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Hite provides a chatty, casual guide to fifty-one of Lovecraft's prose works, most of which get only a page or two of light synopsis and reflection spiced with trivia. Almost more interesting is Hite's survey of Lovecraftian criticism, which provides a context for how HPL's work has been viewed over the last century. No serious Lovecraft fan will be surprised by any of the content here, but it's an entertaining enough read, and a decent intro for any one new to the joys of non-Euclidean geometry and unnameable horrors.
If you already run in to Lovecraft and Chtulhu Mythos in games and want an introduction to the litterature, this is a good place to start. You'll get an idea of where to start reading Lovecrafts stores.
It's an collection of blogposts and reads as such, which bottered me some.
I only recently officially discovered Kenneth Hite's work, although I've been reading things he's written for years, and I cannot recommend this book enough for anyone who wants to read some incredibly enjoyable and intelligent discussion about Lovecraft's stories.
This book is a collection of short critical pieces on H.P. Lovecraft's stories. I found Hite's insights into the stories to be interesting and let me see deeper into the background of HPL's stories, and it increased my pleasure in re-reading them. Good, reasonably priced book of HPL criticism. It served my needs as a casual reader better than heavier, more academic criticism would do. If you want serious criticism of HPL, you might want to look at something by S.T. Joshi instead.
This volume contains Ken Hite's bite-size critiques of almost every one of HPL's adult works of fiction. No poetry, no collaborations, no juvenalia. My one complaint is that, like HPL, Kenneth for some reason feels compelled to use many odd and esoteric words. I have heard him speak, and he doesn't talk anything like this. Have a dictionary handy.
Such a fun read! A nice accessible, short take on each story that really enriches a rereading. (Despite the one-star reviewer's comments, it's clearly stated that it's a companion...and there is obviously no way 50+ stories could be printed and discussed in a 107 page book.)