, for the most part. The story does resemble a stone on a hill, except we're starting at the top of the hill opposed to being there for the build up. There is a breakneck pace that I normally enjoy in a story like this but I was wanting more than just jumping from scene to scene like in a film. There are hints at a cooler mythology and backstory to the concepts in the world presented to us (though none that are new to Lovecraft and mythos fan). The last 1/4 of the book barrels through to completion so quickly that I felt no concept was dwelt upon very long at all. That may have been the intention of the author but it left me with a disappointing feeling at the end. So many concepts and ideas are merely hinted at and plenty of questions are left dangling, but not in a good way. I did find out that this was merely the first book in "series", so maybe that is why? I didn't care for the climax either as it was incredibly out character for a mythos inspired story and felt more in line with something from a young adult book series.
The characters are fine, if not archetypal through and through. I never really connected with anyone too deeply, but some of that can be blamed on the length of the book and how quickly everything is glossed over. You have your "chosen one" main character, the mostly "friend zoned" best friend, the special agent who will do whatever it takes to solve the case, and the devoted evil doer who was a shunned, socially akward nerd before having terrible power given to him. I don't mind archetypes and I don't think they made the story worse, but it is what it is. Had the book but longer we could have dwelt on the stuff presented to us and also had more exposition about the world.
The threats are also few and quickly overlooked. Things happen where I go, "Holy crap!"...but each time that happened the threat literally just "walks" off camera as if this were a stage play and the villain never gets defeated but merely exits stage right. Disappointing to say the least.
I don't want to rag on the story too hard as I did enjoy it, I just think you should temper your expectations going in. I like rich backstory (mythos or not, this is a new universe and characters are used in ways different from Lovecraft's original mythology) for new ideas, characters, and organisations introduced and I didn't get that. This book is like getting on a new rollercoaster, feeling that you've been om it before, and before you can finish your thought the ride is over.
But... this is a SPOILER... there is one huge issue. The hero is a photographer and the first chapters are all about her field work and fussing over her special camera. At a huge moment the camera is thrown to safety and... drops out of anything and everything for chapters and some very significant events... then poof it's back! Huh? Around the hero's neck like it had been there for chapters and chapters. Major oops.
Once I got over that bit of editorial failure I sucked it up and went back to read everything again. It's certainly better than gamer fiction. The characters are unique. The mythos is twisted in some fun and unique ways. Because of this I went to four stars instead of lower. And I certainly want to encourage the author to do the necessary and release a second edition.
An action packed Lovecraftian tale with a well-drawn cast of characters and an engaging plot line. Very well done. Looking forward to the next one in the series.
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Story - 5 stars
Narration - n/a stars
Scare Factor - 2 stars
X Factor - 4 stars (for suspense)
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