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Lovecraft Country has as much to do with the horrors of Jim Crow-era racism as it does with eldritch terrors or the cosmic dread of Lovecraft. The connections to Lovecraft's work are present but author Matt Ruff is up to something different. Nevertheless, like some of HPL's work, this book deals not only with cosmic and supernatural mysteries but with questions of heredity and identity. The novel is essentially an interconnected series of stories that revolve around a black family. It can seem a little disjointed at times but the characters are well-realized and distinct. They're the strength of this book and even when the plot wavers a bit, they remain strong. Both Ruff's writing and Kenerly's narration make this a worthy listen.
I gave the book 4 stars. I'd be more inclined to give it 3.5 if that were an option. Either way, I enjoyed it and I recommend it.
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The concept is quite unique and very well executed. A great collection of stories that show us that sometimes the real horrors are the ones we do to each other.
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