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Author:  Murmur [ Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:24 pm ]
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The Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/145 ... lp_Fiction

It was a pretty good book. Not a lot in this book is memorable to me, but I enjoyed it regardless. I read it many years ago, after all. This book's stories are mostly detective and crime stuff.

Recommendation: If you like crime stuff, you'd probably like it.

Author:  Murmur [ Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:35 pm ]
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The Stone Ship

by William Hope Hodgson

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Stone_Ship

This is one among many maritime tales that Hodgson wrote. This is roughly the same in style and content as his other maritime stuff. It's less monster-y than his other stuff though.

You can hear a version of it from the Canadian radio show Nightfall here:

https://archive.org/details/Nightfall-c ... e_Ship.mp3

Recommendation: Read it if you like horror.

Author:  Murmur [ Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:31 am ]
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He Walked Around the Horses
by H. Beam Piper

I found this story on my phone. I downloaded it one or more years ago. I don't remember doing any such thing and I don't remember ever hearing of this story or its author. So I read it. I was surprised at how enjoyable it was. It's a great little sci fi story. The story is about 99 pages as an ebook on my phone, which means if it was in a paperback book, it would be around 1/3 or 1/4 that length.

This story is about a British diplomat during the time of the Napoleanic wars finding himself in an alternate Earth.

Read it online at Gutenberg.

Recommendation: Read it if you like older sci fi.

Author:  Murmur [ Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:29 am ]
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The Isle of the Torturers
Clark Ashton Smith

This is a superbly written tragic story. The version that I read had a lot of errors in it, but I could understand everything except for the word "elllong". The two online dictionaries I used didn't have that word. It looks like Mr Smith liked adjectives more than Lovecraft did, because, holy moley, everything had an adjective.

Read it online

Recommendation: Read it if you feel like reading a depressing fantasy/horror story.

Author:  Murmur [ Sun Aug 16, 2020 3:56 pm ]
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The Metamorphosis of the World
by Clark Ashton Smith

http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/sh ... s-of-earth

This is a superbly well written horror / sci fi story.

I have found that Clark Ashton Smith's stories have a style that resembles Lovecraft's style. Since they were contemporaries, this is understandable. This particular short story doesn't resemble Lovecraft, and that's good. Compared to Smith's other stuff that I've read, this story shows a bit of stylistic maturity. I haven't read a lot of Smith's work, so I could be in for more pleasant surprises in the future.

Recommendation: If you like HP Lovecraft, WH Hodgson, or HG Wells, you'd probably like this.

EDIT: My collection of CAS stories has this story as The Metamorphosis of the World and I changed the name in this post.

Author:  asya47 [ Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:45 am ]
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I also really love old stories, more than modern ones. Thank you for the selection, I'll take note! In general, I really like to take biographies of people (not only famous ones) and analyze their life through characteristics according to the Volikov test. It helps a lot to draw conclusions on how certain qualities affect a person's life

Author:  Murmur [ Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:17 am ]
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asya47 wrote:
I also really love old stories, more than modern ones. Thank you for the selection, I'll take note! In general, I really like to take biographies of people (not only famous ones) and analyze their life through characteristics according to the Volikov test. It helps a lot to draw conclusions on how certain qualities affect a person's life

I'm glad you enjoyed my reviews. :)

Author:  Murmur [ Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:44 am ]
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The End of the Story: The Collected Fantasies, Vol. 1
by Clark Ashton Smith

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/246 ... -the-story

The book has a bunch of fantasy, sci fi, and horror stories by Clark Ashton Smith. It's very good. The end of the book includes letters to and from HP Lovecraft, CAS's other contemporaries, notes regarding publishers, CAS's thoughts on his own stories, and other stuff. HP Lovecraft was very supportive of CAS.

CAS was extraordinarily productive. I don't remember how many stories he wrote in his career but it was quite a lot. More than a hundred.

CAS must have had a thesaurus close at hand at all times when he was writing. He used more fancy words than any other author I've read. CAS really liked describing colors in his stories for some reason. I can honestly call CAS a wordsmith.

A few highlights, from what I can remember.

1. The Abominations of Yondo
It's a very good story, except it seems to have no real ending.

2. The Metamorphosis of the World
Described in another post of mine.

3. Marooned in Andromeda
A sci fi story about marooned mutineers. They are forced to explore their new planet by a succession of events.

4. The Immeasurable Horror
This is my favorite story in this collection. It's a sci fi horror story. Humans are making an aerial exploration of an alien planet and they encounter a colossal slug-like creature.

5. The Monster of the Prophecy
The human protagonist is the monster in this story. He's taken to another planet to fulfill a prophecy. This story contains a ridiculous plot device to save the human's life. A meteor hits a temple where the human is being tortured, and he uses the confusion to flee. It's a very good story regardless.

6. The Tale of Satampra Zeiros
Reading this story was very fun. Two guys scoff at tales of a haunted town that people are afraid of. They explore the town and discover why people are afraid of it.

Recommendation: If you like HP Lovecraft or WH Hodgson, you'll like this collection.

Author:  Murmur [ Sat Oct 03, 2020 6:20 pm ]
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I made a list of some of the fancy shmancy words that Clark Ashton Smith put into his stories. Here's a partial list of words that I had to look up. Some of these words should be pretty obvious as to what they mean; for example, funereal.

1. Adipocere
2. Adits
3. Adumbration
4. Ambergris
5. Animaculae
6. Armillary
7. Assiduously
8. Ataxia
9. Avocation
10. Beetling
11. Benison
12. Bole
13. Cachinnation
14. Calamites
15. Calenture
16. Celerity
17. Chary
18. Chrysolite
19. Chrysoprase
20. Conterminate
21. Crepuscular
22. Crotali
23. Delectation
24. Demesnes
25. Descried
26. Distrait
27. Dolorously
28. Drupes
29. Ebullition
30. Eld
31. Ell
32. Erigible
33. Erubescent
34. Etiolated
35. Ewer
36. Exigent
37. Ferine
38. Fescennine
39. Frangipane
40. Fulgurant
41. Fulvous
42. Funereal
43. Glaucous
44. Habiliments
45. Heteroclitic
46. Immitigable
47. Inanition
48. Inchoate
49. Indomitably
50. Infrangible
51. Irremeable
52. Irresoluble
53. Lacunae
54. Lambence
55. Languor
56. Lentor
57. Littorals
58. Mandragora
59. Marl
60. Marquetry
61. Mellifluence
62. Mephitic
63. Mordantly
64. Palliate
65. Panniers
66. Parapegms
67. Parlous
68. Pells
69. Perambulation
70. Perdurable
71. Perforce
72. Peroration
73. Pestles
74. Plover
75. Prelate
76. Proffered
77. Propitious
78. Purpureal
79. Quaver
80. Quiescent
81. Quotidian
82. Ramified
83. Recondite
84. Riven
85. Salubrious
86. Scarps
87. Senescence
88. Sibilant
89. Stridulations
90. Superannuate
91. Supernal
92. Sybarites
93. Tellurian
94. Thews
95. Tumescent
96. Vates
97. Venerous
98. Verdigris
99. Vermilion
100. Vertiginous
101. Viscid
102. Vitiation
103. Wried

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